The Nature of Genius: Two Films by Michael Apted On Scientific & Artistic Brilliance
The balance between the science of life and its inherent, untouchable mysteries is what drives the human experience. It's a hunger for knowledge and understanding that motivates a mind into constant analysis and reflection, and for some, the push and pull of such thinking slowly develops into obsession. Director Michael Apted, captain of the masterful "Up" documentary series, explores this insatiable drive of intelligence in two documentaries, 1997's "Inspirations" and 1999's "Me & Isaac Newton," capturing the process of art, the study of self, and the quest for answers in an exceedingly complex world.

In these two films Apted turns his interviewer's lens to explore the human advances in the arts and the sciences with a slightly humorous approach. How do artists create? How do scientists hope to affect the world?

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 237 min | 41.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary

"Inspirations" (100 min)

Taking a look at the process of art and its psychological demands of interpretation and precision, "Inspirations" interviews architect Tadao Ando, sculptor Nora Naranjo-Morse, musician David Bowie, dancer Louise LeCavalier, choreographer Edouard Lock, glass artist Dale Chihuly, and pop artist Roy Lichtenstien, exploring how these individuals approach the challenge of their work, analyzing the particulars of craftsmanship and the breakdown of intent, tracking upbringings and the current state of their passion.

"Me & Isaac Newton" (107 min)

As science evolves throughout the years, leading minds have set out to participate in the investigation of life on Earth, and how our bodies, nature, and the great beyond are connected in ways we're only just beginning to understand. Introducing primatologist Patricia Wright, geneticist Karol Sikora, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, computer scientist Maja Mataric, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, environmental physicist Ashok Gadgil, and pharmaceutical chemist Gertrude Elion, "Me & Isaac Newton" provides varied examples of brilliance and educational craving, dissecting the drive that brought these people to the sophisticated world of science and their desire to use their education and experience to help solve the world's ills.


Interviews (30 min) detail Apted's quest to reconnect with his past documentary subjects, catching up on their work and exploring the changes in art and science since the 1990s.

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