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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 Augusta Byron King, Countess of Lovelace
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 (David)
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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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Clone of Ada See more »

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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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Ada Augusta Byron King, Countess of Lovelace: I'm not at all certain that half a life is better than no life at all.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Occasionally original, but mostly disappointing
7 March 1999 | by mcb-5See all my reviews

Despite some occasionally original touches, like the "virtual sets" that provide the background for the Victorian interiors featuring Ada Lovelace and her circle, this film falls short and ultimately disappoints. Newcomer Francesca Faridany seems talented, but is wasted as Emmy, a character who by mid-film is reduced to nothing more than staring at a monitor watching Lady Ada narrate an autobiography. 'Conceiving Ada' takes off briefly when Lady Ada (Tilda Swinton) appears; the camera lingers on her facial expressions, mannerisms, even making her appear to be translucent or momentarily invisible, apporting into scenes to dramatize Emmy's "virtual" rendering of her.

A straightforward biopic of Ada Lovelace would have been worthwhile, but this film unfortunately makes a hash of both Lady Ada's life, and that of a modern-day computer scientist (and her broadly-drawn, doltish boyfriend).


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