Acera, or the Witches' Dance  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Acéra ou le bal des sorcières is a 1972 documentary film directed by Jean Painlevé. Its subject matter is the sexual life of hermaphrodite mollusks. It was his last film. It has a soundtrack by Pierre Jansen.

"Visually, the mollusks - what revolting, slimy creatures they are, resembling ugly sexual organs - seem to fall somewhere between a spider and a gob of spittle. Painlevé consistently stresses the hermaphroditic nature of the mollusks; and that hermaphrodite nature is not a class in itself but serves to declassify their sexuality. Furthermore, Painlevé underlines the synesthetic sensorium of the mollusks, which merges touch, taste and smell into a declassified experience."[1]

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