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A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind Poster ((Courtesy Universal Studios)
(Courtesy Universal Studios)

Many visitors recognize Holder Courtyard and Firestone Common Room from the 2001 Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connolly. The movie is based on the life story of John Forbes Nash Jr. GS'50, who to this day remains on the Princeton faculty. Some other interesting notes about the film:

  • The "faculty dining room" in the film is actually the Rockefeller College common room.
  • The pen tradition portrayed in the movie is fictional; no such ritual exists. However, the math department does meet for afternoon tea every weekday.
  • Some of the winter scenes were actually filmed in the spring, so the production company used fake snow. Imagine the surprise of Holder Hall residents who awoke one warm May morning to find snow piled up outside their windows!

To read more about the on-campus filming of A Beautiful Mind, please click here. To learn more about the film, please visit its official Web site.