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Genius on Hold

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Documentary filmmaker Gregory Marquette reveals how the unrelenting greed of telecommunications giant AT&T forced gifted inventor Walter L. Shaw to turn away from his dream, and use his talents to create a "black box" that would allow mob bookies to thwart federal agents. Later, Shaw's embittered son paid the ultimate price for joining the mob in an attempt to avenge his family.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he filmmaker mostly focuses, with great detail yet admirable economy, on Shaw's sad, twisty tale of battling telephone giant AT&T."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[D]irector Gregory Marquette unearths a story so intensely emblematic of American corporatism that its significance is self-evident. "
    Hollywood Reporter

    "GENIUS offers a fascinatingly idiosyncratic example of what Marquette decries as corporatism..."
    Variety

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