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THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS

Presented by The Belcourt Theatre at The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville TN

Aug 02 2021
THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS

Dir. Walon Green USA 1978 97 min. G DCP

Plants pop and the mind boggles as Stevie Wonder provides the score for this rarely screened and impossible-to-stream 1978 documentary about the pain and joy that plants experience, how they communicate it, and the interconnectedness of all things.

Alternating sequences of the planet Earth in time-lapse grandeur with segments exploring various biologists at work, the rarely-screened 1978 documentary THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS — most certainly a product of its time — traverses the globe in pursuit of the interconnectedness of all things. A polygraph technician applies his science to track the emotional response of a houseplant. A woman teaches the Japanese alphabet to a cactus. All the while, Wonder employs an era-appropriate battalion of synth, vocalizing the action, acting as co-narrator, and turning out some of his most unusual work — later released as the record A Journey Into the Secret Life of Plants. The film had a very small release in 1979, its cinemascope images cut in half for VHS release, and is currently unavailable in a serviceable home video format.

With regard to Wonder’s double-disc film score, it was only the second album to ever be recorded digitally (Ry Cooder’s Bop Till You Drop preceded it by a few months) and the first album to use a digital sampling synthesizer in the form of the rudimentary Computer Music Melodian.

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ADMISSION INFO

$11/General Admission

$9/Senior

$9/Child

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The Belcourt Theatre

2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
(Neighborhood: Belmont / Hillsboro Village)

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ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    • Assisted Listening System
    • Audio Description
    • Closed Caption
    • Wheelchair Access

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