Special screenings

La Pieuvre

Jean Painlevé

1927France12 minBlack and white35 mm

Jean Painlevé fait sa connaissance à l’âge de 9 ans. À 20 ans, elle lui fait choisir la zoologie comme champ d’étude. À 25 ans, elle est le per­sonnage principal de son premier film. Elle s’appelle la pieuvre. 

Jean Painlevé, born in Paris 1902, is a biologist and cinematographer specialising in sub-marine fauna. He is considered to be a founding father of scientific cinema. The surrealists, and particularly André Breton prized his work. He was a member of the resistance and the antifacist struggle, during which he directed Le Vampire as a parabola of European history. After the Second World War, he took part in the creation of the World Union of Documentarists. He is also one of the founders of the Institut de Cinématographie scientifique and the Commission superieure technique de l’image et du son.