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General Magic

1 Hr. 32 Min.
Not Rated
Screening format: DCP

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The technology you carry in your pocket today is courtesy of a start-up company you've never heard of. Watch General Magic attempt to revolutionize the telecommunications industry nearly 20 years before cell phones, only to see their dreams pilfered and dismantled. A history of both technology and Silicon Valley itself, the majority of these "magicians" moved on to work with Samsung, Google, and Twitter, and revolutionized our day-to-day lives. General Magic is an inspiring portrait of the entrepreneurial spirit and a compelling argument for the necessity of failure.


"As a literal origin story about how we live today, it's a captivating history lesson with global appeal."
- Variety
"General Magic is such an involving documentary for so many reasons it's hard to know where to begin. The title itself, as it turns out, might be best."
- Los Angeles Times
"It's all informative, but the biggest kick is giggling at the key players' startlingly accurate predictions of the kind of world we're now living in."
- Village Voice

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