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Measuring the World (2012)

Die Vermessung der Welt (original title)
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.


Detlev Buck


Daniel Kehlmann (novel), Detlev Buck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Albrecht Schuch ... Alexander von Humboldt (as Albrecht Abraham Schuch)
Baldanpurev Sambuu Baldanpurev Sambuu ... Lama
Agi Ariunsaichan Dawaachu Agi Ariunsaichan Dawaachu ... Übersetzer (as Agi Dawaachu)
Karl Markovics ... Lehrer Büttner
Lennart Hänsel Lennart Hänsel ... Carl Friedrich Gauß (Kind)
Mercedes Jadea Diaz Mercedes Jadea Diaz ... Johanna (Kind)
Pascal Fiedler Pascal Fiedler ... Schuljunge I
Moritz Adler Moritz Adler ... Schuljunge II
Aaron Denkel Aaron Denkel ... Alexander von Humboldt (Kind)
Sunnyi Melles ... Mutter Humboldt
Nils Dreschke Nils Dreschke ... Hauslehrer Kunth
Paul Lux ... Wilhelm von Humboldt (Kind) (as Paul von Mikulicz)
Michael Maertens ... Herzog von Braunschweig
Billi Baumgärtner Billi Baumgärtner ... Lakai Herzog
Max Giermann ... Mann vom Militär


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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a day in the life of an 18th century scientist
31 January 2014 | by vkaufmann1See all my reviews

"I am French! I don't read foreigners." Says Emile in response to Alexander Humboldt's musings on Immanuel Kant. Now, who says German movies aren't funny? This one is and I loved it. Directed by Detlev Buck, the film follows two geniuses of the day, geographer/explorer Alexander Humbolt and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Daniel Kehlmann, we are presented with two independent plot strands. Well, maybe not so much plots as let's see how scientists fared in the 18th century - and that is what gives this film the drama: the how they lived.

Gauss had his adventures at home, in Germany. Humboldt his in the Amazon region. Great actors, lush locations (filmed in Germany, Austria and Ecuador) naturalistic production design, decent cinematography and relayed with situation comedy. You feel the cold, the dirt, the grime, the dampness, the horror of life in the late 1700s.

Don't see it as an attempt to give historical facts but to immerse the viewer in a time we can travel to through the eyes of this movie. I can only repeat: I quite loved it. Well done Buck.

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Release Date:

25 October 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A világ fölmérése See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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