Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision
Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (2004)

Filmmaker David Lebrun casts his eye on the evolution of art, science, and the world around us in this fusion of documentary and experimental forms. Ernst Haeckel was a 19th Century biologist with a keen interest in art; he found a way to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 30, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

Grounded by the stark physicality of the location and the emotional charge generated by those prison-bound passions (Jean Genet would have approved).

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Involving and affecting even if it is not completely coherent or fully realized.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The problem with Proteus is that the issues tend to overwhelm the story, and one is never fully engaged in the narrative.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Is it a movie or the best-designed episode of Nova ever?

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Carries an air of forced-wit experimentation that never quite gets its anachronisms in order.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

David Lebrun's wonderful documentary brings Haeckel's artistic and scientific triumph to life through a beautifully written narration.

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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

Problematic on almost all levels.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Clearly attempting to make the story relevant for contemporary times, they use a variety of stylistic devices that serves to have the opposite effect, distancing us from a story that might have been far more compelling if rendered in a direct fashion.

David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Frankly steamed sex scenes spice the film from John Greyson and Jack Lewis, gaining it entry to gay festivals but only momentarily rousing it from the fetid doldrums of a fatiguingly 'instructive' story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Yuck! What is this thing supposed to be? What it is, is a mess.