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Edison the Man

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Biography depicts famous inventor as smart, curious hero.

Movie NR 1940 107 minutes
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Made just nine years after Edison's death, and on the brink of World War II, EDISON THE MAN is very much a reflection of the concerns of its time. It's a glossy MGM production, part history, and part fiction (the details of his personal life). In a world with too few heroes, it's good to let kids see a movie about an American who transformed the world with his mind, whose dream was not to make money, but to make the world easier, more efficient, more comfortable, and safer.

One thing that made Edison special was that he never lost his overwhelming curiosity, something kids have naturally, and that was the major force behind his inventions. This movie is a good reminder to kids that they are always surrounded by his inventions, including the very process that was used to film and project this film.

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