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Shrimp Stories (1964)

Histoires de crevettes (original title)
After a comic introduction, we look closely at a shrimp. Eyes on stilts, color patterns, pinchered walking feet, a rostrum. We watch shrimp eat using a strong claw and a fine one; we watch ... See full summary »
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After a comic introduction, we look closely at a shrimp. Eyes on stilts, color patterns, pinchered walking feet, a rostrum. We watch shrimp eat using a strong claw and a fine one; we watch digestion. After eating, shrimp clean themselves. The female lays eggs that cling to her feet. After three weeks, the eggs hatch explosively. Few larvae live to adulthood. We watch an adult shed its carapace with a final leap, leaving it vulnerable; other shrimp attack. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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He Crawls to the Cliff and Plays on a Brink
7 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Painlevé considers the shrimp in this 11-minute documentary about the sea creature best served with garlic and butter... although that aspect is never considered.

After a brief, burlesque opening, this short covers the shrimp, its appearance, and its life cycle in typical form for Painlevé's documentaries. Yet the language is different. Most of his better documentaries come off as lectures by a university professor, filled with scientific terms and informed with a dark sense of humor. The narration for this one is quite different. Only a few technical terms are used. Instead, the language is poetic, filled with adjectives, adverbs, gerunds and extended metaphors.... blank verse. It argues a love for the creature that his he does not show for his other subjects. Perhaps with horseradish and a squirt of lemon.


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