The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game: 1973 In my band class, we are often reminded that our audience will remember the very first and last notes of a piece we play because that is what sticks with them the most. Therefore, it is imperative to both start and end just right. The same applies for movies as well. A film has to be able to grab at the audience from the beginning in some way in order to keep their attention focused on the screen. It also has to have a proper, appropriate ending that makes the movie memorable and that sticks with them long after the movie has ended. In director Morten Tyldum’s film The Imitation Game, the film concludes with “significant closure,” leaving the audience stunned at the way events played out. The film’s protagonist is Alan Turing, an “irascible” mathematical genius who is summoned by the British authorities to be part of a team of other mathematical geniuses in order to break Enigma, the German code machine. This film centers not only around the struggle to crack Enigma and shorten the war but also sheds some light on Turing’s homosexuality. The Imitation Game demonstrates the triumph in overcoming adversity because not only is there a struggle to break Enigma, then the struggle to keep it all a secret, but there is also Turing’s personal struggle in being a “victimized homosexual” in his society, all of which are addressed as the film concludes. The film itself concludes with a video of the mathematical team burning up the evidence that they’d ever solved Enigma in order to not leave traces. While this clip plays on, music plays in the background and there are captions to explain the aftermath of what happened, which is how we learn that “Turing’s Machine,” as it is referred to, helped save countless lives and is calculated to have shortened the war tremendously. The mathematical team that Turing was a part of struggled for years to crack
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