Cancer (film)

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Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies
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Genre Documentary film
Based on The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer 
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Written by David Blistein; Ken Burns; Barak Goodman; Geoffrey Ward
Directed by Barak Goodman
Starring Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes Three-episodes of two-hours each
Production
Producer(s) Ken Burns; Dalton Delan; David Thompson; Pamela Williams
Running time 6 h (360 min)
Production company(s) Florentine Films; Laura Ziskin Pictures; WETA Washington, D.C.; Ark Media.
Distributor Public Broadcasting Service
Release
Original network PBS
Original release
  • March 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)
External links
Website

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Barak Goodman and produced by Ken Burns.[1][2][3][4] The film, in three-episodes of two hours each, is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee,[1] and describes the history of cancer, and cancer treatments, particularly in the United States.

The documentary film was narrated by Edward Herrmann who, coincidentally, died of cancer on December 31, 2014, shortly before the film was released.[5]

Episodes

No. Episode[6] Original air date
1 "Magic Bullets" (to 1970) March 30, 2015[7]
A summary of the history of cancer is presented, including the role of Dr. Sidney Farber and the beginning of the "war on cancer" in the United States.
2 "The Blind Men and the Elephant" (1970–2000) March 31, 2015[8]
The basic nature of cancer cells, the role of viral and chemical carcinogens, and a relationship of cancer to genes, are described. Several successful cancer therapies are examined.
3 "Finding the Achilles Heel" (2000–2015) April 1, 2015[10]
Further complexities in the history of cancer are revealed and new immunological approaches[9] are considered.

Participants

The documentary film is narrated by Edward Herrmann and includes the following participants:

Gallery

Reviews and criticism

According to a review in the Los Angeles Times, the film is "the single most personally relevant documentary of this or any year".[2] According to a review in The New York Times, the series is "absorbing", is "structured as an ever-evolving medical detective story, but the filmmakers give it heart as well by juxtaposing the history lessons with present-day personal profiles of cancer patients", seems perhaps "too much like a promotional video for cancer researchers and hospitals", and "touches only briefly on the significant issue of costs" but "achieves its main goal, which is to show the human impact of cancer."[1]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Genzlinger, Neil (March 27, 2015). "Review: In 'Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,' Battling an Opportunistic Killer". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 McNamara, Mary (March 30, 2015). "Review: PBS' 'Cancer' documentary cuts to the heart of the matter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Szabo, Liz (March 29, 2015). "Ken Burns tackles history of cancer". USA Today. Retrieved April 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Herper, Matthew (March 31, 2015). "What I Hope Everyone Learns From PBS' Big Cancer Documentary". Forbes. Retrieved April 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Oldenburg, Ann (January 1, 2015). "'Gilmore Girls' actor Edward Herrmann dies". USA Today. Retrieved August 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Staff (2015). "Cancer - Episode Guide". PBS. Retrieved March 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Staff (2015). "Cancer - Episode 01". PBS. Retrieved March 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Staff (2015). "Cancer - Episode 02". PBS. Retrieved March 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Gallagher, James (April 3, 2015). "Health - Personal cancer vaccine research 'exciting' say experts". BBC News. Retrieved April 3, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Staff (2015). "Cancer - Episode 03". PBS. Retrieved March 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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