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3 items from 2013


Welcome to the jungle: the botanist trying to alter perceptions of rainforests

22 October 2013 9:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

During his lifetime Francis Hallé has seen too many primary forests obliterated. Now he has joined director Luc Jacquet to make a film, Il Etait une Forêt, celebrating the ones that are left

At an age when freedom passes allow pensioners to take on the challenge of clambering to the top deck of a bus, Dr Francis Hallé is more likely to be found perched at the top of a tree.

The retired professor of botany is 75 and has just completed his first film. In it he can be seen standing, without a safety rope, on a branch of a massive moabi tree 230 feet above the forest floor.

He is at ease, seemingly oblivious to the dizzying drop and, as the camera pans away, the beauty of the forest stretching into the distance becomes apparent.

But it is a bittersweet image. During his lifetime he has watched helplessly as tropical »

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Are animals in Hollywood films too human?

26 April 2013 1:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The simian star of new Disney film Chimpanzee is the latest animal to be portrayed as having human emotions. But does such anthropomorphism give a distorted view of nature?

You could say cinema and nature got off on the wrong foot, or paw, right from the start. In 1926, to much excitement, an adventurer named William Douglas Burden brought back two komodo dragons to New York's Bronx zoo – the first live specimens the western world had ever seen. Most of that excitement had been generated via a movie Burden had made depicting these semi-mythical reptiles in the Indonesian wild, voraciously devouring a wild boar. By comparison, the real, live komodo dragons were something of a disappointment. They just lay about lethargically in their cage, and died a few months later. It later transpired that Burden's film had been heavily edited and staged to amp up the drama. The dragons hadn't actually »

- Steve Rose

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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

3 April 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#72. Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

Gist: With Once Upon a Forest, Luc Jacquet invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. “For the first time, we will be able to watch a rain forest growing before our eyes…Only cinema can offer this unique voyage into a completely untamed universe, a world of perfect balance in which each living thing – from the smallest to the largest – plays an essential role. The film will deliver a complete sensory immersion in the primaeval splendor of one of nature’s richest mysteries, inviting the audience to enter, discover and marvel at a universe of untold treasures while joining its voice to the ever-growing awareness of the need to preserve our world.” So, basically, Jacquet got tired of waiting on Terry to finish Voyage of Time and went ahead and did it himself.

Prediction: Sounds like the »

- Blake Williams

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