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Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978)

Punctuating the skyline of the African plains with their distinctive silhouettes, giant termite mounds support an abundance of life, and not all of it invertebrate. The Oscar-nominated ... See full summary »

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Alan Root

Star:

Orson Welles
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
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Punctuating the skyline of the African plains with their distinctive silhouettes, giant termite mounds support an abundance of life, and not all of it invertebrate. The Oscar-nominated Mysterious Castles of Clay provides a dramatic and enthralling insight into the diverse ecosystem these towering monoliths help sustain.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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18 March 1978 (USA) See more »

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One of the best nature films ever
9 September 2006 | by mcdonaldalaskaSee all my reviews

Twenty five years ago, I showed this film in some children's classes in Entomology and can still remember the excitement of the kids; they were spellbound! It is not just about the termites who have built and live in the "Castles of Clay," but also about the other animals who use the mounds. There is a fantastic scene in which a cobra fights a monitor lizard while a colony of mongooses watch. It is a not only good for entomology classes, but also for teaching about ecology since there is so much about the interactions between the termites and other organisms and the whole ecology of all of the organisms that live in and around the mounds.

I wish it was available on DVD, so that I could watch it again and show others.


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