Item Details

Tesla

American Experience Films ; written and produced by David Grubin ; executive producer, Mark Samels ; a David Grubin Productions film for American Experience ; WGBH Educational Foundation
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
"Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten--eclipsed by names such as Edision and Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would becom most famous for his dazzling demonstrations. Audiences flocked to see him send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body, dazzled by the spectacle of the inventor seemingly on fire. Even more read about his claims of receiving signals from outer space and his plans for using the earth's natural charge to distribute free electricity. Tesla the strange wizard and mad scientist overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer--the seer of the wireless world we all live in. Lost in the spectacular rise and fall was the real man, a consummate inventor and dedicated engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of the 21st century. In Tesla, American Experience chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours"--Container.
Director
David Grubin Productions
Performers
Narrator, Michael Murphy.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
55 min.
Language
In English with optional English subtitles
Rating
TV Parental Guidelines rating: TV-G (general audience; most parents would find this program suitable for all ages)
Notes
  • "Subtitles are a function of the disc and serve the same purpose as closed-captions"--Container.
  • Running time indicated on container: approximately 60 minutes; actual running time: 55 minutes.
  • Originally produced in 2016 as an episode of the television series: American experience.
Variant Title
Container title: Tesla : visionary or madman?
Related Title
Contained in (work): American experience (Television program)
ISBN
9781627899239, 1627899235
Credits
Editor, Jay Keuper ; director of photography, James Callanan ; original music, Michael Bacon.
Published
[Arlington, Virginia] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2016]
Publisher no.
AMX62811 PBS Distribution
Description
1 videodisc (55 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround.
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