Jean Painlevé: The Vampire, The Seahorse and the Octopus in Love

Jean Painlevé.
Photograph: Courtesy REDCAT Jean Painlevé.

Underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé's name might ring a bell for music nerds—his shorts served as the inspiring images for Yo La Tengo's "The Sounds of Science" performances. But his nature documentaries are stunning in their own right, as surrealist as they are scientific. REDCAT screens a night's worth of the director's shorts in 35mm, including The Seahorse (1934), The Vampire (1939), Shrimp Stories (1964) and The Love Life of the Octopus (1965).

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