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7 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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truly staggering documentary See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kathe Burkhart ... Interviewer

Kirby Dick ... Interviewer
Bob Flanagan ... Himself
Sheree Rose ... Herself

Rita Valencia ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Doucette ... Herself
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Directed by
Kirby Dick 
 
Produced by
Kirby Dick .... producer
Dody Dorn .... associate producer
Sheree Rose .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Dayton 
Kirby Dick 
Sheree Rose 
 
Film Editing by
Kirby Dick 
Dody Dorn 
 
Production Management
Eddie Schmidt .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barker .... additional camera operator
Matt Levin .... additional camera operator
Geza Sinkovics .... additional photographer
Barbara Thole-Testa .... additional camera operator
David Werk .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mike Grant .... assistant film editor
 
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Steven C. Beer .... producer's representative
Mike Kahne .... titles
Greg Victoroff .... post-production legal consultant
 

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90 min
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Australia:R | France:-16 (with warning) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut)

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Shot over a period of two years and compiled from over 100 hours of footage.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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References "The Gumby Show" (1957)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
truly staggering documentary, 5 June 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This documentary, put together by film-maker Kirby Dick, focuses on Bob Flanagan, not only an extreme masochist, but also a cystic fibrosis sufferer who managed to live to 43, a record-breaking age for the disease. His way of dealing with the disease was to focus on his pain in other ways. Yes, this film is not for the squeamish (although the only UK TV showing I'm aware of did remove the most graphic sequence), but what comes through is the simple courage of this man who chose to deal with his life in his own way, with the help of his devoted partner, Sheree Rose.

There is a particularly chilling sequence involving a young girl who sees Flanagan as a hero; while some other bits are incredibly touching - his 'poem' describing his condition and solution; the sequences following his death; and funny - 'Forever Lung'. You really should see this documentary, if only for its total honesty and openness in showing the reality of this crazy, but brave person. It will stay in your mind a long, long time.

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