Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winged Migration (2001)

Academy Awards, USA 2003

Best Documentary, Features
Jacques Perrin

Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud and Michel Debats
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Sony)

Run-of-the-mill documentary about bird migration is brought to another level by stunning aerial photography against spectacular backdrops around the world. The droll narration is still present, and largely unnecessary, but easy to ignore as you take in one stunning landscape after another. The real highlight, though, is the in-flight photography mere feet from the birds. Just don't watch the making-of special feature to avoid knowing how it was done, somewhat controversially.

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