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Box of Delights: Birth of a Flower, The (1910)

Material to accompany the BFI Mediatheque Box of Delights DVD

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Production CompanyKineto
PhotographyF. Percy Smith
Focus Questions
In the Classroom

The poetry of flowers opening their petals to light

We might be familiar with time-lapse photography today but in 1910 it was a different matter! Birth of a Flower director Percy Smith used a complicated system involving candle wicks, door handles and gramophone needles to film these flowers in motion. He could even film while he slept, a large bell being set to ring and wake him if any part of the process malfunctioned.

In this extract we see a range of different flowers, including roses, Japanese lilies and crocuses opening their petals to the light.

Follow the link to In The Classroom at the top of this page for teaching suggestions for the Primary classroom. In Focus Questions you'll find suggestions for questions to focus students' attention while watching the film. These will also help to develop their understanding of film language.

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