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The Love Life of an Octopus (1967)

Les amours de la pieuvre (original title)
An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a ... See full summary »
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An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a female; he inserts his third arm in her respiratory cavity. We watch another pair: a larger female is the aggressor here. Mating is repeated over hours and days. With high magnification, we see many sperm; she releases strings of fertilized eggs that hang from the roof of a nest. She guards it for a month, fanning the strings to circulate water for oxygen and cleanliness. We watch the eggs up close develop at 1,400 times nature's rate. Then they're born and propel away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

"Les amours de la pieuvre" or "The Love Life of an Octopus" is among the later and better-known works by famous French documentarian Jean Painlevé. And I can see why. The use of color here helps a lot, the scenes depicted are nice to watch and Painlevé's comments are fairly informative. Overall, I enjoyed the watch here. The soundtrack is certainly something to get used to, but if you have seen some of the man's other works, you will not be surprised anymore. Octopusses are certainly very interesting creatures, somewhat very gross, yet fascinating nonetheless. Painlevé must have liked them too as they are one of the exceptions about which he made two films, one very early in his career (40 years earlier) and one very late. I recommend this almost 50-year-old film. Thumbs up.


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