This video says about itself:
Directed by: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
Seasons: Official Trailer 1 (2016) – Documentary
On 26 December 2016, I went to see the wildlife film Seasons.
The film aims at showing the history of wildlife and its interactions with humans from the last ice age till today.
The film says that in the northern half of Europe during the last ice age, the Weichselian ice age, there were not really seasons. There was winter for 80,000 years.
The film shows that with footage of animals adapted to cold: a snowy owl, reindeer and muskoxen, which still live in Norway.
About 12,000 years ago, the film says, the ice age was over, and the golden age of forests started. Now, there were clearly seasons.
These seasons meant migration of animals. The film shows flying cranes, flying grey lag geese, and thousands of bramblings landing in trees.
That ‘golden age’ is the longest part of the film. It shows many beautiful images of forest animals: lynx, wolves, pine marten, red foxes, moose, red deer, European bison, wild boar, edible dormice, red squirrels, blackbirds, owls, fire salamander and frogs.
The ‘golden age’ ended with the start of Neolithic agriculture.
Some wolves became dogs; and other wolves were exterminated.
Gradually, much of the forests was cleared to make it suitable for hunting.
Roads, at first for horse-drawn carts, later for cars, divided biotopes for animals; creating new dangers for, eg, hedgehogs.
Many forests changed to open fields.
That meant new chances for some wildlife: jackdaws, hoopoes, roe deer, little bustards.
However, humans divided animals in so-called useful and ‘noxious’ species. That meant killing ‘noxious’ animals; and animals which according to superstition brought bad luck, like owls.
Then industry arose in the eighteenth century and later. With its pollution. And ‘industrial’ wars like World War I. The film shows footage of a soldier in a trench using a lull in the fighting to draw a thrush in front of him. However, then the shooting starts again, killing the thrush.
The film then shifts to bees, killed by or dying from pesticides.
Then, as conclusion, the filmmakers say humans should rectify what they have damaged to animals’ biotopes. ‘It is not too late for that’.
The movie was recorded for a big part in nature reserves in France. However, it was also filmed in Poland, Romania, Scotland, Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands, and Norway.
There are two more or less problematic sides to this beautiful film. Sides which it has in common with Océans, the earlier film by its makers.
First: The images are joined together by relatively few spoken comments. This may be a weak point as many viewers will not know all the animal species in the movie, and hardly one of them is introduced by name. It may be a strong point as well, as it enables the viewers to concentrate more on the imagery.
Second: sponsoring of this fine film by not necessarily fine sponsors (named in the beginning of the movie). One of them is the French Fondation Bettencourt Schueller. Founded by millionaire Ms Liliane Bettencourt who also financed crooked French politician Nicolas Sarkozy.
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