Errol Morris

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man’s incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking’s best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe.

Film Info

  • Errol Morris
  • United States
  • 1991
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #699

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Morris
  • New interview with Bailey
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt, a chapter from Stephen Hawking’s 2013 memoir My Brief History (dual-format only), and an excerpt from Hawking’s 1988 book A Brief History of Time (dual-format only)

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

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Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Morris
  • New interview with Bailey
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt, a chapter from Stephen Hawking’s 2013 memoir My Brief History (dual-format only), and an excerpt from Hawking’s 1988 book A Brief History of Time (dual-format only)

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral
A Brief History of Time
Cast
Isabel Hawking
Janet Humphrey
Mary Hawking
Basil King
Derek Powney
Norman Dix
Robert Berman
Gordon Berry
Roger Penrose
Dennis Sciama
John Wheeler
Brandon Carter
John Taylor
Kip Thorne
Don Page
Christopher Isham
Brian Whitt
Raymond Laflamme
Credits
Director
Errol Morris
Executive producer
Gordon Freedman
Producer
David Hickman
Based on the book by
Stephen Hawking
Director of photography
John Bailey
Additional photography
Stefan Czapsky
Production design
Ted Bafaloukos
Editor
Brad Fuller
Original music composed by
Philip Glass
Music produced by
Kurt Munkacsi

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