The Life Cycle of the Newt



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Still from 'The Life Cycle of the Newt' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'
'A biological film of the smooth newt, its history from egg, through tadpole stage, to fully developed three-year-old newt returning to the pond in spring to breed. The male and female of the species differ in size and colouring. Crested newts, axolotls, and salamanders have a similar life history.'[1]

Date: 1942
Duration: 10:02

Director: Mary Field
Production Company: G.B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: F. Percy Smith
Composer: N/A
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Advisor: M. Munro

Length: 35mm: 983ft. 16mm: 393ft.



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Still from 'The Life Cycle of the Newt' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1946'
Life Cycle of the Newt

Production: Produced by G.B. Instructional, Ltd.
Description: Direct photography with diagrams and commentary.
Teaching Notes: Not available.
Distributors: Central Film Library, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, S.W.7
Distributors' Cat. Ref.: UK.182.
Owner of U.K. Rights: British Council.
Conditions of Supply: Loaned free of charge.

Contents: The films opens with a diagram showing the Palmate, Smooth and Crested Newts, male and female, and a map showing the distribution of newts in the northern part of the world. The remainder of the film is devoted to the life history of the Smooth Newt: reproduction, fertilisation, development of the embryo, development of the newt tadpole, the appearance of the fore limbs and hind limbs, the disappearance of the gills and the emergence of the young newt on land.
Appraisal: This is an excellent film and one which will be of great use in schools. The commentary is clear and instructive, the photography is good and the whole production – both for its technical and educational qualities – is to be recommended. This film could usefully be shown to all children over eleven years of age.
NATURAL HISTORY VIEWING COMMITTEE.
16mm. Sd.
390ft
11mins.
1 reel. [2]



Life Cycle of the Newt (Great Britain, 1942)
Educational Films, Embryology
Distributors: Central Film Library
Producers: Produced for the British Council by G.B. Instructional
1 reel 393ft / 11 mins Format: 16mm, Sd.
UK Rights: Central Office of Information

The film opens with a diagram showing the Palmate, Smooth and Crested Newts, male and female, and a map showing the distribution of newts in the northern part of the world. The remainder of the film is devoted to the life history of the Smooth Newt: reproduction, fertilisation, development of the embryo, development of the newt tadpole, the appearance of the fore limbs and hind limbs, the disappearance of the gills and the emergence of the young newt on land.

This is an excellent film and one which will be of great use in schools. The commentary is clear and instructive, the photography is good and the whole production – both for its technical and educational qualities – is to be recommended. The film could usefully be shown to all children over 11 years of age.

Appraisal by Natural History Viewing Committee [3]
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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43
  2. ^ 30 November 1946
    Educational Films
    Natural History
    Index to Vol.13 / No.s 145-156 / 1945-46
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
  3. ^ Index to Vol. 14 NOS. 157-168 1947
    Films issued between April 30th and May 31st (1947) pg 56
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI