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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.

Director:

Detlev Buck

Writers:

Daniel Kehlmann (novel), Detlev Buck (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German

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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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In Spain was only released in 10 theaters. Released in dubbed version / subtitled version (3 theaters). See more »

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Written by Martin Craft and Kristina Train
Performed by Kristina Train
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It's a long way to the (mountain-) top
22 March 2013 | by Karl SelfSee 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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