Directed by: Jean Painlevé
Countries & Regions: France
Studio: British Film Institute
Length: 215 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 11 June 2007
Cat No: BFIVD719
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve
Before David Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau - there was Jean Painleve. Poetic pioneer of science films, Painleve explored a twilight... Read More
A pioneer in the realm of natural science films, who aimed to entertain as well as instruct (outraging the purists by so doing), Jean Painlevé, along with his partner Geneviève Hamon, made over 200 films of mysterious nature in all its squirming, twitching, teeming, lubricious glory. Set to a range of musical accompaniment (Love Life of the Octopus sounds like Delia Derbyshire and the BBC radiophonic workshop let loose with their oscillators on an episode of Life on Earth), they are eccentric, delightful, and have an eye to the poetry of events.
This selection is filled with magical moments – acera bobbing though the water like angels in a quattrocento fresco, a shrimp shedding its casing 'like a ghost emerging from its diaphanous cloak", a male seahorse expelling its young, or (to a Duke Ellington number), a grimacing vampire bat suckling blood from a guinea pig; this last film gaining allegorical resonance from being made at the end of WWII.