Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Imitation Game: Subtraction simplifies, addition amplifies

After two biopics in two days...
Alan: Hawking and Turing.

Stephen: Both mathematicians. Both brilliant. Both great biopics.

Alan: And both more about relationships than reality.

Stephen: Well, the Hawking relationship seemed to be realistically acted.

Alan: But the treatment of Turing by bringing in the relationship with the spy… that episode was gratuitous fiction.

Stephen: Balanced the complexity of explaining code-cracking though.
Biopics are exercises in subtraction and addition.
Subtraction simplifies the story, addition amplifies the action.
But in life we deal with diversions, to tell a story well we cull and control.

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