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Cancer (film)

The Emperor of All Maladies
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Genre Documentary film
Based on The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer 
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Written by David Blistein; Ken Burns; Barak Goodman; Geoffrey Ward
Directed by Barak Goodman
Starring Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes Three-episodes of two-hours each
Producer(s) Ken Burns; Dalton Delan; David Thompson; Pamela Williams
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Production company(s) Florentine Films; Laura Ziskin Pictures; WETA Washington, D.C.; Ark Media.
Distributor Public Broadcasting Service
Original channel PBS
Original release
  • March 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)
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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Barak Goodman and produced by Ken Burns.[1][2][3][4] The film, in three-episodes of two hours each, is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee,[1] and describes the history of cancer, and cancer treatments, particularly in the United States.


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The documentary film is narrated by Edward Herrmann and includes the following participants:


Reviews and criticism

According to a review in the New York Times, the film seems "too much like a promotional video for cancer researchers and hospitals", "touches only briefly on the significant issue of costs" but "achieves its main goal, which is to show the human impact of cancer."[1] According to a review in the Los Angeles Times, the film is "the single most personally relevant documentary of this or any year".[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Genzlinger, Neil (March 27, 2015). "Review: In ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,’ Battling an Opportunistic Killer". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b McNamara, Mary (March 30, 2015). "Review: PBS' 'Cancer' documentary cuts to the heart of the matter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Szabo, Liz (March 29, 2015). "Ken Burns tackles history of cancer". USA Today. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Herper, Matthew (March 31, 2015). "What I Hope Everyone Learns From PBS' Big Cancer Documentary". Forbes. Retrieved April 2015. 
  5. ^ Staff (2015). "Cancer - Episode Guide". PBS. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 

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