ByApril 20, 2009
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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.
THREE-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE
EARLY POPULAR SILENT FILMS
SILENT RESEARCH FILMS
FILMS FOR LE PALAIS DE LA DÉCOUVERTE