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Pi
     

Pi

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman

 

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Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathematical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former

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Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathematical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. Filmed in 16mm black-and-white, the Kafkaesque film features music by Clint Mansell (of the UK's Pop Will Eat Itself band). Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where Aronofsky won the drama directing award.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A little knowledge turns out to be a dangerous thing for the protagonist of this relentlessly energetic psychological thriller. While working on a system to predict stock prices, mathematics genius Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) stumbles onto a powerful secret that piques the interest of both a Wall Street brokerage house and a group of Hasidic Cabalists. The debut feature of director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), Pi is a stunningly assured showpiece of kinetic visual style with gorgeously grainy, high-contrast black-and-white photography, wild camera movements, and rapid-fire editing. As Max's discovery leads him to the brink of a psychotic breakdown, a throbbing electronic score by Clint Mansell, music by Autechre and Orbital, and head-spinning discussions of Pythagorean theorems and Jewish mysticism add to the heady atmosphere of paranoia. By the end, Pi produces a kind of sensory overload through a barrage of sounds, images, words, and numbers that magnificently capture the thrill and danger of an obsessive search for ultimate truth.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
This moody, impressionistic first effort by newcomer Darren Aronofsky, shot entirely in grainy 16mm black-and-white film stock, gives hope that the midnight movie may not be dead after all. A strange hybrid of David Lynch's classic Eraserhead, 1950s science fiction, and a smattering of religious mysticism, Aronofsky's film creates a definitive portrait of urban paranoia and slowly-developing madness. Shockingly, the film was made for around $60,000, an alarming figure when evidenced by the inventive set construction and remarkably burnished cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Pi won the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and became a mid-level success for Artisan Entertainment, the upstart independent studio that would later make a name for itself with the smashing success of The Blair Witch Project.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2000
UPC:
0012236060635
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan

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Pi 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is intelligently directed, the misery Max is experiencing is easy to understand and feel. The title may not be a multiple view sort of film, but it is more then worth watching. 'Samuel Chen, I am a Movie Expert' may be a movie expert but writes pretty boring reviews, way to back up your opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this DVD. The movie is OK, but I'd rent it, not buy it. I buy DVDs because of the excellent quality of the work and I will probabley watch again. But with Pi, I'll never watch it again. Want to buy my Pi DVD?-great condition, only used once! KLP
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is probably at the pinnacle of psychological thrillers. a must-see for all mathematicians and passionate souls alike.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the worst film I have ever seen - a mathematical thriller is an awful idea and the film is even worse! One word - No. No no no!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It just screams pure bordom. Don't waste your credit card on this. Its really really boring and very very blah blah blah....