Encountering animals: Re-viewing the cinema of Jean Painlevé

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Abstract

A growing body of scholarship has attended to Jean Painlevé’s significant body of short films, elaborating on his contribution to surrealism, science film and French history and theoretical traditions. This essay views Painlevé’s important work through a different optic. While acknowledging their historical context, I bring a more contemporary set of considerations to the films, one informed by animal studies and approach es to the nonhuman in film studies, in order to explore how the films either pose or disrupt an anthropocentric encounter with the nonhuman world on film. I focus on two films that were made over the late 1920s and early 1930s, the popular and ground breaking L’Hippocampe (The Seahorse 1934) and the lesser known Hyas et Stenorinques (Hyas and Stenorhynchus 1929).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-99
Number of pages18
JournalAntennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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