Pi

Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Sean Gullette

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Rarely do you get a movie that forgets about 3/5 beauty profile shots or cameos by former child actors. What you get with this movie is a chilling, visually disturbing movie of man, math, and the pursuit of power. It plays together religion, science, greed, power, and pride in such a way to show that they are all related and balanced in some sort of perfect harmony. NOTE: I was a math major so I've seen all those terms in the movie, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to just sit down and enjoy the movie.

-paulviet@yahoo.com quote

Very rarely does a movie so perfectly created on truth fuse together the emotions and pain of a tortured mind to film. The soundtrack gives the movie a fresh, 'techno' pace, and almost lets you feel as a tortured mind feels. The information in the film is well crafted, and you don't have to be a Ph.D. in Mathematics to get the equation: Pi = Brilliance.

-William Demeritt quote

Do the Math, Go see PI

by paulviet@yahoo.com on 9/28/1999

Rarely do you get a movie that forgets about 3/5 beauty profile shots or cameos by former child actors. What you get with this movie is a chilling, visually disturbing movie of man, math, and the pursuit of power. It plays together religion, science, greed, power, and pride in such a way to show that they are all related and balanced in some sort of perfect harmony. NOTE: I was a math major so I've seen all those terms in the movie, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to just sit down and enjoy the movie. Read More

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My mother told me not to look into the sun...

by William Demeritt on 12/15/1999

Very rarely does a movie so perfectly created on truth fuse together the emotions and pain of a tortured mind to film. The soundtrack gives the movie a fresh, 'techno' pace, and almost lets you feel as a tortured mind feels. The information in the film is well crafted, and you don't have to be a Ph.D. in Mathematics to get the equation: Pi = Brilliance. Read More

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Product Overview

A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code in this critically acclaimed schizophrenic thriller. Special features: commentary by director darren aronofsky and actor sean gullette, deleted scenes, interactive menus, production notes and much more.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40105055
UPC 012236049401
UPC 14 00012236049401
Format DVD
Release Date 2/18/2003
Rating Rating
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Independent
Math
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Low-budget film that won Darren Aronofsky "Best Director" at 1998's Sundance Film Festival. Gritty, inventive black-and-white photography drives this story of genius mathematician Max Cohen who is exploring the possible existence of discernible patterns in the stock market. With the aid of Euclid, his home grown supercomputer, Max stumbles upon a bug that crashes his system and spits out a seemingly meaningless number. A knowledgeable friend gives him insight using the ancient game of Go and warns of the spiritual ramifications of powerful numbers. A Hasidic cabalistic sect and representatives from an extremely powerful Wall Street firm then attempt to extract the number from him, by whatever means necessary, for their own ill-gotten gains.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "11:15 Restate my assumptions:|1. Mathematics is the language of nature.|2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.|3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge.|Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature."| - Max Cohen
Quote "The Torah is just a long string of numbers. Some say that it's a code sent to us from God." | - Lenny Meyer
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...[A] mesmerizing mind-bender.....Aronofsky is a visionary with a raw talent..." 07/09/1998 p.145
USA Today "...Truly an original..." 08/21/1998 p.3E
Film Comment "...Ingeniously cerebral, playfully twisted....A tour-de-force of grainy, high-contrast black-and-white photography and inventive editing and sound design..." 03/01/1998 p.7
Premiere "...[Aronofsky] manages to showcase plenty of style..." 08/01/1998 p.24
Box Office "...A hallucinatory rumination on the riddle of existence....PI is a delight for the eye and the mind..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 04/01/1998 p.180
Los Angeles Times "...It is a brilliant intellectual adventure that fans of bold independent filmmaking will want to experience..." 07/24/1998 p.C6
Total Film "A deeply unnerving and compulsively watchable indie thriller shot entirely in black and white..." 06/01/2000 p.90
Wall Street Journal "The gritty black-and-whiteness of Darren Aronofsky's first feature recalls another visionary debut, David Lynch's ERASERHEAD." 12/03/2010
Directors
Darren Aronofsky
Actors
Sean Gullette
Cast & Crew
Ben Shenkman - Actor
Mark Margolis - Actor
Pamela Hart - Actor
Sean Gullette - Actor
Daren Aronofsky - Based On Story By
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Darren Aronofsky - Director
Clint Mansell - Musical Score
Eric Watson - Producer
Sean Gulette - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 60494
UPC 00012236049401
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.66:1
Awards
Independent Spirit (1999) Darren Aronofsky, Winner, Best First Screenplay,Matthew Libatique, Nominee, Best Cinematographer,Darren Aronofsky, et al., Nominee, Best First Feature
Sundance Film Festival (1999) Darren Aronofsky, Winner, Director's Award-Dramatic Film
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review [Pi] transports us to a world that is like yet unlike our own, and, in its mysterious familiarity, is eerie, intense, and compelling. Reality is a fragile commodity, but, because the script is well-written and the central character is strongly developed, it's not hard to suspend disbelief... For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.
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ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Surround Sound, Commentary
Product Attributes
Actor Gullette,Sean
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner ...in this movie there is passion (for knowledge), love (of God), greed and plenty of conflict. I had a ball.

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