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Matinee: 'A Message from Whales' Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

2 July 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 455th in our series of Saturday matinees today: A Message from Whales.

This five-minute video shot by narrator Giovanni Bearzi and Silvia Bonizzoni is an imaginative missive from one intelligent species to another.

"We live here," it begins as you view the first of many seascapes, "and we have a message for you."

As we listen to the message, we are treated to a series of gorgeous seascapes.

The seascapes are not full color, which is a bright idea, because otherwise the variations in palette from one time of today to another, from one sky to another, would be jarring. This color muting, which resembles a duotone more than a monochrome, unifies the visual style of the piece.

In fact, those skies themselves are more than a sliver of the frame. They are emotional clues to the message the whales deliver that are echoed by the waves of the ocean itself.

We found the images lovely.

And the message? Well, we need to hear it.

"Should you decide to stop overheating this planet, should you choose to stop turning the sea into an over-fished, noisy and polluted underworld and finally let all of us thrive," they bargain, "we can promise this. We, the crustaceans, will keep filling the oceans with intelligent life. Whenever you humans come to watch us at sea we will fill your hearts with joy. We will help you preserve your only home, our only home," they promise. "And we will ensure it will remain a home worth living in."

Which is the best deal we've had all week.

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