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Source:  The Mercury News

In the opening moments of the hilarious and heartbreaking HBO documentary, “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” David Letterman recalls being awestruck when he first saw Robin Williams perform in Los Angeles when they were both fledgling stand-up comedians during the 1970s.

“It was like observing an experiment,” Letterman says. “All I could really do was hang onto the microphone for dear life. And here was a guy who could levitate.”

Directed by Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”), the two-hour film is an enticing invitation to explore, in a fresh light, the various components of Williams’ comedic genius.

What exactly was it that fueled the bountiful imagination, magnetic charisma and rapid-fire riffs of one of our most beloved entertainers? And what kind of pain was all that revved-up merriment often masking?

Ultimately, Zenovich’s biographical portrait can’t answer all our questions. How could we ever fully understand the iconic star who shockingly took his life in 2014 at the age of 63? But it succeeds in at least drawing us closer.

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” premieres tonight on HBO.

Read the story at The Mercury News.

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