A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

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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.
Edition: Director-approved dual-format Blu-ray and DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781604658118
Branch Call Number: DVD 530.092 B7655 2014
Characteristics: 2 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (31 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 17 cm)
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Language Note: Closed-captioned on Blu-ray and DVD


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Sep 20, 2019

Fascinating biopic about a brilliant mind who overcame a devastating physical disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that allegedly helped Hawking focus at a time in his life when he lacked the level of concentration to achieve what his mind was capable of attaining. However the special features with Errol Morris, the filmmaker, may make you want to never invite him to a dinner party, unless you want to torture someone for 34 minutes. Albeit, he may be a better interviewer than an interviewee. Otherwise, a great film about the breakthrough idea of black holes in theoretical physics and cosmology.

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.

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.

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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