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Westinghouse (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, History | Video 8 April 2008
Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Telsa and conflict with Thomas ... See full summary »

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Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Telsa and conflict with Thomas Edison. George Westinghouse is considered America's greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win. His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called "A genius who can't be downed." Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created, but the man called "Uncle George" was a reserved, creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons, an optimist in the days of ... Written by Inecom Entertainment Company

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Pretty Good Documentary
25 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those of us who grew up with the advertising jingle: "You can be sure, if it's Westinghouse," this is a trip back to the story behind the name. While Westinghouse is not as famous as Edison to most folks he had an impact equal to Edison on modern society. A modest man who hated to be photographed, Westinghouse allied with the Inventor Nikola Tesla to win the battle of the currents, with their AC current trumping Edison's Direct Current. Westinghouse, a prolific inventor, was also an enlightened man who cared deeply for others. That is also part of the tragedy of his life- since he was not a scoundrel, or a robber baron he is largely overlooked in his contributions to modern industrial society. A good man who did well- the movie, it is feature length, uses existing pictures and narratives as well as some movie clips to tell the story. Wish they would have gone a bit more in depth regarding his son- little is mentioned of him, other than he was a sole child. Also, it would be nice if they mentioned a little more about his professional and friendship with Tesla. Overall a very good, if somewhat formulaic effort.


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