Genius on Hold (2012)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  1 March 2013 (USA)
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The story of Walter L. Shaw, a telecommunications genius, and his son Walter T. Shaw, a ruthless jewel thief, is a metaphor and a symbol for its time - for the twentieth century and for today.


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True story of Walter L. Shaw and Walter T. Shaw, father and son, and the Shaw family, a typical American family with reasonable hopes and bright aspirations. The future looked fine for them. Unfortunately life was not to deliver on the promise of good fortune and stability. They would suffer disillusionment with life and the twisting of their dreams into gut-wrenching nightmares. Written by Gregory Marquette

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and some smoking images


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Corporate and Personal Greed

The movies' display of corporate greed is compelling even though Mr Shaw must have signed over any patent rights as a condition of his employment.The fact that Mr Shaw actually went to prison for attaching his equipment to the Bell system phone lines (are you kidding me?) for a misdemeanor demonstrates an example of obvious corporate influence.His relationship with organized crime is, I surmise, a combination of naivety and poor judgment and nothing more. Mr Shaw Sr is clearly a martyr but his son is definitely not. He is a life long criminal who appears to have reconciled with his father in order to exploit his unfortunate situation for financial gain. Think of Brian Williams, Al Sharpton; some things are so obvious.

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