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Four takeaways from 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Leah Yamshon | Sept. 7, 2015
While Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs plays at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend, reviews are coming out for the wider release of the Alex Gibney–directed documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.

As 9to5Mac points out, “Former Gawker legal head Gaby Darbyshire, who was involved in the controversy, is notably one of the film’s producers.” Notable indeed.

We don’t really learn anything new

If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, there won’t be much in The Man in the Machine that will surprise you. Sure, you’ll see new interviews about Jobs, explore Apple’s complicated (and sometimes shady) tax practices, and be reminded of the struggles of Foxconn—but these are stories that have been told before elsewhere.

The film isn’t about letting us in on Jobs’s secrets. It’s about perspective. It asks interesting questions, yet doesn’t specifically answer them, letting you as an audience member form your own opinion about what made Steve Jobs such an icon.


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