a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"This movie describes the last day in [the] life of a
famous Italian mathematician: Renato Caccioppoli. He was a fascinating and
discussed person in Naples' political and cultural life. [A] member of the
Italian Communist Party, he claimed himself to have the anarchist Bakunin
[among] his ancestors. During the fascist period he was [incarcerated in a
mental hospital]. He [committed] suicide. The movie contains
some nice colloquia between him and his collaborators about mathematics and
the beginning of one of his lessons (which he gave drunk: something
happening in his last period) with a complete (and correct) proof of a
calculus theorem at the blackboard. Some mathematicians from Naples
University were contacted by the director."
Note Added May 2011: My colleague, Annalisa Calini, has pointed out to me that this movie is currently available (in its entirety and in its original language) on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MWyZKKR-9I.
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