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The legacy of Jean Painlev

The legacy of Jean Painlev

Interview to Brigitte Berg, in charge of Les Documents Cinmatographiques in Paris. By Julia Buckley


“There was nobody there,” was how Jean Painlev would refer to his monthly screenings at the Palais de la Dcouverte science museum to a largely uninterested Paris. “But those who were there were people of class.” Born in 1902 to a former French Prime Minister, Painlev was a pioneer in the field of nature documentaries; and apart from a couple of forays into animation and more traditional drama, he never felt the need to abandon his nature shorts, making over 200 films chronicling the daily rituals of underwater life.