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Programme 39

Felix Mariassy, whose first film Springtime in Budapest painted a grim picture of a war-torn city, here creates a charming and vivacious love story. Scripted by his wife Judith, the film describes how a young national service man, returning on leave, finds that his girl friend has partially ... Read more
Five humorous sketches about war. ... Read more
Autumn Marathon tells of a gentle-souled English translator in Leningrad who can't keep his private affairs apart from his duties - that is, he has a mistress on the side and a wife he loves. In addition, his Danish neighbour likes to go jogging each morning and punctually rings his doorbell at ... Read more
When Peter Brook's production of "US" for the Royal Shakespeare Company was presented at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in the winter of 1966-7, it aroused considerable controversy. By the use of shock techniques rarely employed in any theatre, it attempted to involve its audiences in the proposition ... Read more
Jolma Lungma, the highest peak of the Himalaya Mountains and the highest point on earth, is known as the world's "Third Pole". This film describes how a group of Chinese mountaineers undertook extensive training and preparations and how finally, on May 25th, 1960, they reached the summit. ... Read more
A fantasia for camera and orchestra in three movements: set in the natural beauty of the Feldberg Lake area of East Germany. ... Read more
A reportage of the end-of-the-year celebrations at a kindergarten. ... Read more
The film is a compilation of newsreel material, first covering briefly the past history of Hungary. then giving in detail the uprising of October. 1956, ending with the Russian troops crushing the revolt and the ensuing general strike. ... Read more
The film covers the life of the Blue Miao tribe of northern Thailand over one year's cycle of social, religious and economic activities. It shows their ceremonies, their food-gathering, making of costumes, their cultivation of opium and their annual festival. It ends with the removal of their ... Read more
In 1977, Michel Pellus was released from prison after serving six years of a fourteen year sentence for trafficking in narcotics. While behind bars, Michel turned to painting as an escape from the monotony and dreariness of prison life. The film captures the transition in his life since leaving ... Read more
In the post-Napoleonic period in France the pursuit of money was the ruling passion. Based on Balzac's novel, "La Raboilleuse", this film tells how it was the principal aim of Philippe Bridau. He climbs the ladder, beginning as a small-time gambler and swindler and ending as a rich and respected ... Read more
The wedding of a shepherd in a wonderful place of Rumania, depicting the old traditions of the country people. ... Read more
In simple classic style - charcoal drawings on white paper - the film tells the story of how the goat-god Pan fashioned a flute from river reeds. ... Read more
Tarahumara tells of the impact of corrupt land-grabbers on a primitive Indian society. Using a deceptively familiar plot, the film takes a penetrating look at the Indians, their problems with exploiting white men, and the complications that arise when a sympathetic stranger enters into friendship ... Read more
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