Microcosmos (1996)

15 years of research. 2 years of equipment design. 3 years of shooting. One great movie to restore your sense of wonder.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1996-09-06
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 217 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 20min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Conseil Général de l'Aveyron
  • Production Country: France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou.
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From 217 Ratings


A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.

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  • Jacques Perrin

    as Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Directing Claude Nuridsany Director
Directing Marie Pérennou Director
Writing Claude Nuridsany Screenplay
Writing Marie Pérennou Screenplay
Production Christophe Barratier Producer
Production Michel Fauré Executive Producer
Production Philippe Gautier Executive Producer
Production Patrick Lancelot Executive Producer
Production André Lazare Executive Producer
Production Yvette Mallet Producer
Production Jacques Perrin Producer
Sound Bruno Coulais Original Music Composer
Camera Thierry Machado Director of Photography
Editing Florence Ricard Editor
Editing Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte Editor
Production Conchita Airoldi Co-Producer
Production Jean-Marc Henchoz Co-Producer
Production Christophe Adda Unit Production Manager
Production Didier André Assistant Production Manager
Production Xavier Grin Unit Production Manager
Crew Patricia Lignières Post Production Supervisor
Production Olivier Rechou Unit Production Manager
Directing Renaud Dengreville Assistant Director
Sound Philippe Barbeau Sound
Sound Bernard Le Roux Sound
Sound Jérôme Lévy Foley Artist
Sound Pascal Mazière Assistant Foley Artist
Sound Laurent Quaglio Sound Designer
Crew Liliane Caille Special Effects Assistant
Crew Jean-Pierre Maricourt Special Effects
Visual Effects Christian Guillon Special Effects Supervisor
Editing Pauline Casalis Assistant Editor
Editing David Hamme Color Assistant
Editing Raymond Terrentin Color Timer
Editing Nabila Daniault Color Timer
Sound Françoise Gnéri Vocals
Sound Hugo Coulais Vocals
Sound Louis Coulais Vocals
Sound Christophe Guiot Conductor
Sound Marie Kobayashi Musician
Sound Paul Lavergne Music Producer
Sound Didier Lizé Sound Engineer
Sound France Tarpinian Musician
Camera Jean-Francois Baudelet Camera Operator
Camera Jean-Francois Baudelet Aerial Camera
Camera Jean-Francois Baudelet Helicopter Camera
Camera Alexandre Bon Second Assistant Camera
Camera Claude Bouteillon Aerial Camera
Camera Martin Boutilié Grip
Camera Frédéric Costa Camera Technician
Camera George Costa Camera Technician
Camera Alain Devèz Camera Operator
Camera Michel Gallois First Assistant Camera
Camera François Gentit Steadicam Operator
Camera Thierry Machado Aerial Camera
Camera Valentin Monge Steadicam Operator
Camera Alexandre Monnier First Assistant Camera
Crew Claude Nuridsany Cinematography
Camera Roland Ory Helicopter Camera
Camera Roland Ory Aerial Camera
Crew Marie Pérennou Cinematography
Camera Charlet Recors Camera Operator
Camera Bernard Ricon Assistant Camera
Camera Romano Prada Assistant Camera
Camera Philippe Romano Assistant Camera
Camera Jean Claude Rémy Helicopter Camera
Camera Jean Claude Rémy Aerial Camera
Crew Jean Claude Rémy Pilot
Camera Eric Tesseydre Still Photographer
Camera Gilles Tordjman Still Photographer
Camera Louis Vercraene Key Grip
Camera Bernard Weber First Assistant Camera
Crew Gérard Arnold Scientific Consultant
Crew Monsieur Ansonnaud Scientific Consultant
Crew Monsieur Durand Scientific Consultant
Crew Luc Gomel Scientific Consultant
Crew Dr. Michael Gries Scientific Consultant
Crew Robert Guilbot Scientific Consultant
Crew Hervé Guyot Scientific Consultant
Crew Gudrun Koeniger Scientific Consultant
Crew Jean Pierre Lumaret Scientific Consultant
Crew Claude Missandeau Scientific Consultant
Crew Michel Neff Scientific Consultant
Crew Professor Oppenoorth Scientific Consultant
Crew Leon Rogez Scientific Consultant
Crew Professor Rodin Scientific Consultant
Crew Jean-Pierre Vesco Scientific Consultant
Production Nathalie Gorgon Publicist
Production Paulette Materne Production Coordinator
Production Claude Morice Production Coordinator
Crew Jacques Perrin Presenter
Production Catherine Pidoux Production Coordinator
Production Eva Simonet Publicist
Crew Dominique Ambiel Thanks
Crew Joseph Bourdon Thanks
Crew Pascal Imbert Thanks
Crew Michel Flaesch Thanks
Crew Marc Censi Thanks
Crew Henri Landes Thanks
Crew Jean Puech Thanks
Crew Francois Servel Thanks
Crew Claude Caussanel Thanks
Crew Hubert Reeves Thanks
Camera Hugues Ryffel Second Unit Director of Photography