Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mark Strong and Keira Knightley film costumes from The Imitation Game on display...

I love this time of year when all the movie costume exhibits start popping up with greater frequency as all the filmmakers vie for Hollywood cinema goers attention (often working in the industry themselves), in the key run up to awards season. The latest display to catch my eye is this duo of costumes worn by Mark Strong and Keira Knightley in the World War II code-breaking drama, The Imitation Game.

Original costumes from The Imitation Game on display
The Imitation Game movie costume exhibit
Mark Strong The Imitation Game film costume
Keira Knightley Imitation Game movie costume
Imitation Game movie costumes
Sammy Sheldon Differ is responsible for the wartime British wardrobe featured in the film and these original costumes were photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema on November 18, 2014.

The Imitation Game movie poster
The Imitation Game movie poster
The Imitation Game is a historical thriller based on true events and the 1992 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges and tells the tale of genius gay British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma Code that helped the Allied Forces win WWII.

Alan Turing went on to assist in the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the U.K. government in 1952 for homosexual acts, which were illegal at the time. Forced to accept treatment in the form of oestrogen injections (a form of chemical castration), as an alternative to prison, the genius who is widely considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence died in 1954 from what is believed to be suicide.

Suit worn by Mark Strong as Major General Stewart Menzies
in The Imitation Game
Mark Strong The Imitation Game Stewart Menzies suit
Mark Strong Imitation Game movie costume
Mark Strong The Imitation Game movie costume
The Imitation Game costume display
Mark Strong plays 'Major General Stewart Menzies' in the movie and wears this smart double-breasted pinstripe suit in the movie. Chief of MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service), he was responsible for wartime intelligence and counterintelligence and supervised the code-breaking initiative at Bletchley Park.

If you're a fan of the actor, be sure to also check out his movie costume from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, plus also his Matai Shang Thern costume from John Carter on display.

Outfit worn by Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke 
in The Imitation Game
Keira Knightley Imitation Game Joan Clarke film costume
Keira Knightley Imitation Game costume hat
Keira Knightley Imitation Game movie costume
Imitation Game Joan Clarke movie costume
Keira Knightley Imitation Game costume shoes
Keira Knightley Imitation Game WWII costume
Imitation Game film costume display
Meanwhile in the movie Keira Knightley plays 'Joan Clarke', a woman fighting the prejudices of a man's world, one of the cryptanalysts working with the motley crew of code-breakers at Bletchley Park deciphering German naval Enigma messages during World War II.

If you're an admirer of the actress, be sure to check out Keira Knightley's wedding gown from The Duchess, Oscar-winning costumes from Anna Karenina and multiple costumes from Pirates of the Caribbean.

This movie sounds like a must-see with its historic significance, both for the wartime importance and its gay rights injustices.

The Imitation Game movie poster
Imitation Game movie poster
Buy the biography the movie is adapted from: Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"

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