Genesis | Chicago Reader

Genesis

French nature documentarians Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou (Microcosmos) couldn't have chosen a more puckish title for this primer on the big bang and the theory of evolution. And if the Old Testament come-on isn't enough to infuriate any unsuspecting creationists, the film's vaguely biblical narration is delivered by a West African griot. Contemporary footage of sea creatures, reptiles, and insects serves to illustrate various chapters in our journey from the ocean floor to the megastore, and though the film's science isn't exactly rigorous, its photography and music are splendid. G, 81 min.

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