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Biopic of the famed scientist and the work she did with her husband Pierre in the discovery of radium. Marie was a student at the Sorbonne studying for her Master's degree in physics when they first met. She received permission to use space in Professor Pierre Curie's laboratory. They soon fall in love and are married, working together on trying to isolate a radioactive substance Marie has identified as radium. Years of painstaking research and experimentation led to success and Marie and Pierre Curie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Sadly, Pierre was killed crossing the street in the rain when he was run over by a horse and wagon. Marie continued to work and make major contributions to science. Written by
Outstanding - an overlooked and forgotten masterpiece
"Madame Curie" is the beautiful and intriguing biography of the scientist who discovered radium. The direction was brilliant; the plot unfolded in such a way that there was never a dull moment. There was a nice balance between Curie's personal life - her falling in love with a fellow scientist and marrying him - and her scientific work. Many of these kind of films are "over the heads" of the average viewers, pretentiously spewing out scientific jargon at such a fast pace that one gets lost. But "Madame Curie" was easy to follow, in fact interesting and exciting. Greer Garson (as Curie) is such a jewel of an actress and has been all-too-forgotten.
What made me so captivated by this film was that the scientific world is quite bereft of female expertise, especially back in those days! It was soothing to see a woman use her intelligence and not be stopped by the social obstacles society threw in her way to discourage her from triumph. Her qualities of perseverance were breathtaking; she just wouldn't give up. A number of years ago, I came across a list, put together by historians, of the 100 most influential people in history. Madame Curie was just about the only female on the list!
"Madame Curie" is outstanding - an overlooked and forgotten masterpiece. (10 out of 10)
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