Jean Painleve

Jean Painlevé: The Vampire, The Seahorse and the Octopus in Love

“Painlevé had a taste for beauty, researched it, and re-staged it in front of the camera—an undiscovered universe all the more fascinating because we know it is the one we live in.” —Cahiers du cinéma

Jack H. Skirball Series

Twenty-five years after the death of nature film maverick Jean Painlevé, REDCAT gives 
a rare presentation—in glorious 35mm—of his most daring and exquisite achievements, including several of the legendary underwater films. Spanning decades, this program features The Seahorse (1934), The Vampire (1939), Shrimp Stories (1964) and The Love Life of the Octopus (1965), among others. Painlevé possessed an inquisitive eye, unerring in its view of nature’s subtle poetry. In more than 200 documentary shorts, he delivered serious scientific investigation as well as breathtaking beauty and dream-like drama, linking research, art, even anti-fascist politics. In the process, Painlevé scandalized the hidebound scientific community but also won over surrealists and avant-gardists—friends and collaborators such as Artaud, Eisenstein, Vigo, Buñuel, Calder, Rouch and Godard.

Funded in part with generous support from the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud. 

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MON 2/17
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff