Cillian Murphy stars in the actual story of Oppenheimer.

Barbie and Oppenheimer have dominated headlines for weeks. The former explores the kitsch, pink-tinted world of everyone's favorite plastic-fantastic doll, while the latter is far darker.

The film on American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who invented the atomic bomb, examines its consequences.

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) is known for his dramatic retellings of historical tales, but who was Robert Oppenheimer and what was his story?

In the new film, Cillian Murphy plays Oppenheimer, a 1904 New Yorker who studied chemistry at Harvard and Cambridge. 

Friends called him self-destructive and depressed. Oppenheimer left a lab-poisoned apple on his tutor's desk at Cambridge. 

Oppenheimer's place at Cambridge was jeopardized, but only if he saw a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist identified psychosis but dismissed Oppenheimer, saying treatment was pointless.

Despite his personal problems, Oppenheimer worked with many famous scientists, including Max Born, Albert Einstein, and Bertrand Russell, 

and became one of the nation's most esteemed theoretical physicists by the 1920s and 30s.


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