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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 468 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

“For conversations about nothing, they are certainly something.” —The Economist

“Captivating, yet swerving discussion” —Vanity Fair

Featuring Ken Burns, Oliver Sacks, Rick Moody, and Brian Cox

Some of the world’s most active minds came to New York’s Rubin Museum of Art from 2010-2011 to talk about…nothing. Two by two, they partook in probing, inspired conversations about universal questions: what is, what isn’t, and how can we tell? The concept of nothing is central to Buddhism’s diamond sutra, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and countless more works of art, philosophy, science, and spirituality. So there was plenty for each pair to talk about.

The Economist applauded the Rubin’s “inspired pairings”: neurologist Oliver Sacks and blind photographer John Dugdale; Shakespearean actor Brian Cox and developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik; filmmaker Ken Burns and Tibetan Buddhist teacher Traleg Rinpoche; performance artist Laurie Anderson and Charles Seife, author of a book about zero. The results were unscripted, unlimited, and enlightening—food for thought from some of the greatest thinkers of our time.

Opened in 2004, the Rubin Museum of Art is one of New York City’s newest and most innovative presenters of exhibitions and programs related to Himalayan art and culture and their relevance to contemporary life.

These programs were originally created for the web. Consequently, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June L. on February 18, 2014
For everyone who thinks good conversation is a thing of the past, take heart. Talks About Nothing puts together people with diverse backgrounds, starting with perhaps a thread of shared experience. These conversations develop and grow into discussions encompassing a wealth of ideas. There is such courage expressed in the conversation between photographer John Dugdale and neurologist Oliver Sacks. Their starting point is sharing their individual loss of physical vision and how that impacts their work and lives. What is surprising is the humor and inventiveness that both men express, making those of us who listen to the conversation feel not pity for their loss, but a curiosity in their new way of "seeing," That is just one of ten amazing conversations in this DVD set. Accompanying the discs is a wonderful introductory booklet with the history and timeline of "zero." As the product description notes, this was designed as a web broadcast, so there are some technical glitches. These are minor, and do not impact the overall quality of content.
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By N. Chace on September 8, 2014
Really nothing
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