Now You See It (1947)

Approved   |    |  Documentary, Short


This Pete Smith Specialty demonstrates the uses of micro- and macrophotography. We see extreme closeups of the mechanical workings of a tiny wristwatch, the surface of a cat's tongue, and several insects.


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27 August 2013 | MartinHafer
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| Actually quite interesting--at least until Smith talks.
I have marveled in past reviews of the Pete Smith shorts how it is that MGM made so many and a couple of them received Oscars since the narration by producer Pete Smith is so incredibly annoying. Listening to him is like listening to some vain relative who insists on boring you with their stale old jokes...and Smith's are indeed stale. What is unusual, however, is that this short is in color--the only one I've ever seen in color.

Although I'll quickly admit that I hated "Now You See It" whenever Smith spoke, there still is quite a bit to recommend this film. It's all about the use of micro and macro photography and is downright interesting when you see various ordinary things up very, very close. I loved seeing how incredibly tiny the hummingbird baby was but my favorite (wow!) was seeing a cat's tongue. Truly fascinating. Well worth seeing even if Smith was a very annoying host.

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