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The Genius and the Boys (2009)

The documentary investigates late American Nobel laureate Carleton Gajdusek's enigmatic discoveries. Gajdusek discovered mad cow disease on Papua New Guinea in the fifties, as well as ... See full summary »

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Bosse Lindquist

Writer:

Bosse Lindquist
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Alpers Michael Alpers ... Self - Professor of Medicine - Expert on Kuru
Warwick Anderson Warwick Anderson ... Professor in Medical Anthropology
Sena Anua Sena Anua ... Medical Reporter - PNGIMR
Carleton Gajdusek Carleton Gajdusek ... Self - Virologist - Anthropologist - LInguist - Author - etc
Robert Gajdusek Robert Gajdusek ... Brother
Robert Gallo Robert Gallo ... Self - Director, Institute of Human Virology and Co-discoverer HIV
Benoît B. Mandelbrot Benoît B. Mandelbrot ... Self - Former Professor of Mathematics - Yale and Princeton (as Benoit Mandelbrot)
Lovisa Mbagintao Lovisa Mbagintao ... Secretary
Oliver Sacks ... Self - Professor of Neurology and Author
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The documentary investigates late American Nobel laureate Carleton Gajdusek's enigmatic discoveries. Gajdusek discovered mad cow disease on Papua New Guinea in the fifties, as well as twenty previously unknown stone-age peoples and languages. From the late 1940's and onwards he commuted the world, focusing on the most isolated peoples still remaining on the globe. He adopted 57 children to his commune at the National Institutes of Health, MA, USA -most of them boys. In the late 90's he was charged with having abused one of the boys in his care - a then 16-year old boy from Micronesia. The film reveals how Gajdusek in fact was a self-proclaimed pedophile, who admitted to having had sex with numerous other children as well. One man who was abused in childhood is interviewed in the film, as well as several legendary scientists who were friends of Gajdusek and deemed the sexual parts of his character as of less importance. Written by Bosse Lindquist

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2009 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

SEK3,900,000 (estimated)
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Color (Digibeta PAL)| Color

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16:9 SD
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