Jacques Cousteau–-naturalist, biologist, diver and pioneer of underwater filmmaking--won the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award for this, his second film, in 1964. The film is a document of a brave experiment in which a team of divers, scientists and engineers attempted to live for a month in a purpose-built base rooted to the sea floor. As the crew of ‘Oceanauts’ explore the Red Sea in their metallic silver wetsuits, with Cousteau investigating the deepest depths in his custommade yellow submarine, the result is a staggering mix of nature documentary and far-out 1960s science fiction--only this time the fiction is real. Available on Blu Ray for the very first time.
Beautifully filmed subaquatic sequences reveal previously undiscovered life, as Cousteau journeys to new depths in his ‘diving saucer’, and the documentary also offers an incredible perspective on changing technologies and attitudes, as the team of French Oceanauts eat, drink and even smoke together in their ‘village under the sea’.
Release Date: 23 May 2011
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification