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Science is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painleve

Spine #468

Apr 21, 2009

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Science is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painleve

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Directed By: Jean Painlevé
Licensor: Les Documents Cinematographiques

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Jean Painlevé was a film director, critic, theorist, and animator, yet his interests and studies also extended to mathematics, medicine, and zoology. Amazingly, all these disparate strands came together in a groundbreaking, decades-spanning artistic career. Operating under the credo "Science is fiction," Painlevé forged his own unique cinematic path, creating countless short films for both the viewing public and the scientific community. Moreover, he was also one of the first filmmakers to take his camera underwater. Surreal, otherworldly documents of marine life, these films transformed sea horses, octopi, and mollusks into delicate dancers in their own floating ballets. This anthology features twenty-three of Painlevé's shorts in their original form, as well as Yo La Tengo's ninety-minute original score The Sounds of Science, written in 2001 to accompany eight of the director's films.

  • The Sounds of Science, an original score by Yo La Tengo to Jean Painlevé's films, plus an interview with the band
  • 169-minute, 8-part telvision series Jean Panleve Through his Films


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