Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

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Director: Errol Morris

Cast: Errol Morris, Stephen Hawking

     
 

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A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move

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A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move and speak without assistance (as narrator of the film, he utilizes a voice synthesizer, which he capriciously refers to as "my American accent"). Director Errol Morris inventively adopts a semi-dramatized approach to his interviews with Hawking's friends and relatives: they all appear in fabricated sets, and are lovingly photographed and lit as if they were starring in a film. Though of necessity a "talking heads" effort, A Brief History of Time is also cunningly and subtly cinematic.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who shy away from A Brief History of Time because they were daunted by the best sellingStephen Hawking book from which this documentary is more or less drawn should take heart: Time as a film is far more easily understood and enjoyed than the book. Indeed, filmmaker Errol Morris has done a superb job of taking a difficult scientific subject and making it accessible, without giving the feeling that it has been unnecessarily "dumbed down." Of course, part of the reason for this success is that Morris is interested as much in Hawking the man as he is in the book and the theories expounded therein. Morris lets us see the scientist as all-too-human, a person we can know and relate to, and one that may have overcome extreme odds but is still not without his own faults and peculiarities. Naturally, as in all such films, the director has to be selective about what is included and what is left out, and fans of the book may feel that too much has been omitted; but this very omission helps to frame one of the film's key points, which is that science is often frustrated by our inability to find all the pieces. It teaches us that in many ways, the search is more important than the result, and that's a fine lesson for any film to get across.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2014
UPC:
0715515117715
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
G
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
1,689

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris New interview with Morris New interview with Bailey

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Brief History of Time
1. Eleven Ways [8:43]
2. A Complicated Mind [5:01]
3. One Thousand Hours [5:47]
4. Cold Year [6:41]
5. Reprieved [2:26]
6. Penrose's Discovery [3:09]
7. Black Holes [8:46]
8. God Plays Dice [10:43]
9. Gravitational Forces [5:33]
10. Time [5:26]
11. Equalizer [4:37]
12. The Big Crunch [9:42]
13. Infinite Possibilities [7:12]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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A Brief History of Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Hawking is such a remarkable person. This history of his life and work is also remarkable. He has lived so far beyond his bounderies. His body may be held in the captivity of his illness but his mind is limitless. In the film Errol Morris lets the viewer travel with Steven as he moves through the universe toward the singularity that is leading to his event horizon, slowing down, becomming immobile and finally disappering but never lost just somewhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie. The book is even better! I suggest reading the book (of the same title) and then watching the movie. Both contain lots of information and are well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was excellent. It gave a great insight into the days in Stephen Hawking's life. I've always been fascinated with Stephen Hawking, but, I really enjoyed this movie. It gave me a lot of great information on the author.