Steve Jobs: The Lost InterviewClosed Captioning
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In this candid, in-depth interview with the late visionary filmed in 1995, Steve Jobs discusses at length his early days, career battles, and vision for the future. Small portions of the piece were used for a television series at the time, but the vast majority was shelved and for 17 years thought to be lost. Resurfacing, it is being presented in its entirety, providing a fascinating look at Jobs at a particularly interesting moment in his career, two years before he would go on to retake control of Apple.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Ultimately the docu shows Jobs, as always, ahead of his time.
Fresh: The most fascinating aspect of listening to him talk comes not from what he says about what he did, but how he talks about it.
Fresh: It's a tribute to the singular popularity of Steve Jobs that he's probably the only talking head people would pay to watch for more than an hour.
Fresh: It's just a static shot, the same angle, one guy talking. But what a guy.
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Steve Jobs opens up for 65 minutes
Some background: this is an interview made in 1995 for a PBS television series, "Triumph of the Nerds". A number of computer industry leaders were interviewed and each interview was edited down to 10 minutes or so for broadcast. The original interview tapes were lost for 15 years. After they were found, around the time of Jobs's death in 2011, the unedited tapes, with only a brief introduction added by the original interviewer, Robert Cringely, got a very limited, very brief theatrical release.
Jobs appears at first reluctant and annoyed about the interview, but proceeds to open up and speak very candidly about his life and career: how he and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple I in a garage and went about selling it; how he maneuvered to get inside looks at work at the XEROX Palo Alto Research Center and leverage their ideas; his ouster from Apple and why new CEO John Sculley could never adapt to running a company like Apple.
He is generous with his views about what makes great ideas and great products and his very blunt opinions about Microsoft and IBM and the real reason he feels their products are inferior.
He shares his views about the role of programming in teaching people to think. (Watch carefully the look he gives the interviewer at one point: I would describe it as Jobs' "I think you're an idiot" face. That pause made a theatre audience erupt in laughter, one of several very funny moments.)
There are no production values in this film: what you get is Jobs sitting in a chair, facing the interviewer, and speaking his mind. If you're a fan of Apple or of Steve Jobs, or are just interested in the process and management of innovation, it makes for compelling viewing.