Painfully depressing documentary of the history of whale hunting mostly because of the blunt honesty behind otherwise poetic phrasing. This is a good short to use to look closer at how Marker uses the philosophies of man in a flat and direct manner to explain the "why?" "how?" and "so what?" in a single statement that is emotionally detached but makes your conscience scream. --PolarisDiB
this film is a great example of how shallow and pointless "message" documentaries of today have become, The Cove was useless, Three Cheers For The Whale is poetic and moving without being dramatic and overblown
Unique and powerful, a place where documentary meets art - mainly paintings and illustrations. The footage shot in colour is both unsettling and poetic - how the red blood of the massacred whales mixes with the blue sea... While the lyrical narration matches the overall tone, the voice itself is lifeless and mind-numbing (English version).
Bleak but lyrical docu. The voiceover speaks, matter-of-factly like a female Hal 9000, Marker's pointed words while the electronic soundtrack wails in the background. Dystopian and timeless, this is a measured gut punch without the hysterics.
D'une triste et pénible réalité maritime, un court métrage salutaire et nécessaire, dénonciateur d'une sordide aberration écologique que le remarquable humour distancié de Chris Marker, rend encore plus percutant... www.cinefiches.com
C'est un magnifique, douloureux documentaire très poétique, riche en références littéraires et mythologiques, capable de maîtriser à point le recours aux images. La voix féminine qui raconte, elle s'adresse tendrement à la Baleine, reine majestueuse des océans. Un essai majeur de philosophie de la Nature et, au bout du compte, sur la Nature de l'homme.
A diverting campaigning documentary from Marker that probably looks a bit ordinary today but its political significance would have been starker when it was produced in 1972. The use of archives and historical documents is particularly striking.