Alan Turing was a mathematician that was instrumental in breaking the Nazi’s Enigma Code during WWII. The Enigma code was generated by an Enigma Machine. During the course of WWII the Allies got their hands on one such machine. They then turned to a group of mathematicians and code-breakers to crack the magic code box.
Turing broke the code by creating an electromagnet machine that could determine enigma settings. The electromagnet machine he built, was basically an early computer.
Turing was also gay, and was prosecuted for it in the UK in the 1950s. Turing was forced to undergo chemical castration as an alternative to prison.
Turing story is extremely compelling and shows how the man Winston Churchill said “made the largest single contribution to winning the war” could still be persecuted for his sexual orientation.
‘The Imitation Game’ hits theaters this November and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly.
The trailer looks really quite good. It looks like they take Turing story on as a whole, which is the best way to do it. To focus too much on any one part of his story would be to miss the big picture. There was even as scene where you say Cumberbatch running, Turing was a marathoner.
It will be interesting to see how this movie is received. You would hope that it could find a large general audience, but the fact that Turing story is so applicable to modern social issues may prevent that. I think it’s a story that needs to be told and needs to be heard by a large audience, but some will disagree. There will be some people who won’t go see this movie because the protagonist is a gay person who was discriminated against. They won’t want their own views called into question by this movie, so they will avoid it.
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