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7:30pm International Film Series: The Man Who Knew Infinity
September 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
September 1, 2017 The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015, UK/US, directed by Matthew Brown, 108 min.)
This biographical drama recounts the life of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, portrayed by Dev Patel. Young Ramanujan (1887-1920) was recognized by his employers as unusually gifted and encouraged to write to leading mathematicians abroad. In 1913 he arrived at Trinity College in Cambridge where he rose to prominence under the tutelage of renowned math professor G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons. Mathematics plays a key role in the story, but in an accessible way that illustrates why Ramanujan’s legacy remains important close to a century after his death. Nevertheless, British society and the university structure were not particularly welcoming to a foreign visitor from a very different background, especially during WWI. Also with Devika Bhise as Ramanujan’s young wife, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry and Jeremy Northam as Bertrand Russell.