Zoological Surrealism The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painleve (Cahill)

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An archive-based, in-depth analysis of the surreal nature and science movies of the pioneering French filmmaker Jean Painlev_ Zoological Surrealism draws from French scientific and nature filmmaker Jean Painlev's early oeuvre to rethink the entangled histories of cinema, Surrealism, and scientific research in interwar France. Delving deeply into Painlev's archive, James Leo Cahill develops an account of cinema's Copernican vocationîÜhow it was used to forge new scientific discoveries while also displacing and critiquing anthropocentric viewpoints.