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The Secret Life of Plants (1979)

December. 09,1979
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The story is a documentary of research that shows fairly conclusively that plants are actually aware of what goes on around them, even miles away. It is somewhat humorous in the methods it uses to prove the secret life of plants, but thought-provoking in the conclusions it arrives at. The most wonderful thing about the film is the soundtrack. This is original music composed by Stevie Wonder. There is even a scene in the film of Stevie singing one of his songs in a boat on a river. This scene is very moving, as Stevie is blind and yet able to know where he is going. The scene is the climax to the movie, and metaphoric as to what has been presented about plants, that although they don't seem to have senses as human beings and animals do, they are quite well aware of what is going on around them and where they fit into this in the evolutionary process.

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FeistyUpper
2018/08/30

If you don't like this, we can't be friends.

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Baseshment
2018/08/30

I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.

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BeSummers
2018/08/30

Funny, strange, confrontational and subversive, this is one of the most interesting experiences you'll have at the cinema this year.

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Rosie Searle
2018/08/30

It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.

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paul-shankwiler
2006/03/27

I saw this movie in the mid 1980's in Berkeley. I found it at times incredibly touching, at other times uproariously funny. I left the theater convinced that plants are sentient beings who experience love, pain, and loss. My conviction and enthusiasm have waned over the years, but I still sometimes feel a twinge of guilt when I bite into a stick of celery. My son is now in fourth grade and wants to do a science experiment for school in which he tests whether or not plants that are talked to grow better than plants who are emotionally neglected. I think this film would be informative and helpful for him, but I can't find a copy anywhere. Does anyone know how I can borrow or rent a copy?

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smichal
2004/05/16

The Secret Life of Plants is a fascinating documentary featuring time lapse photography, historical film clips, and the music of Stevie Wonder. The best parts were the scientific experiments where people all over the world hooked up various plants to oscilloscopes, lie detectors, etc. to see if they feel pain, fear, etc. The film tries to prove that there is some sort of global consciousness. I don't really believe that, but am still amazed by the results of the experiments. For instance, a cabbage had a reaction when smokers blew smoke at it. In another test, an office plant hooked up to a lie detector started reacting when its owner thought of burning it.

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drtturner
2003/06/26

It should be a crime that Police Academy had over 3 sequels and I lost track of the number of Lethal Weapons after they lost steam with the second installment, and yet the Sidney Poitier-Bill Cosby comedy pairings are not yet available on DVD and a Stevie Wonder musically driven project seems to have vanished from the earth. I just completed a power point on the life and contributions of the man born Steveland Morris. In an otherwise saccharin report, I will have one sidebar in which I explain my disconcert with the burying of a project that Mr. Wonder was so heavily involved with. If you ever get the opportunity to see this film, you are in store for a treat as it is a hard to find attraction. Although, I haven't had the opportunity to view this film, given the soundtrack and the non-threatening subject matter one can predict that it is worth a look.

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dcenters
1999/02/15

The Secret Life of Plants is worth viewing, if only because it is so hard to come across it. It originally appeared in theatres in the USA for about two weeks (and then only in "artsy" theatres), and reappeared once for a week several years later. It is not currently available on video.The story is a documentary of research that shows fairly conclusively that plants are actually aware of what goes on around them, even miles away. It is somewhat humorous in the methods it uses to prove the secret life of plants, but thought-provoking in the conclusions it arrives at. The most wonderful thing about the film is the soundtrack. This is original music composed by Stevie Wonder. There is even a scene in the film of Stevie singing one of his songs in a boat on a river. This scene is very moving, as Stevie is blind and yet able to know where he is going. The scene is the climax to the movie, and metaphoric as to what has been presented about plants, that although they don't seem to have senses as human beings and animals do, they are quite well aware of what is going on around them and where they fit into this in the evolutionary process.

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