The Revealing eye

United Kingdom, 1960

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Surveys the history of cinematography and microphotography with many examples of the strides that have been taken in these fields. The history of the scientific study of motion through the cine-camera. High-speed, and time-lapse cinematography allied with X-ray and the microscope have made possible the study of movements and subjects which the normal eye cannot see. Experiments from 1890 to 1940, when it was possible to slow down the flight of a bullet so that one is seen tapping a piece of glass and passing through before the glass is shattered. Cinematography from space rockets. The use of colour photography in the schlieren technique.


production company

Shell Film Unit






Black and White and Colour

ACMI Identifier


Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Cinematography

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Time lapse cinematography

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Microphotography

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Motion

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technological innovations

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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