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Secrets of Life (1956)

Passed | | Documentary, Family | 6 November 1956 (USA)
A feature-length documentary showing the changing world of nature, the sky, the sea, the sun, planets, insects and volcanic action. A story of nature's strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life.

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A feature-length documentary showing the changing world of nature, the sky, the sea, the sun, planets, insects and volcanic action. A story of nature's strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life.

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Ant sequences were filmed by Robert H. Crandall, known as the Ant Man of Altadena, using a photo-microscopy set-up in his Altadena, California home and garden. See more »

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On-screen prologue: This is an authentic story of nature's secret world... of her strange and intricate designs for survival... and her many methods of perpetuating life. These intimate and unusual scenes were made possible through the development of new photographic techniques... and through the skill and patience of many scientist-photographers.
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Featured in Living Seas (1986) See more »

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50 years later its still neat to watch
22 January 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Disney True Life Adventure chronicles the lives of plants and animals using special photography techniques. We watch plants grow through time lapse and we see animals do their things thanks to micro photography and special cameras. Its pure eye candy. To be sure you can see similar stuff on cable TV's Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel, but there is still something neat about seeing the "hidden" world of nature right before you that never gets dull. Lets face it, in the 50 years since this film was first released we still haven't stopped marveling at ants up close, fish shooting their prey, and the motion of stationary plants. The photography here is incredible and in most cases hasn't been improved upon despite five decades of technological improvements. No matter how jaded a nature documentary snob you think you are, odds are you'll find something here to make you go "Oh Wow". Granted the film isn't perfect. The opening sequence about geology isn't all that great (I'm guessing its there just to book end the film with the volcano at the end) and the narration leaves a great deal to be desired, but it doesn't matter since the animals and plants in motion are enough to over come the poor extras. Absolutely worth a look for anyone who likes nature.


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