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Devices of CuriosityEarly Cinema and Popular Science$
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Oliver Gaycken

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860685.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.189) Conclusion
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Devices of Curiosity
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Oliver Gaycken

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860685.003.0007

The conclusion considers two films that represent certain tendencies of popular-science films after 1918. These films are The Daily Dozen at the Zoo (1934) and “Bug Workout,” a YouTube video from 2014. Both films depict animals engaged in repetitive activities. These depictions of repetition are taken as emblems of a tendency toward repetition within the genre itself. Both films are also intended as gestures toward the considerable amount of research left to do on the history of popular-science films over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Keywords:   repetition, YouTube, animals, Surrealism

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