|A FIRST CLASS MAN|
The true story of Ramanujan, 1887-1920, the self taught Indian genius who from humble beginnings in rural India originated brilliant theories of mathematical prime numbers that leading professors at Cambridge University struggled to understand. A tragic figure, who yearned to return to his native India.
A First Class Man is based on the story of the mathematicians Ramanujan and G H Hardy. It's set in South India, Cambridge, and London during the First World War.
Ramanujan was an untutored genius and a mystic who believed his formulae came to him through prayer. Hardy was a mandarin of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a leading mathematician of the day. This unusual pair did significant work together and with Hardy's colleague, J E Littlewood.
Of particular interest in this telling, is their work in number theory. The alliance changed both Hardy and Ramanujan in unexpected ways. The central themes of the film are faith and reason and the difficulty of being an outsider in an established society.
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
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