“Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have created what they call an ‘impressionistic portrait’ of one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic figures in their forthcoming film, ‘Steve Jobs,'” Dawn Chmielewski writes for Re/code.
“Among those Sorkin consulted was Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team, who chronicled the computer’s development, from skunkworks project to launch and beyond, in his book ‘Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made,'” Chmielewski writes. “He also appears as a character in the film.”
Chmielewski writes, “We interviewed Hertzfeld about his involvement in the project and his appraisal of the completed work.”
I have seen the film, but not a finished version — it was still a work in progress when they showed it to me in August. Again, I am in a poor position to judge it, since I am too close to it and my experience with the underlying reality distracts me from appreciating it as a film. That said, I think it’s a fine movie, brilliantly written and performed and full of humor and feeling. It deviates from reality everywhere — almost nothing in it is like it really happened — but ultimately that doesn’t matter that much. The purpose of the film is to entertain, inspire and move the audience, not to portray reality. It is cavalier about the facts but aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths behind Steve’s unusual personality and behavior, and it often but not always succeeds at that. — Andy Hertzfeld
Much more in the full interview here.
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