Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)


This documentary chronicles the life and art of Bob Flanagan, who was diagnosed with the disease cystic fibrosis. Director Kirby Dick examines how Flanagan began routinely maiming his own body to deal with and overcome the acute physical pain he felt every day. Flanagan’s self-torturing habits are the basis for his avant-garde live performances, which are featured prominently in the film. Dick also explores Flanagan’s unusual romance with a dominatrix.

Director: Kirby Dick.
Stars: Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick, Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Rita Valencia.
Cinematographers: Jonathan Dayton, Kirby Dick, Sheree Rose.
Composer: Blake Leyh.

1997 Sundance Film Festival – Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary).

English subtitles are available for this movie, to enable them on the video player click on the cogwheel, select the last option (субтитры), and finally, click on “En”.


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  1. Mars1974
    March 3, 2023

    Respect for the pain he endured. The mere essence of the an artist.
    Talented poet.

  2. Heidi
    July 27, 2023

    It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I’m so glad that I saw it.

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