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The Theory of Everything

The adaptation of Stephen Hawking's first wife Jane Wilde's autobiography tells of their long marriage, sends out the message that love overcomes almost everything and draws a symbolic parallel between their love and the place of religion in modern ...


The physicist Stephen Hawking is without a doubt a remarkable person. There are six documentary films alone dedicated to his exceptional life story and theories. Hawking has already appeared in STAR TREK, the SIMPSONS and the BIG BANG THEORY and his computer voice could be heard in the short film HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 60 SECONDS. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is about Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde, a philologist and devout member of the Church of England, on whose memoir the film is based. The question of whether or not there is room in Hawking’s universe for the existence of God is one of the film’s main themes. Hawking was and is an atheist and a socialist. He has always stressed that his theory of the universe, the concept of God is not necessary. Even more interesting is the depiction of Stephen and Jane’s relationship that intensified after Hawking was given a life expectancy of two years after his diagnosis of a debilitating motor neuron disease. Jane and Stephen were married for twenty-five years and have three children. The film portrays Hawking – played by Oscar-worthy Eddie Redmayne – as a charming young man with a ferocious will. He doesn’t want to be helped and when he must then only his wife is allowed to assist him. When it becomes too much for her, conflict arises and she gradually falls in love with the widowed choirmaster. Apparently even Stephen Hawking himself shed tears at the film’s premiere.

Tom Dorow


Original title: The Theory of Everything
Großbritannien 2014, 123 min
Language: English
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: James Marsh
Author: Anthony McCarten
DOP: Benoît Delhomme
Montage: Jinx Godfrey
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Distributor: Universal Pictures International Germany
Cast: David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
Release: 25.12.2014




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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