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A guided tour into the invisible world of cells, told through a collage of metaphors. Discusses and portrays the invisible world of cells... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Klaus-Michael Debatin ... Himself
Pierre Golstein ... Himself
Robert Horvitz ... Himself
Rita Levi-Montalcini ... Herself
Polly Matzinger ... Herself
Martin Raff ... Himself

Directed by
Jean-François Brunet 
Peter Friedman 
Writing credits
Peter Friedman (written by) &
Jean-François Brunet (written by)

Produced by
Peter Friedman .... producer
Emmanuel Laurent .... producer
Cinematography by
Van Carlson  (as Carlson Van Theodore)
Film Editing by
Jean-François Brunet 
Peter Friedman 
Sound Department
Christophe Etrillard .... sound editor
Henri Maïkoff .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Rydstrom .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Emily Hubley .... animator
Editorial Department
Mathilde Cousin .... assistant editor

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70 min

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Art of Living and Dying, 17 June 2006
Author: dionfly22 from The Manifested World

Browsing in the library of Science and Industry in Manhattan, I asked the Universe for an inspiration and I found this VHS cassette on the lower rack of an unshelved-tapes pushcart. It was exactly what I was in the mood for. I can't get enough of these films that see the connection between life at the microscopic and sub-atomic levels and the larger systems at work in our world. There are shots in 'Death By Design' of cells that join to form a slug and then become a plant; it's a marvelous testament to the miracle that is life and how exciting it is to be a part of. This film juxtaposes images of preserved ancient architecture, enveloped by modern design, intercut with shots of the editor of this very film trimming the fat of the film, while a science professor reminds us in the voice-over how efficient a system is which creates much more than is needed and how through a divine editing process, referred to in this film as "cell death", allows the strongest natural choice to emerge. This is an inspiring film for anyone currently experiencing the art of living.

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