Winter 1923.

An early entry in the popular ‘Secrets of Nature’ series (1922-33): modestly hovering near the bottom of the bill, these shorts were some of the best British films of their time and many techniques are still used today. Dramatic compositions of barren trees against fields, luminous footage of a glistening web, a superb ploughing sequence: such moments unassumingly conjure popular art from popular science. (Patrick Russell)

Highlights from the ‘Secrets of Nature’ series are available on BFI DVD now –


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