How to Live Forever
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A cell lives an average of 5 minutes. A hummingbird for 5 years. Right now, humans live for about 75 years. What might it mean to live forever?
Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. HOW TO LIVE FOREVER documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity.
Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking, often comically poignent, examination of what truly gives life meaning.
A wry, hopeful yet enigma-appreciating documentary about the perils and possibilities that come with growing old. --Los Angeles Times
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At first, "How to Live Forever" seems to posit that we should live to our fullest no matter what our age categorization. We are introduced to many subjects that are reveling in their advanced years, living life to its fullest potential. It's a great message, one that's hard to deny. But as he starts to track down why some seem to live longer than others, the proposition becomes a bit trickier. There is not a lot of common ground and his interviewees are as diverse and colorful as can be. While in Japan, clean living and an active lifestyle seems to have raised the age limit, but other results vary with participants who drink, smoke, and have lived a life of excess. Another topic soon follows and the film starts to examine some ways to counteract aging. From hormones treatments to advanced studies of scientific manipulation, the film explores ways of feeling younger and perhaps even staving off death altogether. There are many more discussions to be had including cryogenics and even a trip to a funeral home convention. Literally, the film touches on dozens and dozens of topics.
In the end, the focus of "How to Live Forever" appears to jump all over the place. Wexler seems to want the documentary to be a comprehensive look at aging and death.Read more ›
You can't just watch "How to Live Forever" because the very topic requires participation. Wexler transparently models our assumptions, defenses, and uncertainties about the unassailable fact of our own demise. We can keep a distance perhaps when he's being gingerly hoisted into a casket by a "body scoop" demonstrated at a Las Vegas morticians' trade show (he's a corpse with a little smile), but his furtive measurement of midriff flab in a fast bathroom scene, or his earnest queries at a San Francisco Brain Gym lend a disarming intimacy to the wealth of attitudes and info the film presents us.
Inevitably we are drawn in by the diversity and richness of the film's speakers--each is presented with a ticker counting up his/her age--and their particular cultural and historical contexts.Read more ›
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Watching this should be mandatory for anyone studying the Boomer phenomenon.
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Unpromising beginning but turned out to be surprisingly rich and provocative. Well worth watching.Published 10 months ago by E.V.Grant
I wanted to watch a documentary on living a longer life. I did not appreciate the naked bodies and sex scene.Published 12 months ago by Nettie Jo