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For a Filmmaker, the Green Things in Life Are Free

24 February 2011

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For a Filmmaker, the Green Things in Life Are Free

YANN Arthus-Bertrand has sold more than 3 million copies of his book of photography “Earth From Above.”

His latest Paris exhibition featured videos of 5,600 people photographed in 78 countries, and it attracted 150,000 visitors in just one month. And his $16 million movie from 2009, “Home,” has been screened all over the world, including Bangladesh and the headquarters of the United Nations.

But in the United States, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand is a perfect stranger.

This year though Mr. Arthus-Bertrand is determined to convert American audiences to his sentimental vision of the environment. Next month his film – a succession of images of stunning natural beauty from 54 countries – in service of a warning against human excesses – will be shown free at the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan. The no-cost concept has delayed the film’s journey to the United States. “For several years, American movie theaters didn’t want to show it because the movie was free,” Mr. Arthus-Bertrand said in an interview.

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via NYTimes

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