Cinema: Study in Depth

World Without Sun. Like a giant mollusk, the two-man diving saucer glides toward its parking garage on the floor of the Red Sea. Near by lies a five-room underwater house looking like a huge plumbing joint made of chubby cylinders. Here seven pioneer oceanauts lived and worked 35 ft. below the surface for a month during the summer of 1963. Life in and around their pelagic tank town is the subject of this eerie, colorful documentary by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a successor to his awesome epic, The Silent World.

Oddly enough, the film is most absorbing when Cousteau lets his camera or his...