FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 16, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115

E-mail: amcin@msn.com

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS THE UNDERWATER FAUNA FILMS OF FRENCH SURREALIST JEAN PAINLEVÉ

 

May 9, 2001

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents a one evening program featuring six, underwater short films by French surrealist filmmaker Jean Painlevé. The program, entitled, SCIENCE IS FICTION: THE FILMS OF JEAN PAINLEVÉ will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at 7:30 PM. At the forefront of the Surrealist movement, Jean Painlevé was the director of about 200 short, sharp and luxuriant films, many focusing on aquatic fauna. Son of mathematician and twice prime minister of France, Paul Painlevé, Jean grew up with a strong love of nature and photography. Despite his hatred for school as a child, he eventually graduated from the Sorbonne with a degree in zoology and biology. Although his first experience with filmmaking was as an actor, Painlevé quickly took to the camera and combined his scientific leanings with the artistic medium of film. A loner, though befriended by Vigo, Eisenstein and Artaud, he spent his life in a singularly obstinate pursuit of recording the uncannily familiar behavior of infinitely small creatures, his images set to scores by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Pierre Henry, Darius Milhaud… A far cry from the suave animal documentaries our screens are packed with, Painlevé approaches his subjects with wit and an almost jubilant curiosity. These short, wondrous documentaries are among the great hidden treasures of French cinema.

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at 7:30 PM

SCIENCE IS FICTION: THE FILMS OF JEAN PAINLEVÉ (71 min. total). One of the first films to use underwater footage, "The Sea Horse" (1934, 14 min.) combines beautiful Black & White cinematography and a Darius Milhaud's score, with an amazingly dramatic shot of the male Sea horse giving birth! "How Jellyfishes Are Born", (1960, 14 min.) underlines the variety of the species, all breeding differently, to music composed by Pierre Conté. "The Sea Urchins" (1954, 11min.) Painlevé's first color science film, ventures into the forest of spines to reveal breathing, reproductive and feeding habits. Painlevé wrote the music in homage to Edgar Varèse - an organized noise made of pans and forks. "Acera Or The Witches" (1972, 13 min.) combines an incredibly gracious choreography of the animal's dances to music composed by Pierre Jansen, with the description of the mating rituals of these hermaphrodite blobs. The extraordinary "Lovelife Of The Octopus" (1965, 13 min.) filmed in an aquarium, studies in close-up breathing, feeding and reproductive processes of the Octopus. The music, composed by the founder of electronic music, Pierre Henry, and the poetic narration, give humor and irony to the scientific account of this terrifying animal. "Liquid Crystals" (1976, 6 min.) are sensitive to temperature, pressure, humidity and their molecular structure changes shape and color accordingly. For the first time Painlevé synchronizes the images to the music, and not the reverse. The result is an astonishing ballet of light and sound! There will be a book signing before and after the screening with the editors Andy Masaki Bellows, Marina Mc Dougall and Brigitte Berg of the first English book on Jean Painlevé, Science Is Fiction, The Films Of Jean Painlevé. The new NTSC videotape of "Science Is Fiction" films will be on sale at the theatre the night of screenings. For more information about Jean Painlevé, these films or the book, please call Marie Jager Perrin at 323-662-8176.

 

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WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

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ALL OF THE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE IN OUR OFFICE. PLEASE CALL MARGOT GERBER AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Please note that our ticket prices increased as of Feb. 15, 2001. New Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with

valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

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