Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge

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Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge


Saturday Aug 05 07:30 PM
Sunday Aug 06 04:00 PM
Wednesday Aug 09 01:00 PM
Wednesday Aug 09 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Marie Noëlle. Germany/France/Poland. 2017. 100 min. French with English subtitles.

As a 20th-century French physicist and chemist, Marie Curie was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity and spent her life setting precedents. Polish by birth, she became a naturalized French citizen—and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize not once but twice; the only person to win it in two different disciplines (physics and chemistry); and the first female professor at the University of Paris. This daring film sheds new light on the life of Marie Curie and focuses on the turbulent five years between 1905, when Curie travels to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the radioactivity, and 1911, when she receives her second Nobel Prize. Polish actress Karolina Gruszka stars in this sweeping biography of the legendary physicist and chemist who courted controversy with her challenging of France’s male-dominated academic establishment and her unconventional romantic life. Through a poetic lens, we see a multifaceted woman, bold and provocative in her professional and personal life. 

This biopic premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has played to full houses at prestigious international festivals, including San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

Read the New York Times review.

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