Friday, April 17, 2009

Le Monde du Silence ~ a scuba diving classic

Le Monde du Silence (The Silent World 1956) is an early underwater documentary film based on the best-selling book of the same name by famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The opening sequence shows five Calypso scuba divers descending into the deep with burning phosphorus torches in hand, blazing a path of light into the blue ocean depths bubbles percolating to the surface in their wake. Visually... it's very cool!

This motion picture is a compilation of material obtained on the Calypso-National Geographic 1954-1955 expeditions to the Red Sea, the Mediterranean. Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.
Cousteau’s book, The Silent World 1955, which tells a different story than his movie, is still a great read about the early years of undersea exploration.

In 1968, Cousteau was asked to make a TV series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. For the next eight years this series introduced the general public to a world about a ship named , scuba diving buddies with names such as Falco & Delemont, sharks, whales, dolphins, coral reefs, sunken treasure, and yellow submarines.

As a young kid interested in diving and just about everything to do with the ocean realm, this TV series provided much fodder for my imagination...