New Gay-Themed Film "The Imitation Game" with Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Dec 07, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    Just saw this gay-themed movie about Alan Turing, the English genius who pretty much invented the modern computer. All the actors did a great job - especially Benedict Cumberbatch (he certainly could not have chosen this as a stage name). Cumberbatch will most likely get an Oscar nomination out of this. Great production values. The film was a great piece of fiction, although it was supposed to be a biopic. The only actual truths in the film were that Turing worked at Bletchley Park, that his work broke the Germans' Enigma code in WW II, that Turing was gay, got arrested after the war for having sex with a man, and that the Brits forced him to take female hormones to destroy any sex drive, resulting in Turing committing suicide.

    Unfortunately, being a Hollywood film, Turing's gayness was only spoken of a couple of times. Not one second of screen time visually depicted his being gay - and his very dramatic suicide was not even described, let alone shown. (He ate an apple he had injected with cyanide). Turing was a very tragic character - even in the most traditional theatrical sense. His work saved England's bacon and millions of lives, and the country rewarded him by destroying him. But the terrible screenplay and direction of this film was another tragedy. The film could have been so much better. What could have been great turns out to be melodrama. Quelle dommage. The sreenwriter deserves to get a Razzie for worst screenplay of 2014.

    Worth watching for Cumberbatch's performance. If you want a film that is closer to the truth, watch Derek Jacobi's performance in the docudrama, Breaking the Code.

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    Dec 07, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    BTW: The source for the movie was supposed to be the 1983 biography by Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma.

    IIRC, doesn't leave out the messy bits.

    Also, Turing appears as a fictionalized character, (which is something that I generally disapprove of, but it's a good book) complete with the gay bits in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon
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    Dec 08, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    I saw Jacobi on Broadway performing "Breaking the Code." Later, I saw him at "The Works," the Upper West Side's then-preeminent gay bar, confirming to me that he wasn't just playing gay. Oddly around that time I saw a young pretty Chastity Bono with her gaggle of girlfriends there.

    Ooooh! One late winter night I saw "Mr. Belvedere" smooching a guy outside the Candle Bar!
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    Dec 09, 2014 4:42 PM GMT
    I caught Jacobi in it in Westend. He was wonderful. Well, he sort of elevates everything he's in. Guess I'm just a fan.
    I like Cumberbatch, too, though you'd think he's the Second Coming the way he's in everything these days.
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    Dec 09, 2014 5:43 PM GMT
    I have been waiting for this movie. How did you watch it already? It hasn't released yet. Special premier?
    Yeah, I have read that his gayness hasn't been touched at all in the movie. That's rather disappointing.
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    Dec 09, 2014 6:34 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidI have been waiting for this movie. How did you watch it already? It hasn't released yet. Special premier?
    Yeah, I have read that his gayness hasn't been touched at all in the movie. That's rather disappointing.

    Yeah - a special screening. It's worth watching for Cumberbatch's performance.
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    Dec 09, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidThe only actual truths in the film were that Turing worked at Bletchley Park, that his work broke the Germans' Enigma code in WW II, that Turing was gay, got arrested after the war for having sex with a man, and that the Brits forced him to take female hormones to destroy any sex drive, resulting in Turing committing suicide.




    erm...so that's most of the film then.