Albert Schweitzer (2009)

A movie about the "jungle doctor" Albert Schweitzer (Jeroen Krabbé) tells the story of a philosopher and physician who promoted peace during the Cold War, built a hospital in what is now Gabon and proved stronger than the CIA. "Avoiding the pitfalls of the biopic genre, the film refrains from squeezing all aspects of the life of the German-French philosopher, musicologist, organist, theologian and physician Albert Schweitzer into a cinematic puzzle.

British director Gavin Millar focuses instead on a few crucial years of Schweitzer’s life: the period from 1949 to 1954, the year in which he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of the "reverence for life."

The film also includes a flashback to the time before World War I, when Schweitzer built a hospital in Gabon at a time when there was a lack of everything – beds, nurses, medicines and bandages. His young wife Helen helped her husband selflessly and to the point of exhaustion."
(Read more here)

Barbara Hershey won the Palme d'Or at Cannes
for her role as Schweitzer's wife


Cast: Jeroen Krabbé, Barbara Hershey, Samuel West, Jonathan Firth, Judith Godreche, Jeanette Hain, Armin Rohde.

Not sure if we'll be able to see this eventually with English subtitles?




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