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Le monde du silence (1956)

This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Dumas Frédéric Dumas ... Himself
Albert Falco Albert Falco ... Himself
Jacques-Yves Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau ... Himself
François Saout François Saout ... Himself
André Bourne-Chastel André Bourne-Chastel ... Himself
Marcel Colomb Marcel Colomb ... Himself
Simone Cousteau Simone Cousteau ... Herself
Jean Delmas Jean Delmas ... Himself
Jacques Ertaud Jacques Ertaud ... Himself
Norbert Goldblech Norbert Goldblech ... Himself
Fernand Hanae Fernand Hanae ... Himself
André Laban André Laban ... Himself
Maurice Leandri Maurice Leandri ... Himself
Paul Martin Paul Martin ... Himself
Denis Martin-Laval Denis Martin-Laval ... Himself
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This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also paints a fascinating picture of underwater exploration. Written by m7md yassen

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Inspired by the book read by 4,000,000 - the voyage of the Calypso, with Captain Cousteau and his courageous crew - penetrating the unknown. See more »

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France | Italy

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French

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November 1956 (Italy) See more »

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Mediterranean Sea See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Cousteau should have hung his head in shame
13 November 2006 | by BadgeSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to finally catching up with this old documentary and was saddened to see that despite the advances in underwater photography (in 1955), which brought the undersea life vividly to the screen, that every other aspect of the film was embarrassingly dated. I am referring specifically to the appalling behavior of the crew of the Calypso who bear scant resemblance to any naturalists and scientists we know of today, without an ounce of respect for the animals they encounter. Who in their right mind would set off dynamite in a lagoon, destroying coral reef and killing countless numbers of fish?? The only wildlife that gets off unscathed are the dolphins in the early part of the film – otherwise, everything else that gets in the path of the "explorers" is eaten, tormented, or killed outright: when they see a whale they rush on deck to harpoon it; when sharks start to work on the whale carcass, the men haul shark after shark on deck and feverishly beat them to death under the (highly scientific) rationale that "everybody hates sharks"; when they find a giant sea turtle they clutch on to it for a ride without any concern that it is struggling to the surface to breathe; when they find a group of tortoises on an island their only thoughts are to first stand on them and then use them for stools while they have lunch. Even good old Cousteau gets into the spirit of things by bringing his rifle on deck and shooting a whale in the head (well, it was probably suffering after they ran over it with the boat and then later harpooned it).

These guys would be up on criminal charges if they'd made this film today. Worth watching only as a historical curio to see how unenlightened people were back then.


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