EXCLUSIVE: Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of renownd neurologist, author and thinker Oliver Sacks, coming a day after Ric Burns’ insightful documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life was tipped for the lineup at the Telluride Film Festival. After that it’s headed for the documentary section at the New York Film Festival.
It’s a rare look inside the mind of the world’s most famous cognitive scientist, who in 2015 just weeks after the publication of his autobiographical memoir learned that the rare form of cancer for which he had been treated nine years earlier had returned, and that he had only a few months to live. Just weeks later, the private Sacks sat down with Burns for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York — 80 hours over five days — talking about his life.
He shares intimate details of his battles with growing up gay in 1950s England, drug addiction, homophobia and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
The film also includes revealing interviews with Sacks’ family members, colleagues, patients and close friends including Jonathan Miller, Robert Silvers, Temple Grandin, Christof Koch, Robert Krulwich, Lawrence Weschler, Roberto Calasso, Paul Theroux, Isabelle Rapin, Billy Hayes, Kate Edgar, Mark Homonoff, Jonathan Sacks, Steve Silberman, Shane Fistell, Atul Gawande, and Lowell Handler among others.
Check out the first clip from the pic, which hails from Vulcan Productions, Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures and Tangled Bank Studios.
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