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This is the first trailer for the film about Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and if it doesn't choke you up to watch it knowing his story, then I don't know what you are doing around here.  Alan Turing is the mathematician who is probably the single person most responsible for saving the world from the Nazis.  His country rewarded him by arresting him for being gay and castrating him.  He eventually committed suicide.

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  •  I am a software engineer and today (19+ / 0-)

    my coworkers and I sat around drinks talking about how great Alan Turing was and how horrible he was treated by the people he saved.

  •  He wan't physically castrated (5+ / 0-)

    Sorry, I have to post the correction. Cumberbatch will do wonderful things with the role, I'm certain. It's good Turing's story is being told so larger audiences can become of aware of the tragedy that was made of his life, simply because he was gay. Perhaps the film will help turn the tide against the homophobia that has too much power in the media and our society. Turing's was a unique and penetrating mind (he developed the first computer chess program, for instance), which also made him terrifying for "average" people.

    But, I have to correct the record, here. His punishment was to take pills with female hormones, since it was thought at the time that it would somehow "fix" his sexual orientation. It didn't do anything of the kind, of course, just as Reversion Therapy is nothing but torture as well. It made him gain weight, grow breasts, and, not surprisingly, become suicidal.

    Read Andrew Hodge's book about the man's life and work. Hodge is a mathematician as well as a writer, so he explains Turing's theoretical work and his computer science advances brilliantly.


  •  There was a PBS show (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, allie4fairness

    years ago.  His suicide was so poetic.  It is a sad story.

    BC rules!

    There was no reason to fear abuse of such mildness, because it sprang not from weakness, but from a higher clarity.

    by Sally Foster on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 03:32:55 AM PDT

  •  I've not been fond of the actor, but Turing's (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, Nisi Prius

    story should be much more widely known and he does seem to have a handle on the character.

    Alan Turing was an incredible person in an intolerable position. And the world does owe him the decency to pay attention.

    I hope it will be in wide release, since I'm out in the boonies. ::sigh::

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
    ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

    by FarWestGirl on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 04:17:45 AM PDT

    •  It will be (2+ / 0-)
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      radarlady, FarWestGirl

      The Weinstein Company bought it for a small fortune, so they will support it heavily since it is predicted to dominate at the Academy Awards.

      Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

      by peacearena on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 08:01:29 AM PDT

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