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Like <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001441" title="Paul Nash" href="/topic/arts-culture/paul-nash-PEHST001441.topic">Paul Nash</a> (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001206" title="Russell Crowe" href="/topic/entertainment/russell-crowe-PECLB001206.topic">Russell Crowe</a>) in 2001's "A Beautiful Mind," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEBSL000091" title="Mark Zuckerberg" href="/topic/business/technology-industry/mark-zuckerberg-PEBSL000091.topic">Mark Zuckerberg</a> (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000006760" title="Jesse Eisenberg" href="/topic/entertainment/jesse-eisenberg-PECLB0000006760.topic">Jesse Eisenberg</a>) is a brilliant young man isolated in large part by the way his mind works. They're both certainly better with numbers than with people. The movies even share a dash of controversy concerning their true-life protagonists and issues of factuality. For good measure, throw in a dash of witty repartee &#224; la "It Happened One Night" (1934's winner) and a variety of points of view akin to "Rashomon" (1951 foreign-language film honorary award winner) and set to simmer.

( From top: Russell Crowe, credit: Universal; Jesse Eisenberg, credit: Columbia Tristar. )

Like Paul Nash (Russell Crowe) in 2001's "A Beautiful Mind," Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is a brilliant young man isolated in large part by the way his mind works. They're both certainly better with numbers than with people. The movies even share a dash of controversy concerning their true-life protagonists and issues of factuality. For good measure, throw in a dash of witty repartee à la "It Happened One Night" (1934's winner) and a variety of points of view akin to "Rashomon" (1951 foreign-language film honorary award winner) and set to simmer.

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