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.
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