Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien

DVD - 2006
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Poet-journalist Mark O'Brien was stricken with polio in childhood and has spent most of his life in an iron lung. He describes how he has fought against illness and bureacracy for his right to lead an independent life and offers his reflections on work, sex, death, and God.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Fanlight Productions, c2006
ISBN: 9781572958418
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (35 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Life and work of Mark O'Brien


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LPL_MeredithW Jun 30, 2018

Winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1996, this film briefly explores the life of disabled poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, allowing him to speak about his work and his experience living with disability. (If his name seems familiar, it may be from viewing "The Sessions," a movie from 2012 about O'Brien's experiences seeing a sex surrogate in the 1980s.) O'Brien is a thoughtful, funny, engaging subject, and the movie wisely spends most of its half-hour running time focused directly on his words and ideas. Well worth a viewing.


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