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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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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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Unknown Worlds
26 October 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I entitled this review Unknown Worlds, not only because the film is about the first scientific exploration of the seas, but because it is also a peek into the history of science in the 19th century. Haeckel was the quintessential 19th man of science; he was fanatic, optimistic, talented, artistic and spiritual. A kind of Renaissance man. While we all know Darwin and Kraft-Ebbing, who were contemporaries, Haeckel has been forgotten, though in his lifetime he was as famous as Einstein. The film is visually stunning, and touches on related subjects such as the transatlantic cable. Haeckel's paintings of the undersea protozoa are both accurate and artful. A fun experience.


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