Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Synopsis: In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs' image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, 'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs' legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min


After hours of getting

this thing right...

God, look at that.

Look, I'm on television.

- Hey! Isn't that amazing?

- Yeah, it is.

- You're on TV in New York, too.

- What's that?

- You're on TV in New York, too.

- No, no.

- Yes, you are.

- Am I really? Are you serious?

- Yeah, they got you in New York.

- God.

I'm gonna let you

put it in your own ear.

- Really?

- It's a talk back.

- They're going to talk to you.

- This is not the real thing, right?

You just want a picture of me now?

- They're going to sit you here first.

- God.

You need to tell me

where the restroom is, too,

cos I'm deathly ill, actually,

and ready to throw up

at any moment, so...

- It's right across the hall.

- Great. I'm not joking.

We're ready to go, gentlemen.

New York's waiting for a shot of him.

If you see in my eyes,

I've been crying just a little bit.

And it seems really ridiculous

because I've never met the man.

I know life is ephemeral,

but I just, you know,

I expected him to be around

a little longer.

Pretty sure everybody did,

but, you know...

The thing I'm using right now,

an iMac, he made.

He made the iMac.

He made the Macbook.

He made the Macbook Pro.

He made the Macbook Air.

He made the iPhone.

He made the iPod.

Yeah, he's made the iPod Touch.

He's made everything.

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man

Play a song for me

I'm not sleepy

And there's no place I'm going to

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man

Play a song for me

In the jingle jangle morning

I'll come following you

It's not often that the whole

planet seems to feel a loss together,

but after the death of Steve Jobs,

co-founder of Apple

and singular dreamer,

all day, we watched

as there was a kind of global wake.

On Facebook, millions changing

their profiles to the Apple logo.

A kind of black armband,

a gesture of gratitude.

We've been monitoring

the hashtag "thankyousteve."

My favorite tweet last night

was four simple letters

simply saying, "iSad."


When Steve Jobs died,

I was mystified.

What accounted for the grief of

millions of people who didn't know him?

I'd seen it with John Lennon

and Martin Luther king,

but Steve Jobs wasn't a singer

or a civil-rights leader.

Many commentators were surprised

by the intensity and the power

of this wave of emotion.

What was it?

And I think it was truly love.

Jobs has proven to be the one

and only person in the world

who can create

technology products that people love.


I love "Wall-E,"

a film Jobs's Pixar produced,

and I love my iPhone,

but the grief for Jobs seemed to go

beyond the products he left behind.

We mourned the man himself,

but why?

Behind the scenes, Jobs could be

ruthless, deceitful and cruel.

Yet he won our hearts by convincing us

that Apple represented a higher ideal.

It was not like other companies.

It was different.

Good morning and welcome to Apple's

1984 annual shareholders' meeting.

I'd like to open the meeting

with part of an old poem,

about a 20-year-old poem, by Dylan.

That's Bob Dylan.

"Come writers and critics

who prophesize with your pens

and keep your eyes wide,

the chance won't come again."

"And don't speak too soon

for the wheel's still in spin

and there's no telling

who that it's naming."

"For the loser now will be later to win,

for the times, they are a-changing."

Jobs loved Dylan

maybe because he wasnt just one thing.

He was a storyteller who could

be whatever we wanted him to be.

I don't even what know what

All Along The Watchtower means.

I think it is one of

the most beautiful, haunting,

brilliant pieces of poetry ever.

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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