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Wonders Are Many

Wonders Are Many

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The spectacular opening to Jon Else's critically acclaimed WONDERS ARE MANY-nuclear blast after blast in the desert under the ocean high in space-intimates what is to follow: A profound and triumphant fusing of art and science humanity and technology destruction and creation. WONDERS ARE MANY: THE MAKING OF DOCTOR ATOMIC traces a dazzling double-helix trajectory: one thread follows composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars as they work to create Doctor Atomic the strange and beautiful opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the first atomic bomb; the other recounts the actual historical events that underpin the stage drama. Masterfully interwoven with recently declassified footage of nuclear testing in the deserts of the Southwest and the frenetic backstage action of the San Francisco Opera the film creates an explosive vortex of performers and physicists past and present all of which is anchored by the enigmatic figure of Oppenheimer and channeled into high art by the creative power of Adams and Sellars. A magnificent pastiche of potent elements WONDERS ARE MANY allows US to see history-and ourselves-in a new light: we learn the humanity in science; the regret in discovery; and unforgettably the law that "matter can be neither created nor destroyed" but only transformed. Special features: Filmmaker Audio Commentary; Filmmaker Biography.

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    Title: Wonders Are Many
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Peter Sellars, John Adams, Gerald Finley, Freeman Dyson, Ian Robertson, Thomas Randle
    Director: Jon Else
    Attributes: Amaray Case
    Release Date: 2/24/2009
    Original Year: 2007
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 0
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 146170
    UPC: 767685146170
    Item #: NVG146170

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 2/24/2009
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 92 minutes
    Studio: New Video Group