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The Silent World (1956)

Le monde du silence (original title)
This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also ... See full summary »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Dumas Frédéric Dumas ... Himself
Albert Falco Albert Falco ... Himself
Jacques-Yves Cousteau ... Himself
François Saout François Saout ... Himself
André Bourne-Chastel André Bourne-Chastel ... Himself
Marcel Colomb Marcel Colomb ... Himself
Simone Cousteau Simone Cousteau ... Herself
Jean Delmas Jean Delmas ... Himself
Jacques Ertaud Jacques Ertaud ... Himself
Norbert Goldblech Norbert Goldblech ... Himself
Fernand Hanae Fernand Hanae ... Himself
André Laban André Laban ... Himself
Maurice Leandri Maurice Leandri ... Himself
Paul Martin Paul Martin ... Himself
Denis Martin-Laval Denis Martin-Laval ... Himself
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This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also paints a fascinating picture of underwater exploration. Written by m7md yassen

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Out of an uncharted universe - comes an experience of unearthly beauty... See more »

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silent World See more »

Filming Locations:

Mediterranean Sea See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cousteau and his crew used dynamite on coral reefs to get a better view of the ocean. See more »

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Referenced in The Snorkel (1958) See more »

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Forgotten Gem
13 January 2016 | by mben111See all my reviews

This visually stunning masterpiece by the great undersea explorer, and co-directed by a young Louis Malle, is one of the most gorgeous films ever made. With his revolutionary equipment, Cousteau was able to capture the eerie majesty of the ocean and its mysterious inhabitants with vibrant, dazzling color. It's no wonder to me how this film won the Palm d'Or and an Oscar because it is probably the best filmed documentary ever.

The focus on the new technology and the lives of the shipmates was even more fascinating than the nature, particularly the more violent scenes like the butchering of the sharks by the sailors or the dynamite in the water, used to discover the diversity of fish in the area. It is for this reason, I would guess, that this film has been forgotten and the animal rights movements of today would likely shun the film. Still, I hope for a resurgence of "The Silent World", and all Cousteau films for that matter.


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