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Chasing Einstein

Chasing Einstein is a movie starring Elena Aprile, Barry Barish, and Laura Baudis. Nobody has managed to topple Einstein's theory of relativity, even though it leads to the shocking conclusion that most of the universe must be made...

Running Time
1 hours 22 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Steve Brown, Timothy Wheeler
Eric Myerson
Elena Aprile, Laura Baudis, James Beacham, Barry Barish
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Nobody has managed to topple Einstein's theory of relativity, even though it leads to the shocking conclusion that most of the universe must be made of a mysterious form of invisible matter that nobody has observed. Now physics stands at a crossroads. Some of the sharpest brains in physics have dedicated their lives to search for this "dark matter" while others are working on a new theory of gravity. Chasing Einstein follows leading scientists around the world, and to the edge of the universe.

Comments about documentary «Chasing Einstein» (13)

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Roger Myers

As a cinematographer, I have found myself interested in film for over thirty years now. I also find myself incredibly lucky to have a wide range of great colleagues in the field of film. We all have our different challenges, but the goal is to make films that speak for their subject matter, and that I feel has been done quite well. It's certainly a long, arduous process. But that is what the movie "Cinema Paradiso" is about. It is the story of the early life of Carl Denham, the cinematographer of the classic film "Dune", from his childhood in the 1940's through his retirement in 1967. It is a story of dedication, perseverance, and the different challenges he faced in his life. The film, as the title implies, was shot in the magnificent Italian coastal town of Bari, the location of the epic battle between the humans and the Orks in "Dune". There are many shots of the grand panoramas of Bari's coastline, which I have always found to be stunning. The director, Serge Mani, did a great job in creating a sort of time capsule of this famous town, especially in the film's closing scenes, where the camera follows a few of the people who knew Carl Denham, and of course, the abandoned city of Bari. The story, and the research done by the people involved with this film, should be commended. And there are many interviews with people who were close to Denham, such as his wife and children. The fact that the film has received some negative publicity, both in Europe and America, is unfortunate. I am sure the film would have benefited from a few more hours of editing, but the great passion that had gone into it, and the amazing story that it tells, makes it worth watching. My only wish is that the film would have been longer.

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Roy Douglas

This movie is about the life of an MIT graduate, Harry Stoner (John Malkovich). He is a brilliant mathematician who goes on to be head of his graduate class, then he is placed on a roadblock at MIT and becomes an outsider. It is during this time that he falls in love with a girl who just happens to be a professor. All of the grad students are enemies and a political insider, who is a hack, comes into the picture. Stoner and his girlfriend try to convince her to stay with him, and while doing so they have to overcome the odds. It is a fascinating movie and you should see it.

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Janet W.

I recently came across this on-line documentary on the life and works of Albert Einstein. It was fascinating and I was not disappointed. It was made by Steven Spielberg (who also directed "Einstein" and "Lincoln"), who also directed the excellent documentary "Understanding and Entertaining Children". And Spielberg was not the only one who was impressed with this film. It was well-made and well-made. Although, a documentary does not have the same panache as a film, it does have its moments. Here are a few of them: - In one scene, the cameraman does a great job of not giving away any major information about Einstein's early life or how his work impacted his life. This was one of my favorite scenes. - The documentary is great because it shows us a lot of the different angles of Einstein. For example, when it shows us his childhood, it shows the mother with her side of the family and how she was raised. When it shows us his early work, it shows the way Einstein worked. - The camera is really good because it is focused on Einstein and it's not just a bunch of people running around. The camera never wavers or even looks at people. Einstein was a person who wasn't afraid of a camera and he was willing to be filmed. In fact, he even said that he was afraid of being photographed. - The documentary is about him and his work. He was the only person who is willing to be filmed and he was the one who wanted to be filmed. Even his private life was filmed and he loved to be filmed. - I found a lot of films about Einstein or his life to be about him and his work and that is what makes a documentary great. It makes it interesting to see a documentary about a man who didn't want to be photographed, but is photographed anyway. - The documentary is also interesting because it shows the different times and places Einstein was in and the different eras he lived in. Some of the times were shown and some were not. Sometimes, you see his entire family and sometimes, he was just his mother or sister. - Another interesting thing about the documentary is the way the director is not trying to be too dramatic. He is not trying to over-do it, but instead, is just showing the various ways he was able to be photographed. - The documentary is also good because it shows the different things Einstein did when he was younger. For example, he was a big student and he would take a lot of classes and study all the time. - And most of all, this is a documentary about a great man who dedicated his life to science and that is why it is so interesting to watch. Overall, this documentary was very good and is well-made. If you're looking for something to do or to watch with your family, this documentary is great. It will give you a great idea of who Einstein was and what he was able to do with his mind and what he did. I highly recommend this documentary.

