Our Earth

Our Earth

Our Earth

  Alastair Fothergill is no stranger when it comes spectacular nature documentaries. A qualified zoologist, in 1983 the Natural History Unit (NHU) joined the BBC, was responsible for numerous spectacular nature documentaries, before he was appointed Head of the NHU. In 1998 he resigned his office and devoted himself exclusively to work on the film Deep Blue, which captured with hitherto unseen images of life in the oceans. His new film Our Earth / Earth was also conceived as a documentary and a television series called Planet Earth / Planet Earth and could draw on a huge budget for documentary films. A total of 40 camera teams were at 206 locations in 60 countries, the move, 4,000 days of shooting came together so, of which 250 days of shooting in the air. No wonder then that the company swallowed up more than 40 million euro cost of production. In this way, 1000 hours footage emerged – often a director was able to draw the cut so to the full. The effort is clearly seen in the film, you have never seen more impressive images of life on Earth.

The movie a journey from the North to the South Pole, the life-giving power of the sun so to speak, is the leitmotif that the course of “action” defined. The filmmakers follow the survival of polar bears in the arctic cold, showing a huge flock of Canadian caribou in the far reaches of Canada, are hunted by wolves and roam the taiga flora and fauna, before it goes into more temperate climes. The warmer the climate and the longer the sun is shining, the other kinds are the problems that have faced the animals. Thus, the film follows an almost endless trek of elephants through the Kalahari Desert in search of water, until finally the saving achieved is Nass. In general, the survival and the enormous efforts that will take the animals are sure to be something like the tone of the film, interspersed with subtly raised index finger is not always pointed out how fragile and threatened the balance of the Earth and how big thus the responsibility of humanity for this miracle.

The wealth of landscapes and animals of different species is enormous, and especially children should not come out of this film in for a surprise – the pictures do their rest to give rise to awe and delight. And as brutal scenes have been largely left out, the film is perfectly suited for visiting the cinema with the whole family. With so much light there is also a little shade, and is found primarily on the soundtrack again: Even if it now belongs to the convention to put on such visually stunning documentaries to musical accompaniment by classical orchestras to – the score of the Berlin Philharmonic gets plenty of pathetic and will not always fit well with the film anyway stunning images. A little more restraint, and reliance on the perception of the audience in this case would have been better.

Nevertheless, Our earth / Earth a stunning portrait of our planet and raise awareness of how much our country is threatened by global warming, environmental degradation and other human, too human stupidity.

(Joachim Kurz )

Title: Our Earth Original Title: Earth Country of production: Germany, Great Britain Year of production: 2007 Length: 99 (Min) of material: Universum Film Distribution

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