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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith 2016 123movies

Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith 2016 123movies

Oct. 11, 201655 Min.
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Watch Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – The latest ‘film and music’ project of Tindersticks is a collage of the science films made in early 1900s by F. Percy Smith-naturalist, inventor and documentarist. It took three years to complete this nature documentary, poetic music video, or ode to science, which was scored by Tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. The characters of Smith’s black and white time-lapse films mostly shot under a microscope are spores, microbes, leaves, insects, and myriad mysteries of nature..
Plot: A meditative, immersive tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature’s secrets in action. Working in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing several films simultaneously, apparently on a mission to explore and capture nature’s hidden terrains. This film is an interpretative edit that combines Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score by tindersticks to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time.
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Silent Films as Music Videos
I have mixed feelings about this one, “Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith.” On the one hand, if this collage brings more attention to an obscure early popular-science filmmaker (Smith), then who am I to knock it. It’s not like in the old days when films were cannibalized straight from the negative, permanently damaging them, for reuse in other films, and most of us may never see some of this footage, locked away in archives, otherwise.

Nevertheless, it largely feels as though I watched a 50-plus-minutes music video exploiting fascination with old nitrate to promote an alternative rock band. I prefer scoring silent films that works the other way around, where the scores are made to accompany the films. My gripe here springs from this compilation of Smith films being passed off as directed by Stuart A. Staples, who’s Tindersticks band also provides the score. I could open editing software to assemble a bunch of silent films together, set it to some jazzy waiting-room music, remove the titles and put my name on it, too. Besides my respect for the visual part of filmmaking that I believe I could do myself being very low, I’d be lying if I made something such as this and didn’t wonder whether I took away more from the original films than what I added to them.

A couple title cards acknowledge Smith’s original making of the films assembled here, but the context of what we’re looking at is largely removed. It’s probably also a partial indictment of my, in this respect, poor education, but at times I had little notion of what I was looking at. Granted, the time-lapse plant photography–which has sometimes been misattributed, as with “The Birth of a Flower” (1910), as the first instance of such, which it wasn’t–and the footage of bees pollinating is self-explanatory, but some of the seemingly microscopic or underwater images become nothing but hypnotic abstractions. That’s the point, I suppose, as it was evidently also part of Smith’s plan, but just part of it.

Review By: Cineanalyst Rating: 6 Date: 2021-09-01
Silent Films as Music Videos
I have mixed feelings about this one, “Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith.” On the one hand, if this collage brings more attention to an obscure early popular-science filmmaker (Smith), then who am I to knock it. It’s not like in the old days when films were cannibalized straight from the negative, permanently damaging them, for reuse in other films, and most of us may never see some of this footage, locked away in archives, otherwise.

Nevertheless, it largely feels as though I watched a 50-plus-minutes music video exploiting fascination with old nitrate to promote an alternative rock band. I prefer scoring silent films that works the other way around, where the scores are made to accompany the films. My gripe here springs from this compilation of Smith films being passed off as directed by Stuart A. Staples, who’s Tindersticks band also provides the score. I could open editing software to assemble a bunch of silent films together, set it to some jazzy waiting-room music, remove the titles and put my name on it, too. Besides my respect for the visual part of filmmaking that I believe I could do myself being very low, I’d be lying if I made something such as this and didn’t wonder whether I took away more from the original films than what I added to them.

A couple title cards acknowledge Smith’s original making of the films assembled here, but the context of what we’re looking at is largely removed. It’s probably also a partial indictment of my, in this respect, poor education, but at times I had little notion of what I was looking at. Granted, the time-lapse plant photography–which has sometimes been misattributed, as with “The Birth of a Flower” (1910), as the first instance of such, which it wasn’t–and the footage of bees pollinating is self-explanatory, but some of the seemingly microscopic or underwater images become nothing but hypnotic abstractions. That’s the point, I suppose, as it was evidently also part of Smith’s plan, but just part of it.

Review By: Cineanalyst Rating: 6 Date: 2021-09-01

Other Information:

Original Title Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
Release Date 2016-10-11
Release Year 2016

Original Language en
Runtime 55 min (original) (UK)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
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Genre Documentary
Director Stuart Staples
Writer Stuart Staples
Actors F. Percy Smith
Country United Kingdom
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Original title Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
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