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Genius On Hold (2013)




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At the heart of GENIUS ON HOLD is the story of Walter L. Shaw-a brilliant inventor with an astonishing list of telecommunications patents to his name including call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone and voice recognition. His ground-breaking designs should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame, but for one thing-the power, greed, and oppression of AT&T, the largest, government-sanctioned, telecommunications monopoly in the United States which blocked him from realizing his dream. Punished, imprisoned, and eventually destitute, Shaw was drawn to the only organization that would reward him for his talent-the mob, whose bookies used his "black box" and "blue box" to run their gambling operations and evade the Feds. His son, Walter T. Shaw, embittered by his father's destruction, turned to organized crime and became one of the most notorious jewel thieves in American history. All to get back at the system that destroyed his family -- but at what cost?

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Marquette, aided by Frank Langella's precise narration, has crafted an engrossing and disturbing tribute.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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This promisingly tragic tale is sunk by cartloads of context and an overbearing, slanted narration.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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A far-reaching narrative of government venality and big-business greed that's all mapped succinctly but substantively.

February 26, 2013 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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A movie that underscores that the winners and losers of some battles of capitalism aren't always confined to a single generation; its shadows are long ones.

March 25, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A provocative side trip into Americana, as fascinating as it is tendentious.

March 1, 2013 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

Though overstuffed, his film eschews pop-doc conventions by opting for in-depth analysis over superficiality.

February 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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