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Programme 4

A puppet film which tells in lively fashion how the hero falls out with his shadow. ... Read more
In this strange and beautiful film we see the city of New York as it appears when photographed through multiplying prisms, or reflected in mirrors The pictorial devices are used to make its appearance alive, glowing and intensely significant. ... Read more
Luis Bunuel's film is a kind of summary of his style and his ideas. It is a truly great film. John Huston called it a masterpiece on the level of Bicycle Thieves, Bardem declares that its final scene is "the densest, most profound and disturbing scene m the history of the cinema". It is the story ... Read more
A striking illustration of Poland's new place in the top bracket of world cinema, No Place for Eve to Sleep is a nice blend of poetry and parody. ... The film opens with Eve arriving at her boarding school one morning only to find that it ill officially closed. The caretaker won't let her in and ... Read more
This is the story of Mlle. Julie, headmistress of a girls' school, attractive to her pupils and attracted by them, who finally causes tragedy and loses all that is nearest to her heart. We are reminded of the German film of the same theme, Madchen in Uniform, but Olivia is both keener and more ... Read more
A portrait of an artist who works with material generated by publicity He cuts ads in magazines and puts them together in a new way making a reflection about our society, a criticism of our epoch. ... Read more
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The earliest forms of man's artistic expression the prehistoric drawings and paintings in the caves' of France and Spain, are the subject of this most ... beautiful and memorable art film. ... Read more
Harold Lloyd was one of the most important comedians of the silent period and in Safely Last he embodies his own principles of screen comedy. It was his ambition to make a thrill picture and the formulae for such a film he defined as "a scream, a laugh and a scream". ... Safety Last has the ... Read more
The great seventeenth-century warrior, Miyamoto Mushashi, whose prowess with the Samurai sword is legend in Japan, has been the subject of a number of film biographies. Samurai is the most extravagant of the lot and it is also the best. ... Riveting die eye with its swift alternations of animal ... Read more
This vivid, detailed reconstruction of a bygone age shows the customs and traditions in the villages of Carpathia in the south-west Ukraine during the nineteenth century. The panorama of life, including births, deaths, weddings, harvest and religious festivals, is contained in this episodic story ... Read more
A survey of primitive sculpture from the Belgian Congo, emphasising the part played by women in the pattern of life. ... Read more
A lyrical narration about the changing city of New York which centres around the erection of a skyscraper. A case history of this singularly American architectural form, it highlights the story of the new building from initial planning stages to completion and the roles of the many people who help ... Read more
A short survey of the beautiful scenery of the mountains of New Zealand's North and South Islands and Southern Lakes District, with an accent on the magnificent facilities for skiing enthusiasts. ... Read more
A scathing satire of the news coverage of the murder of a topless go-go dancer, Candy Parabola. ... Read more
"Sunday in August", which could be called an Italian equivalent of an early film of Carol Reed, "Bank Holiday", is useful for drawing a distinction between French and Italian cinema. The glory of the French film is the projection of the individual, whereas Italian cinema projects the individual but ... Read more
In this dramatised study of the general effect of poverty on family life, a couple and their seven children in a backwoods logging community are studied in the pride of a man used to the unfettered outdoor life and the wistful hope of the vulnerable young for something more. ... "We've managed all ... Read more
After Munich, when the Sudetcnland became part of Germany, an adept of Tibetan lore who is convinced that his work of cremating the dead sets people free for a better after-life, is convinced by a Nazi friend that he has a drop of German blood and is a member of the new master race. From being a ... Read more
An exploration of the child's world, seen through their drawings and paintings; based on Traherne's "Is It Not Strange, than an Infant should be Heir of the whole World, and see those Mysteries which the Books of the Learned never unfold?" ... Read more
Tracing the formation of the river from its source waters, the film follows it to its termination at the sea. ... Read more
A detective, engaged to find a missing man. discovers that the people who knew him are untroubled. One young man who might help him is mysteriously killed. The detective loses his job . . . and then realizes that he is himself a missing man, homeless, jobless, without identity. . . ... With his ... Read more
The Rival World is the terrifying all powerful Kingdom of the insect. To half the men who die, death is brought by insects; of all the food we sow, insects take one third. The only way to halt the devastation is by marshalling all resources. ... Read more
This art film is the newest of the productions of the famous Halas and Batchelor Studios, makers of Animal Farm, Britain's first full length animated cartoon. The Sea is a study of the paintings of the American painter, Winslow Homer (1836-1910), notable for his seascapes. Our print has been flown ... Read more
Set against the background of the burning plains of Northern Nigeria and the historic walled city of Kano, this is the story of Nigeria's growing exports of raw hides and skins to the western world. ... Read more
Two men carrying a large wardrobe emerge from the sea. The adventures of the trio, while looking for food and lodgings, are told in this unusual experimental film, described by its producers as an "etude" by students from Poland's Higher State Film School. ... Read more
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