The Professor and the Madman (film) - WikipediaThe Professor and the Madman is a biographical drama film, directed by Farhad Safinia under the pseudonym P. Shemran , from a screenplay by Safinia, and Todd Komarnicki , based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne released under the same title used for the film in the U. The film is about the professor, James Murray , who in began compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and led the overseeing committee, and W. Minor , a doctor who submitted over 10, entries while he was undergoing treatment at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Mel Gibson worked on adapting the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne for over 20 years before production began in Gibson, who originally intended to direct, hired his Apocalypto co-screenwriter Farhad Safinia to replace him, while he remained in the role of James Murray. Filming commenced in Dublin in September
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Film Review: Mel Gibson in ‘The Professor and the Madman’
The Professor and the Madman is ostensibly the story of the inception and creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the longest and most detailed work in the entire English language. But it is really the story of the strange interactions between two gentleman, a Scotsman, James Murray, who came, through atypical circumstances, to be editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and an American, William Minor, an army surgeon and schizophrenic who committed a murder and helped to write the Oxford English Dictionary from his asylum cell, unbeknownst to Murray and his team for nearly two decades. The book is full of delightful stories about how the Oxford English Dictionary was conceived; snippets of letters between the two men, their friends, colleagues and families; sketches of the events, and so on. It climaxes with the meeting of the two men and its denouement comes with their deaths and the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary which came years after. The book contains eleven chapters and a postscript. William Minor, an American doctor living in England to regain his health. Minor was a paranoid schizophrenic though no one knew this at the time and thought that Merrett was an Irishman trying to avenge himself on Minor for branding him with hot iron as a traitor during the Civil War.
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