A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

DVD - 2014
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"Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris's documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking's body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man's incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking's best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe."--Publisher description.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2014
ISBN: 9786315360022
6315360025
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (single folded sheet)
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
wide screen (1.85:1)
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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strangegazelle Mar 28, 2019

It's nice to have an Errol Morris movie that I haven't seen before at our library! This documentary deals more with Hawking's life than it does the book of the same title, only dipping in a bit of the science to parallel the man's life. Personal highlight for me was the cinematography by John Bailey (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Days of Heaven) and his work with Hawking as a non-talking talking head for a talking head style documentary.

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Nursebob
Jan 25, 2016

Even Errol Morris’ one-note documentary style can’t dampen the sense of wonder in this look at the life and passion of Stephen Hawking based on the physicist’s own bestseller. Narrated in large part by Stephen himself using the computerized synthesizer which has become his trademark voice one can’t help but get caught up in his sense of wonder as he contemplates black holes and exploding singularities from within the confines of his motorized wheelchair. A bit of self-effacing humour helps the more technical discussions go down easily and some vague theological asides are thrown in which seem to challenge God more than bolster him. And of course the inevitable Philip Glass score coupled with the director’s penchant for softly filtered lighting makes all those talking heads appear more cool than they probably are.

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mooooks
Sep 26, 2015

Lovely documentary that focuses mostly on Hawking's brilliant mind & his ability to overcome the various adversities he faced after being diagnosed with ALS. However a lot of the talk about black holes and solving equations went right over my head and got a little boring after a while. But overall very well done and extremely informative for those that grasp his research.

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