Measuring the World
PRODS Claus Boje, Detlev Buck, Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn, Erich Lackner
SCR Daniel Kehlmann, Detlev Buck
CAM Slawomir Idziak
ED Markus Bäuerle
PROD DES Udo Kramer
MUS Enis Rotthoff
PROD CO Boje Buck Filmproduktion / Lotus Film
Science and exploration can be outrageous fun, especially when in torrid big-screen 3D! Daniel Kehlmann’s irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography" of early 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and his contemporary, explorer Alexander von Humboldt, has been adapted into a hugely entertaining cinematic oddity by Detlev Buck: a big-budget historical epic that blends fact and fiction into one hilarious—if occasionally disrespectful—package.
Mathematician Gauss (1777-1855), a child prodigy born into a poor family, conceived his major discoveries by the age of 17—all without ever leaving his home state. Explorer von Humboldt (1769 -1859), born into privilege, set out to travel the world over to examine “everything that didn’t have legs nor fear to get away from him.” Very different in so many ways—Gauss was obsessed with women, von Humboldt was seemingly asexual; von Humboldt rejoiced when the death of his mother freed him to travel, Gauss’ was happy to have his mother live with him for the last 22 years of her life—they shared a burning desire for knowledge and an unquenchable thirst for measuring the world in all its contradictory glory.
With gorgeous European sets by Udo Kramer and stunning Amazonian locations caught beautifully by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Buck’s skewed historical epic gives us the Age of Discovery as you’ve never seen it before.