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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015, UK) June 26, 2016
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam
Duration: 114 mins
We first encounter Ramanujan in 1913 Madras, India, as an impoverished 25-year-old whose obsessive, self-taught mastery of mathematics has taken precedent over all other commitments in life, including his job as a shipping clerk and his recently arranged marriage. When Ramanujan writes a letter to Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) and sends along some of his notebooks, the professor immediately recognizes the untempered brilliance of the young scholar’s work, and invites him to come to Trinity College and pursue his studies further. Seeking the appreciation and recognition that have eluded him at home, and hoping to be published immediately, Ramanujan leaves behind his teary-eyed bride and his overbearing mother to embark on the long, dangerous ocean voyage to Britain. Through sweeping period detail and compelling theory the film reiterates how important Ramanujan’s work was.
Screening Date: 26-Jun-16