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The Botany of Desire

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Botany of Desire


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Shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The program explores the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.
Title: The botany of desire
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] :, Distributed by PBS Distribution,, 2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Based on the book by Michael Pollan.
Originally produced for television, 2008.
Features: deleted scenes; 19 min. panel discussion on the interdisciplinary importance of The Botany of Desire; 29 min. add'l interview with Michael Pollan.
Contents: Introduction
Apples: the desire for sweetness
Apples as a commodity
Tulips: the desire for beauty
Breeding tulips
Marijuana: the desire for intoxication
The science behind marijuana
Potatoes: the desire for control
Today's potato monoculture
The web of life.
Summary: Shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. The program explores the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.
Audience: Rating TV-PG.
ISBN: 0793670845
9780793670840
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Report This Oct 25, 2011
  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The best sections are the cut scenes on hard cider, history of the delicious and the dutch auction. While the film can drag and be predictable in its theme the section on potatoes was excellent.

Report This Dec 04, 2010
  • teacupfaerie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

amazing and slightly disturbing view of how plants are actually controlling us! Entertaining and interesting.

Report This Apr 18, 2010
  • libraryjunkie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful documentary by Michael Pollan about the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato. The film is based on Pollan's book of the same title. Really enjoyable and educational.

Report This Apr 12, 2010
  • dianad73 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting! Learned lots. Interesting way of looking at plants and how we relate to them.

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