Directed by Chris Marker & Mario Ruspoli • Documentary • 1972 • 17 minutes
Chronicles the history of mankind's relationship with the largest and most majestic of marine mammals, and graphically exposes their slaughter by the fishing industry.
Chris Marker's co-director, Mario Ruspoli (1925-1986), descendant of an aristocratic Italian family, had been a journalist, painter, and ethnologist before discovering his vocation as a documentary filmmaker. In the Sixties he became one of the founders-along with Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, and Chris Marker-of the "direct cinema" movement, pioneering in the use of new lightweight cameras and synchronous sound recording equipment.
Ruspoli's eclectic filmography includes documentaries on medical, scientific, anthropological and historical subjects.