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Codebreaker (2011)

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: Fuck them. Fuck them sideways.
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Features Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Lili Marlene
Lyrics by Hans Leip
Music by Norbert Schultze
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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fascinating and heartbreaking bio of a genius
29 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderfully crafted biopic about the mathematic genius who cracked the enigma code, wrote a paper laying out in original plan for computers, and studied math and biology in marking in animals and insects.

He was persecuted, arrested, tried, convicted of homosexual acts in a 1950's England which was much like the persecution and ruination of Oscar Wilde. Alan Turing was a rare genius. Everyone should know his name.

Notable scientists are interviewed. An actor plays Turning during sessions with his kind Psychiatrist. If you like science, or social justice, or GLBT history then you will enjoy this film. It flew by.


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