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The Fourth Dimension (1937)

La quatrième dimension (original title)
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 »

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Jean Painlevé
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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 how a human, from the third dimension could interact with that world. It then suggests how beings from a fourth dimension might interact with us. Next the film posits time as a fourth dimension, with scenes to aid comprehension. An off-screen narrator, graphs, and clever photography provide explanations and illustrations. The film asks viewers to use their imaginations. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France

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French

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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Out of the Water, Out of the World
1 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jean Painlevé tackles the concept of the fourth dimension, both as a physical dimension and as time itself, in this typically sprightly and entertainingly shot university-lecture-style film.

He begins, as so many discussion of the era did, with discussion of the three spatial dimension in the style of the classic book FLATLAND. Then he uses his camera tricks to make his points in a telling fashion, from simply flipping his film print over, to showing an orange in what looks to be a continuous series of slices -- since he was working at the time on his claymation movie BARBEBEUE, it's possible he did it that way, or it's possible he or an assistant patiently sliced a millimeter from an orange, shot a frame, then sliced another millimeter....

As always, a treat for students of film, and for Painlevé's dark and mordant sense of humor.


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