A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

DVD - 2014
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Documents the life and work of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Criterion Collection,, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
Branch Call Number: DVD 530.092 Haw


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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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