Microcosmos ()

Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe (original title)
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.


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Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Narrator (English version) (voice)

Directed by

Claude Nuridsany
Marie Pérennou

Written by

Claude Nuridsany ... ()
Marie Pérennou ... ()

Produced by

Conchita Airoldi ... co-producer
Christophe Barratier ... producer
Michel Fauré ... executive producer
Philippe Gautier ... executive producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz ... co-producer
Patrick Lancelot ... executive producer
André Lazare ... executive producer
Yvette Mallet ... producer
Jacques Perrin ... producer

Music by

Bruno Coulais

Cinematography by

Thierry Machado

Film Editing by

Florence Ricard
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Editorial Department

Pauline Casalis ... apprentice editor (as Pauline Cassalis)
David Hamme ... assistant colorist
Raymond Terrentin ... color timer
Nabila Daniault ... color timer (uncredited)

Production Management

Christophe Adda ... unit production manager
Didier André ... assistant production manager
Xavier Grin ... unit production manager
Patricia Lignières ... post-production supervisor
Olivier Rechou ... unit production manager (as Olivier Réchou)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Renaud Dengreville ... assistant director

Sound Department

Philippe Barbeau ... sound
Bernard Le Roux ... sound (as Bernard Leroux)
Jérôme Lévy ... foley artist
Pascal Mazière ... foley assistant
Laurent Quaglio ... sound designer

Special Effects by

Liliane Caille ... special effects assistant
Jean-Pierre Maricourt ... special effects
Christian Guillon ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Jean-Francois Baudelet ... camera operator: aerial photography, remote control helicopter (as Jean-François Beaudelet)
Alexandre Bon ... second assistant camera
Claude Bouteillon ... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Delta Images
Martin Boutilié ... grip (as Martin Boutilie)
Frédéric Costa ... technician: robotic camera operations
George Costa ... technician: robotic camera operations
Alain Devèz ... high speed camera operator
Michel Gallois ... first assistant camera
François Gentit ... Steadicam assistant (as François Gentil)
Thierry Machado ... camera operator: aerial photography
Valentin Monge ... steadicam operator
Alexandre Monnier ... first assistant camera
Claude Nuridsany ... cinematographer: interior scenes
Roland Ory ... helicopter pilot: aerial photography
Romano Prada ... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Delta Images
Marie Pérennou ... cinematographer: interior scenes
Charlet Recors ... camera operator: aerial photography
Bernard Ricon ... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Alten Industries
Philippe Romano ... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Alten Industries
Hugues Ryffel ... cinematographer: exterior scenes
Jean Claude Rémy ... pilot: aerial photography, remote control helicopter
Eric Tesseydre ... still photographer
Gilles Tordjman ... still photographer
Louis Vercraene ... key grip (as Louis Varcraene)
Bernard Weber ... first assistant camera

Music Department

Hugo Coulais ... singer: children's voices
Louis Coulais ... singer: children's voices
Françoise Gnéri ... alto
Christophe Guiot ... conductor: orchestra
Marie Kobayashi ... musician: mezzo-soprano
Paul Lavergne ... soundtrack music producer
Didier Lizé ... music engineer
France Tarpinian ... music representative: Grand Large Music

Other crew

Monsieur Ansonnaud ... consultant: insects
Gérard Arnold ... consultant: insects
Monsieur Durand ... consultant: insects
Luc Gomel ... consultant: insects
Nathalie Gorgon ... assistant to publicist
Michel Gries ... consultant: insects
Robert Guilbot ... consultant: insects
Hervé Guyot ... consultant: insects
Gudrun Koeniger ... consultant: insects (as Professor Gundrun Koeniger)
Jean Pierre Lumaret ... consultant: insects, Université Montpellier (as Professor Lumaret)
Paulette Materne ... production coordinator
Claude Missandeau ... consultant: insects
Claude Morice ... production coordinator
Michel Neff ... consultant: insects
Professor Oppenoorth ... consultant: insects, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Jacques Perrin ... presenter
Catherine Pidoux ... production coordinator
M. Rodin ... consultant: insects, Institut Pasteur (as Professor Rodin)
Leon Rogez ... consultant: insects, Cetonia (as Léon Rogez)
Eva Simonet ... publicist
Jean-Pierre Vesco ... consultant: insects


Dominique Ambiel ... special thanks
Joseph Bourdon ... special thanks
Claude Caussanel ... the producers wish to thank: scientific sponsorship
Marc Censi ... special thanks
Michel Flaesch ... special thanks
Pascal Imbert ... special thanks
Henri Landes ... special thanks
Jean Puech ... special thanks
Hubert Reeves ... the producers wish to thank: scientific sponsorship
Francois Servel ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Written by Will Gilbert

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Taglines It's Jurassic Park in your own back yard. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Microcosmos - Il popolo dell'erba (Italy)
  • Microcosmos (United States)
  • Microcosmos (Canada, English title)
  • Microcosmos (World-wide, English title)
  • Mikrokosmos - Das Volk der Gräser (Germany)
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  • 80 min
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Budget CHF5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Filmed over a period of three years. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Star Trek: First Contact/Shine/Jingle All the Way/Sling Blade/Microcosmos (1996). See more »
Crazy Credits In the end credits: Le Conseil Général de L'Aveyron and SIVOM des Monts et Lacs du Lévezou extend the adventure in the world of insects at the Jean-Henri Fabre Center of Saint-Léons in Lévezou, opening in 1998. See more »
Quotes Narrator (English version): [beginning narration] A meadow in early morning, somewhere on Earth. Hidden here is a world as vast as our own, where the weeds are like impenetrable jungles, the stones are mountains, and even the smallest pond becomes an ocean. Time passes differently here: an hour is like a day, a day is like a season, and the passing of a season is a lifetime. But to observe this world, we must fall silent now, and listen to its murmurs.
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