A brief, illustrated lecture on digestion. Aburdist humor is the hallmark of this pseudo-scientific description of biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food. The on-screen narrator ...
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A brief, illustrated lecture on digestion. Aburdist humor is the hallmark of this pseudo-scientific description of biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food. The on-screen narrator begins with teeth, "little sentinels" as he calls them, and the tongue. Then it's on to the stomach: he describes the stomach's workings as if it were an office or a factory. He uses an illustration of the side view of a human torso, with mouth, esophagus, and stomach visible, saying it's a photograph of a man with a visible digestive tract.Written by
Robert Benchley short from MGM has him explaining to the viewer how food is digested. He starts out with a brief chat about the teeth, the tongue and then the digestive process, which is told in a clear manor. I really didn't care too much for this short but I did have to chuckle when thinking about going to see a movie in 1937 and this thing coming on. I'm not sure crowds were demanding this type of entertainment but they got it anyways. The film is mildly entertaining in hearing Benchley discuss this stuff but overall it's just way too dry to be funny or charming.
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