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Science is fiction : 23 films by Jean Painlevé

Author: Jean PainlevéGeneviève HamonKate ElmoreCarola MeierroseJean Vincent-BréchignacAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2009.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 468.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Long before Jacques Cousteau and Richard Attenborough, a Frenchman named Jean Painlevé made documentaries that captured the natural world in a unique manner. "Science Is Fiction" collects 23 of these short films. Painlevé (1902-89) spent his life straddling the arts and the sciences, studying biology at the Sorbonne, but also hanging out with Man Ray and Luis Buñuel. Long fascinated by marine life, Painlevé  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Motion pictures, French
Wildlife films
Nature films
Science films
Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Short films
Animated films
Biographical television programs
Interviews
Biography
Film adaptations
Songs and music
Named Person: Jean Painlevé; Jean Painlevé; Charles Perrault
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Painlevé; Geneviève Hamon; Kate Elmore; Carola Meierrose; Jean Vincent-Bréchignac; Denis Derrien; Charles Perrault; Yo La Tengo (Musical group); Gaumont Franco-Film Aubert (Firm); Cinégraphie Documentaire (Firm); Documents cinématographiques (Firm); Pathé Consortium Cinéma.; Films Diamant (Firm); J. P. Films (Firm); Institut de Cinematographie Scientifique.; Recherches et Images (Firm); Lobster Films (Firm); Sept (Firm); GMT (Firm); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 160465144X 9781604651447 5515044916 9785515044916
OCLC Number: 318462544
Language Note: No spoken dialog with French intertitles and English subtitles; in French with subtitles in English.
Notes: Film dates and run times from accompanying booklet.
Booklet includes the essay "Going Beneath the Surface" by Scott MacDonald.
Credits: Image/opérateur[s] André Raymond, Claude Beausoleil, Vincent Berczi, A.P. Dufour, Alain Lasfargues, Philip Priestley ; ultramicrophotographies, Catherine Thiriot ; montage [editing], Jean-Philippe Berger, Agnes Mouchel, Olvier Farines, Jean-Marie Fremont ; musique de Chopin, Pierre Conté, Darius Milhaud, Pierre Henry, Pierre Jansen, Pierre Angles et Roger Lersy, Ramon de Herrera, Van Hoorebeke et Jean Yatove, Maurice Jaubert ; sculpted by Jean-Louis, Nicole, Michelle, Germaine Bertrand and René Bertrand.
Performer(s): Voix de [Voice of] Carola Meierrose [Diatomées].
Awards: Winner, Le Prix du Festival Mondial de Bruxelles 1947 destine au meilleur film pour la jeunesse scolaire: Assassins d'eau douce = Prize of the Festival, World Festival of Brussels 1947 Films for schoolchildren: Freshwater Assassins.
Description: 3 videodiscs (471 min.) : si. and sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([24] p. : b&w ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono., Dolby Digital stereo; fullscreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer; new and improved English subtitle translation.
Contents: Disc one; Popular films Hyas et stenorinques crustacés marins = Hyas and stenorhynchus marine crustaceans / Gaumont Franco-Film présente ; un documentaire de Jean Painlevé (1927) (10 min.) --
Oursins = Sea urchins / La Cinégraphie Documentaire présente ; film de Jean Painlevé (1954) (11 min.) --
Comment naissent des méduses = How some jellyfish are born / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon (1960) (14 min.) --
Transition de phase dans les cristaux liquides = Liquid crystals / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; film de Jean Painlevé (1978) (6 min.) --
L'hippocampe ou 'cheval marin' = The sea horse / Pathé·Consortium·Cinéma présente ; un documentaire de Jean Painlevé ; production de la Cinégraphie Documentaire (1933) (14 min.) --
Les amours de la pieuvre = The love life of the octopus / film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon (1967) (14 min.) --
Histoires de crevettes = Shrimp stories / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon (1964) (10 min.) --
Acera ou Le bal des sorcières = Acera or The witches dance / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon (1972) (13 min.) --
Le vampire = The vampire / film de Jean Painlevé (1945) (9 min.) --
Assassins d'eau douce = Freshwater assassins / film de Jean Painlevé (1947) (24 min.) --
Les danseuses de la mer (Ophiures et comatules) = Sea ballerinas (Brittle stars and feather stars) / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon ; (1956) (13 min.) --
Diatomées = Diatoms / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; un film de Jean Painlevé et Geneviève Hamon (1968, 17 min.) --
Les pigeons du square = Pigeons in the square / Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; un film de Jean Painlevé ; script et regie, Christiane d'Hotel (1986) (27 min.) --
The sounds of science / (Yo La Tengo) --
Yo La Tengo Interview (2009) (10 min.). Disc two; Early popular silent films La pieuvre = The octopus / film de Jean Painlevé (1927) (13 min.) --
Les oursins = Sea urchins / Les Films Diamant présentent ; documentaire réalisé par Jean Painlevé (1928) (10 min.) --
La daphnie = The daphnia / Film d'observations cinématographiques par Jean Painlevé (1928) (9 min.) --
Silent research films L'œuf d'épinoche = The stickleback's egg / documentaire de Jean Painlevé (1925) (26 min.) --
Traitement d'une hémorragie expérimentale chez le chien, par une injection de sérum citraté du doctor Normet = Experimental treatment of the hemorrhage in a dog with Dr. Normet's serum citrate / Les Films J.P. présentent (1930) (4 min.) --
Films for Le Palais de la Découverte La quatrième dimension = The fourth dimension / L'Institut de Cinematographie Scientifique présente ; directeur, Jean Painlevé (1936) (10 min.) --
Images mathématiques de la lutte pour la vie = The struggle for survival / L'Institut de Cinematographie Scientifique présente ; directeur, Jean Painlevé (1937) (14 min.) --
Voyage dans le ciel = Voyage to the sky / L'Institut de Cinematographie Scientifique présente ; directeur, Jean Painlevé (1937, 11 min.) --
De la similitude des longueurs et des vitesses = Similarities between length and speed / L'Institut de Cinematographie Scientifique présente ; directeur, Jean Painlevé (1937) (10 min.) --
Animation Barbe Bleue = Bluebeard / Les Documents Cinématographiques et Recherches et Images présentent ; restauration par Lobster Films, 1995 ; Jean Painlevé présente ; d'apres le Conte de Perrault ; paroles de [words of] J. Vincent-Bréchignac (1935-38) (13 min.). Disc three Jean Painlevé au fil de ses films = Jean Painlevé through his films / La Sept-G.M.T. Productions et Les Documents Cinématographiques présentent ; réalisée par Denis Derrien (1988) (169 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 468.
Other Titles: 23 films by Jean Painlevé
Twenty-three films by Jean Painlevé
Responsibility: by Jean Painlevé ; compilation producer, Kate Elmore.

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Long before Jacques Cousteau and Richard Attenborough, a Frenchman named Jean Painlevé made documentaries that captured the natural world in a unique manner. "Science Is Fiction" collects 23 of these short films. Painlevé (1902-89) spent his life straddling the arts and the sciences, studying biology at the Sorbonne, but also hanging out with Man Ray and Luis Buñuel. Long fascinated by marine life, Painlevé helped develop the underwater camera, one of the first handheld cameras, and high-magnification lenses that allowed him to observe creatures like sea urchins, jellyfish, and mollusks in their natural habitats. Though relatively obscure in the United States, Jean Painlevé's films embrace genre, combining documentary, educational film, and avant-garde experimentalism to create an aesthetic that captures the fantastic by means of the purely factual.

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