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Conceiving Ada (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 19 February 1999 (USA)
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Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Ada Byron King
Francesca Faridany ... Emmy Coer
Timothy Leary ... Sims
Karen Black ... Lady Byron / Mother Coer
John O'Keefe John O'Keefe ... Charles Babbage
John Perry Barlow ... John Crosse
J.D. Wolfe J.D. Wolfe ... Nicholas Clayton
Owen Murphy Owen Murphy ... William Lovelace
David Brooks David Brooks ... Children's Tutor
Esther Mulligan Esther Mulligan ... Mary Shelley
Ellen Sebastian Ellen Sebastian ... Dr. Fury
Mark Capri ... Dr. Locock
Joe Wemple Joe Wemple ... Priest / Talk Show Host
Chris von Sneidern Chris von Sneidern ... Musician In Elevator
David Eppel David Eppel ... Simon
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Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea of a computer language and proponent of the possibilities of the "difference engine." Ada's ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications? Written by James Callan <james@oz.net>

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clone of Ada See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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A director's statement in the film's production notes says that the film was "structured around the idea of a double helix". "Every scene," the notes say, "was structured and shot using a DNA image as a model for actors' placement and camera movement." See more »

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Doctor: The uterus is completely destroyed. All that mathematics was too much for your body.
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References Demon Seed (1977) See more »

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Great, but maddening
3 March 1999 | by senelsonSee all my reviews

I found this movie important, enthralling, and maddening. Important, because Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, deserves iconic status today. After all, she was the first computer programmer on record. Ada's character is well-portrayed by Tilda Swinton, who gives her both excellent clarity and a fascinating wild side. The backdrops on the past sections are recognizably digital, but lushly colorful.

The maddening part comes from the modern sections, where we are given a modern programmer who contacts Ada through her computer. This narrative drags the movie down, because it's just not as interesting as Ada. The dragging bothered me, because I really wanted to love this movie.

Throughout the movie, women are explored as complex characters, while men are rendered as arbitrarily cruel caricatures. Oh, well, turnabout is fair play, I suppose, but it didn't enhance my appreciation of the film.

Overall, I'd say, see this film. Ada Lovelace is important to our generation. Grit your teeth and sit through whatever you don't like.


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