# CINEMA : Mathematicians

I know that a similar question has been asked about mathematics documentaries in general, but I would like some recommendations on films specifically about various mathematicians (male and or female).

What would be nice is if you'd recommend something about not just the famous ones but also the not so famous ones.

Note$_1$: If you happen to find a film on a transgender mathematician, well that's just great too. I'm a very progressive person with a very open brain.

Note$_2$: Throughout my life I've seen most of the mainstream films, but it'd be nice to hear from the world what things I may have missed.

Note$_3$: If you have the ability to search Nets outside of the the limitations of Google's Nets, then maybe you'll find some foreign films or something, as, for example in Switzerland.

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Does "Straw Dogs" count? – MJD Jun 7 '13 at 2:34
So, just documentaries about mathematicians, then? – Alexander Gruber Jun 7 '13 at 2:39
Yes. That's right. – Tyquan Pesik Jun 7 '13 at 2:58
Isn't this question a dupe? – Voyska Jun 7 '13 at 2:59

I enjoyed N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.

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Yeah, I saw that one. I liked it too. – Tyquan Pesik Jun 7 '13 at 2:59

A few of my favorite documentaries are:

$\bullet$ N is a Number - a Portrait of Paul Erdos

$\bullet$ Fermat's Last Theorem

$\bullet$ Taking the Long Road - the Life of Shiing-shen Chern

$\bullet$ I Want to be a Mathematician - A Conversation with Paul Halmos

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Yeah, all of Zala Films I've seen. Anything else? – Tyquan Pesik Jun 7 '13 at 2:59
I'm looking for something rare. – Tyquan Pesik Jun 7 '13 at 3:03

You might be interested in the Italian film "La morte di un matemático napolitano" (The death of a Neapolitan mathematician) which is about the last days of Renato Caccioppoli. This seems to fit your bill since he was a very important mathematician and lived a very eventful life but is hardly known outside of Italy. I have never managed to see the film but it is, apparently, of quite high quality. By the way, it is a feature film, not a documentary.

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There is new movie called the man who knew infinity.It is about the famous number theorist Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar.

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The real man portrayed in A Beautiful Mind was not only an economist but a mathematician who published original discoveries in math. There is also a recent film bio of Alvin Turing. Sorry I forget the title.

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