SILENT WORLD, THE (LE MONDE DU SILENCE)
Shown as part of the Ocean Film Series
THE SILENT WORLD (LE MONDE DU SILENCE) (France / Italy, 1956, 86 min.)
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, this ground-breaking film introduced the scuba, a cornerstone of today’s underwater exploration, to viewers for the first time. Set on board—and below—the good ship Calypso during a voyage across the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean, this feature-length documentary was co-directed by Cousteau and Louis Malle. (The film marked Malle’s directorial debut.) Highlights include a shark attack on the carcass of a whale and the discovery of a wrecked, sunken vessel. Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle. Winner of the 1956 Golden Palm in Cannes, and the 1957 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Introduced by Brian Taves, Senior Cataloger, Library of Congress and author of The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure in the Movies.
FREE. Seating is limited to 60 seats. Reservations must be made by phone, beginning one week before the first screening. Call (202) 707-5677 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats.