Dir. Darren Aronofsky. 1998, 84 mins. 35mm. With Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman. Aronofsky’s debut, filmed originally on 16mm, is a gritty noir sci-fi thriller, exploring tenets of number theory and spirituality from the perspective of an obsessive, and nihilistic mathematical genius. Made on a shoestring budget, Pi became a landmark American indie film after winning the Best Director award at Sundance. In hallucinatory high-contrast black-and-white—the first of an enduring collaboration with cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who went on to shoot Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan and the forthcoming Noah—Pi brilliantly fuses haunting imagery with its characters’ subjectivity.
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