King Vidor's "Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics" (1964)
"The nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent: the nightingale for his song: and the sun for his radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves, and should turn them into odes of self-congratulation on the excellency of the human mind. Nature is a dull affair, soundless, scentless, colourless; merely the hurrying of material, endlessly, meaningless."
- Whitehead, Science and the Modern World (quoted in the film)
"Did matter precede thought?", Vidor asks...
Vidor titled his autobiography: "A Tree is a Tree"
By the way, I like "Metaphor" more than this one. It is, on the surface, on a much more superficial subject but I found it far superior in terms of cinema.
They're both on the same dvd.
Do you still have a copy of this film ? i'm very, very interested in it. Do you still share it ? :)