Penitent Systems: The Imitation Game’s Failure

Even inattentive cinephiles will have noticed the generous helping of biopics up for awards this year. It’s easy to see why. The ingredients for critical success are already there: ‘true to life’ characters and an audience comfortably fixed in their attitude towards them; a story that’s familiar, with details and dialogue publically accessible (unless, as Ava DuVernay found while making Selma, they happen to be owned by Steven Spielberg). Still, few biopics achieved the vertiginous success of The Imitation Game (2014)…

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