Science Is Fiction - 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

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The mesmerizing, utterly unclassifiable science films of Jean Painlevé (1902-89) have to be seen to be believed: delightful, surrealist-influenced dream works that are also serious science. The French filmmaker-scientist-inventor had a decades-spanning career in which he created hundreds of short films on subjects ranging from astronomy to pigeons to, most famously, such marine-life marvels as the sea horse and the sea urchin. This definitive three-disc collection brings together the best of these films -- in ...
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Overview

The mesmerizing, utterly unclassifiable science films of Jean Painlevé (1902-89) have to be seen to be believed: delightful, surrealist-influenced dream works that are also serious science. The French filmmaker-scientist-inventor had a decades-spanning career in which he created hundreds of short films on subjects ranging from astronomy to pigeons to, most famously, such marine-life marvels as the sea horse and the sea urchin. This definitive three-disc collection brings together the best of these films -- in new, restored digital transfers -- and also includes the French television series Jean Painlevé - Through His Films, rock band Yo La Tengo’s eight-film score The Sounds of Science, and an essay by film scholar Scott MacDonald. Additional materials include more than two hours of interviews with the filmmaker, drawn from the eight-part television series Jean Painlevé Through His Films, directed by Denis Derrien and Hélène Hazera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • UPC: 715515044912
  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 7:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,803

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jean Painlevé Director
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Scene Index

Disc #3 -- Science Is Fiction: Twenty Three Films by Jean Painlevé
1. Early Work in Science and Film [22:55]
2. Uniting Science and Cinema [22:24]
3. Animal Movement in Film [21:28]
4. Cinema in Occupied France [21:57]
5. Filming at Roscoff Station [20:03]
6. Science Films for the Public [22:58]
7. Film As a Research Tool [21:44]
8. A Career of Discovery [15:08]
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Disc #1 -- Science Is Fiction: Twenty Three Films by Jean Painlevé
   Popular Films
      Play All
      Index
         Hyas and Stenorhynchus
         Sea Urchins
         How Some Jellyfish Are Born
         Liquid Crystals
         The Sea Horse
         The Love Life of the Octopus
         Shrimp Stories
         ACERA, or The Witches' Dance
         The Vampire
         Freshwater Assassins
         Sea Ballerinas
         Diatoms
         Pigeons in the Square
   The Sounds of Science
      Yo La Tengo Interview
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      Index
         "HYAS and Stenorhynchus"
         "Sea Urchins"
         "How Some Jellyfish Are Born"
         "Liquid Crystals"
         "The Sea Horse"
         "The Love Life of the Octopus"
         "Shrimp Stories"
         "ACERA, or The Witches' Dance"
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Disc #2 -- Science Is Fiction: Twenty Three Films by Jean Painlevé
   Early Popular Silent Films
      Play All
      The Octopus
      Sea Urchins
      Daphnia
   Silent Research Films
      Play All
      The Stickleback's Egg
      Experimental Treatment of a Hemorrhage in a Dog
   Films for the Le Palais De La Découverte
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      The Fourth Dimension
      The Struggle for Survival
      Voyage to the Sky
      Similarities Between Length and Speed
   Animation
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