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Voyage to the Sky (1937)

Voyage dans le ciel (original title)
We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (... See full summary »

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Jean Painlevé
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We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (besides the sun), and beyond to the edge of our universe. The film depicts imagined landscapes, and it speculates on universes beyond ours. It ends with philosophical musings about the significance of Earth. 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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To Infinity and Beyond
3 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Here's another of the short subjects that Painlevé committed to film for the Mathematics department of the Palais de la Decouverte. Beginning with a primitive view of a flat Earth covers by the fixed dome of the sky, he considers the moon, the sun the planets and, breaking free, the stars and beyond to the farthest edges of the universe as seen and imagined in 1939.

In tone, it's by far the most Olympian of Painlevé's shorts I have looked at, and overtly the least humorous. Yet it is in the consideration of the vast scale of the universe as a whole and the unimportant tininess of this earth of ours, that I see the root of the mordant humor he displays in his more accessible, less lecture-like movies. If in considering the egg of the stickleback, he uses microphotography to examine what goes on at a scale of a micrometer, how can we, an entire world, be considered as particularly important, lost in a universe where our galaxy, let alone our sun, cannot be seen?


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