Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview started off when Bob Cringely was able to have a memorable interview with the brilliant Steve Jobs. It was in 1995, the time when Steve Jobs had left Apple and was pursuing NeXT, a niche computer company that he founded after leaving Apple. It was in this interview that Jobs shared his vision and a charisma. Only a part of this interview was used by Bob Cringely in his TV series Triumph of the Nerds. Now we are about to take another look into the life of the amazing and brilliant Steve Jobs. Here’s an early look on this new documentary “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview”
“Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview Sneak Peak
If Steve Jobs was right in 1995 and the computer is the most important tool in the history of the human race, then he was the most important toolmaker. In that year he was in exile from Apple, fired by the company he co-founded, and running his own much smallerc company named NeXT. Soon he would sell NeXT to Apple and become Apple’s CEO. Ahead lay a new generation of Macs and iPhones, iPods and lots of cool iStuff.
Jobs rarely sat down for interviews. He was highly conscious of message control as a part of marketing; note how tight Apple’s security is on new product introductions. In 1995 he sat down for a 70-minute interview with Robert X. Cringely, technology writer and blogger. Bites from it were used in “Triumph of the Nerds,” Cringely’s PBS series. Most of it has never been seen and was thought to be lost en route from London to New York. Recently, Cringely says in his intro to this doc, a copy was found in London. Now, soon after Jobs’ death on Oct. 5, it’s being shown via HDNet in Landmark Theaters in 19 cities, including Chicago’s Landmark Century. Most cities will see it at 7:15 and 9 p. m. on Nov. 16 and 17. In Palo Alto, where he lived and died, it will play for a week.
He and Cringely (a former Apple employee) were on good terms, and Jobs was unusually open. One of his motives was that he believed Apple was on a slow slide into extinction. He’s frank about John Sculley, the executive he hired and who pushed him out: Scully knew little about computers but a great deal about survival.
Jobs was 40 when this interview took place. He recalls with savor the early days when he and Steve Wozniak built the Apple I in a garage, and unknowingly invented cell phones by rigging it to send a telephone call around the world to ring the pay phone next door a minute later. “We realized we two could control billions of dollars in infrastructure!” he smiles. He also remembers them calling the Pope and hanging up when they realized they’d actually gotten through.”
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Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview will be in theaters on May 11th 2012
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