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Flash of Genius (movie)
Review: 'Flash of Genius'
Review: 'Flash of Genius'

"Flash of Genius" is largely about how one person's nothing is another person's everything. Take the intermittent windshield wiper, for example. I, for one, had never much thought about who designed it, where it came from or whether there was a story there. For Robert Kearns, however, it becomes the defining object of his life. In the late 1960s, while all of the big Detroit auto manufacturers were struggling to create their own intermittent wiper system, Kearns ( Greg Kinnear) invented one on his own in his basement. He was rebuffed after trying to sell his invention to Ford, only to see his design in their cars shortly thereafter. This set him on a difficult,...

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