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The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla (1980)

Tajna Nikole Tesle (original title)
Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petar Bozovic Petar Bozovic ... Nikola Tesla
Orson Welles ... J.P. Morgan
Oja Kodar ... Catherine Johnson
Strother Martin ... George Westinghouse
Dennis Patrick ... Thomas Alva Edison
Charles Millot ... Adams
Boris Buzancic Boris Buzancic ... Robert Johnson
Ana Karic Ana Karic ... Djuka Mandic
Edo Perocevic ... Kolman Czito
Zvonko Strmac Zvonko Strmac
Lojze Rozman Lojze Rozman
Igor Galo Igor Galo ... Guglielmo Marconi
Vanja Drach Vanja Drach ... Mark Twain
Marijan Lovric Marijan Lovric ... Milutin Tesla (as Marjan Lovric)
Petar Dobric Petar Dobric


Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Nikola Tesla: Using direct current, you'd need over a hundred power stations to light up the city of New York, and even then, the outskirts are left in darkness because direct current cannot reach that far. But with my system, I guarantee that with just one power station can light the whole city, and the whole state as well. We are throwing the power given to us by Nature to the winds. Electric power, in its present form, is not only imperfect, it's unnatural. As I know you will agree, Mr. Edison, we are out...
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A unique genius as the dawn of the scientific revolution
20 February 2007 | by tom834See all my reviews

The movie's English title, "The Secret of Nikola Tesla" alludes to goofy claims made by Tesla in his declining years. In his 80s, Telsa made claims that scientists now doubt were valid. For example, Tesla claimed to have solved the unified field theory of gravity, but never published it. Other claims, like a death ray that could bring down enemy airplanes hundreds of miles away, gave Tesla the reputation of being a mad scientist.

But Tesla should not be remembered for the eccentricities of his later years. As a young man, Tesla was indeed an amazing genius of electricity and magnetism who was eventually honored on the cover of Time Magazine. He designed in his brain a thing that every person reading these words has used every day of their lives, the electric AC motor. (Until this, alternating current couldn't run a motor!) Before the year 1900, he had invented the first radio transmitter, invented the spark plug, designed a radio controlled torpedo, created several kinds of fluorescent tube lights, designed generators for Edison, and created images of the bones of his hand prior to Röntgen's discovery of x-rays.

I would encourage readers to see this movie about a very unique scientist. Particularly since every other comment here ignores the movie to make partisan political claims. Apparently this is why Yugoslavia was plunged in a bloody civil war.

The Movie's English title "The Secret of Nikola Tesla" is misleading, but the amazing accomplishments of Tesla himself make this movie worth seeing.

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English | Serbo-Croatian

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19 February 1980 (Yugoslavia) See more »

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Zagreb Film See more »
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