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Programme 12

All Lit Up (John Halas, 1958)
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 a… Read more

Amelia and the Angel (Ken Russell, 1957)
An internationally acclaimed amateur film about a little girl in search of a pair of angel's wings. ... Read more

AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966)
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 s… Read more

CAMERA BUFF (Krzsystof Kieslowski, 1979)
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 … Read more

Ego (Bruno Bozzetto, 1969)
The erotic dreams of a routine-oriented bourgeois. ... Nastro d'argento. Venice 1970; Second Award, Barcelona 1970 ... Read more

End of a Revolution (Brian Moser, 1967)
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 reco… Read more

FATHER (István Szabó, 1967)
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 p… Read more

Film (David Clark, 1979)
"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… Read more

Film Four (Rahat Yusufi, 1969)
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

Gavotte (Walerian Borowczyk, 1967)
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 … Read more

Harlem Wednesday (John Hubley, 1957)
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

HUGO AND JOSEPHINE (Kjell Grede, 1967)
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 co… Read more

IT HAPPENED ON THE STREET (Yanko Yankov, 1955)
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 Austr… Read more

It's All in the Game, I'n It? (Tom Clegg, 1969)
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, Corti… Read more

Koncertissimo (József Gémesi, 1968)
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

La Belle Cérébrale (Peter Foldes, 1967)
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 dec… Read more

LA GRANDE ILLUSION (Jean Renoir, 1937)
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 … Read more

Le Merle (Norman McLaren, 1958)
"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… Read more

Notes on a Triangle (Rene Jodoin, 1967)
The triangle is the basis of this diverting ballet of changing geometrical patterns. ... Prize, Teheran Festival. ... Read more

Radha and Krishna (J. S. Bhownagary, 1959)
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 t… Read more

SANDRA (Luchino Visconti, 1965)
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 … Read more

Scoundrel (Flemming Quist Møller, 1966)
An irreverent look at a little monster who wreaks unbridled havoc. ... Diploma of Honour, Cracow Festival. ... Read more

Short and Suite (Norman McLaren, 1959)
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 t… Read more

Summer War (Palle Kjaerulff-Schmidt, 1965)
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

THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
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… Read more

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