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Measuring the World (2012)
"Die Vermessung der Welt" (original title)

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Germany in the early 19th century. "Die Vermessung der Welt" follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths.

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Alexander von Humboldt (as Albrecht Abraham Schuch)
Baldanpurev Sambuu ...
Lama
Agi Ariunsaichan Dawaachu ...
Übersetzer (as Agi Dawaachu)
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Lehrer Büttner
Lennart Hänsel ...
Mercedes Jadea Diaz ...
Johanna (Kind)
Pascal Fiedler ...
Schuljunge I
Moritz Adler ...
Schuljunge II
Aaron Denkel ...
Sunnyi Melles ...
Mutter Humboldt
Nils Dreschke ...
Hauslehrer Kunth
Paul von Mikulicz ...
Michael Maertens ...
Herzog von Braunschweig
Billi Baumgärtner ...
Lakai Herzog
Max Giermann ...
Mann vom Militär
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Germany in the early 19th century. "Die Vermessung der Welt" follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths.

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It's a long way to the (mountain-) top
22 March 2013 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

This is based on a successful novel that contrasts the life of two eminent scientists, of the mathematician and founder of numbers theory, CF Gauss and the adventurer and explorer of South America (and the rest of the world) Alexander von Humboldt. They come from the same locale (Brunswick in Germany) and are about the same age, but Gauss rises from poverty whereas Humboldt is privileged. And whereas Gauss doesn't like to leave his office and rarely travels, Humboldt does practically nothing but to travel.

The original novel (which I haven't read) was apparently completely rewritten (by the author himself) for the script. The film is lavish and opulent and bears the characteristic sarcasm of its director, Detlev Buck. The duke of Brunswick, for example, is portrayed as a well- meaning nitwit who can't remotely grasp what young Gauss is on about, whereas Gauss is portrayed as a nerd and an eccentric. The movie is entertaining, but almost a bit too opulent for my taste. As always, I hope that it will inspire its viewers to pick up the biographies.


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