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Voyage to the Sky (1937)

Voyage dans le ciel (original title)
We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (... See full summary »

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We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (besides the sun), and beyond to the edge of our universe. The film depicts imagined landscapes, and it speculates on universes beyond ours. It ends with philosophical musings about the significance of Earth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Painlevé in space
4 April 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Voyage dans le ciel" or "Voyage to the Sky" is an 11-minute movie that legendary French documentary filmmaker Jean Painlevé made early (but not very early) in his career, namely almost 80 years ago. It is certainly something different for him to not focus on animals or geometry although a touch of geometry and numbers is in here from start to finish too. Instead the focus is on space. Science-fiction is something you find in many of the filmmaker's works, but actually moving into the universe is nothing too common. That's what he does here. I think this film may be a good watch for everybody with an interest in astronomy. Sometimes, he gets almost a bit poetic, especially at the end. I personally did not enjoy the watch as much as I enjoyed some of his animal-themed documentaries. Thumbs down.


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