Jean PAINLEVÉ

(1902-1989)
Nationality: french

Born to the mathematician and politician Paul Painlevé, the anarchistically-inclined Jean Painlevé studied medicine, physics and geology. He was a pioneer of scientific cinema. He managed to defend the film medium as a serious means of research within the scientific community: in 1925, he presented a paper to the Academy of Sciences based on his first film L'oeuf d'épinoche: de la fécondité à l'éclosion. However, this initiative would remain an object of contempt by his peers who considered his work a "distraction for ignorant people". He was also very drawn to the artistic avant-garde and merged all these influences into films that are as poetic as they are scholarly. From 1925 to 1982, Jean Painlevé made more than 200 films, mainly dedicated to the marine world. Silent or sound films, carried by jazz, serial or symphonic music and commented on in a deliberately offbeat tone - on the screen or in the narration. He projected his vision of society onto nature, giving an ironic colour to his strange and brutal films. The 1930 screening of Caprelles and Pantopodes won over artists as diverse as Fernand Léger, Chagall and Artaud. His approach is not unlike that of Jean Vigo or Luis Bunuel. Like the latter, he was a dissident of the surrealist group and refused André Breton's authority.

20 MOVIES IN DISTRIBUTION

CRISTAUX LIQUIDES
1978 / 16mm / color / sound / single screen / 7' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LES AMOURS DE LA PIEUVRE
1967 / 35mm / color / sound / single screen / 13' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
COMMENT NAISSENT DES MEDUSES
1960 / b&w / sound / single screen / 14' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
DESCENTE DE LA MER EN ACCÉLÉRÉ
1960 / color / sound / single screen / 3' 00 / 50 €
distribution: 16mm
LES DANSEUSES DE LA MER - version anglaise
1956 / color / sound / single screen / 19' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
OURSINS
1954 / color / sound / single screen / 11' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
ASSASSINS D'EAU DOUCE
1947 / b&w / sound / single screen / 25' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LE VAMPIRE
1939-1945 / b&w / sound / 9' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
SOLUTIONS FRANCAISES
1939 / b&w / sound / single screen / 22' 00 / 150 €
distribution: 16mm
BARBE BLEUE
1938 / color / sound / single screen / 13' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LA QUATRIEME DIMENSION
1936 / b&w / sound / single screen / 10' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
L'HIPPOCAMPE
1934 / b&w / sound / single screen / 13' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
CRABES
1930 / b&w / sound / single screen / 8' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
CREVETTES - (LA FAUNE SOUS-MARINE)
1930 / b&w / sound / single screen / 10' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LES PANTOPODES
1929-1930 / b&w / sound / single screen / 6' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
CAPRELLES
1929 / b&w / sound / single screen / 8' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LE BERNARD L'HERMITE
1927 / b&w / sound / single screen / 13' 00 / 100 € or 53 €
distribution: 16mm
HYAS ET STENORINQUES
1927 / b&w / sound / single screen / 13' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
MATHUSALEM
1926 / 35mm / b&w / sound / single screen / 7' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm
LA PIEUVRE
1925 / 16mm / b&w / silent / single screen / 10' 00 / 100 €
distribution: 16mm or 35mm