The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

Though it seems in­com­pre­hen­si­ble, Bauby used an in­ge­nious sys­tem of com­mu­ni­ca­tion based on blink­ing to ‘dic­tate’ his mem­oir. His helper, Claude Mendibil (among oth­ers), would pa­tiently read out the let­ters of the al­pha­bet in or­der of fre­quency of use, with Bauby blink­ing (an es­ti­mated 200,000 times) to in­di­cate the cor­rect one, and slowly but surely build up each word. Sadly, Bauby died just a few days af­ter the book’s pub­li­ca­tion in 1997 – thereby see­ing its im­me­di­ate crit­i­cal ac­claim, but not the phe­nom­e­non it would be­come.

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