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The History of Cinema

UK, 1956 (MIFF 1957, Programme 1)

Director: John Halas

The History of the Cinema presents a humourous record of moving pictures from the earliest beginnings to today.

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The Axe and the Lamp

A diverting and irreverent cartoon which explores Bruegel's painting of the 'Netherlandish Proverbs'. The painting attacks sin with the axe of satire, and illuminates with the lamp of pity. ... More »

All Lit Up

Clever calypso verse makes up the accompaniment to yet another colourful and enlightening cartoon film by Halas and Batchelor. ... The story surveys, briefly and wittily, the use of fire for warmth ... More »

Children and Cars

Selected comments by children show that the motor car has now become accepted as an integral part of the family unit. Child-like drawings illustrate their remarks; the film then gradually expands ... More »

The Question

The ideological confusion that sets in when one tries to answer fundamental questions in life. ... More »

Shoemaker and the Hatter

A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker ... More »

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