Becoming Cousteau

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Docs: “Becoming Cousteau”: Liz Garbus Chronicles a Legendary Pioneer

In 1956, when the French diving pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) made his documentary, The Silent World, in 1956, it was a novelty in many ways that he himself could not have anticipated. The feature was co-directed by Cousteau, who was then 46, and a young director, Louis Malle, 24, who would go on to become a major voice in French and world cinema (Lacombe Lucien, Atlantic City, Au Revoir les Enfants) in the next three decades.