As a young boy, Richard was fascinated with science and objects in motion. This wonderment was reinforced through the efforts of his father. The only thing that mattered as much as science, and his family, was Arline, whom he met when they were both in school. But fate can often be cruel and Arline is found to be stricken by Tuberculosis. Undaunted, Richard studies the disease as he studies science in hopes of curing her. When her disease is in remission, they marry and he proceeds on to college where his studies and the war lead him to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan Project. While Richard is intrigued with the solution to the project, he is also concerned with the outcome and saddened with the failing health of Arline. Written by
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The abacus scene is also accurate but Richard is quoted as saying from "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" that he knew logarithms so he could calculate the cube root of 1729.03 unlike the man with the beads. See more »
Take a real-life pair of lovers. Stay true to the specifics of their lives. Don't over-emphasize high points and low points for unrealistic dramatic effect. Let the story tell itself. In the mid-1930's, a brilliant young scientist fell in love with a girl from his neighborhood and began a relationship with her that lasted until her untimely death. They went on dates, he told her about his work, she opened up his mind to the arts, and they made love whenever and wherever possible. Here's another clue to filming a love affair: don't show the couple in the act of love accompanied by the pop hits of the day. Show us the prelude and the afterglow and save the gymnastics for the screenwriters with little imagination. Matthew Broderick shines as both star and director of this small film, and Patricia Arquette gave her best performance to date as his no-nonsense leading lady. The physics are a bit over my head but the romance is real and beautiful to watch.
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