AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 57:363(1982) Film Review Island of the Moon JAMES D. PATERSON Department of Anthropology, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TZM 1NR The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Program Sales Department, Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5W lE6,1979.16mm colour sound film, $590 (Can.): 3/” videocassette, $135 (Can.); rental $59 (Can.).55 minutes. “The Nature of Things,” a CBC series hosted by Dr. David Suzuki, a geneticist turned broadcaster, is one of the continuing delights of Canadian television. The production titled Island of the Moon is an in-depth examination of the lemurs of Madagascar. The cinematography by R. Kovanic is excellent, even outstanding, and since it was shot with synchronized sound, the viewer is presented with a vibrant “being there” sensory impression. This is heightened by excellent and unobtrusive narration. The film is the first to depict the lemurs and their proper ecological milieu. In the course of 55 minutes, we see a large amount of coverage of Propithecus and Indri indn, with views of dwarf and mouse lemurs, Daubentonia, Lemur catta and Hapalemur. The footage of Indn is the first that I have encountered on the species. At a number of points freeze frames are used to show grooming claws, and slow motion is employed to depict the locomotion of different lemurs, both on the ground and arboreally. The slow-motion sequence of a Propithecus bipedally bounding across an open field is so good that it could be used for a biomechanical analysis. The film endeavours to show several distinctive ecological settings such as the Berenty 0002-9483/82/5703-0353$01.00 0 1982 ALAN R. LISS. INC. and Andrasivi rain forests and the dry Didiera forests. It also presents some of the other distinctive lifeforms of Madagascar such as the endemic fruit bats, paradise flycatchers, tenrecs, Malagasy kestrel, Kuas, and chameleons. Throughout, the program attempts to convey a sense of the reality of the ecology. The narration occasionally takes up the conservation flag, but in the end admits that, while the government of the Malagasy Republic holds the ideal of preserving its unique ecosystem, that goal is economically impractical for many reasons. The narration also points up the vast research potential for both primatologists and human ecologistsleconomists in the country. The film incorporates a number of very intriguing and unique sequences that are worthwhile in themselves, not the least of which is a segment showing harrier hawks copulating while the narrator remains decorously silent. The producers wisely enlisted the aid of Ian Tattersall, Alison Richard, and Robert Sussann as consultants on the program. They can be very proud of the final product. This is one of the most useful teaching films that I have ever seen, and I hope that the producers of “The Nature of Things” will do similar programs on other regions of interest to primatologists.