This week’s question: inventors in the cinema. Perhaps because the medium itself was the product of tinkerers and visionaries, the cinema has often been partial to stories about those believing they’re just about to change the world, a significant number of films can be found chronicling the lives and works of inventors. What are your favorites films about inventors?
The Prestige combines Cristopher Nolan’s love of science of magic, with famed inventor Nikola Tesla, as portrayed by David Bowie, helping Hugh Jackman invent the ultimate magic trick. And speaking of the electric genius, Michael Almereyda’s 2020 wonderfully anachronistic Tesla features a great lead performance by Ethan Hawke.
And here is what Richard Pena has concocted. “There’s always the various versions of Frankenstein, especially the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein, but if you haven’t seen the recent series The Dropout, a chilling account of the rise and fall of Elisabeth Holmes, you should certainly check it out.”