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Cynthia Carpenter

It's been a long time since I've seen a documentary on a topic of this magnitude, which is no surprise, since the subject matter is so important. The film is called "The Age of Spin". The film is set in the 1970s, which explains why the era felt so familiar. This period, along with the Cold War, was the period of the incredible, and still unexplained, advancement in technology. If the technology didn't make the masses super intelligent, it could bring about a revolution in the world of the masses. And that revolution happened. We all know the story. You hear it on the news, you hear it on the news, you hear it in the movies, but in this documentary, we get to know the scientists who worked on this "black magic" and see how they went about solving the mysteries of the world. Some of them went to the extent of actually inventing a "cure" for a disease. But, this film is not about their "solutions". I think they all know the secret, so the film is mostly about how they got there. I hope that you will watch this film and realize that the science of the 20th century has given us a better, more creative, and more hopeful age than any before. Do yourself a favor. Don't miss this. It's a must-see.

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Sara C.

We are left to wonder how one man can come from nowhere and change the world. But that is exactly what did happened. My thoughts are with him. I feel that he is the same as other scientists who have come before him. This man was not sure where to go and what to do. But he was determined to pursue his dream. He took risks, became a recluse, and gave up his family. He decided to retire from work, but the managers at his company had other plans. He had been providing valuable services and to his credit, he did not complain, and he stayed loyal to his colleagues. But the managers made a mistake. They did not trust him. He was known to be abrasive and abrasive colleagues made them think that he was a threat. He decided to resign and the managers tried to use his retirement to push him out the door. They wanted to fire him and take away his benefits. Instead of running away, he decided to fight back. He fought back to the end and was successful in his fight. My sympathy goes to the man. I don't know how he went through what he went through, but he has done an incredible service to mankind. I hope his story is told in the future.

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George D.

This is the story of Max Planck, a physicist who is studying the effects of Einstein's theory of relativity on the Earth's rotation on its axis. His main contribution is to discover that the Earth's rotation will change the time it takes for the rotation of the Earth to reach a certain speed, thus changing the rotation of the Earth. The reaction of the world is not to this theory, but rather to Planck's discovery of it. The science world is all over the place about this issue. Planck does not get to see any of the high profile scientific or professional personalities involved. He gets to hear only from his girlfriend, who is also a physicist. The reviewers and even the film critics give little attention to this, but it should have been an important issue in science. This movie is a good example of how the science world reacts when a high profile person is involved. In this film we get to see the professional review of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and his impact on the world. And we get to hear the views of the physicist who said that this theory is impossible to prove, and Planck's reactions. So, this is a great movie that will not only make you think about this issue but also provide a great deal of historical information about the time. Well worth seeing.

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Joshua Elliott

I have just seen this film, and I am pleased to say that I liked it a lot. The way the subject is handled in this film is also a strength. I would suggest watching this film in the first place, but as a documentary it works well, as there is no need to have a lot of music in your head whilst watching it. There are many interesting subjects that are covered in the film, which I thought were pretty interesting. You get to know many different scientists, and I was happy that I didn't feel like I knew anything about them. The film is very well shot, and it is very difficult to know where to begin, because there are so many questions that the film doesn't really answer. I would recommend watching this film, and I am glad that I did.

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Melissa B.

The DVD for this film is available for rental, and is well worth it, as it is an excellent, well-made documentary about the remarkable career of Thomas Edison. While Edison's name is usually associated with electricity, his career, as historian Robert L.Maddox observes, "was also a multi-discipline one: medical science, the theater, and inventions for the telegraph, telephone, and the electric light bulb". Edison's interest in astronomy, geology, and engineering contributed to his success as an inventor. He also was a keen observer of the human psyche and it's relationship with the physical world, particularly his concept of the "science of magnetism". Despite the technical successes of his inventions, such as the phonograph and the electric light bulb, Edison's true focus was more in the study of human psychology, and the effect of the mind on the physical world. Edison's obsessions with the cosmos were an abiding theme of his life, and his application of electromagnetism to the world's most important industrial developments was what kept him busy. His idea of creating a "magnetosphere" with his "magnetic man" work was indeed a revolutionary advance, but did not prove to be particularly useful in practical applications. The documentary, while not comprehensive, offers a good look into his personal life, especially his relationship with his wife, who was also his main inspiration. One aspect of his life that is not often mentioned is his partnership with Walter Gropius. The partnership is what kept him working full time, and its success was almost as important as his inventions. Edison's wife was in love with him, and worked to provide the means for him to devote himself to the important work. As a result, she devoted her life to the support of the work. The documentary is a good summary of the life of Thomas Edison, and offers a good insight into the remarkable man who inspired the world.

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I had never heard of "circles" and "metrics" in the media before this film. I was fascinated by the wonderful photography and storytelling of this documentary and would recommend this film to anyone interested in improving their lives. I also liked the information about the common problems that people have with regards to finding a job and the typical obstacles that individuals have to overcome when trying to find a job. Also, it was interesting to see what is known as "invisible jobs" (i.e., jobs that are not clearly marked in the job description). I enjoyed this film and hope that you do too.

