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CINEMATHEQUE AT HOME

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Available to rent Oct 22 - Nov 19
Directed by Ric Burns
2019, USA, 114 min

This title is available to rent via Cinematheque at Home. This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic with 50% of all sales supporting our theatre.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

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.

Reviews

Sacks' scientifically wired empathy, his ability to capture the fiber of another's experience to the point where it became transcendent, was a gift that descended from his own sacred demons.
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is a moving portrait of a man taking deep stock of his life with great satisfaction and verve.
– Kevin Crust, LA Times
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