The Professor and the Madman (2019)

The incredible true story that defined our world.

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

In all likelihood, you will leave this film with a little more of an understanding of how the dictionary came to be, and a little more resentment for Gibson (one of the producers) for pushing this project to happen, regardless of its lacklustre subject. It's pleasant enough, but it's clear England must produce a certain number of period dramas a year and 2019 was just about to fall under the quota - thank god for the dictionary movie.
Usually with book-to-film adaptations, there is a spike in sales of said book - I can't imagine anyone rushing out to buy a dictionary after this though.

Fastnet Films, 22h22, Caviar Antwerp NV, Definition Films, Zik Zak Filmworks by Farhad Safinia, John Boorman, Todd Komarnicki, Simon Winchester.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Eddie Marsan, Natalie Dormer.

Genres: Biography, Drama

Keywords: based on novel or book professor lunatic asylum biography mental patient dictionary 19th century

03/15/2019

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