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The New Math(s) (2000)

Not Rated | | Short | 26 July 2007 (Poland)
Two students and their teacher seem to be literally fighting over the proper solution to a complex mathematical equation. Is it the key to time and space or a coded instruction manual about their own secret urges?

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Hal Hartley
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D.J. Mendel ... Teacher
David Neumann David Neumann ... Student
Miho Nikaido ... Student
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Two students and their teacher seem to be literally fighting over the proper solution to a complex mathematical equation. Is it the key to time and space or a coded instruction manual about their own secret urges? An alchemical action movie? A real life cartoon with original music by Dutch heavyweight Louis Andriessen. Hal Hartley fashioned this whimsical piece of fight choreography with three of his recent performer/collaborators: Miho Nikaido, David Neumann and DJ Mendel.

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Not Rated

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Slapstick math
23 February 2020 | by hof-4See all my reviews

Of all of Hal Hartley's short films I know, this one is the is the funniest. A professor and his two students (male and female) seem to be at odds about the result of a long calculation written on a chalkboard and on a mirror with lipstick. They express their disagreement in rather forceful ways, not commonly practiced by mathematicians.

The formulas, intentionally or not, contain some strange terms, such a summation with lower limit infinity + 1 and upper limit infinity, or another summation sign with the same lower and upper limits.

Eerie music by Dutch composers Louis Andriessen and Michael Van der Aa.


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