Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Director: Ric Burns Run Time: 114 min. Rating: Not Rated
A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.
“Critic’s Pick! Illuminates details of what can only be called an extraordinary existence. Beautifully presents a portrait of his compassion and bravery.”~ Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“First-rate. Sacks’ insights into his own psychological journey, which includes a poignant late life romance after decades of celibacy, are wonderfully perceptive, but equally invaluable are those of his colleagues — a brilliant assemblage of artists and scientists who love him dearly. ”~ Chuck Wilson, L.A. WEEKLY
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