Director Morten Tyldum Talks THE IMITATION GAME, Trying to be Historically Accurate, Deleted Scenes, What he Learned From Test Screenings, and More

     November 27, 2014


With the year coming to a close, it seems like a great new movie hits theaters every weekend, and The Weinstein Company continues that trend on November 28th with The Imitation Game.  Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but his homosexuality still made him a target of persecution.  The film is really more about Turing than the war, but Tyldum weaves the Enigma plot throughout the film in a way that makes it feel like a spy thriller.

During my exclusive video interview with Morten Tyldum, he talked about trying to be historically accurate, filming in real places, if he had many deleted scenes, balancing fact versus fiction, what he learned from friends and family screenings, what sequences he worked on again and again to get them right, and loads more.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Imitation Game also star Keira KnightleyMatthew GoodeCharles DanceMark StrongRory KinnearAllen Leech and Matthew Beard and will likely be a strong awards season contender this year.  For more on the film, watch six clips, the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Morten Tyldum:

  • Talks about how he got involved in the project.
  • Talks about trying to be historically accurate and filming in real places.
  • Deleted scenes talk.
  • Balancing fact versus fiction when making a movie.
  • What did he learn from test screenings/friends and family screenings?
  • Did he have any sequences that he worked on again and again to get right?



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