Rites of Love and Math (2010) 26min · Short, Drama · 1 December 2010
Is there a mathematical formula for love without death? The film 'Rites of Love and Math' is a sprawling allegory about Truth and Beauty, Love and Death, Mathematics and Tattoo, set on the stage of Japanese Noh theater. About the directors: Edward Frenkel is Professor of Mathematics at University of California at Berkeley and one of the leading mathematical physicists in the world. Reine Graves is a talented French filmmaker who has directed a number of original and controversial films that have won prestigious awards. Having met in Paris, Frenkel and Graves decided to create a film showing the beauty of mathematics. But how to do this without getting bogged down in technical details of the subject that could scare away non-specialists? Looking for the right metaphor, they came across the idea of making the tattoo of a mathematical formula. What better way to show the beauty of the formula than by letting it merge - literally - with beautiful female body! They found the aesthetic language for expressing this allegory in the enigmatic film 'Rites of Love and Death' (a.k.a. 'Patriotism') by the great Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, which had a very unusual and mysterious history of its own (banned for over 40 years, it came out on DVD in the Criterion Collection in 2008). The exquisite imagery of Mishima's film and the original idea of Frenkel and Graves have led to the creation of 'Rites of Love and Math.' - Written by Jacques Henric, Art Press
Director(s): Edward Frenkel, Reine Graves Cast: Edward Frenkel, Kayshonne Insixieng May
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