Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic
Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008)

Is there beauty in annihilation? This is one question driving filmmaker Jon Else's (The Day After Trinity) latest documentary. Extending his fascination with the now-60-year history of nuclear power, Else's new film achieves… More

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Release Date: May 30, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Jonathan F. Richards

As powerful as the opera material is, the history and science trumps it in this film.

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Steve Smith
Time Out

Jon Else's taut chronicle, fashioned from vivid scenes of creativity and conflict, mostly coheres despite a few wayward strands. But disappointingly, Adams's purely musical choices are largely left unexamined.

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Louis Proyect

Superb documentary on the making of an opera and a weapon of mass destruction.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

By the end, the beautifully shot Wonders Are Many has both probed issues of moral responsibility and scientific curiosity, and paid homage to the strange transcendence that can attend any anticipation of a thing created.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice


Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Despite some very good singing in the opera portions, Wonders Are Many is hard to take seriously.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Enthralling documentary.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A masterful distillation of explosive elements: science, art, psychology and humanity.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Jon Else's unusual and sometimes beautiful film documents a rare cultural moment when art, history and science collided: The making of composer John Adams and director/librettist Peter Sellar's opera Doctor Atomic.

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