Wit (DVD)

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    Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning script is faithfully adapted to the small screen by director Mike Nichols and star Emma Thompson in this HBO special. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a professor of 17th Century poetry specializing in "the Holy Sonnets of John Donne." The intellect is everything to Vivian--which is why, when she is diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer--"there is no stage five"--she agrees to undergo aggressive chemotherapy in the name of cancer research. "You must be very tough," her doctor tells her, and Vivian is nothing if not tough--a tough professor who is tough on her students. Yet as her treatment--and her cancer--progresses, Vivian finds that what she needs most isn't the cold rationality with which she's lived her whole life and which is amply evidenced by the hospital staff attending her, but the simple human kindness shown by her primary nurse and her former mentor. This beautiful meditation on death and humanity is shot in close-ups that linger on Emma Thompson's spare, emotionally naked performance. Nichols's sure-handed direction brings out both the script's own wit and its poignancy.

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    UPC 026359178122
    Studio Hbo/Warner
    Format DVD
    Genre Drama
    Rating Parental Guidance 13+
    Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
    Weight 0.2 lbs
    Stars John R. Woodward, Audra McDonald, Eileen Atkins, Christopher Lloyd, Emma Thompson, Harold Pinter
    Directors Mike Nichols

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    • Poingnant story well acted.

      Emma Thompson is just the best. This is a very emotional subject handled with wit and aplomb. Unforgettable.

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    • Stunning

      Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is magnificently brought to life through Emma Thompson's brilliant and captivating performance. This film will bring you to tears.

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    • WIT
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      I ADDED THIS FILM TO MY COLLECTION BECAUSE I THINK EMMA THOMPSON IS A SUPURB ACTRESS. THIS IS NOT A WITTY MOVIE. IT IS AN ACCOUNT OF THIS CHARACTORS ILLNESS AND SUBSEQUENT DEATH. IT IS NOT AT ALL SUITIBLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN. IT IS SAD BUT SO WELL ACTED!

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