Movie Review: CodeBreaker

We discussed previously the upcoming premiere of the new film CodeBreaker about the life career and death of the genius intellect Alan Turing whose work led to breaking the Nazi Enigma code used during world war II, laying out the basis of modern computing and an original paper on morphogenesis. Turing was what we would call now a gay man, but one who could not lie or deceive but wound up being caught because he reported the break-in of his apartment by a working class prostitute that he had an encounter with. This led him to a painful choice, jail or chemical castration. Eventually he committed suicide.  The film was well received and quite wonderful. The film discusses Turing from a biographical perspective including people who remembered him, discussing his accomplishments, which were many. In addition part of the film included dramatizations of sessions with a psychiatrist Turing had turned to toward the end of his life who he established a strong relationship with him and his family, who had been recommended to Turing after the trial. The sessions are quite beautiful with the dialog gave his personality light and helped the audience realize what an intellect Turing was, and the tragedy and mistreatment and outrage his life was. The soundtrack was also haunting drew the viewer in. Although Turing had a speech impediment, the actor didn’t speak with one, after the film in a Q&A, it was said that not having the speech impediment helped make the character more accessible. Members of the audience in the autism spectrum picked up on some of the peculiarities of his personality which might suggest he might be on the autism spectrum, though the producers felt diagnosing him of a disorder which was not known at the time would not be correct, the viewers in the audience felt that the film would be appreciated by that community. Further viewings are planned in San Francisco, St Louis and Fort Lauderdale. Portions of the ticket price are donated to the LGBT community centers where the events are.

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