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The Love Life of an Octopus (1967)

Les amours de la pieuvre (original title)
An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a ... See full summary »
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An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a female; he inserts his third arm in her respiratory cavity. We watch another pair: a larger female is the aggressor here. Mating is repeated over hours and days. With high magnification, we see many sperm; she releases strings of fertilized eggs that hang from the roof of a nest. She guards it for a month, fanning the strings to circulate water for oxygen and cleanliness. We watch the eggs up close develop at 1,400 times nature's rate. Then they're born and propel away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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France

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French

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29 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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Eight Arms to Hold You
8 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Thirty years after he first had an octopus slither over a sleeping woman in DEVIL FISH, Painlevé returns to the subject, with sound and beautiful color photography --- well, it would be beautiful, if it weren't for the fact they're octopuses, Painlevé's narration is dark and scary in tone and Pierre Henry's score is creepy. I'd say it's standard for him, but nothing he did was standard.

Like many of his shorts, this one concerns itself with the peculiarities of his subject, and in particular, its reproduction. I'm not going to go into details -- the IMDb has warned me about frank and accurate language before, particularly when it involves words with precisely four letters in them -- but if you want to learn about the octopus, this is a good film for it.


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