Becoming Cousteau

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  • PG-13
For this extraordinary and immersive documentary, Garbus poured through 550 hours of archival material and never before seen footage to let Cousteau’s films, words and recollections tell his own story. BECOMING COUSTEAU shines a spotlight on the man... read more
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For this extraordinary and immersive documentary, Garbus poured through 550 hours of archival material and never before seen footage to let Cousteau’s films, words and recollections tell his own story. BECOMING COUSTEAU shines a spotlight on the man many of us grew up worshipping yet knew very little about. After prospecting for oil companies to support his globe-trotting adventuring, he had a late-in-life awakening and became the first great advocate for ocean preservation. Cousteau led a somewhat fractured family life, checkered with great loss, but he remained true to his one great love — the sea. Over 100 hours of audio journal entries, interviews and observations from collaborators and crew members add to this inside look at Cousteau. The documentary also chronicles his first wife and collaborator Simone Melchior (known aboard the Calypso as “The Shepherdess”), his family experiences, his second wife Francine Triplet, the creation of The Cousteau Society and the crucial work they do, and his evolution into one of the most important environmental voices of the 20th century, whose words and images are more vital today than ever.

Original Release

10/22/2021

US Release

10/22/2021

Cast

Jacques-Yves Cousteau Self / Self Narrator (Archive footage)
Vincent Cassel Self - Narrator / Self Narrator
Carol Burnett Self / Self (archive footage)
Louis Malle Self / Self (archive footage)
Deborah Norville Self / Self (archive footage)
Pablo Picasso Self
Fidel Castro Self
George Bush Self
David L. Wolper Self
Jean-Michel Cousteau Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Liz Garbus

Writers

Mark Monroe, Pax Wassermann

Cast

Jacques-Yves Cousteau Self / Self Narrator (Archive footage)
Vincent Cassel Self - Narrator / Self Narrator
Carol Burnett Self / Self (archive footage)
Louis Malle Self / Self (archive footage)
Deborah Norville Self / Self (archive footage)
Pablo Picasso Self
Fidel Castro Self
George Bush Self
David L. Wolper Self
Jean-Michel Cousteau Self
Philippe Cousteau Self
Jacques Renoir Self
John Soh Self
Simone Cousteau Self
Frédéric Dumas Self
Yves Omer Self
Albert Falco Self
François Sarano Self
Yves Paccalet Self
Philippe Tailliez Self

Producers

Carolyn Bernstein Executive Producer
Julie Gaither Executive Producer
Ryan Harrington Executive Producer
Liz Garbus Producer
Mridu Chandra Producer
Dan Cogan Producer
Evan Hayes Producer
Pierre-Yves Cousteau Producer
Briana Bierman Producer
Elyse Hughes Producer
Callie Barlow Producer

Editors

Pax Wassermann

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