A Beautiful Mind (film)

A Beautiful Mind - Beautiful Mind is an American movie from 2001, he outlined the real life story of the famous especially for the game theory mathematician John Forbes Nash by Sylvia Nasar 's biography. .


The film begins with Nash's study at Princeton, where he already enjoys a reputation as a math genius, but an outcast existence leads. During this time he also met his future wife at the chair. Since graduating, he has a schizophrenic psychosis, which leads him increasingly into the delusion that he decipher Soviet secret agent in behalf of the American government codes. Finally, the collapse follows, Nash is rushed to the closed psychiatric ward. When he comes back from the hospital, home, his wife takes care of him, but it brought to the limits of endurance itself. Only in the 1990s, he celebrates, largely recovered from his illness, a widely acclaimed comeback that culminated in the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994.


Cinematic implementation

Nash is indeed presented from the beginning as a nerd, but his growing delusions are first embedded entirely plausible in the act, that is, the audience experiences Nash's perception, as part of the cinematic reality. Only later, the angle changes to the view of his fellow men, to which, for example, his office or a "computer center " in the transformed what it is in reality a description established in the delusional phase of his illness, tangled bits of paper. Also take Nash's delusions figures (represented eg by Ed Harris) than initially believable characters, and turn out to be only in the course of the movie and fantasy figures. Nevertheless, there are during the film for the audience evidence that John Nash is going through a delusion. For example, he mentioned to his delusional figure, the FBI agent William Parcher that the storerooms where the computer center is to be located, according to University of instruction would be empty. Finally, was the clearest indication that namely the delusion figure Marcee not older, his key to the knowledge of his illness.

Differences for Biography

The film has taken some artistic liberties in favor of the typical Hollywood drama.

  • In the film persists marriage between John Nash and his wife, at least until the award of the Nobel Prize in Economics. However, the couple divorced in 1963 and married in real life only returned to the Year of the film.
  • John Nash's older son from a relationship before marriage with Alicia Lardé place in the film not mentioned.
  • The paranoia that is part of the disease depends on the film against Soviet Russian agents. However, the Nash Sylvia Nasar, according to his biographer outbreaks were anti-Semitic.
  • His travels to Paris, Geneva and London, which would have characterized him as a cosmopolitan, found in the film not mentioned.
  • The victory of mind about his illness, which he is standing together in the film with his wife, is inevitably pointed, and a motif of this film.


Paul Bettany in the film one of the characters Nash's delusions, and Jennifer Connelly, in the film the wife of Nash learned to know each other during the shoot of this film and later married.


" Logically, that Hollywood was aware of the suffering of the mad professor. Romanticized and ironed the eventful life of the probability theorist involves several components of success: authenticity, heart, pain, thrill. Since you know what you have, especially if you go with the director on the safe side: Ron Howard showed, inter alia, in Apollo 13 ', of how strong fabric are the heroes. But as it was simply too much of a good thing. , A Beautiful Mind ' is now a bit of everything - love story, espionage thriller, drama - and therefore anything right, let alone the fantastic journey into the head of a troubled genius. The fact that the confusion in its best moments yet deeply stirred, the intense interplay of Oscar - winner Russell Crowe as a number Primus and Jennifer Connelly as his long-suffering wife Alicia is due to. "

" Skillful maneuverings of the script, the Nash embroiled in a dangerous government mission during the Cold War, and theatrical feats secure the attention of the audience. It holds director Ron Howard of course more to the invocation of pity and sentimentality as a questioning of illness and genius. "

" There are simply superb lead performances, the A Beautiful Mind ' make, but worth seeing. [ ... ] And the Australians Crowe actually succeeds masterfully to give this fragile, torn and vulnerable character subtle and believable figure. With every moment to take it a young, eccentric mathematician from that proves to the abstract thinking field as a spirit of visionary format, but, in the interpersonal life occurs as clumsy, awkward and neurotic acting nerd in the real world. "


  • Academy Awards 2002: Best Picture
  • Best Director: Ron Howard
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman
  • Other nominations: Best Actor: Russell Crowe
  • Best Editing: Mike Hill, Daniel P. Hanley
  • Best Make -up: Greg Cannom, Colleen Callaghan
  • Golden Globe Awards 2002 Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Best Actor - Drama: Russell Crowe
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly
  • Best Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman
  • Best Director: Ron Howard
  • British Academy Film Awards 2002 Best Actor: Russell Crowe
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly
  • Additional nominations Best Picture
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman
  • Satellite Awards 2002 Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connelly
  • Best Original Song: "All Love Can Be " - (interpreted by) Charlotte Church
  • Additional nominations Best Actor ( Drama ): Russell Crowe
  • Best Supporting Actor ( Drama ): Ed Harris
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman
  • Best film editing

Moreover, the film with a number of other nominations and awards received (see IMDb ) was.