Within the past few days we lost one of the greatest actors and entertainers of all time, but his legacy will always be available on film. The library owns many of his movies. Here’s a selection of perhaps less well-known, but exceptional, performances by Robin Williams:
Set in a world where implanted microchips record all moments of one’s life. The chips are removed upon death and images are edited by a cutter into a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased. Robin Williams plays a troubled cutter.
Based on the true story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it details his experimentation with the drug L-dopa which inspired the ‘awakening’ of a number of catatonic patients, some of whom had been sleeping for as long as 30 years.
Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie, kills herself and goes to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.
In Nazi-occupied Poland a poor Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants.
A comedy about an android “household appliance” robot who just wants to be a regular guy.
Tommy Wilhelm’s life is falling apart. He’s lost his job and his girlfriend, his investments have gone sour, he trusts the wrong people with the little money he has left, and he’s rejected by his own father. Quite simply, Tommy is a portrait of failure.
A quirky, black comedy about Paul Barnell, a nearly bankrupt Alaskan travel agent whose wife, Margaret, is on the brink of insanity. When he finds a frozen body in the dumpster behind his office, Paul thinks this is answer to his financial problems. He tries to pass the body off as his long-lost brother to collect on the insurance money. Not only does he have to worry about an unrelenting investigator and two aspiring hit men are also after him, his supposedly dead brother returns.
Bob is determined to combine work and pleasure. He rents a recreational motor home to drive his wife and kids on a scenic vacation to the Colorado Rockies. While trying to enjoy some much needed quality time with his family, Bob is secretly preparing a presentation for a high-stakes corporate merger. Their dysfunctional road trip leads to repeated encounters with the perky Gornicke family. The Gornicke’s don’t appear to be too bright, but to Bob, they represent the familial togetherness that Bob was hoping to regain.
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions of the boy’s identity comes up, the host’s life is thrown into chaos.
By working through challenges stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.