A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Director: Ron Howard
Entertainment grade: B–
History grade: C–
John Forbes Nash Jr won the 1994 Nobel Memorial prize in economics, along with John C Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten, for their work on game theory. Nash has been public about his struggle with schizophrenia.
John Nash (Russell Crowe) arrives at Princeton soon after the end of the second world war. "Mathematicians won the war," says a self-righteous professor. "Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians like you." The university is full of horrible, snotty young men belittling each other, and the socially awkward Nash is belittled the most. "The truth is that I don't like people much," he tells his roommate Charles (Paul Bettany). "And they don't much like me."
For all his scribbling of equations on windows, Nash