this for a film
genocide and wholesale
destruction all up-close
and personal. And its
completely natural. Its
digitally enhanced, nor
are its stars egotistical or
demanding of megabucks.
This is the real thing
a world beneath our feet:
spiders, beetles, ants,
snails, caterpillars and
DRAMATICALLY FILMED, the introduction of the amazing and beautiful creatures
that inhabit the French meadow that serves as the setting for Microcosmos
is a revelation of delight. Each creature is individual and spellbinding; from
the grey-brown moth that flicks its wings tantalisingly to show just a hint
of the colour that lies beneath to an elegant dragonfly and a stick insect,
barely discernible at rest upon a twig.
Microcosmos is a truly amazing and awe-inspiring film that was released
in its special edition form on DVD from Second Sight on 10 March (2008). Some
fifteen years in the making from its original inception including three
years of actual filming this multi-award winning film presents insect
life in all its glory, focusing on numerous different creatures going about
their daily business. From birth to death; from conflict to harmony Microcosmos
is an 'otherworldly'
film introducing a universe as alien as the best of science fiction.
Fascinating, colourful insects of all shapes and sizes preen and clean themselves
and hit on prospective mates; iridescent green grass-hoppers and vibrant moths,
displaying their lacy wings, dance to the heartbeat of the earth. Bees buzz
among the crimson poppies and bright red ladybirds set about their precarious
attempts at procreation.
critically-acclaimed feature follows a typical day in the world of insects and
won five Cesars the prestigious French equivalent of an Oscar. Among
the many sights and sounds, Microcosmos famously features two snails
making love, a colony of ants suffering an air raid from a grouse and the memorable
sight of an heroic and very determined beetle pushing a ball of dung up a hill.
The narration, by Kristin Scott-Thomas, is minimal as directors Claude Nuridsany
and Marie Pérennou allow the spectacular images to work their magic. The original
music is by Bruno Coulais. As well as spending three years filming Microcosmos,
the production took a further two years in developing the camera technology
needed to capture the cornucopia of creepy crawlies in all the aspects of their
lives. Stunningly remastered for this special edition DVD, the incredible Microcosmos
looks better than ever.
Have you ever seen a caterpillar 'road train'? Or moths that seem to be wearing
a headdress stolen from Aztec dancers? Enchanting images of insect life are
interwoven with shots of the stars in a night sky and dawn over a misty valley.
Microcosmos invites you to share in the trials and tribulations of an
astonishing cast "beyond anything we could image and yet almost beneath
Microcosmos (Le Peuple de l'herbe) was released on 10 March (2008)
from Second Sight at an RRP of £15.99.
Special Features include: The World of Microcosmos | The Making of
Microcosmos | The Story of 5 Cesars.