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The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch sheds light on a tortured genius

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Before there was Steve Jobs, there was Alan Turing. Credited with inventing a machine that would one day become the computer that most of us use every day—Turing’s creation was known as the Turing Machine—Turing is ripe for a biopic. Not only is he considered the grandfather of modern computing but the Cambridge professor was also a renowned code breaker who, along with others at the Bletchley Circle in London, helped break the Nazis’ Enigma Code during World War II. These two career achievements more than qualify Turing as a worthy film subject. But he was also, unbeknownst to most of his colleagues, gay during a time when homosexuality was a crime in the UK. Prosecuted in 1952 for “homosexual…

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