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The Imitation Game - Movie Coming Fall 2014

The Imitation Game - Movie Coming Fall 2014

Coming out in the Fall of 2014 (Opens 21 November in the U.S.), The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley as Joan Clark. The film portrays the race against time by Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

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Excerpted from an 8 September 2014 review by The Independent:

"The action starts in Manchester in 1951. Turing’s house has just been burgled but something is amiss with the crime scene, which arouses the suspicion of Detective Robert Nock (Rory Kinnear), who hauls Turing in for an interrogation.

The story then takes the form of a series of flashbacks focusing on Turing’s schooldays and, for the main bulk of the film, his activities during the war.

From the off Cumberbatch depicts Turing as an odd chap. In an amusing scene in which he’s being interviewed at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Turing takes every word literally, much to the chagrin of Commander Alastair Denniston (Charles Dance).

He frustrates his new colleagues with his oddball habits, refusing to partake in camaraderie or join them for lunch, and decrying their attempts to break the German Enigma code.

Convinced that they need to develop a mechanical machine if they are to have any success, he ostracises his colleagues with his methods. A rivalry soon develops with his gregarious, caddish colleague Hugh Alexander (Mathew Goode). The last time a British character with this many foibles turned up in a prestige picture it was Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. And that went on to sweep the Oscars.

Gender politics enter the fray with the arrival of the brilliant puzzle solver Joan Clarke. Keira Knightley is usually at her best when playing contemporary roles, but the part of female trailblazer suits her acting style. Her confidence is the perfect foil for Cumberbatch’s quirkiness but she has her own problems - her parents are concerned that she’s 25 and unmarried. Cue one of the most unromantic proposals ever seen on screen. Also excellent is the often under-rated Mark Strong, who plays MI6 head Stewart Menzies. It’s hard to find fault with any of the ensemble."

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  • GRAB, first reconnaissance satellite, launched. GRAB - ("Galactic Radiation and Background," its cover, or codename TATTLETALE), was the world's first reconnaissance satellite and is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum. Photo from NSA Anniversary Timeline: Naval Research Lab Team at Cape Canaveral for spin test of GRAB1 atop Transit 2A. (Left to right) Martin J. Votaw, George G. Kronmiller, Alfred R. Conover and Roy A. Harding

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The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.