**1/2 (out of four)
If you get excited at the use of phrases like “graphical user interface,” “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” will likely feel like a fantastic slab of previously unseen geek porn.
For others, this 70-minute interview with the late billionaire, conducted in 1995 so a small snippet could be used for a PBS miniseries entitled “Triumph of the Nerds,” will combine a significant amount of subjectively dull computer speak with anecdotes and philosophies that register as brilliantly fascinating in hindsight.
Nothing has been done to beef up the documentary with additional biographical information or contextualize Jobs' comments, and this review's star rating evaluates its existence as a film that does or does not need to be seen. “The Lost Interview” simply runs as an hour or so of an interviewer (Robert Cringely) occasionally asking questions and a guy answering them at length. When that guy turned Apple into what it is today, however, plenty can be learned just by listening to his terrifically simplistic thoughts on what sparked his move to personal computers (“Necessity”) and running a business (asking questions, thinking and working hard are all you really need, Jobs says).
Jobs emerges as someone truly energized and inspired by what innovation and determination can achieve. “The Lost Interview” serves, if nothing else, as a glimpse behind the curtain and a useful lesson for recruiters and management: Acquire intelligent people who believe in a product and push them to do their best. What a concept!
Showing: 7:15 and 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu. at Landmark Century
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