Skip to main content


UK, 1952 (MIFF 1958, Programme 36)

This is a faithful but not too serious reconstruction of a film show one might have seen at the Gem or Electric Palace in 1915. The feature is Will Barker's The Road to Ruin (which "The Times" described as "the greatest moral lesson ever preached from pulpit or stage"), in which the oldest invertebrate undergraduate of all time (obviously possessed of mechanical abdominal support) sees in a dream to what depths of degradation &ndash: gin and horse nobbling, child beating and wife slaughter &ndash: one may sink to by neglecting the advice of dear old mother. Due to the value of mother's love the film subsequently enables this Oxford man to graduate cum lauda honoris, in three months.

In support we have another "heavy" The Passions of Men ("a modern drama that palpitates with fire and power") &ndash: the story of a girl who is tricked into staying the night at her employer's house and an "intensely laughable photoplay", The Lovesick Maidens of Cuddleton about a handsome young doctor and his young women patients. A newsreel and Making Christmas Crackers add to the programme.

See also...

Main Street, Africa

An impression of life and opinion in a small, prosperous South African town, where most of the white inhabitants are strong supporters of the government and of apartheid. ... More »


On a peaceful, warm summer day, a barge was sailing on the Danube. The brown uniforms of the Fascist guards leave no doubt as to the ship's cargo - arms and ammunition. ... However, the guards are ... More »


Juraj Herz is Czechoslovakia's chief creator of fables, fairy stories and parables. His previous works seen at the festival include the grotesque joke called The Cremator and the mordant and ... More »

Winter's Harvest / Raccolto D'Inverno

A documentary account of a community of italian families who have made an interesting combination of Southern Italian provincial customs and Western consumer culture. The events symbolising this are ... More »

Nerve Centre

An experiment in film technique. Still photographs of the British War Cabinet Room have a surprising sense of movement. ... More »

The Stranger Left No Card

A small town is suddenly invaded by a tall, weirdly dressed stranger whose eccentric, but harmless, behaviour is gradually accepted by the townspeople who know him as "Napoleon". One day he calls at ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director