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Science is fiction

23 films
(DVD - 2009 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: Science is fiction
23 films
[videorecording]
Published: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
Edition: DVD ed.
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (471 min.) :,sd. and si., b&w and col.,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Each disc includes multiple episodes.
Release date: Apr. 21, 2009.
Title from container.
Contents: disc 1. Hyas and stenorhynchus = Hyas et stenorinques (1927, 10 min.)
Sea urchins = Oursins (1954, 11 min.)
How some jellyfish are born = Comment naissent des méduses (1960, 14 min.)
Liquid crystals = Cristaux liquides (1978, 6 min.)
The sea horse = L'hippocampe (1933, 14 min.)
The love life of the octopus = Les amours de la pieuvre (1967, 14 min.)
Shrimp stories = Histoires de crevettes (1964, 10 min.)
Acera, or, The witches dance = Acera, ou, Le bal des sorcières (1972, 13 min.)
The vampire = Le vampire (1945, 9 min.)
Freshwater assassins = Les assassins d'eau douce (1947, 24 min.)
Sea ballerinas = Les danseuses de la mer (1956, 13 min.)
Diatoms = Diatomées (1968, 17 min.)
Pigeons in the square = Les pigeons du square (1928, 27 min.)
The sounds of science / (Yo La Tengo)
Interview with Yo La Tengo
disc 2. The octopus = La pieuvre (1927, 13 min.)
Sea urchins = Les oursins (1928, 10 min.)
Daphnia = La daphnie (1928, 9 min.)
The stickleback's egg = L'oeuf d'épinoche (1925, 26 min.)
Experimental treatment of the hemorrhage in a dog = Traitement expérimental d'une hémorragie chez le chien (1930, 4 min.)
The fourth dimension = La quatrième dimension (1936, 10 min.)
The struggle for survival = Images mathématiques de la lutte pour la vie (1937, 14 min.)
Voyage to the sky = Voyage dans le ciel (1937, 11 min.)
Similarities between length and speed = Similitudes des longueurs et des vitesses (1937, 10 min.)
Bluebeard = Barbe-Bleue (1938, 13 min.)
disc 3. Jean Painlevé through his films = Jean Painlevé au fil de ses films (1988).
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 4
ISBN: 160465144X
9781604651447
Branch Call Number: DVD 508 SCI
Statement of Responsibility: by Jean Painlevé ; producer, Kate Elmore
Performers: Jean Painleve ; featuring Yo La Tengo.
System Details: DVD; NTSC; region 1; full screen (1.33:1); Dolby digital mono and stereo.
Other Language: In French with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Motion picture producers and directors France Interviews Video recordings. Painlevé, Jean Interviews Video recordings. Nature in motion pictures Video recordings. Nature Songs and music Video recordings. Nature Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Short films.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Biographical television programs.
Nature films.
Topical Term: Motion picture producers and directors
Nature in motion pictures
Nature
Nature
Publisher No: CC1805D
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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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