[Marxism] Genesis

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Mar 22 14:40:05 MST 2006


Can science and spirituality be reconciled? Probably not, but the 
documentary “Genesis” comes about as close as can be imagined.

This 2004 film was directed and written by Claude Nuridsany and Marie 
Pérennou, a husband and wife team, who also were responsible for the highly 
regarded 1996 “Mikrokosmos,” a study of insect life that critics generally 
hold in higher regard than “Genesis.”

Although “Genesis” might sound like an overly ambitious project, aiming at 
nothing less than depicting in photography the entire gamut of life 
starting with its inception on Earth, it is really much more intimate than 
that. By avoiding Grand Statements about the meaning of life (in keeping 
with the filmmakers' obvious belief in the sheer contingency of natural 
evolution), they allow nature itself to tell its own story, which is by 
turns cruel and loving. The film also focuses on “lesser” creatures, many 
of whom have operate at the more intimate margins of forest and ocean. 
Although this is obviously par for the course in the world of wildlife 
documentaries and the National Geographic network on cable, Nuridsany and 
Pérennou have a much different perspective.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2006/03/22/genesis/

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