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Secrets of Life (1956)

Passed  -  Documentary | Family  -  6 November 1956 (USA)
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A feature-length drama 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 perpetrating life.

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The variety of wildlife in a meadow - particularly insects and flowers - is observed over the course of a year, through the use of microphotography and time-lapse photography.

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A feature-length drama 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 perpetrating life.

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THE WONDROUS Mysteries of Nature Brought to the Screen for the First Time in a Motion Picture You Will Never Forget!


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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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