Jacques-Yves Cousteau (11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997).
Captain Cousteau’s fascination with film began when he was very young. Shooting films was his favourite activity. Some sailors like to keep a journal while they are on board. He preferred to take notes with images. His desire to share his images with the vast public and to make them care about the marine world was very important to him. Beginning in the 1940’s, when the Captain first began making films, a lot of work has gone into developing cameras, filters, lenses and lighting for underwater filming.
Jacques Yves Cousteau among films he shoot during all his expeditions Cousteau films have received international recognition. The Silent World (1956), produced by the Captain with Louis Malle, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The documentary was seen around the world, at the time, and was the first colour film of the underwater world.
Together with the divers, scientists… read more
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more