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Widely praised Robin Williams doc to air on HBO


The Robin Williams documentary that earned glowing reviews earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival is coming to television.

"Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" will premiere July 16 on HBO. The two-hour film mostly uses the late comedian's own words to chronicle the highs and lows of Williams' career and personal life, from his frantic standup routines and star-making turn on ABC's "Mork and Mindy" to his lifelong grapples with drugs and alcohol.

Emmy-winning director Marina Zenovich ("Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired") earned praise from the Hollywood Reporter for crafting "a film that doesn't shy from the well-known darkness in the star's life but prefers to remind us how funny he could be."

Variety describes the documentary as "sharp-edged, humane, and deeply researched enough to take you closer to the manic engine of Williams' brilliance and pain than you were before."

"Come Inside My Mind" features interviews with son Zak Williams, now 35, and an array of friends and fellow comedians, including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, David Letterman and Steve Martin.

Williams was 63 when he hanged himself inside his California home in 2014. An autopsy revealed that he was suffering from Lewy body dementia, a disease whose symptoms are similar to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.