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Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (2004)

The animated documentary Proteus explores the nineteenth century's engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art.

Director:

David Lebrun

Writer:

David Lebrun
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marian Seldes ... Narrator (voice)
Corey Burton ... Ernst Haeckel (voice)
Richard Dysart ... The Ancient Mariner (voice)
Phil Proctor ... Wolfgang von Goethe (voice)
James Warwick ... Log of HMS Challenger (voice)
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The animated documentary Proteus explores the nineteenth century's engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art.

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Official Sites:

Night Fire Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$642, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,246
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Night Fire Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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10 July 2018 | by shoobe01-1See all my reviews

Not animated, just Ken Burns effect on a very large number of paintings, etchings, and drawings from the period (and a few filmed frames near the end).

Not a story that is seen but one which is told. Explicitly. There is wall to wall narration. One or two different voices do rare readings of letters, etc.

I can see how it's an interesting topic, but the scope was too broad, it stated things without walking us to them or backing them up, and it was overall not done well enough for me to really get into it. Lovely drawings of interesting creatures.


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