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  • Actors: Eric Kandel
  • Directors: Petra Seeger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2V65SW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," says neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on the physiology of the brain's storage of memories. As he explains, memory is the glue that binds our mental life together and provides a sense of continuity in our lives.

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY is a compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain's role in recording and preserving memory. In addition to archival footage and dramatic re-creations of Kandel's childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Vienna and his formative years as an emigrant in New York, the film features discussions with Kandel, friends and family, as well as his public lectures in Vienna and New York, which explore both his professional and personal life, especially his emotional ties to Judaism.

Both through its personal journey into the memory of this amazingly spry and witty 79-year old, especially his traumatic experiences during the Holocaust, and a visit to his Columbia University laboratory, where Kandel and his colleagues demonstrate their experimental research, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY examines how the brain stores memories, the difference between short-term and long-term memory, Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss, and structural modifications to the brain that enhance memory.

In revisiting the people, places and objects of Kandel's lifetime experiences, IN SEARCH OF MEMORY reveals how everything we undergo changes the brain, even our genetic make-up, and can determine the focus of a life's work.


An engrossing portrait... a generous introduction to someone worth knowing who knows an awful lot. --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A passionate exploration of the life and work of Eric Kandel, the brilliant and irrepressible neurobiologist, whose pioneering work has illuminated the very workings of memory. But, like Eric, Petra Seeger's film resonates in all directions, illuminating not only the trajectory of psychology and neuroscience in the last century, but the nature of art and science, history and remembrance, work and love, inspiration and achievement. It is an unforgettable journey. --Oliver Sacks

This is not just a dry doc about brain functions. Seeger makes a convincing connection between Kandel's work and his life as a Jew who escaped from Vienna during World War II. Kandel demurs early in the film that he isn t easy to live with, but he s certainly a pleasure to spend time with in a doc, and his story and his passion, which Seeger easily conveys, are, if you ll pardon the inevitable pun, memorable. --Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Rodgers on October 4, 2013
Format: DVD
This film weaves two stories at the same time, both equally fascinating. It tells the work and life of Eric Kandel, who has done a life time of groundbreaking work in memory research. if you want to watch the film, merely to learn the scientific basis of how memory is made; or how long term memory differs from short term memory, then yes, you will learn that in this film. That is explained very clearly, and with easy to see visual proof from the lab. If you actually want to learn about the life of this man, and what happened to him in vienna as a young jewish boy escaping Nazi Germany, then that story is here also. The film is 95 min, so there is adequate time to show him as a researcher, and what he has discovered. And there is time to show him as a remarkable human being, with wit and optimism and sincerity. I was surprised that he was willing to be so honest, and candid while a camera is rolling as he walks around looking into his own memory of places he visited and experiences. I would recommend this film to anyone who has enjoyed an Oliver Sacks book, but wants to go deeper. This is the real deal. He is the person who began the combination of psychotherapy, and neuro biology, showing , proving that the brain is actually changing chemically when you learn and when you remember.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Donald A. Chambers on January 19, 2014
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A wonderful informative movie revealing the science and life and emotions of Nobel prize winner, Eric Kandel, who escaped from Vienna with his parents, at age 9. Will be of interest to students, scientists, historians, academicians etc. To many, it will be a tour de force. While being a social history of the 20th Century and the Holocaust, it is also an intellectual biography of modern neurosciences by a giant of the field, who is also an adroit teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bob on May 16, 2013
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I also am watching the video of the story and realize that the video very closely follows the book. great
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