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Oxfordshire Natural Beekeeping Group

It is winter. I have recently found a silent-film about beekeeping, a documentary entitled Het Leven der Bijen or The Life of Bees. You can watch it here.

lubert-hivesThe film follows a simple and repetitive structure. First a juddering title-card describes some action, and then we see the scene. “The beekeeper guides us around the hives” is followed by a slow shot showing Jan Luberti walking through a garden lined with upright hives. Another title-card appears. Then we see his springtime inspection. The film follows the keeper and his bees though the events of a year, and finishes with a grinning toddler eating bread and honey, with the wholesome intertitle: “honey on the bread, makes the cheeks red”.

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