Painlevé found his ultimate subject in the sea horse and this exceeds the wondrousness of his other films. I love the narration –– saying the sea horses have a pompous air, that they have a 'medieval aspect'. Simultaneously old and futuristic.
It was devilishly rewarding to see a male go through labor and childbirth, for a change. Jokes aside, this is a solid short documentary with an amazingly high level of anatomical detail that I wouldn't have expected from such an early work.
I can see, how in cinema, technology can work very well with the creativity skills of humans. The director uses all the technical solutions to create astonishing imagines. For him, technology is a tool. This can introduce us into our environment, and even to the origin of our existence. The birth of a sea horse is like the birth of all the living organisms. All in this short movie is perfect, cohesive and tasteful.