Title

Surréalisme Sous-L’Eau : science and surrealism in the early films and writings of Jean Painlevé

Author

Lauren Fretz

Date of Award

2009

Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick

Keywords

Painlevé, Jean -- Criticism and interpretation, Underwater cinematography, Surrealism in motion pictures

Abstract

A French biologist who moved in Surrealist circles, Jean Painlevé began making films about underwater creatures in 1927, and by 1982 had created over two hundred films on a broad range of natural, scientific, and political subjects. His underwater films remain the most ethereal and poetic works in his oeuvre, and he specifically used cinema to capture the mystery and wonder of nature.

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