||today enigma screened at 6:30 p.m. at roy thomson hall, and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the uptown.
what about "the man from elysian fields"?
Any fan review? I found this "review" for enigma:
It isn't easy to make mathematics sexy
Manhattan Pictures International
Code cracking is so dull, it's no wonder things heat up on other fronts.
Director: Michael Apted
Screenwriter: Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Robert Harris
Producers: Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels
Principal cast: Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott, Jeremy Northam, Saffron Burrows
The Second World War story of how British Intelligence cracked the four thousand billion variables of the German naval communication code to win the Battle of the Atlantic sounds like a great idea for a film until you realize the solution involved a group of sweating math whizzes sitting in an airless room crunching their way through a million or so letter variations.
Unfortunately, ace screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) never manages to crack the mystery of how to translate an arithmetic problem into a racy thriller. The spy-counterspy love story, which involves Dougray Scott, newcomer Saffron Burrows and, as her roommate, a very pregnant Kate Winslet, is devoid of tension or romance. Only Jeremy Northam, playing a caddish military investigator, manages to get Stoppard's creative juices flowing.
"You were seeing each other?" Northam's character enquires of Scott at one point.
"What are you trying to say?" the intelligence operative says of his affair with a German spy.
"That you were seeing each other's brains out," Northam hisses. Rating two