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Programme 6

A FLIGHT OF PIGEONS (Shyam Benegal, 1978)
1857 — India is in turmoil. Indian units of the East India Company's Army are in open revoit, leading to a popular uprising against British rule. ... One scorching Sunday morning in May, the re… Read more

And There Was No More Sea (Bert Haanstra, 1956)
A vanishing way of life in the Netherlands: before it was too late Haanstra was com¬missioned to preserve a picture of life round the former Zuiderzee with its colourful costumes and traditions ... Read more

ANNA (Zoltan Fabri, 1958)
Anna, an innocent, timid, village girl of 17, becomes maid to a wealthy Budapest family. In her loneliness and desire for affection she is beguiled by a young dandy &ndash: nephew of her hysterical m… Read more

Carrousel (Bernard Longpré, 1968)
Do they dream, those wooden horses on the roundabouts? Black and green and blue, with flying hooves and flaring nostrils, could they escape? Then what dreams, what adventures, what colour, what life,… Read more

CHARULATA (Satyajit Ray, 1964)
Charulata is based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The setting is Calcutta in 1880, where the upper-class Bengali milieu, though strongly rooted in tradition, is nourished by English liberal ideal… Read more

Circus (Wlodzimierz Haupe, 1954)
A puppet film about five children in a Circus &ndash: a Chinese, an Indian, a Polynesian, a Negro and a Polish boy &ndash: who treat the audience to an exhibition of see &ndash: saw jumping. By mista… Read more

DESTINY OF A MAN (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1960)
"In the beginning I led a very ordinary life. . ." This is the way Andrei Sokolov, the hero of A Man's Destiny by Mikhail Sholokhov, starts to tell us about himself. A simple, unadorned story of a pl… Read more

DODES'KA-DEN (Akira Kurosawa, 1970)
Akira Kurosawa's first film in five years centres on the inhabitants of a shanty-town society. ... The town is little more than an ugly array of metal sheets and tar paper shacks resembling the city … Read more

Entente Cordiale (Max Linder, 1912)
Max Linder, the dapper French comedian of silent films, was a forerunner of Chaplin. In this reissue, the always impeccably dressed Max is a bachelor who lost his maid. So he must battle with the pro… Read more

Every Man's Death (Leandro Castellani, 1967)
A film attacking violence, war and all forms of useless destruction. ... Read more

First Night (Georges Franju, 1958)
A schoolboy discovers unknown and strange parts of Paris when he boards the "Metro" in pursuit of a young girl. A short documentary film directed by one of the new young talents of the French cinema. ... Read more

Golden Fleece Service (Pat Matthews, 1959)
This Venice Prize winning T.V. commercial is about two men discussing a dream ... Read more

HE WHO MUST DIE (Jules Dassin, 1957)
Jules Dassin's film has been hailed as one of the finest to come out of France in recent years, It is adapted from a novel by Karantzaki, "Christ Recrucified", and is described by Lindsay Anderson as… Read more

HUGS AND KISSES (Jonas Cornell, 1966)
In Ostermalm, the Toorak of Stockholm, live a glossy couple luxuriating in the world of glossy magazines, Peter Stuyvesant ads, and Swedish swish. Then another bloke turns up, a bohemian kicked out b… Read more

Let's Go Hunting in the Wood (Jirí Brdecka, 1967)
A traditional song of love, won and tragically lost, is illustrated by graphics that evoke the essence of Czech folk culture. ... Grand Prix, Tours. ... Read more

Life is Beautiful (Tadeusz Makarczynski, 1958)
The title is ironic, for the film conveys a philosophical impression of man's protest against the dangers which surround him &ndash: particularly the danger of atomic extinction. ... There is no comm… Read more

LUCIA (Humberto Solás, 1968)
ln 1895, the Cuban people revolted ... against Spain. ln |933 they revolted ... against a dictator. Then in thc ... Sixties came Fidel. Lucia is a different ... heroine in each of three moments ... i… Read more

Mayurakshi Dam (N. K. Issar, 1959)
With its source in the Santhal Paraganas, the Mayurakshi river flows through Birbhurn and Murshidabad in West Bengal This film tells the story of the harnessing of the river and of the part played by… Read more

Moonglow (Harold F. Mack, 1955)
A cartoon based on the Comedia dell' Arte Arlecchino and Columbine. The classical story is told by mime in a balletic style. ... Read more

My Twelve Daddies (Eduard Hofman, 1959)
A satirical cartoon about premature marriages. A fickle young woman changes her husband, hairstyle, and dress, so often that she has not even time to comb her little girl's hair. ... Read more

Jean Vigo died in 1934 while still a young man. With an output of less than 17,000 feet of film, he takes his place alongside Renoir and Clair as one of the three most influential figures in French c… Read more

Nyal Toothpaste (Geoff Pike, 1960)
An advertisement for Nyal toothpaste. ... Read more

ORPHEUS (Jean Cocteau, 1950)
There is a story that in 1912 Diaghilev said to Jean Cocteau in a half serious mood, “Etonne-moi” (Astonish me) - and for the last forty years Cocteau has never ceased to surprise his contemporar… Read more

OTHELLO (Sergei Yutkevich, 1955)
Sergei Youtkevitch has defined his interpreta¬tion of Othello's tragedy not primarily as one of love and jealousy but of misplaced trust. Othello's murderous act is committed in defence of trust … Read more

Postcards Home (Dai Vaughan, 1966)
Postcards home from the front during the First World War reveal the inherent frailty of human attachments. ... Diploma, Leipzig Festival. ... Read more

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