The film tells about one of the attempts to resolve the dispute between soul and body - the book I. M. Sechenov "reflexes of the brain".
A puppet with strings suitable for a lit candle.
Performance of actors of theatre "the Tree" on the square in front of the audience.
The artists, dressed in kostimi in the style of the grotesque, performed spasmodic movements, twitching in convulsions.
View of the square during theatrical performances.
The spectators and artists.
Fragments of antique statues decorating the nearby buildings.
The scene with decorations, set in the square, performers beat drums.
The fragments of performances, the statues on the pediment of the building.
People dressed in the fashion of the mid-19th century, walking in the Summer garden (re-enactment).
A policeman keeps order, the audience watching the performance of a mobile puppet theater, parts of the play.
The faces of the children and policeman.
Children watch the show.
Pictures of streets of Moscow, St.
Petersburg and other cities of the Russian Empire 60-80 - ies of the 19th century.
Portrait of the author of the book "reflexes of the brain" by Ivan Mikhailovich Sechenov.
View of the Desk.
The book "reflexes of the brain" revealed on the first page.
Pantomime - a naked man rises from the mud.
Interior photos of the library, books on the shelves.
Pantomime performed by actors of theatre "the tree", the face of one of the artists.
Photos of Russian scientists-physiologists of the late 19th century during the research and experiments in laboratories.
Locations: Leningrad 
Seasons: Summer 
Actors of theatre "the Tree" performing pantomime on the stairs of the old house, up the stairs to the convulsive movements of a man.
Photos of stalls of the 19th century, Orthodox churches.
Interior view of the Orthodox Church.
Fragments of the inner decorations of the temple.
Pantomime performed by an actor with a candle in his hand.
Candles in the Orthodox Church, interior view of the temple and dome (bottom).
Photos of everyday life of St.
Petersburg in the last third of the 19th century, the types of squares and streets.
Table meetings in the Censorship Committee.
View of the foyer of the University.
People on the streets of Leningrad.
The performance of the mobile puppet theatre on Nevsky Prospekt, the faces of the audience.
Actors of theatre "the Tree" performed a pantomime in a sand pit, puppet rises with the help of a puppeteer.
Locations: Leningrad 
Seasons: Summer