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Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (2004)

The animated documentary Proteus explores the nineteenth century's engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art.

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Ernst Haeckel (voice)
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Wolfgang von Goethe (voice)
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The animated documentary Proteus explores the nineteenth century's engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art.

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$642 (USA) (7 August 2005)

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$1,246 (USA)
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Brilliant documentary about a brilliant man
25 October 2005 | by (san francisco) – See all my reviews

Proteus is a brilliant documentary which details the context and passions of a man driven by both scientific discipline and curiosity as well as his artistic ambitions. The focus on the scientific and artistic times surrounding Haekel's work in addition to the man and the work itself makes for several interesting history lessons. Lebrun's ability to tastefully weave in passages from Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" as well as his trademark animated montages (in this case of Haekel's otherworldly drawings) strengthens this film. The cinematography and visual editing of the movie is top notch and the (largely piano) music blends well.

Proteus has reminded me of the distance of which a single human being can travel (literally and metaphorically) in a lifetime. I am inspired.


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