I recently watched The Imitation Game on Netflix, which is a really interesting look at the story of Alan Turing and the team that cracked the Nazi enigma code during World War II. I enjoyed the movie, and although parts of it were historically inaccurate, I actually thought it was relatively accurate for a Hollywood movie (more of the relationship between him and Keira Knightly's character was true than I assumed, for example). I don't mind when a historical account has some inaccuracies if it inspires me to look into a topic I never would have before.
real Alan Turing, I found this interesting but tragic possible connection to fairy tales. Turing was found dead just before his 42nd birthday and there is debate as to whether or not it was suicide. It could have been an accidental result of his experiments that involved cyanide, but some have come up with a more dramatic theory based on the half eaten apple that was found by his bed.
"Andrew Hodges and another biographer, David Leavitt, have both suggested that Turing was re-enacting a scene from the Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), his favourite fairy tale, both noting that (in Leavitt's words) he took "an especially keen pleasure in the scene where the Wicked Queen immerses her apple in the poisonous brew.""
The movie hints that the death was suicide caused by the humiliation and stigma associated with being homosexual at the time (he was convicted of "gross indecency" and took hormone pills as part of his "therapy"). Either way, it was a tragic event and a great loss. Although I hate to think of fairy tales being acted out for such a sad purpose (if that is really what happened), I do like the fact that this brilliant man not only loved the fairy tale Snow White, but really enjoyed the Disney cartoon. It shows how powerful an influence the early Disney films were, and of course fairy tale imagery in general (can you imagine a current brilliant mathematician admitting to loving a certain scene from Frozen or something?)