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Winged Migration (2001)

Le peuple migrateur (original title)
Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

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This documentary follows several species of migratory birds over a four year filming period. These birds travel several hundreds if not thousands of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and make the return journey to their higher latitude summer homes in the spring, always taking the same route, using the natural compasses of the universe, the stars, to find their way. Some species, like the arctic tern, even fly from pole to pole. These long and often torturous treks are a matter of survival, to live in a hospitable climate and find sources of food. With the exception of migratory penguins, travel over oceans is especially difficult as the birds have little refuge unless there is something floating on the water, such as a ship, on which to land. Otherwise they must continue flying until they reach land. Some will not survive the migration due to predators, including man, illness or injury. Although the migrations themselves are done as a community, once the birds reach their ... Written by Huggo

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29 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

FRF 160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,946 (Belgium) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$10,762,178 (USA) (14 December 2003)
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Filmmakers exposed the eggs of some of the birds to the sounds of people and film cameras so that the birds would not be afraid of them later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Featured in Le peuple migrateur - Le making of (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Haras En Papier
("The Paper Parrot")
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 2001 Galatée Films
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6 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It probably took a lot of time and effort to put this together. I wasn't bored for a minute. Some people get the big picture some people don't. I thought it was a rare treat to see things like this for a moment. To get outside of oneself and experience life in different terms made me feel good. It was peaceful and entertaining. I enjoyed the naration somewhat but felt it detracted from the film because it took away from the esoteric nature of the film as did the unnatural injection of unnatural elements. This untouched bit of nature needed very little narration. I admire anyone who is so dedicated to a project that they can truly expose nature in plain air. Winged migration was a great bit of craftsmanship.


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