did any one buy the criterion’s release of Painleve’s 23 short films. I want to buy it but am a bit sceptacle. Is it worth the $31? also what do you think is Painleve’s best film, for me it’s the love life of the octopus but I also truly love the sea urchin.
for anyone not aware of Jean Painlevé, he was a fore-runner of Jacques Cousteau and early master of the nature study, including undersea creatures. I think octopuses are astonishing so probably L’Amour des Pieuvres. I like Liquid Crystals (1978)- he was a serious scientist, with a fascination for extraordinary things. I first heard of him from Tony Rayn’s selection of The Seahorse (1934) in his top 10 in a poll
“Liquid Crystals” is my favorite, especialy with Yo La Tengo’s music. It’s such a mind freak, I would hate to watch that on shrooms or acid, I would probably be crying in a corner for the rest of the night.
Yes, pick it up. I didn’t know quite what to expect either but they are all great little short films. Buy it if you are really interested in nature or experimental/psychedelic shorts. They included this super old claymation short from like, the 1930’s (and it’s in color!) and is incredibly creepy and good at the same time.