A film by Reine Graves & Edward Frenkel
Homage to the film “Rite of Love and Death” (a.k.a. “Yukoku”) by Yukio Mishima
With Edward Frenkel and Kayshonne Insixieng May
26 minutes, in HD color with 5.1 surround sound
“… a stunning short film… offers an unusual romantic vision of mathematicians.”
“The clean red, white and black color scheme, the simplicity, the staging… the music… all lend themselves to the symmetry, logic and metaphor of math while also breaking through the barriers of conventional cinema… vibrant and captivating, bringing abstraction to life… a truly enthralling and resonating film.”
(San Francisco Examiner)
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The surprise comes from the tattooing, which wakes up the possibilities of pure math, itself a form of rapture to those who understand its mysteries (and indeed Frenkel is a Berkeley Mathematics Professor.)
Between math and passion, Rites of Love and Math accentuates the latter. It borrows the set, the same operatic Wagner score, and the plot of the original, with the slightest adjustments such that our hero is a mathematician. Before killing himself,…
Aesthetically perfect, the film will intrigue those who think of mathematics as the absolute opposite of art and poetry. Others, it will provoke…
Beauty and truth aren’t the first things that come to mind, for most people, when they think about math. Berkeley math professor Edward Frenkel is trying to change that.