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Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic practices, which he developed finally into performances. Written by Soeren Ney <SoerenNey@AOL.COM>

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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Diastrofi: I zoi kai o thanatos tou Bob Flanagan  »

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$86,917 (USA) (21 November 1997)

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$116,806 (USA) (5 December 1997)
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Shot over a period of two years and compiled from over 100 hours of footage. See more »

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Bob Flanagan: I want a wealthy collector to finance an installation in which a video camera will be placed in the coffin with my body, connected to a screen on the wall, and whenever he wants to, the patron can see how I'm coming along.
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Unique look at life and death.
24 June 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

So much has been said and written about the more sensationalistic and shocking aspects of this movie (yes, he hammers his penis to a board) but very little has been said about what it's REALLY about - the will to survive, and a suprising, moving love story. 'Sick' is one of the most honest movies ever made. Bob Flanagan let's us into his life in a way very few people have. He's a sadomasochist and does things most of us would never conceive of doing, sure, but by the end of this movie all you can think of is that he was a hell of a nice guy who will be surely missed by his family and friends. The hammer scene is unforgettable but much more confrontational are the scenes of Bob's death. These alone make this movie unique and truly impossible to forget. I strongly recommend this powerful movie to everyone with an open mind and heart.


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