Jean Painlevé Films

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Jeam Painlevé 1902-1989

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1. Mathusalem (1927)

7 min | Short

A 1922 play by Ivan Goll, considered a precursor of the theater of the absurd.

Director: Jean Painlevé | Stars: Antonin Artaud, Marcel Barencey, Henri Marchand, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 30

2. The Octopus (1928)

13 min | Documentary, Short

Underwater photography presents the octopus: breathing, swimming, eating, dying.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 369

3. Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans (1929)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Popular science descriptions of two marine crustaceans, both of whom camouflage themselves in found objects, moving, eating, interacting.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 342

4. Stickelback Eggs (1929)

26 min | Documentary, Short

An educational film, a movie through a microscope, in two parts. Within minutes after the egg drops in the water, fertilization occurs and contractions start. Soon, in a fertilized egg, we ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 169

5. Sea Urchins (1929)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A close-up look at sand urchins and rock urchins. At the seashore, a man digs up a sand urchin. We look closely. He sets it back in the sand, and it burrows out of sight. Its intestines ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 296

6. Daphnia (1929)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Titles in French and English help us know what we're seeing. In all waters, daphnia abound. They are crustaceans about 2 ml long, with one eye that turns in all directions. Antennae enable ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 242

9. Experimental Treatment of a Hemorrhage in a Dog (1930)

4 min | Documentary, Short

A short black and white film which documents an experimental canine surgery.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 270

14. The Seahorse (1934)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Examines the sea horse, the only fish that swims upright. We watch it use its prehensile tail to wrap around plants and other sea horses. A frontal bulge houses organs including an air ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 532

17. Bluebeard (1936)

13 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Perrault's fairy tale presented in claymation with choral voices. Bluebeard goes courting, all six of his wives having died. He arrives at the house of a widow with two daughters. He's ... See full summary »

Directors: René Bertrand, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 302

18. Voyage to the Sky (1937)

11 min | Documentary, Short

We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 244

19. Similarities Between Length and Speed (1937)

10 min | Documentary, Short

A black and white short from Jean Painlevé which explores the relationships of size and length in organisms.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 173

20. The Fourth Dimension (1937)

10 min | Documentary, Short

The film begins with methodical descriptions of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional space. It then looks at a two-dimensional world inhabited by flat mice. It imagines ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 212

21. The Struggle for Survival (1937)

14 min | Documentary, Short

A black and white short from Jean Painlevé which explores the concept of populations and their interdependence on one another for survival.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 167

22. Solutions françaises (1939)

22 min | Short

A documentary intending to show to the outside world, aspects of science in modern French culture.

Director: Jean Painlevé

23. Le vampire (1945)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig.

Director: Jean Painlevé | Star: Max Schreck

Votes: 721

24. Jeux d'enfants (1946)

14 min | Short, Musical

A short subject exploring the relationship, using two dancers and five pieces, of time and space in the art of choreography.

Director: Jean Painlevé | Stars: Jacqueline Cledon, Michèle Nadal

Votes: 8

25. Pasteur (1947)

33 min | Short

The heroic drama of a scientist who battled to improve hygiene in hospitals, to ward off infectious diseases, and to overcome the skepticism of medical bureaucracy.

Directors: Jean Painlevé, Georges Rouquier | Star: Roland Tirat

27. Freshwater Assassins (1947)

24 min | Documentary, Short

In a freshwater pond, various aquatic creatures try to eat others in order to avoid being eaten themselves.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 207

30. Le Grand Cirque Calder 1927 (1955)

43 min | Documentary, Short, Family

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Director: Jean Painlevé | Star: Alexander Calder

Votes: 28

31. Sea Urchins (1958)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A complex creature. Regular underwater photography, magnified close-ups, and film through a microscope present sea urchins. We see their mouth and five teeth close and open. After injecting... See full summary »

Directors: Jean Painlevé, Geneviève Hamon

Votes: 268

34. Sea Ballerinas (1960)

13 min | Documentary, Short

Examines the respiratory, reproductive, and metabolic systems of starfish.

Directors: Jean Painlevé, Geneviève Hamon

Votes: 187

35. How Some Jellyfish Are Born (1960)

14 min | Documentary, Short

At a marine biology station, a clump of algae reveals polyps, stomachs with limbs, limbs with buds, buds with poison cells. This animal reproduces by buds, which we watch close up in ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 264

36. Shrimp Stories (1964)

10 min | Documentary, Short

After a comic introduction, we look closely at a shrimp. Eyes on stilts, color patterns, pinchered walking feet, a rostrum. We watch shrimp eat using a strong claw and a fine one; we watch ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 262

37. The Love Life of an Octopus (1967)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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 »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 375

38. Diatoms (1968)

17 min | Documentary, Short

A short overview on the life and importance of diatoms, shown through a microscope.

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé | Star: Carola Meierrose

Votes: 182

40. Acera, or the Witches' Dance (1972)

13 min | Documentary, Short

In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 300

41. Liquid Crystals (1978)

6 min | Documentary, Short

A microscopic view of liquid crystals morphing into various shapes.

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 360

42. Pigeons in the Square (1982)

27 min | Documentary, Short

An enthusiastic grandfather sits with children in a Parisian park talking about pigeons. First. their physical appearance - eye, wings and tail, and color - and their varieties. Then, he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 202



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