Saturday, August 6, 2011

Quite possibly the greatest film ever made "Microcosmos"


Plot Summary
A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Written by Will Gilbert

Directed by Claude NuridsanyMarie PĂ©rennouStarring Jacques PerrinKristin Scott ThomasA documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography...

Microcosmos (trailer)

Editorial Reviews on Amazon
Using revolutionary cameras, the directors of this French film (with minimal English-language narration) have made an amazing chronicle of the insect world. There are at least a dozen fascinating, memorable images, and the carnage is held to a minimum. Some favorites include a caterpillar traffic jam, a frog's bout with a rain storm, and a bird that turns into Godzilla for a bunch of ants. Then there's the snail mating scene that must be seen to be believed. Great for families. --Doug Thomas

MICROCOSMOS captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all" (New York Times).

You can purchase this DVD on here or stream it on Netflix!

As always BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside and explore. Get involved in something cool - after watching Microcosmos you too might just want to learn more about insects!  Visit the Virginia Master Naturalist program here 

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