The film ‘The Imitation Game’ is the dramatisation of a historical story about secrets, and the compounding of such secrets to create a multitude of human tragedies.
In this four part series, I will discuss the film.
‘The Imitation Game’ is also the celebration of the work of Alan Turing, a leading scientific thinker and pioneer of computers who made a significant but unsung contribution to the Allied victory in WW2.
Turing, however, was an intensely private man fearful that discrimination and criminalisation of homosexuality would destroy his personal and professional credibility.
Alan Turing was a leading British mathematician and pioneer in the development of computational logic on the eve of WW2. The applicability of his skills to code breaking was recognised by the British government in the later 1930s, leading to Turing’s appointment to the ‘Government Code and Cypher School’ (GC&CS), the British secret code breaking organisation. On the outbreak of WW2, Turing was appointed as a full-time cryptologist and reported to GC&CS’ wartime base at Bletchley Park. Turing played a vital role in the breaking of the German Enigma code, the code used by the German Military to direct its operations. In particular, Turing and his colleagues were concerned with encrypted German naval communications. With German U-Boats strangling Britain into submission, it was vital for the British to break the Enigma code and protect the food, munitions and troop conveys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
In Part Two of this four part series, I will discuss some of the historical background to the film.
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Description: This is a poster for The Imitation Game. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist.
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The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist. However, this low resolution image is reproduced with the intention of providing a commentary on the film.