Pi (film)

Pi (stylized as π)[lower-alpha 1] is a 1998 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his feature directorial debut. Pi was filmed on high-contrast black-and-white reversal film[5][6] and earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Gotham Open Palm Award.

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Directed byDarren Aronofsky
Written byDarren Aronofsky
Story by
Produced by
  • Eric Watson
  • Scott Vogel
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Edited byOren Sarch
Music byClint Mansell
Distributed by
Release date
  • December 10, 1998 (1998-12-10)
Running time
84 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Box office$3.2 million[4]

The title refers to the mathematical constant pi.[lower-alpha 2] The film explores themes of religion, mysticism, and the relationship of the universe to mathematics.

The story, about a mathematician with an obsession to find underlying complete order in the real world, contrasts two seemingly irreconcilable entities: the imperfect irrationality of humanity; and the rigor and regularity of mathematics, specifically number theory.[7]

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