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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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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 ... 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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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 Demon Seed (1977) See more »

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Provocative film tells the story of thwarted genius
21 April 2002 | by prohibited-name-1082See all my reviews

This textured and thoughtful film tells the story of Ada Lovelace whose 19th century work provided the foundation upon which computer language is built. Her genius thwarted by social convention, Ada gets a second chance at immortality when a 20th Century computer genius reaches back in time to communicate with her. Both the 19th and 20th Century female geniuses must find a way to be true to their work, the driving passion behind each of them and raise their children. As a working mother I found these issues well presented. As someone who is in awe of computers and genius, I found the intensity of the performances inspiring.


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Language:

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19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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