Monday, April 10, 2017

The Man Who Knew Infinity 2015

     This story takes place in the 1910’s.  Srinivasa Ramanujan lives in Madras, India.  He lives and breathes mathematics and he is confident that he knows what he’s doing.  It’s an instinct for him.  He is invited by G.H. Hardy to attend Trinity College at Cambridge, England, UK.  Janaki is his young wife and he must leave her behind with his mother in Madras.  G.H. Hardy recognizes the genius in Ramaujan but he’s hard on him at the same time.  He forces Ramanujan to show the proofs for his calculations. 
     It’s a struggle for Ramanujan at Trinity and no one knows just how difficult it is for him because he doesn’t acknowledge his problems to anyone.  He can’t eat in the dining hall because he is a strict vegetarian.  The students and other professor believe he doesn’t belong there because he’s from India.  When WWI breaks out, the soldiers believe he should be fighting too but he’s not a British citizen.  He doesn’t have the comfort of letters from home because his mother hides all letters to and from Trinity.  4* (I really liked this movie)

108 min, Bio directed by Matt Brown with Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair, Raghuvir Joshi, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Stephen Fry, Arundathi Nag, Devika Bhise, Padraic Delaney, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam.

Note:  Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 61% critic 71% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 559 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cabridge, Cambridgeshire and The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, England, UK.  There is a mistake after WWI begins, Zeppelins did not bomb Cambridge.  Also, the memorial to those from Trinity College who died in WWII is visible behind Ramanujan.  Stephen Fry and Jeremy Northam previously acted together in Gosford Park of 2001.  I was surprised about the very low review on the Roger Ebert page?

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