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Peas and Cues (1930)

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This classic film from the long-running 'Secrets of Nature' series shows the birth, life and reproduction of sweet peas - as shown via an enthralling combination of close-up and time-lapse photography, occasionally interspersed with stop-motion animation, narrated by a somewhat florid commentary that has dated rather more noticeably than the still-astonishing images. (Michael Brooke) This is one of nineteen complete films included on the BFI DVD 'Secrets of Nature: Pioneering Natural History Films':

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