The Self-Made Man
Tue, Jul 26, 2005 60 mins
Bob Stern, an ailing 77-year-old businessman, calmly weighs the pros and cons of suicide in "The Self-Made Man," his daughter Susan Stern's unusual family memoir. The film juxtaposes home movies and comments from family and friends with a July 4, 2001, videotape in which the elder Stern is seen laying out a "cost-benefit ratio," as he puts it, on his life. The family opposed suicide but, sighs son Mike, "I guess he saw himself as a bad investment, and that it was time to sell."