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Substance, The: Albert Hoffmann’s Lsd

Synopsis
Martin Witz’s documentary tells the story of the drug which Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann synthesized in a laboratory in 1943. The film follows Hofmann’s experiments with the drug on himself, the research done by psychiatrists in the 1950s, its use by the CIA as a potential weapon, and the explosive effects when it was adopted by the counterculture in the 1960s. The film returns to Hofmann in the 2000s to hear his views on the drug: he expresses regret at what he sees as the misuse of the substance and reiterates his belief that LSD has enormous potential benefits if used correctly in psychoanalysis.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Switzerland; Germany
Subjects
Chemistry; Social Studies
Keywords
LSD; psychiatry; psychedelic art; counter-culture

Credits

Director
Martin Witz

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

Soda Pictures

Email
info@sodapictures.com
Web
http://www.sodapictures.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7377 1407
Address
17 Blossom Street
London
E1 6PL

Distributor

Name

Elevation Sales

Email
generalenquiries@elevationsales.co.uk
Web
http://www.elevationsales.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Address
45-51 Whitfield Street
London
W1T 4HB
Notes
In 2007 the company was jointly acquired by Optimum Home Entertainment and Lionsgate UK.

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