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The Sea Around Us (1953)

Approved | | Documentary | 30 June 1953 (USA)
Oscar-winning documentary based on Rachel L. Carson's pioneering study of ocean life chronicled in her award-winning and best-selling 1951 book of the same name.

Director:

Irwin Allen (uncredited)

Writers:

Irwin Allen (continuity written by), Irwin Allen (commentary written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Don Forbes Don Forbes ... Commentator (voice)
Theodore von Eltz ... Commentator (voice) (as Theodor Von Eltz)
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Irwin Allen explores the mysteries of the deep blue sea in this Technicolor documentary. Based on Rachel L. Carson's famous study, this Oscar-winning project investigates everything under the sea, from sharks, whales and octopuses to microscopic creatures and their coexistence in this vast underwater world. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rachel L. Carson's The Sea Around Us See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Commentator: Tracking the sea's elusive answers through the great white waste is among the most difficult of all scientific adventures. The men who seek the secrets of the seas of the Arctic are a special breed of hero. By ship, on foot, by dog team, they hunt the key to the world's climate.
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At the end of the film, "The End?" is displayed on screen with a question mark while an off-screen narrator speaks the last lines: "What is the fate of the world? Is this the end?" The question mark then disappears, leaving "The End" and the film closes. See more »

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Great Cinematography,largely factual documentary.
11 February 2009 | by dedletterofficeSee all my reviews

This work conveys an appreciation of not only sea life but the oceans as an avenue of commerce, subject of artisans and realm of warfare. At a surface level it seems to run counter to the reputation of Rachel Carson as conservationist. It depicts, without judgment, not only the capture but the killing of large fish. At least one such scene was gratuitous. But as that was the attitude of the day (1953), it realistically depicted the attitude, if unwittingly. Still, because of the camera work, the detail and the both Atlantic and Pacific settings the viewer is left with a large chunk of the appreciation of that 70% of the Earth it's obvious Carson and screenwriter Irwin Allen (Flipper, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) posses.


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