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The Life of the Rabbit (1945)

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Published on May 6, 2011

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The British Council Film Collection is an archive of more than 120 short documentary films made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved by the BFI National Film Archive and digitised by means of a generous donation by Google, the films are now yours to view, to download and to play with for the first time.

The Life of the Rabbit is a short but charming informational piece on the habits, traits and lifecycle of the humble rabbit. The film follows both 'real' and animated creatures, depicting a range of activities from daily grooming to the traversing of tunnels and dens, sometimes at exceptionally high speed, whilst being pursued by a rogue pole cat with a desire for a rabbit dinner.

Details of the reproductive processes of the rabbit are the perfect excuse for a succession of undeniably cute shots of bunnies as they develop through the beginning stages of their lives; this narrative also acting as an educational lesson in reproduction arguably designed to be translatable to a more 'human' case study.

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