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Programme 19

Africa is my Home (J. Michael Hogopian, 1960)
Through the life history of a native woman we witness the basic problems of equatorial Africa: tradition versus progress; religious rivalry; colonialism versus independency - in this context we see h… Read more

Aurum - The Element AU (Ken Fairbairn, 1970)
Aurum — The Element AU is a study of gold, tracing the role of gold and its place in various civilisations throughout the ages, from ancient Egypt onwards. Its importance as a virtually indestr… Read more

Australian Weekend (Rhonda Small, 1960)
After work on Friday night, the Australian city dweller changes his personality. Here, we view different people at their favourite pastimes dining the freedom of the weekend. ... Read more

BEST BOY (Ira Wohl, 1979)
Ira Wohl's Best Boy is an Oscar-winning new feature-length film, again by a committed young film-maker, which is very much a part of the finest spirit of doctmentary film-making. It examines an indiv… Read more

Borgo A Mozzano (Michele Gandin, 1958)
Beautifully photographed, this is an account of an experiment in agricultural improvement in Borgo a Mozzano, a community of sixteen hamlets in Tuscany, Italy. ... By supplying modern services and te… Read more

Care of St. Christopher's (James Ritchie, 1959)
A typical day at St. Christopher's Home for the Children of Railwaymen, Derby, an establishment for the care of children whose parents work in transport but are unable to provide a proper home tor th… Read more

Court Music and Dancing (Shoji Maruyama, 1957)
Gagaku, one of the earliest forms of Japanese music, and Bugaku, its accompanying dance, are still preserved in close to their original state by musicians and dancers of the Imperial Household. This … Read more

Desert Conquest (Lex Halliday, 1959)
The film shows how the land was cleared and how the men and their families who worked on this project eventually settled on the reclaimed sol, on farms of their own. ... Read more

Flash Gordon (Cliff Fenneman, Ron Spongberg, 1970)
The story of a young drag racer who goes his own way and lives only for racing. ... Read more

LOLA MONTES (Max Ophuls, 1955)
Lote Montes was the last film directed by Max Ophuls befors his death in 1957; the film as Ophuls originally made it was very different from the abridged English language version shown here. To make … Read more

Magdana's Donkey (Z. Harshiladze, 1955)
Set in the 19th century in Southern Russia this is a simple poetic story of poverty. In the. village of Kartli in Georgia lives the widow Magdana, a poor peasant, with her three children. They live b… Read more

The England of Elizabeth (J. Taylor, 1956)
An artistic pilgrimage through Elizabethan England. Stately homes, familiar pictures, furniture. music, and, of course, Shakespeare, are used to evoke the spirit of the period. ... Read more

The Fox Has Four Eyes (Jamie Uys, 1960)
This is the story of tribal witchcraft, ritual, murder,and the frenzied efforts of a bereaved father to avenge the killing of his daughter. This becomes his obsession, and his determination finally c… Read more

THE HARP OF BURMA (K. Ichikawa, 1956)
Eleven years after V-J day. the Pacific phases of World War II still fascinate the Japanese. ... The Harp of Burma opens in July, 1945—the war was nearing its end for the Japanese forces in Bur… Read more

The Island of Mongooses (Ágoston Kollányi, 1959)
An interesting nature study film showing how the importation of mongooses to an island in the Adriatic cleared it of a plague of poisonous snakes. ... Read more

The Titan was made between 1938 and 1940, chiefly in Florence and Rome, by the Swiss producer Curt Oertel. During the war the film was lost but afterwards discovered in France by the American Army. W… Read more

Vertical (David Hall, 1970)
Made by the sculptor David Hall, this film explores landscape and perception, creating an art object that lies between the surface of the film and the objects placed in the landscape. ... Read more

Waiting For (Anne Basser, 1970)
Presented by the British Film Institute with £1,000 to make a film, and despite her total lack of experience, Stephanie Turner attempts to capture the essence of 'reality' by allowing the camer… Read more

We Shall Never Die (E. Gross, Y. Gross, 1960)
Faith in the survival of the Jewish people is expressed wilh the use of a few candles and a telling soundtrack in this brief symbolic film. ... Read more

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