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What a wonderful film! The actor behind the costume who played Einstein was amazing and he was in the role for about two days before he died. I watched this movie and I was really interested in what would happen to him after he died. In fact, I wanted to know how his body would look and then what would happen to it. I also enjoyed the work that was done with the supporting cast that played Einstein's wife and daughter. Also, the little boy who played Einstein's son was terrific. I really think that this film is a great education for young people. I really hope that the movie will be shown in more public schools. It is really good for the young people to see. And it is really well made. The sound was very good, as was the story. Overall, I really liked this movie and hope that it will be shown in more public schools.

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In 1876, Thomas Edison invented the first practical alternating current, or AC, electric system. From that point on, AC had become the dominant electricity source, and Edison made sure his patent was defended vigorously. What Edison did not anticipate, however, was that it would be used for commercial purposes. In 1927, he launched a company called Standard Oil, which was the first commercial consumer-based utility company in the country. Standard Oil and the transmission lines that were built by it were responsible for destroying the "wet belt" of water that would have kept the telegraph wires dry. The telegraph had been necessary to the advance of the art, but the lines and the telephone system that would have linked the telegraph and telephone companies in Europe had been destroyed by the combination of electricity and AC, with no connection between the two. Electricity was ubiquitous in those days, and electric trains carried messages and telegrams across Europe to the United States. But the DC power line that ran the wires did not travel in a straight line. It could not take the path of least resistance. And the lines needed to be short-circuited to keep the signals flowing. As a result, people experienced dangerous electric shocks. In 1935, Edison decided to sell the company he had created to General Electric, in which he had been CEO and chairman. The old AC company was given to the Edison Electric Institute, which would be responsible for its maintenance. But the institute would have no authority over electricity; the FCC would be involved. And the institute would have no jurisdiction over public safety. At the end of the day, Edison made a mistake in placing his work in the hands of General Electric. As a result, there were few electric signals being transmitted across America. In 1938, the FCC decided to require that AC power lines be buried underground or underground at least 5 feet, and the line be buried at least 60 feet from the bottom of the earth. But the underground DC lines were still being used, and they would eventually be buried. The cost of the work was estimated at $60 million. But in the end, the EPA was able to find a way to let the public know that the underground lines were being used, and to warn them to keep their distance from the line. The line itself, still buried, was on the National Register of Historic Places. The late H. L. Mencken once said that what is the most important work in America is the work that is carried out by the Federal Government. This is clearly shown in the efforts of the EPA, which today is doing its job. But men like Thomas Edison did more than write laws to make sure that AC power lines were not buried under the ground. They built the first electric power stations in America. At the end of World War II, General Motors was the dominant car manufacturer in America. But they needed the help of General Electric in order to manufacture their new cars. To do that, they decided to acquire the Edison Electric Institute. It was an excellent choice. But after their first car was finished, they found that the wires in the cars were not working properly. And they could not replace the lines that were going to be buried underground. So they decided that instead of reassembling the car, they would test it on one of the cables in the car. And what did the car do? Nothing at all. They were disappointed, but they realized that the problems in the car were the fault of General Motors, not the Edison Electric Institute. But General Motors did not have to do anything. The car was the first to have its AC power lines buried underground. And as a result, General Motors never had to pay for any of the work done by the Edison Electric Institute. And General Motors never had to pay for the people's rights to live in their

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The films has a bit of a time warp feel to it. There is a feeling that it could have been made in the 1930's or 1940's. I guess that is what made it a bit more interesting to me. I liked the way the film was made, but I don't think it is a great film. I would have liked to see more of the time warp. It seems to be a bit of a disjointed film. I think the film could have done with a bit more of a story. The film could have been a bit more like a documentary. Overall, I would recommend watching it, but I wouldn't be too excited about it.

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In the late 1960's, physicist John Preskill (Tom Cruise) and his wife Dorothy (Michelle Pfeiffer) plan to spend a month at the home of Albert Einstein (George Clooney) in Switzerland. He promises to pay her all the expenses, including all food and accommodation, and to treat her to a stay of two weeks at his home. There is a "narrative gap" between his and Einstein's lives, however. He is a renowned physicist and she is a law professor. Yet despite having the same surname, Preskill and Einstein never even met. In fact, they never knew each other. When the two decide to leave, Preskill has to pay for his wife's accommodation, but the funds he needs are not available. This is one of those documentaries which focuses on the story of a particular individual, and has no obvious chronological conflict. The film does not, in fact, have any such conflict, which is refreshing. The reason this film is so excellent is because it focuses on a man in the history of science. That alone makes the film so remarkable. Clooney is outstanding. He has an amazing amount of empathy for the man and his family. He is thoroughly committed to the story of Einstein's life and the impact he had on his life. He is not just a celebrity, but a friend to the man. That is extremely rare. There is also an incredible performance from Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Dorothy. I have never seen her act in anything before. Her performance is stunning. She has the ability to bring a depth and honesty to her role. She's incredible. She reminds me of a modern version of Marlene Dietrich. The story of Einstein's life is rich with life and passion. Even with the lack of contact between the two men, there is always a sense of the impact this man had on the world. I would recommend this film to anyone. This is one of those rare documentaries which tells a story, with no apparent conflicts. The narrative flow is almost seamless, and this is a film that you will want to watch over and over again.