Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Imitation Game, Togetherness, and Joan Didion as the new face of Céline.

The Imitation Game Is a Movie About Smart People Made for Dumb People

The Imitation Game Is a Movie About Smart People Made for Dumb People

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Jan. 21 2015 12:10 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Imitation Game, HBO’s Togetherness, and Joan Didion as the new face of Céline.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Does this film play fast and loose with the facts of Turing’s life? Next up, HBO’s new show, Togetherness, is the latest in a series of hyper-realistic comedies that address the frustrations of modern marriage. Finally, major fashion brand Céline recently made Joan Didion its new icon. Are brains the new beauty, or does Céline simply know its target consumers better than it knows itself?

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Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

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Dana: Adrienne LaFrance’s piece on fashion and fabric in Joan Didion’s work.

Julia: The Smitten Kitchen recipe for the best yellow layer cake.

Outro: “Cheap Sunglasses” by ZZ Top

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.