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Le peuple migrateur
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Winged Migration -- A critically acclaimed and award-winning unique, exquisitely beautiful and jaw-dropping documentaryabout birds in flight in their natural world.
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Winged Migration -- Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.


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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Philippe Labro ... Narrator (English version)

Jacques Perrin ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Jacques Perrin 
Jacques Cluzaud (co-director)
Michel Debats (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Dorst 
Stéphane Durand 
Guy Jarry 
Valentine Marvel  idea (as Valentine Perrin)
Jacques Perrin 
Francis Roux 

Produced by
Christophe Barratier .... producer
Reinhard Brundig .... associate producer
Jean de Trégomain .... executive producer
Danièle Delorme .... associate producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... associate producer
Jean Labadie .... associate producer
José María Morales .... associate producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... associate producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Yves Robert .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Cinematography by
Olli Barbé 
Michel Benjamin 
Sylvie Carcedo 
Laurent Charbonnier 
Luc Drion 
Laurent Fleutot 
Philippe Garguil 
Dominique Gentil 
Bernard Lutic 
Thierry Machado 
Stéphane Martin 
Fabrice Moindrot 
Ernst Sasse 
Michel Terrasse 
Thierry Thomas 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Régis Nicolino 
Production Management
Jean-Philippe Avenel .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Baisadouli .... production manager
Olli Barbé .... production manager
Brian Black .... unit manager
Claude Canaple .... production manager
Jean-Michel Deroche .... production manager
Claire Dornoy .... assistant production manager
Philippe Gautier .... production manager
Nicolas Mauvernay .... assistant production manager
Boucif Mohammedi .... assistant unit manager
Johann Mousseau .... unit production manager
Thomas Pflimlin .... unit manager
Vincent Steiger .... production manager
Charles Stenhouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jérémie Apperry .... assistant director
Elodie Baticle .... assistant director
Emmanuelle Debats .... assistant director
Marie Miquel .... assistant director
Ursula Sigon .... assistant director
Hadrien Soulez Larivière .... assistant director
Frédéric Vignal .... assistant director
Sound Department
Philippe Barbeau .... sound
Michel Crivellaro .... sound editor
Denis Guilhem .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Armelle Mahé .... assistant sound mixer
Gina Pignier .... sound editor
Laurent Quaglio .... supervising sound editor
Michel Trouillard .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Nicolas David .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects producer
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects coordinator
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Pinnow .... visual effects coordinator
Dina Saleem .... visual effects
Caterina Schiffers .... digital compositor: postproduction, TVT
Florian Schuck .... retouching
Benjamin Seide .... digital compositor
Max Stummer .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... first assistant camera
David Aïm .... first assistant camera
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Pierre Bec .... camera operator
Pierre Berthier .... camera operator
Vincent Blasco .... key grip
Guillaume Brault .... second assistant camera
Catherine Briault .... first assistant camera
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Richard Brodet .... gaffer
Claire Caroff .... assistant camera
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Tony Chapuis .... second assistant camera
Pierre Chevrin .... assistant camera
Nicolas Deblonde .... second assistant camera
Dominique Delguste .... first assistant camera
Jean-Marie Delorme .... assistant camera
Alain Ducousset .... camera operator
Pascale Ferradini .... first assistant camera
Jean-Yves Freess .... key grip
Colin Houben .... first assistant camera
Maxime Héraud .... camera operator
Hervé Kern .... assistant camera
Cyril Lebre .... assistant camera
Sophie Leonetti .... assistant camera
Sergeï Lourié .... grip
Sylvain Maillard .... assistant camera
Benoît Nicoulin .... camera operator
Lee Parker .... camera operator
Christophe Perotin .... assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Philippe Porte .... gaffer
Christophe Pottier .... camera operator
François Quillard .... first assistant camera
Edgar Raclot .... grip
Mathieu Simonet .... still photographer
Piotr Stadnicki .... first assistant camera (as Pierre Stadnicki)
Thierry Tronchet .... first assistant camera
Anna-Katia Vincent .... second assistant camera
Patrick Vobecourt .... gaffer
Yuan Zhang .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Colette Beltran .... assistant editor
Pauline Casalis .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Music Department
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Philippe Lebreton .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... location manager
Valentine Marvel .... idea (as Valentine Perrin)
Sally Steele .... publicist
Jean Dorst .... dedicatee
Bernard Lutic .... dedicatee

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Also Known As:
"Le peuple migrateur" - France (original title)
"The Travelling Birds" - International (English title)
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98 min | Canada:81 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:89 min | Argentina:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
[first lines]
Narrator:The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent movie experience, 27 November 2003
Author: Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario

Watching Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration I felt incredibly cheated. I felt cheated out of the fact that I didn't get the chance to see this remarkable film at my locale theatre where the images would be displayed in a much larger venue.

Winged Migration is an astonishing achievement. With the help of 450 individuals, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers, directors Jacques Perrin, Michael Debats and Jacques Cluzaud, bring to life the migrating habits of a variety of birds throughout the world.

We learn of the red-crowned crane that flies 600 miles from the far east to the Siberian taiga, the sandhill crane that flies 2000 miles from the Central American Plains to the Arctic circle, and the bald eagle that flies 1800 miles from the American West to Alaska, just to name a few. But it is how we learn from these creatures that is pure cinematic symphony. The three directors took 4 years to film Winged Migration and used everything from gliders, planes, helicopters and balloons to get close enough to the flying birds that you would actually think you are one of them. The scene of the Canadian Geese migrating is photographed so magnificently through the Grand Canyon that we can see the reflection of the formation on the stilled morning waters without the simplest distraction of man.

Winged Migration is filled with such imagery. Not soon will I forget the greater sage grouse in Idaho where the birds have expanding chests and have tail-feathers that look as sharp as a porcupine's quills. Nor will I soon forget the scenes where millions of king penguins take over a coastal island or the countless birds diving into the water with such rapid fire like a multiple torpedo hit.

What is really amazing however, is how the filmmakers were able to show the birds in such a format as to give them personalities. We see the arrogance of the Canadian Goose, the fighting nature of the red breasted goose, the relentless tenacity of the captured Amazon parrot and the grieving king penguins after one of their young are eaten.

For all its glorious visuals, it is man that brings to the screen the most unnatural and catastrophic of images. Threshers on a farm destroy a habitat, hunters hide in the reeds and shoot down overhead geese and pollution and sludge take the life of a migrating red breast. It is hard to believe that the same species that could get close enough to these birds to follow them hundreds of miles, is also one of their greatest enemies.

Winged Migration should be seen on the large screen, but even on the tiniest of home entertainment units, you cannot help but marvel at the life cycle, the fight for survival and incredible long journey's these creatures embark upon twice a year. Three stars.

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