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When Einstein Lived in Pasadena -- This is a clip of a more focused look at the little-known story of Albert Einstein's extended stays in Pasadena, CA during three winters in the early 1930's -- and the story of how Einstein seriously considered Pasadena's CalTech as a permanent base instead of choosing the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ. Einstein is at or near the top of history's most brilliant minds but he was also actively engaged in many aspects of life. The documentary uses a trove of photographs of Einstein and the many people he interacted with on the world stage, rounded out with newsreel footage and newspaper clippings, it also includes a rare recording of Einstein speaking in English.
When Einstein Lived in Pasadena -- Albert Einstein unlocked some of the toughest secrets in the universe. And while he may have been an absent-minded professor in many respects, he was also keenly aware of and engaged in many of the progressive social, political and justice-related issues of his day. Einstein had become the world's most acclaimed scientist, but at the same time, vilified as a German-born Jew from the growing menace of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. During some of those critical years, in the early 1930s, Einstein stayed in Pasadena, CA to work with the scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the Mount Wilson Observatory, owned and founded by the Carnegie Institute. Pasadena was important because some of the proofs for Einstein's theories had come come scientists and research facilities in Pasadena. Einstein used his fame to make his protests all the more public. Simply watching the movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" (as he did while in Southern California) resulted in publicity because the film had been banned in the Nazi-controlled Germany of the day. In the end, no matter how much it disconcerted his academic patrons, Einstein said pretty much whatever he wanted. To a large and important extent, what Einstein theorized in his day is still be used as the basis for new ideas tomorrow.


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Details the little-known story of the three winters in the early 1930's when Albert Einstein and his wife, Elsa, lived in Pasadena, CA. Full summary » | Add synopsis »



Peter Xifo ... Narrator

Directed by
Michael Kardos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Kardos 

Produced by
Michael Kardos .... producer
Cinematography by
James Adam Tucker  (as James Tucker)
Film Editing by
Buddy L. Thompson 
James Adam Tucker  (as James Tucker)
Art Department
Peter Xifo .... graphics
Sound Department
Oliver Brown .... sound engineer
Other crew
Brandilyn M. Ami .... scheduling

Additional Details

USA:48 min
Color (MiniDV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound System)

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