To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly
With the development of modern biology in the 19th century, animals become models to which the human, as an inadequate being [Mangelwesen], has yet to aspire. Smith shows an example of such an animal. It is a well known fact that spiders cannot fly, yet they sometimes float in the sky without visible means of support. The film shoes how they do it. Spiders hang on a very fine silk thread, which they have shot out of their bodies and crawl along through the air. Humans needed some time on order to do be able to do this, shooting cords with arrows from one tree to the next in order to brachiate through the rainforest.
Percy Smith, UK 1909, 1 min, s/w, stumm