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keywords: retro education, biology, anatomy, the five senses, eyesight, sense of touch, hearing, sense of smell, sense of taste

Synopsis: Live action with a the help of some vintage animation the five senses of the human body are explored - sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste...(read more)

  • Date: 1958
  • Duration: 00:12:12
  • Sound: Yes
  • Color: Color
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States

Gateways To The Mind

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Gateways To The Mind

Close up of the moving parts of a movie studio camera as function of each part of the camera is explained. Cut from the "eye of the camera", focal lens of movie camera, to a human eye. Close up of human eye, human eye blinking. View of the retina of human eye as seen by optometrist. Animation used to illustrate how the human eye functions and gives humans the colorful, ever changing world of vision. Animated human body showing pathways of the nerves that transmit the senses of touch, cold, heat, pressure, and pain.

Animation shows the different actions taken by the human body when the finger touches a hot iron. The Doctor describes the workings of the inner ear and uses the silhouette images of a person balancing on one foot to explain the actions of the body to maintain balance. Slow motion of cat dropped from up-side-down position yet land on its feet. Circus scenes to illustrate the sense of pressure, sense of touch, sight, hearing, balance, smell, taste, cold, heat, and memory.

Shot List:


CU shot of movie camera lens


CU, Image finger points to film threading path of movie camera


CU, Image of human eye, video footage eye blinking. Blink of an eye


CU Image of retina of human eye


Animation image (footage) illustrates the functions of the human eye


Animated image of the human body with pathways of the nerves, end of finger that can sense touch, cold, heat, pressure, and pain


Silhouette images of finger touching a hot iron


Silhouette images of man balancing on one foot


Slow motion video footage of falling cat


Video footage of circus clowns, circus tumbler, circus acrobats


Images of two young boys and a girl with snacks and laughing


Images of knife throwing circus act. Image of Indian Chief and pretty girl


Point of view (pov) of circus knife thrower


Image of lady walking a tight rope


Brief image of a fire eater


Sound of drum roll and trapeze act


Animation images of guy relaxing after tough job well done