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Discovered 150 years ago, titanium remained a curiosity until the 1920's when paint manufacturers realised the unique advantages of titanium dioxide as a pigment. After outlining the history of the pigment, the film shows stages in its manufacture, methods of testing and applications. ... Read more
The universal game of guessing travellers' intentions and destinations is here played on the Harwich-Hook of Holland Continental route. By the lime Denmark. Holland. Germany and Switzerland are reached, some of the mysteries have been solved. ... Read more
Running for four hours, The Travelling Players traces the history of Greece from 1936 to 1952. The film begins and ends during an election campaign in 1952. A small group of strolling players traverses the countryside, performing their play, 'Golfo the Shepherdess'. Everywhere they go, they set up ... Read more
The work of Lester James Peries has an enviable reputation in Ceylon, but is, as yet, little known elsewhere. This film, his first to be shown in Australia should provide a more than adequate introduction. It deals with the fragile nature of human relations in a style somewhat reminiscent of ... Read more
... ... The Trouble With Angels marked Lupino's return to feature-Film direction after a hiatus of 13 years. Beneath its somewhat dubious subject-a comedy about nuns-Angels, like many of Lupino's films, is a study of a young girl's sexual awakening, but this time in a purely feminine context. Few ... Read more
Marcel Ophuls has an unbeatable opening to The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Joumalism in Wartime: the true story of how World War II was declared on the very day his father, Max Ophuls, was directing a scene in the costume drama From Maijerling to Sarajevo in which the disgruntled Prinzip ("I ... Read more
A young girl's love is menaced by war. ... Read more
Based on the acclaimed bestseller by Jeffrey Eugenides, Sofia Coppola's (Francis Ford Coppola's daughter) debut feature is a darkly humourous, tender exploration of the heart of adolescence, accompanied by an atmospheric score by the French group, Air. ... Set in Michigan in the 1970s, The Virgin ... Read more
Students invariably love this tale of a young Australian boy who, in drought conditions, saves the day after his father's horrific accident. ... Because this is based on the popular novel by Colin Thiele, many students are drawn in immediately as they remember his writing and how much they enjoy ... Read more
... ... Much to everyone's surprise, fundamentalist hard-line Iran has been pioving that humanist cinema is alive and thriving for at least a decade now To established names like Kiarostami, Makmalbaf, Bani' etemad and Foruzesh we can now add Jafar Panahi. winner of last year's Best First Film ... Read more
A documentary about the work of biologists towards the preservation of the white-tailed deer in Quebec. ... Read more
In this cartoon the vain hedgehog is unkind to the other animals in the forest, but he receives his just reward when he gets involved in a difficult situation. ... Read more
Evocative and haunting vision of individual isolation. Set in the bleak American mid-west of desolate highways, hospitals and hotels, this nine-minute film manages to traverse the dan­gerous terrain of gender construction, illness and death, in a style that resonates in the mind long after the ... Read more
An anecdote of a man who has to abandon his dreams because he has attained his ambition. ... Golden Conch, San Sebastian Festival. ... Read more
A short, animated film, which makes fun of pornography. ... Read more
Uttara is the stylised reaction of Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta to the outbursts of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in both the East and West. In addition, the film is an intriguing ode to the millions of people in developing countries who are not taken seriously because they are ... Read more
An animated featurette with a live action feel (and one of the most frenetic chase sequences in cinema history!) Aardman's most ambitious production to date seems set to become another animation classic. Having already won the 1994 Oscar for Best Animation, Wallace, the eccentric inventor and ... Read more
Eminent personalities associated with the theatre, among them Dame Sybil Thorndyke, for whom "St. Joan" was written a half century ago, engage in animated comment on Shaw, his plays, his theatrical style, and the way the plays should be performed. ... Read more
The moods of the parched land before the monsoon, the gathering of the clouds, then the bursting of the rain, is depicted in telling visuals and suitably selected ragas. ... Read more
“Charged by a whip-smart, deadpan approach, overflowing with talk that seems to be delivered at the speed of sound, if not light.” - Variety ... For a group of twenty-somethings, being holed up in a house in the middle of nowhere over the long Argentinean summer leads to flirtation and fun. But ... Read more
What if all the people who died in the last 10 years stepped back into their old lives' Robin Campillo's debut feature is anything but a zombie pic. It is a cautionary tale with a sci-fi spin, which raises some pressing questions about the depletion of resources, the nature of loss and grief, and ... Read more
Nino Culotta arrives in Australia brimming with hope. And why not? Sydney greets him with glorious weather and he has a job to go to working as a journalist on his cousin's magazine. The immigrant dream becomes a nightmare when Nino finds that the magazine has folded, his cousin has skipped the ... Read more
Noted for his humour, Elliott Erwitt delivers comedy of a strictly black variety in this examination of American mores. Beauty Knows No Pain takes a sharply focused look at the often merciless training of young girls becoming Rangerettes - cheerleaders at Kilgore College, Texas. ... Check out the ... Read more
A small man Terzo (Third) and a large man, Mondo (World) live in a strange world, closed in by four high walls. There is no roof, doors or windows, only an opening through which one receives sustenance. The story of a presumed privilege that results in prejudice. ... Read more
Filmed in Holloway, North London, a cinema verite record of the struggle of a group of tenants, black and white, who establish what is probably Britain's first housing co-operative. ... Read more
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