To the Limit, perhaps the most innovative giant screen film ever made, explores the outer limits of human performance. But what of the equally amazing internal orchestrations of the human body that make such physical acts possible? To the Limit presents staggeringly beautiful scenes from inside the body that reveal its miraculous ability to adapt to the demands of intense physical action. Special camera equipment developed just for this film takes you on a “miniature helicopter ride” through the heart, arteries, and even down to the microscopic level to witness the actual oxygen exchange of red blood cells in tiny air sacs of the lungs. Featuring famed American rock climber Tony Yaniro, champion ski racer Maria Walliser and Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, To the Limit defines and explores entirely new realms of cinematic experience. Photographed in the Soviet Union, England and the United States.

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films for the Museum Film Network and NOVA/WGBH Boston

Narrated by Richard Kiley

Runtime: 38 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 8/70, Dome-customized 15/70

Honors and Reviews
  • Grand Prix du Public – 2nd Annual La Géode Euromax Film Festival

“The images are stunning. To the Limit is more exciting than the Indiana Jones picture.”
– Gene Siskel, WBBM-TV “Siskel & Ebert”

“It takes viewers on a thrilling, intimate adventure by letting them observe the passion, beauty and marvelous complexity of the human body.”
– The Vancouver Sun

To the Limit has incredible pictures taken inside the human body—the way the body’s muscles work, nerves function, and the way the body utilizes oxygen…all and all—a magnificent film! It’s fun to watch, full of fascinating special effects, and loaded with good information.”
– Dr. Frank Field, WCBS-TV, New York

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