The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011) is a German,English,Czech movie. Martin Witz has directed this movie. Trevor J. Roling,Hanspeter Müller,Mario Scarabelli,Albert Hofmann are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2011. The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011) is considered one of the best Documentary,Biography,History movie in India and around the world.
In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down. The story of a drug - its discovery in the Basel chemistry lab, the first experiments by Albert Hofmann on himself, the 1950s experiments of the psychiatrists, the consciousness researchers, the artists. Could it actually be possible to find a path to the core of our human existence by means of a chemical? Spirituality at the flick of a switch? Do the enigmatic effects of this drug really help us to better understand the human soul? Could LSD be an instrument of contemporary psychiatry? Of modern brain research?
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By chance I came across this movie on TV today and must say that it truly is an eye opening experience. Not only does the substance increases your awareness as such but this movie makes you aware how absurd in retrospect step by step a whole generation was impacted by a coincidence. The movie is extremely well crafted. A first rate documentary which is as mentioned eye opening. Fantastic editing, music and speed.... A historical movie about a special time... It accurately describes how from the lab it arrived at the streets in quantities which today seem hard to believe. For someone who is now about 40 and was too young to have lived the 50ies and 60ies it enables to understand the psychedelic and Hippie movement. By the editing and the intense interviews you do have a feeling of actually reliving the times. The Director has truly shown sensitivity and also a certain pragmatism which makes this movie very pleasurable and entertaining.
A beautifully produced film describing the history of the of LSD, with interviews with Hofmann, Leary and Dr. Roland Griffiths who is now opening up research again, and finding important uses for psilocybin in psychiatry again. The sad story of the 20 years of darkness where psychoactive drugs have been daemonised and attacked - mainly because of the threat that they posed to the war mongers who didn't wish for peace marches to interfere with the Vietnam War. It's sad to see the sickness of the military 'mind' that sought to use LSD for CIA interrogation and, when that failed, as a means of attacking whole cities. It is wonderful that such an important means of enhancing human life is coming back into the open again. The film also has appearances from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead!
Is there any singular substance that has influenced Western culture more than LSD? Sadly, the story of LSD has thus far been a tragic one, but with new research at some of the leading medical universities in the USA, perhaps this phenomenal gift will make a resurgence and become readily available once again - it is too beneficial for just the most ill. This film covers the entire history of LSD, including original footage of government and psychological experiments with the substance. If you are interested in learning more about LSD, this film would be a good place to start.
"The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD" is an award-winning 90-minute documentary from 2011, so this one had its 11th anniversary last year. The writer and director is Martin Witz and it is certainly his most known work. This documentary is partially English, partially German, so make sure you got a good set of subtitles perhaps. The German parts are mostly interview with the guy in the title, who is the one that discovered LSD and who also lived over the age of 100. This means this documentary gives information first hand really because there is probably no bigger expert on the subject than Hofmann, even if his discovery may have been a bit on the lucky side. Other references are about the use of LSD as an illegal drug, even if that part is really not in the center of it all, about LSD as a pharmaceutic drug and also about LSD in terms of war/military. The second aspect is probably the central component of the film as there are long sequences about people who took it and who as a consequence participated in medical tests. I would say that the film perhaps became a bit weaker towards the end, but thanks to the first half / first 60 minutes the informative aspect here is really good enough overall to let me say that this film was a success. I am also a bit on the generous side with it here because it is about a subject that does not really interest me at all as I had no prior knowledge, have never taken LSD or plan to. And still it was interesting to watch for the most part. Those with more affection for the topic will probably enjoy the watch a lot. And these are of course also the ones I recommend seeing it to. Everybody else can check it out too, but should keep their expectations not too high.