Science is fiction

23 films

(DVD - 2009 - French)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Science is fiction
Focusing on the work of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé, this collection features twenty-three Painlevé nature films; a 2005 performance of the ninety-minute score, The sounds of science, written in 2001 by members of the rock group Yo La Tengo to accompany eight of Painlevé's films; an interview with Yo La Tengo; and the eight-part 1988 French television series, Jean Painlevé au fil de ses films, which explores Painlevé's life and work through interviews with the filmmaker.

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Published: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
Edition: DVD ed.
ISBN: 160465144X
Branch Call Number: DVD 508 SCI
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (471 min.) :,sd. and si., b&w and col.,4 3/4 in.


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Aug 11, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed watching and learning about the sea horses the most. I did not like how the octopus was treated as if it was an ugly monster. I didn't like the tone of voice and the attitude towards sea life expressed as if they were an object of comedic value. In otherwords I sensed very little empathy of any of the film maker towards his subjects.

They made an album dubbed "The Sounds of The Sounds of Science" out of the songs that Yo La Tengo did for this series. It is my favorite Yo La Tengo album! Absolutely brilliant if you are into their downtempo instrumental jams...

This looks fascinating. Who had the good taste to sign Yo La Tengo on to score the TV show?!?


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