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  • Short Summary

    Educational film which details how shoots and roots grow - lots of time lapse photography.

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    Main title reads: "British Instructional Films Ltd. present The Life of a Plant - An introductory or revision film."

    Introductory intertitle reads: "This film has been prepared in collaboration with the teaching profession and has been viewed and approved for the Commission on Educational and Cultural Films."

    C/U of an unidentified house plant. The plant is turned to show the camera different views of the leaves and flowers.

    C/U of a small shoot breaking through the earth filmed using time lapse photography.

    An animated diagram is used to show germination process. C/U of shoot emerging from the ground. Various shots of shoots growing filmed using time lapse photography.

    Footage of roots growing - again through time lapse. A root feels its way around a stone. A little arrow device is used to point out various parts of a root.

    Graphic diagram shows a cross section of a plant - strange image. Suddenly the image begins to animate - this is presumably to illustrate some kind of cellular activity in the plant Looks a bit like blood coursing through the veins.

    Various shots of plants growing in time lapse, arrow device pointing to various parts of a plant, plants being turned for the camera, strange animated diagrams, microscopic photography, etc.

    Animated diagrams illustrate plant cell growth.

    Time lapse photography showing a leaf with bugs and insects moving around upon it (at least that is what it looks like!) Or perhaps it is drops of water?

    Time lapse photography of plants growing, flowers opening, C/U of stamens or pistons of a plant etc. Arrow device is used to point to various parts of a flower.

    A wasp is seen collecting pollen from a flower. Diagram is used to show the cross section of a flower. Arrows points to various parts of the flower. Wasp is seen going about its work. C/U of shoots growing. Arrow points to various spots on a plant. Wasp lands on a flower which has been sliced in half to show how pollen is collected.

    Shot of dozens of shoots growing - looks like they are growing in water. X-ray style shots of shoot growing. The movement of cells can be seen. Graphic diagrams. C/U of flower dying in time lapse. Shoot growing. Model used to show pods popping open and dropping seeds on the ground. Shoot growing in slow motion. The End.

    Note: there presumably would have been an accompanying soundtrack for this film - currently missing.

    Some shots are positive, some negative.

    Almost certainly the work of filmmaker Percy F. Smith.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:31:00 / 01:32:04:00

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