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Turing and the Imitation Game

Once out of the theater, everyone should hope that ‘The Imitation Game‘ get the nominations for two Oscars at least: Best Editing and Best Actor in a leading role. (To be honest, I hope the same for Eddie Redmayne and ‘The Theory of Everything’…).
Benedict Cumberbatch has been wonderful in replicating the complex and fragile personality  of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who made  the United Kingdom win the Second World War interpreting the secret German messages.
(And his story was beautifully told in the film, as regards film categories).

A very special one, unlucky in feelings and social relationships, hated for his intelligence and for being Jew, Turing grew as a solitary genius, interested in mathematics, logics and cryptography. He dealt with his passions with his best friend, Christopher, who was going to become the most important love of his life, if an illness would have not killed him too early.
Una volta uscito dalla sala, chiunque dovrebbe sperare che ‘The Imitation Game‘ ottenga almeno due candidature agli Oscar: Miglior Montaggio e Miglior attore protagonista (ad essere sincero, spero lo stesso per Eddie Redmayne e ‘la Teoria del Tutto’…). Benedict Cumberbatch è stato meraviglioso nel riprodurre la personalità complessa e fragile di Turing, il genio della matematica che fece vincere la Seconda guerra mondiale al Regno Unito interpretando i messaggi tedeschi segreti (e la sua storia è stata meravigliosamente raccontato nel film, per quanto riguarda le categorie cinematografiche).
Tipetto tutto particolare, sfortunato nei sentimenti e nelle relazioni sociali, odiato per la sua intelligenza e per il fatto di essere Ebreo, Turing crebbe come un genio solitario, interessato alla matematica, alla logica e alla crittografia. Si occupò delle sue passioni con il suo migliore amico, Christopher, che sarebbe stato il piú importante amore della sua vita se una malattia non lo avesse ucciso troppo presto.

The name ‘Christopher‘ was important as well in the live of Turing, since it was the name he gave the machine that interpreted Enigma, the German system that encrypted mysterious German messages.
Some people say they have read the book the original story of Turing was drawn from, and criticize some inaccuracies in the film, e.g. the name of the machine, which was ‘Bombe‘ and not ‘Christopher‘, and that Turing, a little different than presented in the film, also took advantage of the discoveries of someone else, despite its undeniable mastermind.
Nemo prophaeta in patria sua, Someone said. Perhaps because of his intelligence, perhaps because of his enemies and, above all, because of prejudices and laws based on prejudices against gay people, Turing had to live his last season in an absurd way, and closed it by committing suicide.
(According to the official version, he bit a poisoned apple, as in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs‘, his favorite tale).
Only in 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made the official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way in which he was treated.”
Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 granted a posthumous pardon.
Il nome ‘Christopher‘ fu importante comunque nella vita di Turing, poiché fu il nome che egli diede alla macchina in grado di interpretare Enigma, il sistema che codificava i misteriosi messaggi tedeschi.
Alcune persone dicono di aver letto il libro dal quale la storia originale di Turing è stata tratta e criticano alcune imprecisioni nel film, ad esempio il nome della macchina, che era ‘Bombe‘ e non ‘Christopher‘, e che Turing, un po’ diverso da come presentato nel film, si avvalse anche delle scoperte di qualcun altro, nonostante il suo innegabile genio.
Nemo prophaeta in patria sua, ha detto Qualcuno. Forse a causa della sua intelligenza, forse a causa dei suoi nemici e, soprattutto, a causa dei pregiudizi e delle leggi basate sui pregiudizi contro le persone omosessuali, Turing dovette vivere la sua ultima stagione in un modo assurdo e la chiuse suicidandosi. Secondo la versione ufficiale, morse una mela avvelenata, come in ‘Biancaneve e i Sette nani‘, la sua fiaba preferita.
Solo nel 2009, a seguito di una campagna su Internet, il primo ministro britannico Gordon Brown ha formulato le scuse pubbliche ufficiali per conto del governo britannico per “il modo spaventoso in cui fu trattato“.
La regina Elisabetta II ha concesso nel 2013 la grazia postuma.

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  1. Today the entire list of nominations for Oscars 2015:
    Best Picture
    “American Sniper”
    “Birdman”
    “Boyhood”
    “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Selma”
    “The Theory of Everything”
    “Whiplash”
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
    Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
    Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
    Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
    Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
    Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
    Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
    Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
    Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
    Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
    Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
    Edward Norton, “Birdman”
    Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
    J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
    Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
    Laura Dern, “Wild”
    Emma Stone, “Birdman”
    Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
    Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
    Directing
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
    Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
    Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
    Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
    Animated Feature Film
    “Big Hero 6”
    “The Boxtrolls”
    “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
    “Song of the Sea”
    “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
    Cinematography:
    Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
    Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
    Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
    Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
    Costume Design
    Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
    Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
    Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
    Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
    Documentary Feature
    “Citizenfour”
    “Last Days in Vietnam”
    “Virunga”
    “The Salt of the Earth”
    “Finding Vivian Maier”
    Documentary Short Subject
    “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
    “Joanna”
    “Our Curse”
    “The Reaper”
    “White Earth”
    Film Editing
    Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”
    Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
    Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
    Tom Cross, “Whiplash”
    Foreign Language Film
    “Ida”
    “Leviathan”
    “Tangerines”
    “Wild Tales”
    “Timbuktu”
    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”
    Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
    Music – Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
    Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
    Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”
    Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
    Music – Original Song
    “Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
    “Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
    “Grateful” by Diane Warren, “Beyond the Lights”
    “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
    “Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Begin Again”
    Production Design
    “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Production design: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
    “The Imitation Game,” Production design: Maria Djurkovic, Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
    “Interstellar,” Production design: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
    “Into the Woods,” Production design: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
    “Mr. Turner,” Production design: Suzie Davies, Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts
    Short Film – Animated
    “The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
    “The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
    “Feast,” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
    “Me and My Moulton,” Torill Kove
    “A Single Life,” Joris Oprins
    Short Film – Live Action
    “Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
    “Boogaloo and Graham,” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
    “Butter lamp,” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
    “Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
    “The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
    Sound Editing
    “American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
    “Birdman,” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
    “Interstellar,” Richard King
    “Unbroken,” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
    Sound Mixing
    “American Sniper,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
    “Birdman,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
    “Interstellar,” Garry A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
    “Unbroken,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
    ”Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
    Visual Effects
    “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
    “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Stephanie Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
    “Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
    “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
    Writing – Adapted Screenplay
    Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
    Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
    Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
    Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
    Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
    Writing – Original Screenplay
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
    Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
    E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
    Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

    15/01/2015 at 21:58

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