Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

Jean Painlevé

 
Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 315 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #468

The mesmerizing, utterly unclassifiable science films of Jean Painlevé (1902-89) have to be seen to be believed: delightful, surrealist-influenced dream works that are also serious science. The French filmmaker-scientist-inventor had a decades-spanning career in which he created hundreds of short films on subjects ranging from astronomy to pigeons to, most famously, such marine-life marvels as the sea horse and the sea urchin. This definitive three-disc collection brings together the best of these, and also includes the French television series Jean Painlevé Through His Films, rock band Yo La Tengo’s eight-film score The Sounds of Science, and an essay by film scholar Scott MacDonald.

Cast

Credits

DirectorJean Painlevé
"The Sounds of Science" score byYo La Tengo

Disc Features

THREE-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New, restored digital transfers of all twenty-three films:

Disc One
POPULAR FILMS

  • HYAS AND STENORHYNCHUS (HYAS ET STENORINQUES)
    1927 * 10 minutes * Black & White
  • SEA URCHIINS (OURSINS)
    1954 * 11 minutes * Color
  • HOW SOME JELLYFISH ARE BORN_ (COMMENT NAISSENT DES MÉDUSES)
    1960 * 14 minutes * Black & White
  • LIQUID CRYSTALS (CRISTAUX LIQUIDES)
    1978 * 6 minutes * Color
  • THE SEA HORSE (L’HIPPOCAMPE)
    1933 * 14 minutes * Black & White
  • THE LOVE LIFE OF THE OCTOPUS (LES AMOURS DE LA PIEUVRE)
    1967 * 14 minutes * Color
  • SHRIMP STORIES (HISTOIRES DE CREVETTES)
    1964 * 10 minutes * Color
  • ACERA, OR THE WITCHES’ DANCE (ACERA OU LE BAL DES SORCIÈRES)
    1972 * 13 minutes * Color
  • THE VAMPIRE (LE VAMPIRE)
    1945 * 9 minutes * Black & White
  • FRESHWATER ASSASSINS (LES ASSASSINS D’EAU DOUCE)
    1947 * 24 minutes * Black & White
  • SEA BALLERINAS (LES DANSEUSES DE LA MER)
    1956 * 13 minutes * Color
  • DIATOMS (DIATOMÉES)
    1968 * 17 minutes * Color
  • PIGEONS IN THE SQUARE (LES PIGEONS DU SQUARE)
    1982 * 27 minutes * Color

THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE

  • Eight films with original score by Yo La Tengo
  • Interview with Yo La Tengo

Disc Two
EARLY POPULAR SILENT FILMS

  • THE OCTOPUS (LA PIEUVRE)
    1927 * 13 minutes * Black & White
  • SEA URCHIINS (LES OURSINS)
    1928 * 10 minutes * Black & White
  • DAPHNIA (LA DAPHNIE)
    1928 * 9 minutes * Black & White

SILENT RESEARCH FILMS

  • THE STICKLEBACK’S EGG_ (L’OEUF D’ÉPINOCHE)
    1925 * 26 minutes * Black & White
  • EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT OF A HEMORRHAGE IN A DOG (TRAITEMENT ÉXPERIMENTAL D’UNE HÉMORRAGIE CHEZ LE CHIEN)
    1930 * 4 minutes * Black & White

FILMS FOR LE PALAIS DE LA DÉCOUVERTE

  • THE FOURTH DIMENSION (LA QUATRIÈME DIMENSION)
    1936 * 10 minutes * Black & White
  • THE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL (IMAGES MATHÉMATIQUES DE LA LUTTE POUR LA VIE)
    1937 * 14 minutes * Black & White
  • VOYAGE TO THE SKY (VOYAGE DANS LE CIEL)
    1937 * 11 minutes * Black & White
  • SIMILARITIES BETWEEN LENGTH AND SPEED (SIMILITUDES DES LONGEURS ET DES VITESSES)
    1937 * 10 minutes * Black & White

ANIMATION

  • BLUEBEARD (BARBE-BLEU)
    1938 * 13 minutes * Gasparcolor
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • More than two hours of interviews with the filmmaker, drawn from the eight-part television series Jean Painlevé Through His Films, directed by Denis Derrien and Hélène Hazera
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Scott MacDonald

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

Jean Painlevé: Going Beneath the Surface

By Scott MacDonaldApril 20, 2009

Probably no substantial dimension of film history has been so thoroughly ignored by American . . . Read more »

Clippings

WEIRD SCIENCE

June 04, 2009

Apparently, a group called the Secret Science Club threw a pretty happening Painlevé party in . . . Read more »


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: COME AND SEA

April 28, 2009

“The wonders never cease in this superb anthology,” exclaims the New York Times’s Dave Kehr in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Jean Painlevé: Going Beneath the Surface

By Scott MacDonaldApril 20, 2009

Probably no substantial dimension of film history has been so thoroughly ignored by American . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

Jean Painlevé’s “Ten Commandments”

April 16, 2009

Next week, we release a definitive, three-disc set of the short documentaries of Jean Painlevé . . . Read more »