History Film / Pi

22nd Jun '16 10:06:51 PM MikeRosoft
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* MouthfulOfPi: Not strictly pi, but Max can do rather complicated arithmetic in his head. The opening credits do show Pi itself counted out to thousands of numbers.

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* MouthfulOfPi: Not strictly pi, but Max can do rather complicated arithmetic in his head. The opening credits do show Pi itself counted out to thousands of numbers.numbers, but only the first 8 digits after the decimal point are correct.
22nd Mar '16 2:19:51 AM aye_amber
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* CoolOldGuy: Saul, Max's former teacher, mentor, and friend. As well as giving Max sage advice on getting on with life, not becoming obsessed with his work, and coaching him in [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Go.]] [[spoiler: It's all but stated outright that Saul discovered the number long before Max did.]]

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* CoolOldGuy: Saul, Sol, Max's former teacher, mentor, and friend. As well as giving Max sage advice on getting on with life, not becoming obsessed with his work, and coaching him in [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Go.]] TabletopGame/Go. [[spoiler: It's all but stated outright that Saul Sol discovered the number long before Max did.]]
22nd Mar '16 2:17:55 AM aye_amber
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-->-- '''Maximillian Cohen'''

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-->-- '''Maximillian -->--'''Maximillian Cohen'''



Max Cohen is a reclusive, paranoid, migraine-afflicted genius driven by the unshakable belief that the universe can be explained entirely through math. Chased by agents of a Wall Street firm interested in profiting from his work as well as a sect of Hasidic Jews who want him to help find patterns in the Torah, Max stumbles upon a 216-digit number that seems to hold some universal secret. As he continues his research, his headaches worsen and he begins experiencing vivid hallucinations. Though he pushes on, determined to puzzle out the number's meaning, his mind might not be ready to comprehend it.

Shot in minimalist black and white, the film is mostly atmosphere, with relatively little dialogue. At its core, it's a MindScrew with a GainaxEnding, but an intriguing one indeed. The whole experience is often compared to ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.

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Max Cohen is a reclusive, paranoid, migraine-afflicted migraine afflicted genius driven by the unshakable belief that the universe can be explained entirely through math. Chased by agents of a Wall Street firm interested in profiting from his work as well as a sect of Hasidic Jews who want him to help find patterns in the Torah, Max stumbles upon a 216-digit number that seems to hold some universal secret. As he continues his research, his headaches worsen and he begins experiencing vivid hallucinations. Though he pushes on, determined to puzzle out the number's meaning, his mind might not be ready to comprehend it.

Shot in minimalist black and white, the film is mostly atmosphere, with relatively little dialogue. At its core, it's a MindScrew with a GainaxEnding, but an intriguing one indeed. The whole experience is often compared to ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.
''Film/{{Eraserhead}}.''



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** Marcy Dawson, who tries to swindle Max to help her stock prediction firm with regular sweet-talking, up to her last scene, where she's putting a gun to Max's head to ''force'' him to comply.

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** Marcy Dawson, who tries to swindle Max to help her stock prediction firm with regular sweet-talking, sweet talking, up to her last scene, where she's putting a gun to Max's head to ''force'' him to comply.



* AnimalMotifs: Max finds ants as well as goo infesting his apartment after he loads it into his computer Euclid. A possible interpretation is that the number, [[spoiler:which is the blueprint for all creation,]] causes Euclid to begin creating simple organic matter. The goo and ants also fit into the themes of madness and decay that increasingly plague Max.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The "Ming Mecca" computer chip that Dawson uses to bait Max, and provides Euclid the processing power to fully realise the number. Max is disbelieving that the firm can even provide it (because they're classified technology), but Dawson simply says [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections that the firm has plenty of connections]].

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* AnimalMotifs: Max finds ants as well as goo infesting his apartment after he loads it into his computer Euclid. A possible interpretation is that the number, [[spoiler:which [[spoiler: which is the blueprint for all creation,]] causes Euclid to begin creating simple organic matter. The goo and ants also fit into the themes of madness and decay that increasingly plague Max.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The "Ming Mecca" computer chip that Dawson uses to bait Max, and provides Euclid the processing power to fully realise the number. Max is disbelieving that the firm can even provide it (because they're classified technology), but Dawson simply says [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections that the firm has plenty of connections]].connections.]]



