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Music director  Lalo Schifrin
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Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Drama
Writer  David Seltzer
Language  English
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Cast  Lawrence Pressman
Director  Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Release date  June 28, 1971 (1971-06-28)
Awards  Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, BAFTA Award for Best Documentary
Similar movies  Life, First Life, Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, Your Inner Fish, Wonders of Life, What Darwin Never Knew
Tagline  Shocking. Beautiful. Brilliant. Sensual. Deadly...and in the end, only they will survive.

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The Hellstrom Chronicle is an American film released in 1971 which combines elements of documentary, science fiction, horror and apocalyptic prophecy to present a gripping satirical depiction of the Darwinian struggle for survival between humans and insects. It was conceived and produced by David L. Wolper, directed by Walon Green and written by David Seltzer, who earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for his screenplay. Green later called it "almost yellow-journally but good. We were giving the audience an elbow to the ribs every third line."

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Several cinematographers photographed this film using stop-motion photography with microscopic and telescopic lenses. The trailer resembled an announcement for a science fiction movie. The film provided the inspiration for Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Hellstrom's Hive.

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Plot

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A fictitious scientist called Dr. Nils Hellstrom (played by Lawrence Pressman) guides viewers throughout the film. He claims, on the basis of scientific-sounding theories, that insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on planet Earth because of their adaptability and ability to reproduce rapidly, and that the human race will lose this fight largely because of excessive individualism. The film combines short clips from horror and science fiction movies with extraordinary camera sequences of butterflies, locusts, wasps, termites, ants, mayflies, other insects rarely seen before on film and insectivorous plants/insects.

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Technical advisers Roy Snelling and Charles Hogue, were entomologists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

Awards

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  • 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
  • 1972 BAFTA Award - Best Documentary feature
  • Home video releases

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    The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray January 10, 2012 from Olive Films.


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    References

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    The Hellstrom Chronicle IMDb The Hellstrom Chronicle themoviedb.org


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