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Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans (1929)

Hyas et stenorinques (original title)
In close-ups and extreme close-ups, we watch two small species of marine crustaceans, the slender long-legged stenorhynchus and the clumsy, short-legged hyas. To blend in, both cover ... See full summary »

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In close-ups and extreme close-ups, we watch two small species of marine crustaceans, the slender long-legged stenorhynchus and the clumsy, short-legged hyas. To blend in, both cover themselves with found objects, such as algae and sponges. We watch them move, eat, greet each other, and fight. They have small mandibles and large claws. Near them are spirograph worms, 6 inches long, with a plume of branchiae that fan out like exploding fireworks. We see vibrating cilia, 0.001 mm long, on the branchiae, sending food toward the mouth at the plume's center. Chopin's music and an off-screen narrator suggest we're watching a ballet. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 March 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans" is a pretty early 10-minute short film by French documentary pioneer Jean Painlevé. He was not even 30 when he made this one and went on to make films for over half a century afterward. Unfortunately, I personally did not enjoy this one really that much, but that may be just me. I simply did not find the topic here too interesting. This documentary is still in black-and-white (no surprise looking at the year) as usual for Painlevé's older works and gives us an insight into water creatures, crab-like animals I guess. Oh yeah and as always with Painlevé too, make sure you get subtitles if you aren't fluent in French. His narration sure sounds pretty enthusiastic and he makes a joke here and there too to detract from the complicated topic he elaborates on in here. I personally a glad this one only runs for 10 minutes and not 90 or as I did not feel it was a rewarding watch, even if I like Painlevé. His talking definitely elevates the material.


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