At first I watched the trailer for this GORGEOUS documentary. And then I read this review in the New York Times…
Beginning in edenic tranquility and ending in death and destruction, SEASONS, the mesmeric nature documentary from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, doesn’t make you feel particularly proud to be human. Beasts of all varieties and sizes scamper and slink, gallop and play, fight and reproduce for the movie’s crew of sharpshooting cinematographers. The images are gorgeous, the animals so close we can see the ripple of muscle in a wild horse’s flank. This film has its focus on a timeline, showing the gradual incursion of man into this earthly paradise. The rather heavy-handed message — reinforced by Mr. Perrin’s spare, soothing narration — is clear, as war and pesticides are unleashed and animals displaced. But it’s delivered with Gallic politesse and swamped by a fairy-tale quality that tilts the tone away from urgency and toward winsome innocence. So we barely register the gasping bees, so entranced are we by the fawns and foxes and a crystalline soundscape exploding with trilling, cawing, hooting and howling. The movie’s cinematographers may hog the limelight, but it’s the sweat of the sound engineers that brings their work to life.
And, to me, taken together –the trailer and the reviews – this documentary practically screams out to be played (and watched!) on the big screen. And so we scheduled it for the Cinema Space on 1.6, 1.7 and 1.11. I so look forward to watching it AND listening to it, too, at one of our upcoming five screenings. I hope you’ll treat yourself and come take a look (and a listen), too.
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