Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision

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Filmmaker David Lebrun casts his eye on the evolution of art, science, and the world around us in this fusion of documentary and experimental forms. Ernst Haeckel was a 19th Century biologist with a keen interest in art; he found a way to merge these two disciplines when he published the book Art Forms in Nature, in which he offered detailed sketches of nearly 4,000 different single-celled organisms. As Lebrun tells the story of Haeckel and his work, he meditates upon the vision shared by the artists and scientist and other great minds of the age, and uses Haeckel's images as a jumping off point for his own visual explorations. Proteus received its world premier at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast

Marian Seldes
as Narrator
Corey Burton
as Ernst Hackel
Richard Dysart
as Ancient Mariner
Phil Proctor
as Wolfgang von Goethe
James Warwick
as Log Of HMS Challenger

Critic Reviews for Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

  • Grounded by the stark physicality of the location and the emotional charge generated by those prison-bound passions (Jean Genet would have approved).

    August 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Is it a movie or the best-designed episode of Nova ever?

    August 2, 2005
  • Problematic on almost all levels.

    November 5, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Involving and affecting even if it is not completely coherent or fully realized.

    August 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Clearly attempting to make the story relevant for contemporary times, they use a variety of stylistic devices that serves to have the opposite effect, distancing us from a story that might have been far more compelling if rendered in a direct fashion.

    August 5, 2004
  • The movie's pretty much a stinker.

    July 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision

  • Feb 24, 2012
    Yuck! What is this thing supposed to be? What it is, is a mess.
    John B Super Reviewer

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