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Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey

Discussion in 'Scuba Diving TV & Movies' started by DevR, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. DevR

    DevR Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sarasota, FL
    I'm sorry if this is old news. I did a brief forum search and didn't see anything about it.

    Anyway, I stumbled across a biopic about Cousteau on Netflix. It's interesting. The scenery is beautiful.

    I'm old enough that I used to watch The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau when I was a kid. PBS should show reruns.

    L'odyssée (2016) - IMDb
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  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    I watched the film on Netflix too. It's always hard to watch a film about a subject one has a lot of background info on. I thought the cinematography was great. If I didn't know the story I think I'd be fairly confused in parts. So much was left out diving wise, but its not a film about diving, or even the history of diving. It's a film about a few (a very few) of Cousteau's trials and tribulations during his life. I liked the film but it's not what I would have done (had someone offered me a film production company of course). They got Phillipe's death completely wrong. As I understood it the aircraft nosed over during a high-speed taxi run on a river undertaken to check the hull for leakage following repairs. It crashed into a sand bank, the propeller detached from the engine and killed Cousteau instantly. At least that was the version I heard at the time he died.

    In two scenes dual post DIN valves popped out like an infected sore thumb to a hyper-technically observant vintage nerd like me but would not have meant anything to the general public. Likewise, there is a scene with Phillipe and his new wife going for a dive and both have their regulators on backwards (cans facing away from the back). Who was their historical diving coordinator? Blasphemy!


    Call me a critic. :) My 2-psi. Mark
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  3. uwxplorer

    uwxplorer Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Los Angeles

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