Genius on Hold

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Released 2013

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Director:
Gregory Marquette
Released:
2013
Rating:
PG
Narrated by Academy-Award Nominated Frank Langella, Genius On Hold is the story of Walter L. Shaw - a brilliant telecommunications inventor who created call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone, voice recognition, the presidential "red phone" and many other creations we use every day. He held over 39 patents and his creations should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame. Instead, this brilliant man was held down by corporate greed and government monopolies and ended up so desperate to provide for his family he ended up working for the mafia; creating the infamous "black box." His unimaginable decline led his son, Walter T. Shaw to turn to a life of crime rising to become the world's most notorious jewel-thief.

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  • 90

    Village Voice Ernest Hardy

    One marvel of the film is how it conveys so much information so quickly, and with such accessibility.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

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

  • 75

    Slant Magazine

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

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