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NATURE . WILDLIFE

Jacques Cousteau's Legacy – Return to the Undersea World

45' (ENG, GER)
A composition of wildlife footage, archive material and elaborate re-enactments results in a brilliant reconstruction of the life of famed marine biologist and environmental pioneer Jacques Cousteau.

On the trail of the most famous oceanographer of the 20th Century, the team spent two years filming original locations on three different continents, in four different oceans. The film charts how Cousteau’s outlook on the environment changed throughout his many decades at sea around the globe. On his personal journey to enlightenment, he changed from a man who killed sharks in hate and thoughtlessly blew up coral reefs, to a radical environmentalist.  

Born over 100 years ago, Cousteau's personality was shaped by his years at sea around the globe. The fact that there are more manatees than ever in Florida is directly due to Cousteau's film "Forgotten Mermaids", which raised awareness and triggered widespread research and conservation efforts for the endangered manatee. "Noah's heir", as the French press called him, publicized his expeditions in films and books. He won an Oscar as best documentary for "World without Sun". He made his first film, "The Silent World" with Louis Malle, which won a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Jacques Cousteau's Vermächtnis - Rückkehr zu den Geheimnissen des Meeres
Year: 2012
Length: 45' (ENG, GER)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Ulf Marquardt
Produced by: WDR / Marquardt Medienproduktion

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