* BodyHorror: Subtle. A small, hebrew-letter shaped lump appears in Max's head. This, and his headaches getting worse,[[spoiler: and Sol's two strokes,]] all imply that the number can literally mess with your head.
* BookEnds: "When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did" is said at the beginning and end of the film.

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* BodyHorror: Subtle. A small, hebrew-letter Hebrew-letter shaped lump appears in Max's head. This, and his headaches getting worse,[[spoiler: worse, [[spoiler: and Sol's two strokes,]] all imply that the number can literally mess with your head.
* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: "When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did" is said at the beginning and end of the film.



* CreatorThumbprint: The first of various Aronofsky films with an underlying theme of "obsession leading to destruction".

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* CreatorThumbprint: The first of various Aronofsky films with an underlying theme of "obsession leading to destruction".destruction."



* CoolOldGuy: Saul, Max's former teacher, mentor and friend. As well as giving Max sage advice on getting on with life, not becoming obsessed with his work and coaching him in [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Go]] [[spoiler:it's all but stated outright that Saul discovered the number long before Max did]].
* CyberPunk: Max's apartment is taken up by a super-computer so every scene at home has a ton of wires and machinery everywhere. The evil stock firm further tips it into this genre.
* CyberpunkIsTechno: By Music/ClintMansell (such as the film's theme-slash-LeitMotif for Max) with contributions from other groups like Music/MassiveAttack. Their song "Angel" from ''Music/{{Mezzanine}}'' is used on the soundtrack.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: And filmed in ultra-high-contrast for added creepiness.
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl:]] One of his neighbors is an attractive young woman who obviously has her eye on Max. He seems to realize this to some extent but isn't interested.
* DrivenToSuicide: Not "kill" suicide, but the results of the number on Max's life and body drive him to destroy the part of him that matters to him the most-a symbolic suicide. Before that, there is a lot of "computer melting down" and "self-destruct" symbology (such as Euclid's literal self-destruction because of the number [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and Max putting his injector gun up to his head (to deliver an injection directly to the lump) while screaming obscenities (to his neighbours having sex next door, which he can hear and is driving him nuts, on top of his migraine's pain)]]).

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* CoolOldGuy: Saul, Max's former teacher, mentor mentor, and friend. As well as giving Max sage advice on getting on with life, not becoming obsessed with his work work, and coaching him in [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Go]] [[spoiler:it's Go.]] [[spoiler: It's all but stated outright that Saul discovered the number long before Max did]].
did.]]
* CyberPunk: Max's apartment is taken up by a super-computer super computer so every scene at home has a ton of wires and machinery everywhere. The evil stock firm further tips it into this genre.
* CyberpunkIsTechno: By Music/ClintMansell (such as the film's theme-slash-LeitMotif theme / LeitMotif for Max) with contributions from other groups like Music/MassiveAttack. Their song "Angel" from ''Music/{{Mezzanine}}'' is used on the soundtrack.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: And filmed in ultra-high-contrast ultra-high contrast for added creepiness.
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl:]] Girl]]: One of his neighbors is an attractive young woman who obviously has her eye on Max. He seems to realize this to some extent but isn't interested.
* DrivenToSuicide: Not "kill" suicide, but the results of the number on Max's life and body drive him to destroy the part of him that matters to him the most-a symbolic suicide. Before that, there is a lot of "computer melting down" and "self-destruct" "self destruct" symbology (such as Euclid's literal self-destruction self destruction because of the number [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and Max putting his injector gun up to his head (to deliver an injection directly to the lump) while screaming obscenities (to his neighbours having sex next door, which he can hear and is driving him nuts, on top of his migraine's pain)]]).



