Conceiving Ada (1999)

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Movie Info

Lynn Hershman Leeson's Sci-Fi adventure is an imaginary biography of the real-life Lady Ada Lovelace , daughter of Lord Byron, a mathematics genius a century ahead of her time. A computer expert is somehow able to contact her through virtual reality.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Hotwire Productions

Cast

Tilda Swinton
as Ada Byron King
Karen Black
as Lady Byron/Mother Coer
John O'Keefe
as Charles Babbage
J.D. Wolfe
as Nicholas Clayton
John Perry Barlow
as John Crosse
Owen Murphy
as William Lovelace
Esther Mulligan
as Mary Shelley
R.U. Sirius
as Barlow
Ellen Sebastian
as Dr. Fury
Mark Capri
as Dr. Locock
David Eppel
as Simon
Pollyanna Jacobs
as Cocktail Server
Lillan L. Malmberg
as Anne Isabelle Byron
Cyrus Mare
as Ralph Byron
David Brooks
as Children's Tutor
Michael Oosterom
as Lord Byron
Kashka Peck
as Teenage Ada
Rose Lockwood
as Child Ada/Claire
Charles Pinion
as CD-ROM Byron
Chris von Sneidern
as Musician in the Elevator
Joe Wemple
as Priest/Talk Show Host
Lavay Smith
as Lead Singer
Bing Nathan
as Upright Bass
Bill Stewart
as Alto Sax
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Critic Reviews for Conceiving Ada

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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December 31, 1999
Village Voice
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If pretension were a payday, Conceiving Ada would be the richest gazillionaire on the face of the planet

Full Review… | October 2, 2010
DVDTalk.com

The entire package has a loony, uncommonly intelligent combination that could be appealing for adventurous viewers.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Conceiving Ada

½

Sort of a loopy viewing experience, but this hybrid biopic of 19th female mathematician and Lloyd Byron daughter Ada King held my attention because of the novelty and richness of its ideas, and, I must say, the truly inventive casting, which include not only the divine Tilda Swinton, but Karen Black (!), Timothy Leary, and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, with music by The Residents! Needless to say, a thoroughly San Francisco experience. At its heart, this is an exploration of code as craft and consciousness, which allows one to make allowances for the fairly amateurish effects (though I did enjoy the composited virtual Victoriana).

Nick Demartino
Nick Demartino
½

For those on the lookout for a close-to-brainy innovatively-feminist non-Hollywood film, this one should prove to be more than satisfactory.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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