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Sea Urchins (1929)

Les oursins (original title)
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 »

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Jean Painlevé
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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 take nutrients out of sand. Using magnification 200,000 times normal size, we see a rock urchin's spines with suckers on the end; a drawing illustrates how they work. A sea urchin walks toward a rock. We see three-fingered jaws - pedicellaria at the end of flexible stems - take in algae and other bits. We also see cilia less than 0.001 ml in length; their motion constant, creating whirlpools. On the shore again, we watch the setting sun. Occasional titles in French tell us what to watch for. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Extend Yourself to Another's Viewpoint
29 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Like other early films by Jean Painlevé, this one is of imprecise date, and was released first in 1928 or 1929. It was originally silent, but has had a lecture, originally on title cards, narrated, and the print has a color title sequence. In addition it has either been expertly tinted or may have been filmed in some two-strip color process initially. Painlevé worked hard to make sure his films were not only scientifically accurate, but accessible to audiences.

Some of the comments I have encountered surrounding Painlevé's work is that they are only for scientists. I am bemused by the attitude. Confronted with the weird and wondrous universe of life, is the only emotion to be roused a vague esthetic reaction? Is there no sense of curiosity? The film-maker's mind set may be drier and more scholastic than some, but it comes from the same source of wonder.


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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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