Beautiful Mind by Silvia Nasar: The Real Story Of Schizophrenia
For anyone who has seen the film A Beautiful Mind John Nash comes across as a man troubled by schizophrenia, yet able to achieve success in his life. While his illness does cause him significant problems, he is still able to achieve greatness via his game theory,…… [Read More]
Beautiful Mind" -- a Film
John Forbes Nash, Jr., an American Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, is such a notable individual that he is the subject of a book, a PBS documentary and a film. The film A Beautiful Mind (Crowe, et al. 2006) eliminates aspects of Nash's life and rewrites other aspects revealed in the book and documentary,…… [Read More]
Ron Howard's 2001 film A Beautiful Mind caused as much controversy over its treatment of mental illness as it did over its winning the Academy Award for best picture. Based on Sylvia Nassar's book of the same name, A Beautiful Mind chronicles the life of a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who suffered from schizophrenia, one of…… [Read More]
He also has hallucinations about being followed by a federal agent, in keeping with his academic world where the government seeks on the one hand to employ mathematicians and scientists and on the other hand mistrusts them. Many of the encounters he has in his mind with this agent and others have the aura of a detective movie, showing that…… [Read More]
The movie brought the reality of schizophrenia closer to personal experience, not only because the film is adapted from the true story of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a Mathematics genius. It is also because the sight-and-sound properties of the cinema have that distinct capability of connecting the audience to the innermost chamber of the characters'…… [Read More]
Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard [...] John Nash's personal adaptation to his life. What human needs did he have difficulty in satisfying? How did his personal solutions to his problems explain both his genius and mental illness? Describe his role as a scientist and moral philosopher. John Nash's extraordinary life surmounted odds that many would find insurmountable. This is…… [Read More]
In one way, it can seem that Nash has low communication competence. For example, he does not have good relationships with his classmates, his workmates, or his students. However, there are various signs that this is related more to a lack of social skills than an inability to communicate. This is seen towards the end of the film where Nash…… [Read More]
Which aspects of the film were realistic and which were not and how could it have been better?
The suffering caused by Nash's illness to his wife are certainly realistic, as is the preoccupation with government survellience typical of many paranoid delusions. Even Nash's recovery, while atypical of the disorder, is based in…… [Read More]
This is a beautiful and gripping biographical work on John Nash, the mathematical genius, by Sylvia Nasar. Nasar's work is an engaging depiction of the meteoric rise of the prodigious Nash into the mathematical fraternity and the ironical affliction that he had to face, battling against the degenerative schizophrenia. Nasar discusses all the trouble that…… [Read More]
A Beautiful Mind
The subject that will be of focus for this paper will be the case of John Forbes Nash, Jr., the real life man whose life directly inspired the film A Beautiful Mind. (2001) The protagonist is played by actor Russell Crowe. The film is classified as a "biopic," short for…… [Read More]
People who do not understand mental illness will see this film in a new light, because it not only shows how Nash reacts to his own illness, but how others, from employers to family and friends react. Some of the reactions indicate fear, some loathing, and some just bewilderment and a sense of unreality and hopelessness. Some of the reactions…… [Read More]
Diagnosis and Supporting Evidence
A Beautiful Mind is a film that characterizes the story of a brilliant mathematician named John Forbes Nah Jr. He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and the story is based on the real events of his life and his struggle with the disease. At…… [Read More]
Cain (afterward coupled by Mickey Spillane, Horace McCoy, and Jim Thompson) -- whose books were also recurrently tailored in films noir. In the vein of the novels, these films were set apart by a subdued atmosphere and realistic violence, and they presented postwar American cynicism to the extent of nihilism by presuming the total and hopeless corruption of society and…… [Read More]
Among the various styles of producing films, it has been observed the noir style is one that has come to be recognized for its uniqueness in characterization, camera work and striking dialogue. Film Noir of the 1940s and 50s were quite well-known for their feminine characters that were the protagonists, the femme fatale. This was…… [Read More]
These blows come in the form of beatings and disappointments encountered by Antoine while he is a student at a prison-like school. Truffaut paints the starkness of his reality effectively in his use of black and white hues. The boys are dressed mainly in dark formal clothes and their surroundings are also dark. This is contrasted with the brightness of…… [Read More]
In this area, meanings with their endless referrals evolve. These include meanings form discourses, as well as cultural systems of knowledge which structure beliefs, feelings, and values, i.e., ideologies. Language, in turn, produces these temporal "products."
During the next section of this thesis, the researcher relates a number of products (terminology) the film/TV industry produced, in answer…… [Read More]
Prisons can be more than a place where one is confined for what they have done. A prison can be a great number of things; a prison can be a psychological, social, emotional, or physical construct. Pedro Almodovar explores these four types of prisons in two of his films, Volver…… [Read More]
His stance is also one of superiority as he presents himself as the victim of his own vision and artistic expression. In this context, the generic pronoun "they" symbolizes Craig's detachment from the world around him as he feels superior which he believes, is what causes his isolation.
