An extraordinary film that won a 1974 Oscar as the year’s best short documentary, “Don’t” is also extraordinarily hard to classify. This Robin Lehman film, now on DVD, is a study of the lyric passage of a Monarch butterfly from its birth and its delicate metamorphosis from caterpillar into butterfly, and also of its journey from country to city.
From the first frame, the audience experiences the tension of the butterfly’s perilous flight as numerous adversaries, from a praying mantis to a railroad train to man himself, threaten the beautiful creature’s buoyant freedom. A lively soundtrack, with music composed by Frederick Chopin, persuades us to live, for a few moments, in this fleeting world. Produced and directed by Robin Lehman.
Academy Award-Best Documentary Short
Cannes International Film Festival-Grand Prix
CINE Golden Eagle
Atlanta Film Festival-Gold Plaque
Superieure Technique du Cinema
Long Island International Film Festival-Golden Image
San Francisco Film Festival-Special Jury Award
Columbus Film Festival-Chris Plaque
19 minutes • Color