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Programme 12

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 and comfort since the days of the Romans. ... Read more
An internationally acclaimed amateur film about a little girl in search of a pair of angel's wings. ... Read more
The donkey, always regarded as an important creature of nature, is the central figure of this film. One is adopted as a pet and christened Balthazar by childhood sweethearts Marie and Jacques, in a small French town. The life of this donkey parallels the ages of man: adored childhood, the harsh ... Read more
The Polish cinema has produced new directors in recent years who have started to make films in which one can find some genuine and positive contemporary social criticism. Led by Krzysztof Zanussi, a set of new talents has emerged that is winning prizes and audiences around the world. ... Camera ... Read more
The erotic dreams of a routine-oriented bourgeois. ... Nastro d'argento. Venice 1970; Second Award, Barcelona 1970 ... Read more
When Che Guevara's body was found dead in the, mountains of Bolivia and later exposed to public view. the world took another unexpected lurch into a new era. This is a piece of reportage, mainly recording the trial of Regis Debray, with its interruptions from the spectators. Debray is interviewed ... Read more
The story of a little boy whose father dies on the last day of the War. The lonely and timid child needs a prop and finds support in creating a myth about his father's memory, inventing images of a partisan hero, a great surgeon, a political leader, while his father's former possessions acquire the ... Read more
"For One striving to see One striving not to be seen" was the sub-title to the first draft of Samuel Beckett's only screenplay so far — "Film". In it Beckett asks us to imagine that we may have existence only as constructs of the imagination of others, and so, if we wish to be free of the ... Read more
In India, as everywhere, there is a generation gap. The older people of the family studied in this film are religious, orthodox and conventional, but a daughter has been exposed to modern thought... ... Read more
The gavotte is by Rameau, the harpsicord is in the Court of Louis XIV, the elegant occasion is given by the Duchess of R. But this time her frequent guest pays no heed to the music, the dancers, the actors, the elegance. Nicolas du Tillet, a court dwarf, witnesses only the silent, secret drama ... Read more
In the paintings of the American artist, Prestopino, the camera explores life in Harlem throughout the day and late into the night. The film won an award at the Venice Film Festival. ... Read more
A lonely seven-year-old daughter of a clergyman runs away from home with her young fatherless friend, Hugo, and together they explore the dreams of childhood through the glorious Swedish summer in colours and romance redolent of a pre-pubescent Elvira Madigan. ... Based on some charming Swedish ... Read more
It Happened On The Street was the first Bulgarian film dealing with everyday life and only twelfth altogether in the country's young film industry. It is the first Bulgarian film to be shown in Australia, and its main interest to us is in that it allows us to gain a glimpse into life in post-war ... Read more
A look at one night in the life of a professional boxer, Jimmy Anderson, showing how a moment of triumph turns a fairly ordinary man into a modern gladiator. ... Italian Sporting Centre Trophy, Cortina 1970; Grand Prix, Oberhausen Sports 1970 ... Read more
The audience takes its seats in the auditorium, the orchestra tunes its instruments, the conductor enters to a round of applause, raises his baton, and . . . ... Read more
A naked girl chews a pear and paints her toenails while two men argue in the background. As she daydreams, a wig emerges from a drawer to caress her, flowers bloom in her hair, and a box opens to decorate her with jewellery. While the camera slowly pans up and down her body, the background dispute ... Read more
This film of Jean Renoir made in 1937 is a pacifist picture pleading like Pabst's Kameradschaft for toleration and co-operation between nations and arguing that divisions of rank and class, like the division of nationality must inevitably be broken down if man is to achieve his greatness. ... "It ... Read more
"Mon Merle", an old French folksong, sung by the Trio Lyrique of Montreal, tells the story of a happy-go-lucky bird who loses his neck, beak. wings and eyes but immediately sets about retrieving them. To his astonishment they return in duplicate and triplicate. Norman McLaren in his inimitable ... Read more
The triangle is the basis of this diverting ballet of changing geometrical patterns. ... Prize, Teheran Festival. ... Read more
Among India's legends one of the most poetic is the story of Radha and Krishna. Krishna the cow-herd god - the divine Lover; Radha, the beautiful milk maid symbolising the Heart of Man yearning for the Infinite. Artists through the centuries have taken this legend and the film brings to life the ... Read more
After many years abroad, Sandra returns to her native town with her American husband, Andrew. They have come to attend the ceremony at which the family gardens are to be handed over to the city as a memorial to Sandra's Jewish father, who died in a concentration camp. Her brother Gianni is also ... Read more
An irreverent look at a little monster who wreaks unbridled havoc. ... Diploma of Honour, Cracow Festival. ... Read more
The film is an expression of a mood, a heady recollection of an evening on the town rendered in rhythmic flights of light and colour. The alternation of the music's mood - gay or sad - is echoed by the artist. ... Written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn, engraved and coloured on film by ... Read more
A fable about a young soldier engaged on manoeuvres who takes advantage of being a mock casualty to spend the time with a girl. ... Diploma of Merit, Edibvurgh; Hauptpreis, Oberhausen. ... Read more
Self-preservation in the face of, and conformity to the dictates and ideologies of political power have made cowards of countless numbers of solid citizens. ... Just such a coward is Marcello who has just joined the fascists in Mussolini's Italy of the 1930's. The fascist espionage agency ... Read more
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