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The Tesla World Light (2017)

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New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. The Tesla World Light is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating ... See full summary »

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Matthew Rankin
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Vilar Robert Vilar ... Nikola Tesla
Maurice Krank Maurice Krank ... (voice)
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New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. The Tesla World Light is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating current, inspired by real events such as the inventor's run of bad luck as a businessman and his affection for a pet bird, which he loves "like a man loves a woman."

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Appreciate that it is out there, but it didn't do much for me as a film
2 June 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Perhaps the few real events that this film occurs within are known to the majority, but I did not know of Tesla's relationship to JP Morgan, or indeed to a white pigeon. To be fair, I know little of Tesla but the basics, so this is okay. The film doesn't help you much though, and throws the viewer into a scene of oddity where a life-action Tesla narrates his letter over animation of him surrounded by sparks and energy before retreating into his bedroom. There he finds his muse in a white pigeon, but it doesn't go too well from there.

I love that this film can exist; that someone made it and do so with energy and lots of ideas. I'd not say I enjoyed it, but I appreciated the craft of the animation, and the passion of the creative force which took the story/idea and did it in this way. It is an experimental animation - and few words fill me with more dread; as such it is technically very good but I didn't have much to get heart or mind into; and as a non-creative person,


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