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Programme 4

In this puppet film, a farmer's dream leads him to heaven via the Milky Way where his cans of milk provide an "open sesame" at the Gates and win him a Star of Honour. Hurrah for milk. ... Read more
A fable on the futility of progress for its own sake. Is the grass any greener for the helmeted astronaut than for the naked ape? ... Read more
This film won first prize for the best cartoon at the Venice Festival last year. It tells the story of a man who seeks in sleep freedom from the day's worries, but finds a greater fear in its solitude. ... Read more
An energetic romp through the letters of the alphabet provides a guessing game for the audience. ... Read more
"They often try to find human nature by means of films - so do I. In this film I have tried to express it by real pictures, putting it out of an ideal world". Yoji Kuri's statement on his blackest, most devas­tating cartoon yet. ... Read more
We see the outlines of figures from the Stone Age, carved on rocks. These are battle scenes. The figures begin to move and the movement turns into a fierce battle... ... This is an experimental film picturing the develop­ment of weapons of total destruction, beginning with the prehistoric age ... Read more
La Tin Tula is the Spanish cinema's homage to Miguel de Unamuno, one of Spain's greatest writers, on the centenary of his birth. The novel from which the film was adapted, delineates a well-known Span­ish character: the spinster who keeps the family together, brings up the nephews, and - her ... Read more
In The Last Mohican, Paul Leaf directed Alan Arkin in a sketch written by Arkin. Here former comedy team of Mike Nichols (director of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate) and Elaine May (star of Luv) appear in their sketch about two pseudo-intellectuals in bed for the first time. ... Read more
A selection of about 200 illustrations are used for this survey of cartoon and caricature, in Britain over the past 250 years. The film chiefly concentrates on Hogarth, the scurrilous cartoons of Gillray with their assault on Napoleon, the Victorian cartoonists Cruick-shank and du Marrier and the ... Read more
Fassbinder is the wonder-boy of the performing arts, turning out fully developed plays, films and television productions of his own with insistent regularity, and still finding time to appear in other people's films and follow the fortunes of Bayern Munich, one of Europe's great football teams. ... Read more
An evocation of the calling which has helped to make Dutch marine engineering famous all over the world. ... Read more
The course of a volcanic eruption is shown from beginning to end: the rarely seen termination of volcanic activity is included. Devastation and beauty are the aftermath. ... Silver Osella for Children's Film, Venice 1970 ... Read more
Frenzy was the most challenging film of a Swedish revival in the last years of the war. It has a high seriousness of theme coupled with a distinctive visual style. Its theme - the longings and frustrations of modern life, the loneliness and anguish of young people trying to come to terms with a ... Read more
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years lead us to suspect that more good films are being made today in that country than elsewhere in the ... Read more
Without benefit of commentary, Bert Haanstra contrasts the mysterious refinement of the work of men with the uniformity of machines. The approach is light and deft and full of humor, communicating above all a delight in the creativeness of men's hands. The color photography is used for a clear ... Read more
Told entirely in visuals and music, this poetic tale of tbree generations of a tamily of aviators manage* to communicate man's yearning to conquer the skies. The lead Is a scruffy little boy, who, fascinated by the huge jet planes that land everyday in the nearby drome, is longing to My like his ... Read more
Based on the novel by Nobel prize­winner, Knut Hamsen, Hunger is about a penniless young writer in turn-of-the-century Oslo. The film is constructed with disruptive move­ments from reality to myth. The writer wanders around the city during an autumn day, unable to sell any of his writings ... Read more
An amusing treatment of the problem nf clearing up the vast amount of Jitter that is left on railway stations every day. ... Read more
These are no ordinary travel notes brought back from America by filmmakers; they are not enthusiastic records of skyscrapers and crowds. but disturbing aspects of a hallucinatory world of concrete and metal, glaring light and haunting shadow. The film is notable for its dramatic use of colour, and ... Read more
An impressionistic film treatment of American jazz history. A narrative in blank verse and a musical score consisting of original recordings by jazz composers and performers together with an attractive sepia toning combine to make an unusual and exotic film. ... Read more
Billy is a loner. His older brother bullies him, and his good timing mother passes him off to a succession of one night uncles. At the age of 15 years, he is on the brink of an aimless existence of petty pilfering and wasted weeks of schooling, which he realises only too well will lead to some ... Read more
This sharp little anti-war film carries a surpisingly lasting after-effect, Between a prologue and epilogue of war, a bitterly humorous "thumb-nail''' history of weapons is given in an animated cartoon of unusual style and originality. ... Read more
"Man of Aran" comes closer than "Nan-ook of the North" or "Moana" to the life we know or our forebears knew, to our racial past. . . . The nameless man of Aran is separated from us only by the genera-lions that brought towns and machines and easy living to our own kind. He even speaks a language ... Read more
Three sketches played by modern marionettes: Rumour, Chez Moniquc and The Dream Chaser. The film won the highest German film prize in 1958. ... Read more
A conversation before an accident , intercut with safety warnings, accompanies shots of wrecked cars and views of impending accidents from behind the wheel. A strong case for careful driving. ... Read more
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