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Now You See It (1947)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 20 March 1947 (USA)
This Pete Smith Specialty demonstrates the uses of micro- and macrophotography. We see extreme closeups of the mechanical workings of a tiny wristwatch, the surface of a cat's tongue, and several insects.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Uncredited cast:
Pete Smith ...
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An off-screen narrator introduces us to a series of images, asking if we can tell what each is. They are photographs of small objects, blown up to many times their actual size: the wheel and other moving parts of a woman's wristwatch; a cat's tongue; mosquito eggs, larvae, and an adult insect; a praying mantis; a fly and its eyes; each end of a caterpillar; a newly-hatched hummingbird; and, a lizard's eye. Sometimes we just see the object up close; in the case of the mosquito, we watch it grow from egg to feeding adult. There's time-lapse photography and an explanation of why it's hard to swat a fly. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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20 March 1947 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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13 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Now You See It (1947)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated, Pete Smith short takes a look at microphotography as well as macrophotography. The earliest definition of this camera format was describe as centering the entire 35mm frame on one small part of an object, which in return would allow you to see that small object up close and unlike previous photography. In this short we see a wide range of objects ranging from a baby hummingbird to insects and even a huge item, which turns out to be a small wristwatch. There's nothing overly special about this short but it does make for a good way to kill 9-minutes as Smith does a good job with his narration and the subject itself is fairly interesting. I think the highlight of the film was seeing perhaps the ugliest thing ever created only to then learn it was a close up view of a cat's tongue!! The film closes with us getting to view a mosquito sucking the blood out of a human and filling it's stomach up.

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