The biopics are fundamental and essential to preserve the memory of an important event, of an invention or of one of the protagonists of the history.
The year 2015 starts, in Italy, with one of the most beautiful biopic ever seen and dedicated to Alan Mathison Turing, "[The Imitation Game](movie:267965)", released in America in November 2014.
The film is directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: "The Enigma" by Andrew Hodgesstars and stars Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch as Turing. It tells the brilliance of a man who has come back in the public eye in 2012, when the centenary of his birth was celebrated.
During the winter of 1952, in Manchester, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and logician Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. But they instead ended up arresting him on charges of gross indecency.
Turing begins to tell his story, to the police officer who arrested him, starting from the episode of major public importance : the period during the Second World War. In those days he worked in England to decode messages that diplomats and military of the Axis Powers were communicating among they themselves. In fact, he worked at Bletchley Park, the main center of cryptanalysis of the United Kingdom, where, together with a small group of very intelligent people, including a chess champion and an expert on riddles, he devised techniques to improve the "Bombe" method, a special machine used first by the Polish counterintelligence and later by the British, to decipher secret messages encoded with the German machine "Enigma".
For his bright job, it has been estimated that the work at Bletchley Park shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.
His work had wide influence in the development of information technology and a substantial role in the creation of the modern computer. For these reasons he was, and he is, considered one of the most brilliant cryptanalysts, one of the fathers of computer science and one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century.
Turing was homosexual and, considering that in that years the homosexuality was illegal, when he was discovered, he accepted treatment with oestrogen injections (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison, decision that pushed him, in 1954, to suicide by poisoning, eating an apple with cyanide, 16 days before his 42nd birthday.
Honestly, I'm so looking forward to watch the next 72nd Golden Globe Awards, where the film was nominated in the categories of:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE for Keira Knightley
BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
But, above all, for the nomination of Benedict Cumberbatch in the category of BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA where I hope that he will be the winner because this great English actor, but also a film producer who has performed not only in film but also in theatre, television and radio, did not achieve international recognition until the first series of "Sherlock" in 2010 and I think that he deserve more attention and popularity.
So, good luck Mr. Cumberbatch!