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In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »

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In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events that occur too fast to be seen by the naked eye. Examples shown here include a bullet in flight as it shatters a light bulb, the moment of impact when a kicker kicks a football, and a the motion of a hummingbird's wings as it hovers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Quicker'n a wink
2 August 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Nice little vintage short that comes with one of the Marx Brothers boxes, and shows a series of experiments using stroboscopic photography (the technique that "puts the super in super speed photography"). It was probably cooler in 1940 than in 2013 – you can really tell how impressed the narrator, who is quite dry despite the increasingly desperate attempts at cracking jokes, assumes the audience to be – but even now it's pretty fun to watch things like a woman bursting a bubble with a needle in slow motion.

There's a lot of milk in this for some reason; there's a cat lapping milk, there's milk dripping on a plate, and there's a scene where they drop a cup of milk onto the floor. All in all it's the best I've seen from Sidney and clocking in somewhere around 10 minutes it never gets boring but still, it's probably primarily good for one viewing as the novelty wears off quite fast and there is only so much lactose a person can take.


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