Craig's wife, Lotte, is perhaps the most radically changed…… [Read More]
Film Analysis & Critique: Movie Lost in Translation
A film can have numerous motives. A film may possibly have the purpose of conveying a message, to reveal an aspect virtuously for its aesthetic appeal. However more often than not a film may have the purpose of attaining an emotional reaction from the audience or viewers. It is…… [Read More]
The house actually becomes a source of personal healing and revelation for Catherine, who is really her father's daughter and much closer to her father both in terms of their mutual mathematical genius and their mental illness. Within the house, Catherine has had formative conversations with her father, including the one…… [Read More]
Ron Howard's 2001 film biography of the life of John Nash, A Beautiful Mind, delves into the world of a man suffering from schizophrenia. However, the film treats the disease delicately, without offering too many stereotypes or classifications of mental illness. Rather, the audience is aware that behind Nash's genius is a disturbed, albeit "beautiful" mind.…… [Read More]
film noir movement by examining two films from the genre made at two different times within the movement. This will first mean looking at definitions of what classifies a film as noir and then looking at conventions of the movement such as: story, character and setting. This will explore how production value expresses the story and acts as an important…… [Read More]
film analysis of movie Juliet of the Spirits released in 1965. The film is a great work of mid-1900's and the lovers of film history enjoy not only its story but also the picturing and the sounds. The movie is about memories, and spirituality of a woman who is in her middle age. The landscape and light effects of the…… [Read More]
Lawrence of Arabia
This movie uses the vast desert as the setting for the adventures of T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence succeeds in enlisting desert tribes to fight on the side of the British -- and against the Turks in World War I. The point of the military aspect is that the Arab…… [Read More]
movies Gladiator and Braveheart both focus on the highly popular and time-honored, classic theme of humankind's unending struggle for freedom. Braveheart and Gladiator share numerous similarities, but are very different movies, in several important ways. In both movies, the average man becomes a true hero, after he is horribly wronged, and is thereafter forced to fight for freedom for both…… [Read More]
Analyzing the Sopranos through the eyes of Carl Jung
The award-winning HBO television series, The Sopranos, is one that can be analyzed by people everywhere. Each time a new episode airs, it has more symbolism than the last. The various storylines, plots, and characters are divulged in…… [Read More]
Tin Drum 1979
Film Review: The Tin Drum (1979)
The film The Tin Drum (1979) is like nothing I had ever seen before. It was loud, offensive, and in your face; yet, lightly laced with an incredible depth that reflected the sentiment of a still broken nation. In the midst of the Cold War,…… [Read More]
Men described how they would make a throat cutting gesture toward the incoming Jews as they arrived in the death camps, but some said that they made that gestured a warning and others made it in order to taunt. Survivors talked about a deceiving cordiality from the guards, while the others talked about a brutal experience filled with confusion. Due…… [Read More]
It gives a good idea about what the respondent feels and is thinking. (McNamara) Another major advantage of a qualitative research method is that it can be directed at a smaller group. For instance, in this project, there were only two girls interviewed. This sort of research method is thus more convenient and is also less expensive.
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Silent Film And How Critical Reception Shifts Over Time
The objective of this study is to examine the film Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari or 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and to examine silent film and how critical reception shifts over time.
The film Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari or 'The Cabinet of Dr.…… [Read More]
Siegel's 1956 film version of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses a number of realistic techniques like undistorted camera angles, and shots of mundane activities and locations to establish the rationality and logic of the daytime world of small-town California. As the movie begins to shift into the nightmarish world of the alien invasion, the shots become increasingly distorted,…… [Read More]
Physical Comedy on Film
Sophisticated, Funny and Physical: The Romances of Astaire and Rogers
Physical comedy brings to mind Moe, Larry and Curly bopping each other over the head. Or it might suggest Lucille Ball stuffing chocolates into her mouth, her blouse or anyplace except on the conveyor belt in the neat little rows…… [Read More]
Dreams May Come, a film directed by Vincent Ward, with a screenplay by Ron Bass, shows visually the mental images of characters in the film through the afterlife universes that they create for themselves. The aim of the film is signaled by its title, a quote from Hamlet's famous Act III soliloquy.
To sleep: perchance to dream:…… [Read More]
Davis who was not especially beautiful in the classical sense of beauty ruled Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, playing tough women who chose their careers and their own desires over sacrificing for men or children or the social and economic benefits of a well protected family home. Davis who was very popular with the mostly…… [Read More]
He has been transformed by ineluctable fate and the events of the past few years and it is obvious that he has internalized and accepted the values and the morals of the Mafia family of which he is now the head. He is now truly the Godfather. This is made dramatically clear in the final scene of the film where…… [Read More]
From this came our insistence on the drama of the doorstep" (cited by Hardy 14-15).
Grierson also notes that the early documentary filmmakers were concerned about the way the world was going and wanted to use all the tools at hand to push the public towards greater civic participation.
With the success of Drifters,…… [Read More]
When in Rome
The film When in Rome deals with a young woman has lived a fairly sheltered life and has had limited experience with relationships. The romances she has had have made her feel that love and romance are unimportant in her existence. This changes when she goes to Rome for her…… [Read More]
Descendants is a film that attempts to operate on several layers at once. While it may be said to be allegorical in one sense (taking place on what is popularly presumed to be an island "paradise," where falls are experienced and redemptions are sought), the film by Alexander Payne may also be said to be a simple story about a…… [Read More]
shoes a filmmaker decide philosophy filmmaking choose: realism formalism? The filmmaker reading readings 've reading. He finds Bazin's Arnheim's theories compelling, sees opposed respects.
Formalism v. Realism
There is much controversy with regard to the contrast between formalism and realism in the world of cinema, with film enthusiasts promoting either concept as a means…… [Read More]
Disney Gender Roles
From Sexpot to Soldier: The Mixture of Stereotypes in Disney's Heroines
Gender roles in Disney films have changed throughout the decades from Snow White (1937) to Brave (2012). Each film has presented female characters either typical of that generation or else possessing idealized personas projected by that generation's particular trends in…… [Read More]