More on the Young Darwin

Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin

Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin

About a month ago I posted about the need for imagery of a young Darwin. Olivia Judson, who has written much on Darwin for The New York Times, makes the same point in her post about Creation:

But to pick at such things misses the point. Too often, Darwin is depicted as a kind of fossil: an old man with a huge beard looking as though he’s 350. It’s refreshing to see him looking young and handsome; indeed, Bettany manages to look astonishingly like the portrait of the young Darwin. And more to the point, Bettany shows Darwin as a man rather than icon, imbuing him with life and love, gentleness and anxiety, tears and laughter. This alone makes it an important film.

Read the rest of Judson’s piece here. Thanks to Merkin J. Pus-Tart for pointing me to it.

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