In some ways the most interesting of the Painlevé nature films presented this month on Mubi, this one, is notable for several images of extraordinary beauty. Some of the aesthetic effect is lost due to the fairly constant stream anthropomorphic comment: praying Buddha, invitation to waltz, Ballet. etc. See them all in fairly quick succession to help place them in historical context.
I like the way the early French directors made those experimental short movies. The techniques and the inventions created were in a pioneering spirit. I really like the look of the under-water flowers and the recording motion crated with them. I think, however, that some parts are not very well connected with each other, some of the images are not as beautiful as the others.
Gem of a short doc from the twenties. Seeing nature really inspected in black and white makes you focus more on the patterns than you do in colour. Chopin just the perfect combo of majestic and playful to audio-illuminate these fascinating creatures. Love it when Mubi digs this sort of thing out of the sand.
Des crustacés marins sur leur 31 (entendez "habillés d'algues") et faisant les malins sur du Chopin, on ne va pas trouver ça vilain ! Les commentaires de Jean Painlevé soulignent d'ailleurs la drôlerie du spectacle, avec un humour "so twenties". De la vulgarisation à l'ancienne, en somme, avec de très beaux plans rapprochés de ces rois du camouflage et de leur compagnon spirographe (pas piqué des vers, celui-là).