The film tells the story of Nicola Tesla (1856-1943) a Serbian American, electrical engineer, physicist and visionary who conceived the concept of limitless wireless electrical power that could be distributed worldwide. He died without personal power, recognition or wealth and his work fell into relative obscurity. Rediscovered in the 1990’s Mathew Rankin captures both the obsession and the commitment of this pioneer of science. The images are hurried and urgent as Tesla, running out of time and money, seeks that breakthrough that will prove his doomed concept right. It is a brilliant little 8 minute film and Mathew Rankin captures the enthusiasm, delusion and passion that were so much a part of Tesla’s life. With haunting music by Christophe Lamarche and confidently produced by Julie Roy the film is a further demonstration of the skilled work of the National Film Board of Canada.
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