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

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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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Cast

Credited cast:
Kathe Burkhart Kathe Burkhart ... Interviewer
Kirby Dick ... Interviewer
Bob Flanagan Bob Flanagan ... Himself
Sheree Rose Sheree Rose ... Herself
Rita Valencia Rita Valencia ... Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Doucette Sarah Doucette ... Herself
Richard Kopelle Richard Kopelle ... Himself
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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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Language:

English

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7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diastrofi: I zoi kai o thanatos tou Bob Flanagan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,917, 21 November 1997

Gross USA:

$116,806, 7 December 1997
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Dolby

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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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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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I knew Bob Flanagan - not well and not this part of him
10 May 2002 | by popshrinkSee all my reviews

though I was generally aware of his "performance masochism." I met Bob as a very bright, gifted poet during the early 1970s. I was in my 30s and finishing my post-doc psych internship at the MH Clinic serving Watts and South Central LA. Bob's Cystic Fibrosis was unremarkable to me insofar as my cerebral palsy was, presumably, unremarkable to him. Writing was Bob's fulltime gig. I had hopes of "quitting my daytime gig" - head-shrinking - when/if my own writing ever supported my family. Bob and I were cordial, never close. I admired and, occasionally, envied Bob.

I forced myself to see the movie. It works. Masochism discomforts me in the extreme - yet Bob remains clear, kind articulate as ever. His 'dominitrix' comes across similarly. The truly chilling moments of "Sick" are Bob Flanagan's mother during her brief moments on camera.

Rest well, Bob.


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