Genius (2017– )
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Einstein: Chapter One 

The story of Albert Einstein, seen through glimpses of his twilight years and flashbacks to his time as a student in Munich and Zürich in the 1890s.


Ron Howard


Noah Pink (teleplay by), Noah Pink (story by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Albert Einstein
Johnny Flynn ... Young Albert Einstein
Samantha Colley ... Mileva Maric
Richard Topol ... Fritz Haber
Michael McElhatton ... Dr. Philipp Lenard
Emily Watson ... Elsa Einstein
Robert Lindsay ... Hermann Einstein
Shannon Tarbet ... Marie Winteler
Charity Wakefield ... Betty
Alistair Petrie ... Heinrich Weber
Vincent Kartheiser ... Raymond Geist
Claire Rushbrook ... Pauline Einstein
Nicholas Rowe ... Jost Winteler
Henry Goodman ... Walther Rathenau
Helen Monks ... Maja Einstein


As Antisemitism reaches a fever pitch in 1920s Germany, physicist Albert Einstein finds himself forced to choose between emigrating to the United States or staying in solidarity with his fellow academics. The struggle evokes memories of his days as a student at Zürich Polytechnic and his first encounter with Mileva Maric, the woman who would become his first wife. Written by Ajaysinh Jadeja

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Release Date:

25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Liberec, Czech Republic See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Flynn (Young Albert Einstein) & Shannon Tarbet (Marie Winteler) also worked together on Beast (2017) as Pascal Renouf & Polly respectively. See more »


At the dinner table while a young Einstein is explaining natura naturans, how everything is connected from the smallest molecule to the largest galaxy, the notion that other galaxies could exist wasn't hypothesized until 1929 by Edwin Hubble. See more »


Albert Einstein: This is nonsense! May I remind you, Mr. Geist, your country has invited me, not the other way around.
Raymond Geist: Yes, professor. But you have a history of... how shall I put this... controversy... which calls into question your loyalties.
Albert Einstein: Loyalties?
Raymond Geist: And it is my job to insure that any individual coming to our shores does not pose a threat.
Albert Einstein: If you wish to talk about threats, Mr. Geist, perhaps you should take a look outside your window. Have you noticed the charming fellows in brown shirts who call me ...
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Episode 1
24 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Genius is the first scripted drama from National Geographic. It is also from the makers of the Oscar winning A Beautiful Mind.

The first episode is directed by Ron Howard whose opening shot is set in Berlin 1922. A Jewish businessman is shot and his car bombed, we then see a Jewish newspaper article in flames which leads to the next cut of the same Jewish newspaper article with Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) copulating with his assistant Betty (Charity Wakefield.)

A drama about the renowned physicist is split into several time- lines. The older Einstein is played by Rush, celebrated and also reviled for his theories and religion. His more earthier wife, Elsa (Emily Watson) warns him of the rising tide of antisemitism in Germany. His lecture room is filled to brim and Howard uses further visual trickery to demonstrate his embryonic theories of time and relativity.

We also see the younger Albert in Munich 1894 played by Johnny Flynn. A brash know it all when it comes to physics and maths but not so about other subjects. His tutors despair of his insolence and his father about getting into trouble at college. Young Albert is in danger of not getting a degree and ends up studying in Switzerland where his ideas at least do not lead to threats of expulsion and also some flirtatious behaviour.

The film has good production values and lots of British actors doing 'ze German accents.' The script has its share of clunkiness and stereotypical characters. Albert's father is stern and does not quiet understand him. His mother is loving and cares more for him than his father.

A bravura performance from Rush as the older Albert but I am not sure I wish to spend ten episodes (with a second series already announced) learning about the life of Albert Einstein and see Rush being randy all the time.

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