Sperm cell development in the grasshopper

Germany, 1935

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This film is chiefly interesting as an example of the use of film in the service of science, in this case, microcinematography. Living cells are shown developing by the use of phase contrast microscopy, a method due to Zernicke, which gives increased contrast by optical means, and without staining.



Kurt Michel



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

Animals & Wildlife → Grasshoppers

Animals & Wildlife → Insects

Animals & Wildlife → Nature study

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Life (Biology)

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Biology - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biology - Study and teaching

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Cell division

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Life (Biology)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Germany




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16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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