Offering views of aquatic life as seen through the eyes of a surrealist, French filmmaker Jean Painleve blurred the line between science and art with his uniquely compelling undersea documentaries. Along with 23 of Painleve's shorts-including"Hyas and Stenorhyncus" (1929), "The Sea Horse" (1934), the animated "Blue Beard" (1936), and eight works accompanied by a new score by Yo La Tengo-this three-disc collection also features interviews from the 1989 TV series "Jean Painleve au Film de Ses Films." 5 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
Jean Painlev was a film director, critic, theorist, and animator, yet his interests and studies also extended to mathematics, medicine, and zoology. Painlev forged his own unique cinematic path, creating countless short films for both the viewing public and the scientific community. 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 Painlev'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. Director Jean Painleve Special Features: 3-Disc Set Region [unknown] Multi Disc Set Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - French Subtitles English Runtime: 313 Minutes.