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380 Ratings

A Brief History of Time

Directed by Errol Morris
United Kingdom, United States, 1991
Documentary, Biography


A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.

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A Brief History of Time Directed by Errol Morris

Critics reviews

In A Brief History of Time, such flashes of humor are scant but sufficient: When Hawking asks if the chicken or the egg came first in relation to what came before the universe, a moving image of a chicken head appears suspended in outer space. These little touches are complementary to the film’s inner minimalism: its dark lighting, the ever-present clicks of Hawking’s computer interface, and the quiet murmurs of Glass’s score.
March 18, 2014
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…One of the wittiest, most absorbing science movies ever made… Morris was fascinated by the idea that the world’s most ¬prodigious theorist of black holes—stars that collapse in on themselves, becoming so dense that not even light can escape their gravitational pull—was a man whose body had collapsed in on itself, yet without quenching or even slowing the phenomenal intellect it contained.
March 17, 2014
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While I can’t vouch for the adequacy of this documentary as an adaptation of Stephen Hawking’s best-selling book, this is my favorite picture by Errol Morris (Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line) to date… The alternation between Morris’s usual talking-head approach for the biography and Hawking’s computer-generated voice and various kinds of illustrations to recount most of the theory creates a dialectic that the film profits from stylistically.
September 03, 1992
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