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Cancer : the emperor of all maladies / Ken Burns presents ; a film by Barak Goodman ; a production of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures and WETA Washington, D.C. in association with Ark Media ; written by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns, Barak Goodman & David Blistein.

Contributor(s): Goodman, Barak [filmmaker,, television director,, television producer,, screenwriter.] | Burns, Ken, 1953- [presenter,, screenwriter,, television producer.] | Ward, Geoffrey C [screenwriter.] | Blistein, David [screenwriter.] | Youngelson, Jack [television director.] | Durrance, Chris [television director.] | Dickson, Deborah [television director.] | Herrmann, Edward, 1943-2014 [narrator.] | Cieri, David [composer (expression)] | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) [broadcaster.] | Florentine Films [production company.] | Laura Ziskin Productions [production company.] | WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.) [production company.] | Ark Media (Firm) [production company.] | PBS Distribution (Firm) [publisher.].
Material type: FilmFilmPublisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Edition: Widescreen.Description: 3 videodiscs (approximately 6 hr., that is 5 hr., 44 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: two-dimensional moving image Media type: video Carrier type: videodiscISBN: 9781627892773; 162789277X.Other title: Emperor of all maladies | Ken Burns presents [At head of title:].Uniform titles: Cancer: the emperor of all maladies (Television program) Related works: Television adaptation of (work): Mukherjee, Siddhartha. Emperor of all maladies.Subject(s): Cancer -- History | Leukemia -- History | Mukherjee, Siddhartha -- Television adaptationsDDC classification: 616.99/4
Contents:
Magic bullets / directed by Jack Youngelson and Barak Goodman -- The blind men and the elephant / directed by Deborah Dickson and Barak Goodman -- Finding an Achilles heel / directed by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman.
Special features: Interview with the filmmakers -- Additional scenes.
Production Credits: Composer, David Cieri ; executive producer, Ken Burns ; series producer, Barak Goodman.
Narrator, Edward Herrmann ; commentator, Siddhartha Mukherjee.Summary: Presents a history of cancer, from ancient times to the present day. Includes stories of contemporary patients and examines the latest scientific research which might indicate that we are on the brink of a lasting cure.
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DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; stereo.

Documentary.

Closed-captioned in English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); audio-described in English.

Narrator, Edward Herrmann ; commentator, Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Composer, David Cieri ; executive producer, Ken Burns ; series producer, Barak Goodman.

Title from disc surface.

"Based on the book The emperor of all maladies : a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee."

Originally produced as a television program for PBS in 2015.

"The following program contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised."

TV parental guidelines rating: TV-14 (parents strongly cautioned; this program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age).

Presents a history of cancer, from ancient times to the present day. Includes stories of contemporary patients and examines the latest scientific research which might indicate that we are on the brink of a lasting cure.

episode 1. Magic bullets / directed by Jack Youngelson and Barak Goodman -- episode 2. The blind men and the elephant / directed by Deborah Dickson and Barak Goodman -- episode 3. Finding an Achilles heel / directed by Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman.

Special features: Interview with the filmmakers -- Additional scenes.

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Gr 9 Up-This six-hour adaptation of Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book (Scribner, 2010) presents the intertwined history of cancer and humankind. Each two-hour episode is divided into approximately 16 chapters, alternating medical history with the (sometimes heart-wrenching) stories of current cancer patients and their families. The first episode covers the first known documentations of cancer and the groundbreaking surgery of Victorian William Halsted, among other treatments, and onto the 1970s. Episode two continues with research and advances through roughly 2000. The final chapter, "Finding an Achilles Heel," covers cutting-edge technology and where treatment might be headed in the future. Throughout, historic footage shares time with physician and researcher interviews and touching footage of affected individuals from toddlers to grandparents. Mukherjee is a compelling narrator throughout. The medical aspects of cancer research are examined to a depth that may lose some viewers, though the graphics of pulsing cells and mutated DNA are always informative. The roles of fund-raising, politics, research decisions, marketing (cigarettes, for example), and end-of-life choices are given close attention in episode three. The special features include a two-minute making-of interview and 20-minute interviews with two women who have cancer. VERDICT This powerful film, at six hours, will not fit all curricula. There are several segments with possibilities for motivated biology classes, as well as commentary on the role of failure and perseverance in research.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School. Fort Worth, TX © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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