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The Imitation Game

At first I was not attracted by this movie due to its trailer. Three minutes or less are not enough in order to introduce you into the very core of it. So I skipped it. For quite a while. Until now, when my daughter shared her To Watch & Watched movie list. Even so, it was not the very first to watch.

Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

The right moment arrived, so here are a few lines connecting The Imitation Game with one of my latest post, Ex Machina, already connected with another movie.

Alan Turing is the scientist who successfully managed to decipher the German coding machine during World War II, using one of the very first computers, and electromechanical one. The Imitation Game is about his work along with his team to complete this computer, the predecessor of the “digital computer”, and also some hidden aspects of his own life.

The idea from Ex Machina is based on Turing Test, a test named by Alan Turing The Imitation Game.

The purpose of this game is explained by Alan Turing himself (actually by the actor playing Turing’s character) in one of the scenes in The Imitation Game (the movie).

Prior to mention the cast and the director of the movie, here’s the website maintained by biographer Andrew Hodges, dedicated to Alan Turing: The Enigma.

Curious about Enigma? You might be interested by the following video on the Enigma machine!



Posted in Literature, Movie, Music

Never Let Me Go

After watching Mark Romanek‘s “Never Let Me Go“, words such as “fury“, “outrageous” “dehumanization” came into my mind. I was willing to know how much fiction and how much truth lies beneath this dystopian film. So I was looking for “National Donor Programme” (the name and NDP initials were clearly shown on a van’s rear door).

Director: Mark Romanek


So I have discovered that the film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s homonym dystopian science fiction novel. He won the Booker Prize in 2005, and he previously won this prize with The Remains of the Day.

Until now I only knew about Iced Earth‘s album named Dystopia, not having a single clue about the meaning of this (rather new) word:

dystopia – an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives

Speaking of “a new word“, one may wish to discover 3freewordsaday, Vocabulary Building the Easy Way! Actually there are not one, but three words each day!

Anyway, fiction or not, I was intrigued by the idea behind this movie (book) clearly explained by one of the characters in the movie, a new teacher in (Hailsham) school, to her students:

None of you would do anything except live the life that it was already set up for you. And sometime around your third donation your short life would be complete. That’s why you were created to.

The other day (this is an update) a dystopian sky photography found on Capricii [pseudo] literare urged me to integrate it within this post, so here it is:

Dystopian Sky
Dystopian Sky

Reading further on this topic on the web, I have found “National Marrow Donor Program Research Website“, were it is stated:

Extending and improving lives through innovative stem cells therapies.

It is something somewhat different (at least in statement) than the methods (“therapies”) in the movie, but I still have a question mark regarding the methods in the film. I hope that science and medicine made a step ahead and moral methods are used.

Well, a fact for the end: I grew up in such a dystopian society from the day I was born until the last days of my 18th year of life (December 1989)!

Below, you’ll find the trailer and (fictional singer) Judy Bridgewater‘s song, “Never Let Me Go“, sung by Jane Monheit.