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Programme 20

A RESPECTABLE LIFE (Stefan Jarl, 1979)
"More than ten years ago I did a semi-documentary feature which was a big success in the cinemas and later on television, named They Call Us Misfits (Dom Kallar Oss Mods). The film followed two guys … Read more

BUTTERFLY LOVERS (Sang Hu, Huang Sha, 1953)
This beautiful and intriguing Chinese opera film is based on a seventh century Chinese legend. All the parts are played by women from the Shohsing Experimental Opera Theatre. ... The playing is of a … Read more

Call of the Mountains (A. K. Chaudhuri, 1958)
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling was established by the Government of India to encourage mountaineering amongst the youth of the country. This documentary revolves around one of t… Read more

CIAO, FEDERICO! (Gideon Bachmann, 1970)
”Fellini says: ‘Reality does not exist. The artist invents it.' I believe it exists. We must live in it. and interpret it. With this film I wanted to experiment: interpret while I was inventing. … Read more

Clockwork Lemon (Macek Rubetzki, 1979)
Alf has worked as a compositor for 42 years with the one company. In the last seven of those years the industry, and Alf's job, have undergone tremendous changes. The film looks at the effects of the… Read more

LISSY (K. Wolf, 1957)
"The film opens with a Love on the Dole theme at the end of the 1920's and follows the life of a German working class girl into the Nazi era. Raised in the slums of Berlin, Lissy helps to support her… Read more

Outline of Detergency (Michael Ricketts, 1960)
Water alone is not very good at wetting things. This film uses demonstrations and animated drawings to show in a simple way how detergent weakens the tension at the water surfaces. The basic construc… Read more

Parliamentarians (J. Jahn, 1958)
The life and work of Daumier, famous French artist and caricaturist, and a study of the power of political satire. ... Read more

Serenal (Norman McLaren, 1959)
Norman McLaren salutes the West Indies, etching and painting the spirit of fiesta - fireworks and all - in response to an Island tune. ... Read more

THE LAWYERS (Richard Cawston, 1960)
This BBC documentary was filmed in various locations throughout England and Wales, and shows real barristers and solicitors in their chambers and offices and in the Inns of Court. There are no actors… Read more

TRAIN WITHOUT A TIMETABLE (Veljko Bulajic, 1959)
In the spring of 1946 a great migration of landless peasants took place in Yugoslavia, organised by the government; a movement from the arid, rocky areas to the fertile plains of Voyvodina. Owing to … Read more

Underground Palace (Chiang Ching-hung, 1959)
The Emperors of the Ming Dynasty concealed treasures under each of their tombs, so effectively hidden, that only in 1958 was the first of these - that of the Emperor Wan-li - discovered. ... Read more

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