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Acera, or the Witches' Dance ()

Acéra ou Le bal des sorcières (original title)
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In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like hood... See more »

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Geneviève Hamon
Jean Painlevé

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Pierre Jansen

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André Girard ... musical director

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In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like hood spreading like a dervish's cassock. They spin and spin. The film adds musical accompaniment. We watch them mate and secrete eggs: acera are both male and female, and can form chains with other acera in which they simultaneously mate as a male and as a female. The eggs hatch, and the cycle begins again. Written by

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  • Acera, or the Witches' Dance (United States)
  • Acera i o horos ton magisson (Greece)
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  • 13 min
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