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Microcosmos
     

Microcosmos

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Cast: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Florence Ricard, Marie-Josephe Yoyotte

 

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Explore the wonders of the insect world as never before possible as the filmmakers who took you in a trip through the clouds in Winged Migration take you on a magical journey underground in this feature that will captivate audiences both young and old. Specially designed cameras take viewers beneath the surface of the earth and into areas previously considered

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Explore the wonders of the insect world as never before possible as the filmmakers who took you in a trip through the clouds in Winged Migration take you on a magical journey underground in this feature that will captivate audiences both young and old. Specially designed cameras take viewers beneath the surface of the earth and into areas previously considered inaccessible to the prying eye of the camera lens as microscopic creatures tower over the screen and perform Herculean tasks worthy of the most formidable human athlete. From the love shared between two snails to the bizarre plight of the dung beetle and the menacing beauty of the spider weaving his wondrous web, this film will make you think twice about stepping on that ant or casually killing that spider on the windowsill.

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Microcosmos is light years beyond mere insect documentary, envisioning the daily existence of these tiny creatures as the stuff of full-blown opera. The unprecedented close-ups transform the mundane into the epic; the audience practically cheers after a scarab beetle succeeds at pushing his ball of dung up a hill, and swoons watching two snails entwined in a loving embrace. The augmentation of sounds also has visceral impact, as a pheasant picks off ants with the repetitive boom of a staple gun striking the earth. Intensifying this visual and aural odyssey is a gripping score, as well as narration (by Kristin Scott Thomas in the English version) that's both refreshingly scant and elegantly poetic. Because they mean this as breathtaking visual stimulus rather than teaching tool, directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou don't need to clog up the wonder with needless exposition. That raindrops are like traumatic bomb strikes to these tiny creatures is obvious; no disembodied egghead needs to spell things out. The viewer will simply gape at the grand dramas that unfold, prompting them to wonder just how many hours of footage the directors shot before mounting this compilation of elegiac moments. It's a truly groundbreaking technical achievement. Since it doesn't take much to get them interested in creepy-crawlies to begin with, children should love Microcosmos, even if its ambitions are artsier than they can comprehend.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
UPC:
0786936233124
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
G
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:15:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Nuridsany Actor
Marie Perennou Actor
Florence Ricard Actor
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Actor
Kristin Scott Thomas Narrator (American Release)

Technical Credits
Claude Nuridsany Director,Camera Operator
Marie Perennou Director,Camera Operator
Philippe Barbeau Sound/Sound Designer
Christophe Barratier Producer
Bruno Coulais Score Composer,Songwriter
Michel Faure Executive Producer
Philippe Gautier Executive Producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz Co-producer
Patrick Lancelot Executive Producer
Andre Lazare Executive Producer
Thierry Machado Cinematographer
Yvette Mallet Producer
Jacques Perrin Producer
Laurent Quaglio Sound/Sound Designer
Florence Ricard Editor
Bernard Le Roux Sound/Sound Designer
Hugues Ryffel Cinematographer
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Meadow, Early Morning [11:05]
2. The Ladybug's Adventures [4:33]
3. Love, Birth and Death [4:52]
4. Caravan Across Parched Earth [5:01]
5. Work [11:17]
6. On the Waterfront [6:42]
7. Stormy Weather [4:55]
8. After the Storm [3:33]
9. The Beautiful and the Deadly [4:09]
10. A Duel [5:33]
11. Afternoon to Night [6:51]
12. New Day/End Credits [6:49]

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Microcosmos 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband watches this movie over and over again. Fascinated by the bug world. He cant wait for the dvd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The U.S. distributor of this movie has foolishly decided to market it as a kid's entertainment, in the apparent belief that no reasonable number of adults could possibly be interested, much less spellbound, by a beautifully written and narrated and vividly shot documentary about a fascinating and overlooked segment of the natural world. In concept, content, and delivery, this title is heads and shoulders above the day-to-day fare regularly offered, and consumed by adults, on the cable television channels dedicated to nature programming. Accordingly, I would heartily recommend this movie to anyone interested in being fascinated by the beauty and complexity of nature. The technical achievement in bringing this world to life is eclipsed only by the satisfaction provided by the finished product. This movie is not just for kids and being marketed as such does it an enormous disservice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other reviewer said her two year old watches it for hours. I'm in my 50's and it is fabulous. I will admit to watch bugs you have to be in the right mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great film about bugs. My 2 year old will sit and watch it over and over. Great quality, wonderful music, and very educational. Two Thumbs up!