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Cheese Mites (1903) | BFI National Archive

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Published on Jan 14, 2015

Cheese Mites (1903) | BFI National Archive
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Part of Charles Urban's 1903 'Unseen World' series, which brought the microscopic world to the screen, Cheese Mites showed large-as-crabs mites wandering about the nation's favourite lunchtime snack to the joyful disgust of audiences. For 80 years the BFI's archives held only the shot of the creepy crawlies. Now, however, a new version has been discovered, with an opening showing a professor (F Martin Duncan) horrified by examining his bread and cheese through a magnifying glass. A spoof of this film, appeared shortly after under the title Unclean World, and is also available to watch on BFI Player, as is Urban’s later cheese-related film Manufacture of Stilton Cheese. (With special thanks to Oliver Gaycken)

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