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Programme 4

A Dream Comes True (J. Geesink, 1955)
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

Acceleration (Pavel Prochazka, 1968)
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

Alone (V. Mimica, 1958)
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 solitud… Read more

Alphabet (Eliot Noyes, 1966)
An energetic romp through the letters of the alphabet provides a guessing game for the audience. ... Read more

Aos (Yoji Kuri, 1964)
"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, m… Read more

Attention (S. Janik, 1959)
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 … Read more

AUNT TULA (Miguel Picazo, 1965)
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 Spa… Read more

Bach to Bach (Paul Leaf, 1967)
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 … Read more

Black on White (John Read, 1954)
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 Gil… Read more

DESPAIR (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)
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 othe… Read more

Dredging (Tom Tholen, 1967)
An evocation of the calling which has helped to make Dutch marine engineering famous all over the world. ... Read more

Fire Mountain (Bert van Bork, 1970)
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 Childre… Read more

FRENZY (Alf Sjöberg, 1944)
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 frustr… Read more

GATE OF HELL (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)
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 le… Read more

Glass (Bert Haanstra, 1958)
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 ab… Read more

Glass Skies (Frantisek Vlacil, 1958)
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, fa… Read more

HUNGER (Henning Carlsen, 1966)
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… Read more

I am a Litter Basket (James Ritchie, 1960)
An amusing treatment of the problem nf clearing up the vast amount of Jitter that is left on railway stations every day. ... Read more

Impressions de New York (François Reichenbach, 1955)
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 an… Read more

Introduction to Jazz (Denis Sanders, 1952)
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 attracti… Read more

KES (Ken Loach, 1969)
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 p… Read more

Look Out! (Jirí Brděcka, 1960)
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 carto… Read more

MAN OF ARAN (Robert J. Flaherty, 1934)
"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… Read more

Marionettes (C. W. Van der Berg, 1958)
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

Memento (Stafan Sharss, 1968)
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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