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The Octopus (1928)

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Underwater photography presents the octopus: breathing, swimming, eating, dying.

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Jean Painlevé
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An octopus slithers over objects on land - a doll, a skull - then oozes along the shore into the sea. It secretes its ink. The camera follows it along rocks into deeper water, watching closely as it breathes. Its eye is closed then open. Simple titles, in French and German, suggest what to watch. The octopus alternates the use of breathing tubes on either side. It changes color as cells on its skin contract or dilate. Extreme magnification helps us see these changes. Two struggle, one dies. On shore, fishermen catch them and put them in pails. A single tentacle still has life. Back in the sea, two octopi attack a crab. Soon only a couple of crab legs are visible in the mouth of the victor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Devilfish See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Not a Nice Person
28 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The octopus crawls over sleeping women and out of open windows. It lurks in trees. At the bottom of the sea, it plays with the skulls of dead men. Brrr! Painlevé's first movie may have been made for the lecture class, but this was made for general release by a man who had appeared in Bunuel's UN CHIEN ANDALOU as "Chief Ant Handler."

After that rather sinister beginning, the audience gets a more scientific view of the creatures, but it's certainly a heck of a beginning. It remains an interesting, even admirable creature, but certainly not a sympathetic one.

I had never heard of Jean Painlevé before poking around the France section of Filmstruck. Born in 1902, he was the son of the mathematician and French Prime Minister Paul Painlevé. He entered film with Michel Simon and made the first of his films, mostly about undersea life, in the 1920s. Wikipedia claims he directed over 200 films. The IMDb just over 40. Twenty-three were released in dvd by Criterion in 2009 as SCIENCE IS FICTION.


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