The Measures

2014 | 00:46:00 | France / United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Documentary, Expedition/Travel, History, Science, Technology

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Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin retrace the journey of two 18th-century astronomers tasked with determining the true length of the meter. From the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel, The Measures explores the metric system’s origins during the violence and upheavals of the French Revolution. Along the way, Goss and Perlin consider the intertwining of political and personal turmoil, the failures of standardization, and the subtleties of collaboration.

Premiere

New York Film Festival - Projections
New York City, NY
2014

Exhibitions + Festivals

Torino Maine International Film Festival, 2014

Wexner Center for the Arts, October 2015

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