Niels Bohr

Ole John, Denmark, 1985

60 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

This is the first international film portrait of the Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962), one of the greatest pioneers of atomic physics. For many years his institute in Copenhagen was a centre for exploring the mysteries of the atom. The film traces Niels Bohr's life, being based on material selected from archives all over the world. It includes a number of interviews with world-renowned physicists, including John A. Wheeler and Carl F. Weizsäcker, both of whom were close friends of Bohr and his colleagues during the period when the Copenhagen institute was at the height of its fame. The film touches on Bohr's youth, his discussions with Einstein, the critical time during the Second World War in connection with Churchill and the atomic bomb, likewise on Bohr's open letter to the United Nations in which he appealed for close cooperation across all borders in order to prevent further catastrophes.
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Original title Niels Bohr
Danish title Niels Bohr
Keywords Bohr, Niels, Nuclear research, Quantum theory, Nuclear physics, Nuclear physicians, 1900-1999
Director Ole John
Screenplay Ole John
Director of Photography Tom Elling, Dan Holmberg, Jenö Farkas
Editor Ghita Beckendorff, Niels Pagh Andersen
Sound Kent Allan Beck, Niels Arnt Torp, Peter Witt, Morning Pastorok
Composer Ilja Bergh
Appearance Victor Weisskopf, Carl F. von Weizsäcker, Friedrich Hund, Erik Bohr
Production country Denmark
Production company Ole John Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info 662 meter, 16 mm, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 02.10.1985
Cinemas Delta
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Ole John Film
Executive Producer Statens Filmcentral
Commissioned by Udenrigsministeriet, Statens Filmcentral
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Ole John


Script Ole John


Production Ole John


Cinematography Tom Elling
Cinematography Dan Holmberg
Cinematography Jenö Farkas


Editing Ghita Beckendorff
Editing Niels Pagh Andersen


Music Ilja Bergh


Sound Kent Allan Beck
Sound Niels Arnt Torp
Sound Peter Witt
Sound Morning Pastorok


Appearance Victor Weisskopf
Appearance Carl F. von Weizsäcker
Appearance Friedrich Hund
Appearance Erik Bohr
Appearance Margaret Gowing
Appearance John A. Wheeler
Appearance Rudolf Peierls

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