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Up Next in Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

  • Similarities Between Length and Speed

    Directed by Jean Painlevé • 1937 • France

    On assignment for the mathematics department of le Palais de la Découverte, Jean Painlevé shot this film to be presented at the Paris museum’s 1937 international exhibition. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN LENGTH AND SPEED offers a mathematical look at proportions.

  • Bluebeard

    Directed by Jean Painlevé • 1938 • France

    Inspired by the groundbreaking use of film in the analysis of movement by physiologist Étienne-Jules Marey, Jean Painlevé animated the opéra bouffe BLUEBEARD, about the legendary knight, using clay dolls made by sculptor René Bertrand and Bertrand’s thre...

  • Jean Painlevé Through His Films

    This eight-part French television series from 1988 explores Painlevé’s life and work through interviews with the filmmaker.