Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé (2007)
3xDVD9 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 4:3 | 313 mins | 7,86 Gb + 6,84 Gb + 7,52 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps; Score AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary | The Criterion Collection #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.