The Imitation Game

During the last long weekend, I went to cinema to watch “The imitation game”. I assumed it was going to be a good film because it was nominated for eight academy awards including all the major, artistic categories (best motion picture, best screenplay, best leading actor, best leading actress, best director). It already has a high IMDB ratings based on which it can be ranked among the top 250 greatest films of all time. But, as was constantly whispered to my ear throughout the two hours of the film, the dialogues, the plot, its twists and characters were all clichés, and disappointingly very simple Hollywood ones. The smartest person does not know how to socialise with other people, at first there is a hostility towards him but because of his pure heart, it eventually fades away, then when he is threatened to be fired, others selflessly step forward and defend him by putting their own job on the line (yeah! People are so altruist and it specifically demonstrates itself when you are doing a top secret government jobs). And surprisingly, by the end, these good guys win!
So how the hell it got nominated for so many Oscars? Is it possible that the choices of a prestigious cinematic award like the Academy’s be made under the influence of anything except the artistic values of the movies?!! I like to consider in this post a far-fetched(!) idea that this film is nominated just for political reasons.

It’s all about the propaganda

– The allies win (because they are good guys).
– The greatest mathematician mind of the world is British and considering the common belief that maths is the hardest discipline, so is the greatest mind of the world.
– The soviets spy on Britain but the British intelligence is superior and controls which pieces of information is delivered to the Russians
– People are selfless patriots who are willing to let their brothers die for an uncertain future victory for the nation

Why is this propaganda needed?

– the new rise of the Right in Europe and the U.S.
– Current tensions with Russia on Ukraine’s crisis
– Current situation with the Middle East and the rise of jihadists specifically those living in “the free world”
– Reassuring Western citizens of intelligence and security capabilities of their governments
– The need for patriotism to support governments decisions on going to war (in the middle east and probably with Russia)
– The need for patriotism and selflessness in people can give up their own families and friends to save the nation (isn’t it the same request that radical Islam demands from its followers?)

How to unsuccessfully mask a propaganda?

To make the story more believable and to mask its propaganda, they made the story seem like it is about an individual and on the second level, homosexuality.
A hint of pessimism was also added to the way MI6 was presented. However, by the end, the secret service and the whole British system were cleared of all the accusations.
– What the MI6 did was under the advice of the greatest minds of Britain and the whole world. So it was correct.
– MI6 decisions was extremely and positively effective. The war ended 2 years earlier, saving about 14 million lives.
– What the good guys did resulted in the development of what we all like and cannot live without: computers. So we must love them.
– The queen granted Turing a posthumous pardon.
– The secret services decisions may look violent and merciless. But at the end they are the most rational ones (you will thank them later)

Conclusion: Read Propaganda

bernayspropagandaAll in all, I don’t recommend watching this film, it doesn’t have significant art values and the propaganda behind it is too obvious (I personally prefer to be fooled more subtly).
Instead you can use your time and read a small but very interesting book, named Propaganda by Edward Bernays. It’s been praised by Noam Chomsky:
Bernays’s honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial-state capitalist democracies.
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4 thoughts on “The Imitation Game

  1. Well! I thought it was an excellent film! And as for propaganda — then if so, they didn’t to a propa job on me because my patriotism is still fast asleep and still considered by my brain as the last resort of the scoundrel!

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  2. I agree with you, this was a terrible film that translated a complex and fascinating life into a series of Hollywood screenplay cliches, many of them making for situations which were not only far from the truth but were so laughable as to take me out of the film’s world. Very poor and disappointing film.
    I think the audience largely liked it because it is a story of one man vs. adversity, but of course you are right about the patriotic element also boosting the story… one genius and a room of people winning the war, it has a certain romantic heroic appeal to it. Also audiences these days seem to really have a thing for biopics, which Hollywood studios are happy to oblige us with, just look at the other big Oscar contender Theory of Everything. Why biopics are so popular and always among the films fighting out for the oscars is an interesting question, I just recently started writing a blog piece about it which I hope to finish soon.

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