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Alphabet (2002)
Chelsea Spear

A silent, short film which shows intertwined clips of a young girl playing the french horn and answering a question at the board in her algebra class. Reviews of the film that I've read suggest that she is realizing connections between math and music, though it is not clear to me whether those connections are the mathematical structure of music (which surely is a deep subject), the aesthetic beauty of mathematics (at least some people find appreciating mathematics similar to appreciating music), or merely the common aspect of "performing" in front of an audience. Either way, the girl is pleased with the experience and leaves her teacher an apple in thanks.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  5. Le Théorème de Marguerite [Marguerite's Theorem] by Anna Novion (Writer and Director)
  6. Løvekvinnen [Lion Woman] by Erik Fosnes Hansen
  7. Going Out by Scarlett Thomas
  8. Pascal's Wager by Nancy Rue
  9. The Mirror Has Two Faces by Barbra Streisand (director) / Richard LaGravenese (Writer)
  10. Love Counts by Michael Hastings (libretto) / Michael Nyman (score)
Ratings for Alphabet:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

MotifFemale Mathematicians, Music, Math Education,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,

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