“A portrait at once tender and thrilling, a movie that presents us with a man who led an eccentrically defiant, at times reckless existence… a wanderer in the body of a clinician, like Jack Kerouac crossed with Jonas Salk” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Oliver Sacks

Starts September 23

“Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,’ using his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition, died on Sunday… As a medical doctor and a writer, Dr. Sacks achieved a level of popular renown rare among scientists… He was also a man of contradictions: candid and guarded, gregarious and solitary, clinical and compassionate, scientific and poetic, British and almost American.” – Gregory Cowles, The N.Y. Times obit (August 30, 2015).

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.

A film by Ric Burns. USA. 2019. 110 Mins.

Price: $12 (50% of proceeds support The Roxie Theater)

Rental Period: 5 days

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