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Death by Design: The Life and Times of Life and Times

Death by Design is a 1995 science documentary directed by Peter Friedman and Jean-François Brunet of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris which focuses on cell biology, with an emphasis on programmed cell death and why our lives depend on it.[1] Featured are prominent biologists such as Nobel prize laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini (along with her artist twin sister Paola Levi-Montalcini), Martin Raff, Polly Matzinger, Pierre Goldstein, and Nobel laureate Robert Horvitz. The documentary is notable for its combination of a whimsical use of metaphors with scientific rigor, and incorporates animation, micro-cinematography, and scenes from old Hollywood films and stock footage, including Busby Berkley-choreographed dance routines. The opening scene features the trailer from the 1950s science fiction film It Came From Outer Space. (Note: "The Life and Times of Life and Times" is a separate film which is included on the same DVD). See

Death by Design
Directed byPeter Friedman
Jean-François Brunet
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)

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