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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

September 25 - October 8

The legendary neurologist and storyteller Oliver Sacks considers his own life.
Photo by Bill Hayes

Images Cinema presents the film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, to stream at home. On January 15th, 2015, a few weeks after completing his memoir, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks learned that the rare form of cancer for which he had been treated seven years earlier had returned, and that he had only a few months to live. One month later, he sat down with the producers for a series of marathon filmed interviews in his apartment in New York.

For eighty hours, across five days in February – and on three more occasions in April and June in places in the Bronx – surrounded by family and friends, books and minerals, notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his dreams and fears, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it.

He spoke with astonishing candor, and with unflinching honesty – a profoundly gifted 81-year-old man facing death with remarkable courage and vitality who was still vigorous while facing the end. He was determined to come to grips with what his life has meant and what it means to be, as he put it, “a sentient being on this beautiful planet.

Images Online is Images Cinema’s ongoing virtual effort to bring new films to the community while the physical cinema is temporarily closed. You can watch films watched online, at home, and Images will split the cost of each online “ticket” with the film distributor, so each rental will directly help the theater weather these challenging times.

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Start:
September 25
End:
October 8

Event Location

Images Cinema
50 Spring St,
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-5612

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The legendary neurologist and storyteller Oliver Sacks considers his own life.
Photo by Bill Hayes

Images Cinema presents the film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life to stream at home. On January 15th, 2015, a few weeks after completing his latest memoir, the legendary writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks learned that the rare form of cancer for which he had been treated seven years earlier had returned, and that he had only a few months to live. One month later, he sat down with the producers of this film for a series of marathon filmed interviews in his apartment in New York.

For 80 hours, across five days in February – and on three more occasions in April and June in places in the Bronx – surrounded by family and friends, books and minerals, notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his dreams and fears, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it.

He spoke with astonishing candor, and with unflinching honesty – a profoundly gifted 81-year-old man facing death with remarkable courage and vitality who was still vigorous while facing the end. He was determined to come to grips with what his life has meant and what it means to be, as he put it, “a sentient being on this beautiful planet.

Images Online is Images Cinema’s ongoing virtual effort to bring new films to the community while the physical cinema is temporarily closed. You can watch films watched online, at home, and Images will split the cost of each online “ticket” with film distributor Kino Lorber, so each rental will directly help the theater weather these challenging times.

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Event Details

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Start:
September 22
End:
October 1

Event Location

Images Cinema
50 Spring St,
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-5612

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