This YouTube clip is the opening few minutes of my favorite movie of all time, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. It’s only three minutes long, and I include it here for the first minute and a half, in which 15-year-old protagonist Max, an elite prep school’s charity case, attempts to solve what is “probably the hardest geometry equation in the world.”
The flavor of the whole movie is captured here. Max’s insouciance, his morning paper, his demitasse cup, the teacher’s magnificent deadpan… It’s all classic.
Best of all, the problem Max works is on the board is, like everything else Max writes in the movie, written in gorgeous calligraphic script.