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Codebreaker (2011)

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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

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Franz Greenbaum
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Asa Briggs ...
Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Jean Valentine ...
Herself - WRNS and Bombe Operator, Bletchley Park
David Leavitt ...
Himself - Alan Turing's Biographer
Rolf Noskwith ...
Himself - Codebreaker, Bletchley Park
Dermot Turing ...
Himself - Alan Turing's Nephew
Christopher Morcom ...
Himself - Christopher Morcom's Nephew (as Christopher Morcom QC)
Ian Stewart ...
Himself - University of Warwick (as Professor Ian Stewart)
Martin Davis ...
Himself - Author, 'Engines of Logic' (as Professor Martin Davis)
Matt Parker ...
Himself - Queen Mary, University of London (as Dr Matt Parker)
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Himself - Co-Founder, Apple
Alma Whitten ...
Herself - Google (as Dr Alma Whitten)
Tony Sale ...
Himself - National Museum of Computing
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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life, Turing visited a psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Greenbaum, who tried to help him. Each therapy session in this drama documentary is based on real events. The conversations between Turing and Greenbaum explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine the pressures that may have contributed to his early death. The film also includes the testimony of people who actually knew and remember Turing. Plus, this film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology and high science including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing's exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing's ideas. Written by Patrick Sammon

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Alan Turing: I think if you find a person like that; And I don't think everybody does find one; In fact I think it's terribly rare; Then all you thought before; All your plans for yourself; You realize they were just filling a gap; They were just something for you to do while you were waiting for this person. And everything you want to be is something for him not yourself. There is a drawback, however; Finding such a person makes everybody else appear so ordinary. And if anything happens to him, you've got ...
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It seems that people on IMDb didn't like this. I did. I thought it was about a lot more than Alan Turing being gay, and I appreciated seeing this after seeing "The Imitation Game." People keep saying they want more science. A lot of it would go over people's heads.

It states right in the documentary that what made Turing a genius was the fact that, although others had broken the Enigma code, no one had ever broken the German navy code. Turing built a machine to do that. He also invented the idea of the computer years before its time, even talking about taking a computer to the park, like a i-phone. The documentary also shows some of his early inventions.

The documentary's conceit is that Turing (played here by Ed Stoppard) is talking with a psychiatrist (Henry Goodman), as he goes over his life. There are interviews with the woman to whom he proposed, Joan, with the psychiatrist's daughters, Turing's nephew, and others.

I think we learn more about Turing than just that he was gay. That he was gay is important because after serving his government and, according to Churchill, shortening the war by two years, he was chemically castrated. Pretty shabby treatment. The estrogen had an effect on his brain as well. And we know what happened in the end. A sad statement about the way heroes are treated.

I think this is a good companion piece to "The Imitation Game," and I recommend it.


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