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In Search of Memory (Auf der Suche nach dem Gedächtnis) (2009)

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Two years after Eric Kandel's autobiography, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of the Mind, brought his theory about the biological basis of memory to the masses, filmmaker Petra Seeger explores the Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist's story to the screen in this documentary. A Viennese Jew by birth, Kandel was forced to emigrate to the United States at the age of nine. After studying literature and Austrian history in New York, he became a psychoanalyst and, eventually, a neuroscientist. Ever since Kandel's traumatic childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna, he became obsessed with the search for memory. In this film, we follow Kandel on a personal journey into his own memory, and follow him as he conducts research from his institute at Columbia University in New York.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International
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Written By: Petra Seeger
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On DVD: Mar 5, 2013
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There are many indicators of star power. Not the least of them is unforgettability. On screen, no less than in the laboratory, Eric Kandel has star power.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Boston Globe
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The film alternates between the memory lane travelogues, interviews with Dr. Kandel explaining for the layman the intricacies of the physical structure of memory, and the observations of his assistants and colleagues.

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Film.com
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The best reason to see Petra Seeger's documentary In Search of Memory is to make the acquaintance of the remarkable Dr. Eric Kandel,

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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An engrossing portrait all the same, a generous introduction to someone worth knowing, who knows an awful lot.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
New York Times
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Seeger deftly interweaves the ironies, the paradoxes, and the deeper implications of her subject, but the irrepressible Kandel steals the show.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Despite its lack of piercing questions, In Search of Memory manages to be a captivating, illuminating and delightful documentary filled with surprising moments of humor and charm.

Full Review… | January 10, 2010
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