When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Written by
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In the West, Ibn Sinna is referred to as Avicenna. He is renowned as a foundational figure in the history of medicine. See more »
The edition of "Arabian Nights" that Rebecca carries seems to be a pocket book. Such a format was not created until the 19th century by editors intending to profit from low-margin mass-produced books. In the time of the story, books were copied by hand and therefore scarce and expensive. There was no reason to make smaller books. Instead, they were usually large enough for two people to read at once. See more »
[performing for a crowd]
Back and forth, up and down, left to right, for more than one hundred years. But nowhere have I had the pleasure of looking out upon a crowd with prettier girls than here in your wonderful Rough Dovender. Why do I specially like it here because... I always lay me best eggs here.
[starts imitating a chicken, then produces an egg]
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It's one of the best epic dramas of recent European cinema.
"The Physician" is one of the best examples of epic drama and adventure that has given the recent European cinema. A production of this magnitude had many papers end up in fiasco, something indigestible and tortuous because of its bombast. However, the result is more remarkable: a film that despite its length does not decline at any time and without being brilliant in any section, offers a more than acceptable quality as a whole.
Adventure, travel, medicine, interest in learning, tolerance between religions and radicalism that only lead to death and war. Love, friendship, perseverance, stubbornness, sacrifice, wisdom, liberated or repressed emotions ... These are issues , topics reflected in this amazing German blockbuster spectacular photography aspects. Counting all the time with a beautiful soundtrack.
Fortunately with the magnificent interpretation of teacher Ben Kingsley and good work in production design and photography gets put a finishing touch to this great movie.
The film has a good pace and also has its moments of calm and reflection necessary . They have done a great job.
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