28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Film Studies of Impatiens, Vetch, Tulip, Mimosa, and Desmodium

Film Studies of Impatiens, Vetch, Tulip, Mimosa, and Desmodium

director: Wilhelm Pfeffer
original title: Kinematographische Studien an Impatiens, Vicia, Tulipa, Mimosa und Desmodium
country: Germany
year: 1900
running time: 3 min.


An experiment conducted from 1898 to 1900 at the University of Leipzig used time-lapse photography to reveal the secrets and aesthetic captivation of plant movement and growth. The researchers photographed various types of plants for up to 28 days at a time to explain to the viewer the process of tulip germination or the effect of light on the movement of flower leaves.

„Many scientists strive for professorship. Also in former times. At that time it often was sufficient to be a student of Wilhelm Pfeffer to be appointed to a university.“ K. Mägdefrau


This film is in the public domain: https://av.tib.eu/media/12258


Wilhelm Pfeffer (1845-1920) was a German botanist and the founder of modern plant physiology. During his time at the University of Leipzig, he published an article on the use of photography for the study of plants and subsequently experimented with the chronophotographic recording of plant growth and movement.

more about film

director: Wilhelm Pfeffer
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas