Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Silent World (1956)

Cannes Film Festival 1956

Palme d'Or
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Louis Malle

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, A&E)

Jacques Cousteau and crew sail the world on board the Calypso in the name of scientific research. Their unparalleled diving skills are used to explore coral reefs and wrecked ships. They often stray from their "science" to hitch a ride on a giant turtle or admire porpoises from on-deck. All is well and good until they begin damaging the reefs or using dynamite to collect fish samples. However, the whole film is marred by a horrific sequence involving a baby whale that they hit with the boat and the very graphic and bloody consequences. In fact, the actions of the crew towards animals throughout the film is highly questionable. This may be one of the first documentaries of its kind, but hardly the best.

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