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The Botany of Desire

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
Statement of Responsibility: produced and directed by Michael Schwarz
Performers: Features, Michael Pollan ; narrator, Frances McDormand.
System Details: DVD; Dolby 2.0 stereo.; widescreen; NTSC; region 1.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Human-plant relationships.
Genre/Form: Nature television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Human-plant relationships.
Publisher No: TBOD601
TBOD601
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It’s been said that it’s not humans who control their pets--it’s the other way around. The same can be said for plants, according to this fascinating PBS documentary, “The Botany of Desire.” Based on his best-selling book, Michael Pollan takes a look at four plants--the apple, tulips, marijuana,... Read More »


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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.

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.

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.

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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