Imitation Game sur C8 : ces excuses publiques à Alan Turing qui ont inspiré le film

“Imitation Game” traces the life of mathematician Alan Turing, who saved thousands of lives by deciphering the Nazi Enigma machine during World War II. The idea for this biopic was born thanks to the public apology of the British government to the scientist, condemned for his homosexuality.

Imitation Game : a doomed WWII hero

Awarded by the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Imitation Game looks back on the life of Alan Turing. Released in 2015, the feature film is based on the biographical work Alan Turing or the enigma of intelligence, written by Andrew Hodges and published in 1983. The film begins in 1951, when an investigation is launched around the burglary of the home of the English mathematician. The latter insists that the police leave his home as quickly as possible.

They then begin to delve into his past, which the scientist finally agrees to tell them. Morten Tyldum’s biopic then navigates between his studies during which he developed a passion for cryptography and arriving at the Bletchley Park decryption site in an attempt to decipher Enigma, the machine used by the Nazis to communicate during World War II. A mission that he carries out by succeeding in creating an electromechanical bomb.

Benedict Cumberbatch livre an overwhelming performance in the shoes of this forgotten war hero, who committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41 after being convicted of his homosexuality. In order to be able to continue working, Alan Turing had accepted chemical castration instead of two years in prison.

Avoiding a classic chronological structure, to better underline its evolution and its impact on History but also the injustice of which it has been the victim, Imitation Game progressively unveils the nature, the anxieties and the convictions of this long-sidelined historical figure, who has contributed to the foundations of artificial intelligence in addition to saving thousands of lives. Alongside the headliner of the series Sherlock, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode embody Alan Turing’s most precious supporters. Mark Strong and Charles Dance interpret his hierarchical superiors.

Apologies from ex-prime minister Gordon Brown

The idea of ​​starting a feature film centered on Alan Turing was born in the minds of producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky after the discovery of a Gordon Brown column. In September 2009, in the columns of Daily Telegraph, the former British Prime Minister apologizes on behalf of his government. He regrets the “deplorable” treatment reserved for the mathematician and declares in particular:

While Turing was treated according to the law of the day and we couldn’t go back in time, what was done to him was of course totally unfair. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his extraordinary contribution, the story of WWII could have been very different.

Four years later, on December 24, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II posthumously granted her forgiveness to Alan Turing. The war hero is pardoned on the proposal of the Minister of Justice Chris Grayling, who then salutes the “brilliant mind” of the scientist. He adds :

At Bletchley Park, his genius helped save thousands of lives. His conviction, which we would now consider unjust and discriminatory, is now overturned. Alan Turing deserves to be remembered for his legendary contribution to the war effort. A royal pardon is worthy of this exceptional man.

In 2017, the “Alan Turing law” allows pardon 65,000 homosexuals convicted in the past, including 15,000 still alive at the time of promulgation. In the United Kingdom, the decriminalization of homosexuality was decreed in 1967 with the passage of the Sexual Offenses Act.

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