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Bertha

UK, 1970 (MIFF 1971, Programme 14)

Director: Michael Sclater

Bertha is an old traction engine which Sclater treats, not for its nostalgic interest as might be expected, but for the opportunities its complex mechanism offers the film-maker for "pure cinema."

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