* {{Foreshadowing}}: If asked why he stopped searching for patterns within the digits of pi, Sol (in most instances) reacts dismissively. After mentioning Euclid's "crash," Max begins to suspect this nonchalance has been [[DarkSecret deliberately misleading]]:
-->Max:
-->Just a long string of digits—
-->Sol:
-->How ''many''?
-->Max:
-->[shrugs] I don't know...
-->Sol (intense):
-->What is it? A hundred and fifty, a thousand? [[{{Beat}} Uh]]—— [[SayingTooMuch Two-hundred and sixteen]]!? How '''''many'''''?
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* FormulaicMagic: Max's dogmatic treatment of math as "the language of nature" seems to push past "math is capable of explaining everything in existence" into "math ''determines'' our existence." [[spoiler:The effects of the number point to the latter.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: If asked why he stopped searching for patterns within the digits of pi, Sol (in most instances) reacts dismissively. After mentioning Euclid's "crash," Max begins to suspect this nonchalance has been [[DarkSecret deliberately misleading]]:
-->Max:
-->Just
misleading:]]
--> Max:
--> Just
a long string of digits—
-->Sol:
-->How ''many''?
-->Max:
-->[shrugs]
--> Sol:
--> How ''many?''
--> Max:
--> [shrugs]
I don't know...
-->Sol --> Sol (intense):
-->What --> What is it? A hundred and fifty, a thousand? [[{{Beat}} Uh]]—— [[SayingTooMuch Two-hundred and sixteen]]!? sixteen!?]] How '''''many'''''?
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'''''many?'''''
* FormulaicMagic: Max's dogmatic treatment of math as "the language of nature" seems to push past "math is capable of explaining everything in existence" into "math ''determines'' our existence." [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The effects of the number point to the latter.]]



* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Max is shown to trepan himself at the end of the movie, voiding himself of his mathematical genius. Whether this is literal or symbolic is left up to the viewer.]]

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Max [[spoiler: Max is shown to trepan himself at the end of the movie, voiding himself of his mathematical genius. Whether this is literal or symbolic is left up to the viewer.]]



* HatesBeingTouched: Max winces everytime someone touches him or even looks like they are about to touch him.

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* HatesBeingTouched: Max winces everytime every time someone touches him or even looks like they are about to touch him.
17th Feb '16 4:00:36 PM eroock
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17th Feb '16 3:59:55 PM eroock
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-> 1. Mathematics is the language of nature.
-> 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
-> 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.
-->--'''Maximillian Cohen'''

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-> 1. '''1.''' Mathematics is the language of nature.
-> 2. '''2.''' Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
-> 3. '''3.''' If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.
-->--'''Maximillian -->-- '''Maximillian Cohen'''
26th Jan '16 3:41:54 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:230:A mad genius at work]]

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[[caption-width-right:230:A [[caption-width-right:230: A mad genius at work]]
work.]]
14th Jan '16 12:01:10 PM Morgenthaler
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''π'' is the directorial debut of Creator/DarrenAronofsky, who also wrote the film. It was made for a mere $60,000 and won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival award for Best Director. In his first film-score work, the movie's soundtrack was assembled by ClintMansell of "Lux Aeterna" fame, who contributed the frenetic drum-and-bass theme.

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''π'' is the directorial debut of Creator/DarrenAronofsky, who also wrote the film. It was made for a mere $60,000 and won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival award for Best Director. In his first film-score work, the movie's soundtrack was assembled by ClintMansell Music/ClintMansell of "Lux Aeterna" fame, who contributed the frenetic drum-and-bass theme.
11th Jan '16 10:58:12 AM marcoasalazarm
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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[spoiler:The 216-digit number repeatedly crashes Euclid and drives Max insane. It's also implied that [[SignificantName Sol]]'s second stroke came about because he started researching the number again. It's repeatedly linked with the sun, which fried Max's optic nerves when he gazed at it and killed Icarus when he flew too close to it.]]

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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[spoiler:The 216-digit number repeatedly crashes Euclid and drives Max insane. It's also implied that [[SignificantName Sol]]'s second stroke came about because he started researching the number again. Just a ''partial'' number brings along an epic stock market crash. It's repeatedly linked with the sun, which fried Max's optic nerves when he gazed at it and killed Icarus when he flew too close to it.]]
5th Jan '16 3:25:57 AM Rolf
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Added DiffLines:

* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Knowing THE number, among other things, is a true name of God, so knowing it has bad effects on body and sanity. Heck, a computer calculating it created slime and ants as side-effect. Pretty large effect for a mere 216 digit number.
29th May '15 2:42:01 PM WilliamC
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Max Renn is never diagnosed, but he suffers from intensive social withdrawal, obsessive compulsiveness, chronic migraines, psychotic episodes, and possesses savant-like abilities in regards to mathematics (performing division on par with a pocket calculator).

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Max Renn Cohen is never diagnosed, but he suffers from intensive social withdrawal, obsessive compulsiveness, chronic migraines, psychotic episodes, and possesses savant-like abilities in regards to mathematics (performing division on par with a pocket calculator).
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