Blue Planet (Il pianeta azzurro) (1981)
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Movie InfoBlue Planet is a mesmerizing look at the world we live in, with long hypnotic takes that capture the everyday wonders around us--the rush of water under melting ice, the mist rising over the mountains of Italy, the distant thrill of an approaching summer storm. Unlike most films that observe the beauty of nature, however, Piavoli includes man in this expansive portrait. Here, the life and work of humankind--the toil of agriculture, the mysteries of sleep, the urgency of passion--take their place among the Earth's celebrated wonders. But even as the film affirms the possibility of living in harmony with the world around us, it warns us how easily that balance can be upset, with disastrous consequences. Experimental in form and utopian in spirit, Blue Planet is a film that speaks to our time even more urgently than when it first arrived in theaters 25 years ago. … More
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Critic Reviews for Blue Planet (Il pianeta azzurro)
I take no pleasure in dumping on a 25-year-old pseudo-experimental nature documentary, but neither did I find much to like in Blue Planet.
The exhilaration is triggered by the documentary's glowing depiction of a beautiful Earth; the depression comes from the knowledge that the natural bounty that God bestowed on us is being destroyed by greedy humankind.
As witnessed here, nature is its own avant-garde artist, but Blue Planet loses some of its splendor when Piavoli diverts his gaze to the world of humans.
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