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Microcosmos – Le peuple de l’herbe (1996)

Posted in Abstract Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Producer: Christophe Barratier, Yvette Mallet, Jacques Perrin
Genre: Documentary /Abstract Film / Cinéma Vérité
Country: France, Switzerland, Italy
Language: French / RU / EN subtitles

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. Utilizing special macroscopic photographic techniques, filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou created this fascinating and visually spectacular look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow in France. When seen through the lens of Nuridsany and Perennou’s cameras, insects become gigantic beasts, blades of grass turn into towering monuments, and raindrops form puddles that resemble vast oceans. The filmmakers find humor, drama, and beauty in the lives of these tiny flora and fauna as caterpillars transform themselves into butterflies, beetles struggle with their day’s foraging, and snails reproduce their species.
Microcosmos was a multiple prize winner at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards; the American release version features narration by actress Kristin Scott Thomas.

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