Surréalisme Sous-L’Eau: Science and Surrealism in the Early Films and Writings of Jean Painlevé


Lauren Fretz

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

School of Art and Art History, College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick


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


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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