Sunday, January 17, 2010

Creation


The upcoming release of
Creation, the film about Charles Darwin is an extremely important film and is relevant to my project as it touches upon the changing face of science which Henri experienced first hand.

To quote from the movie site "the film is based on “Annie’s Box,” a biography penned by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family. We take a unique and inside look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife, played by Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream), as, torn between faith and science, Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book “On the Origin of Species,” which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology"

Darwin's theories were surely at the heart of many scientific discussions that Henri participated in with Louis Agassiz and Asa Gray during his time in Boston in 1852. Louis Agassiz, Henri's Swiss compatriot was fervently opposed to Darwin's theories, while Asa Gray was one of Darwin's greatest allies in the United States.

The screenplay was written by John Collee who also wrote the screenplay for Master and Commander: Far side of the World, a film I greatly admire.

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