Films Screened In 1953

A surrealistic abstract with an unusual sound track consisting of synthetic sound in conjunction with music for saxophone. ... Read more
Typical example of a recent German teaching film, designed for university level. Detailed close-up views of the methods used by the spider, showing the technique of "spot- welding" individual strands of the web. ... Experiments on destruction of the web show the repair work undertaken. Finishes with interesting sequence of spider eating the web. ... Read more
United Nations assists isolated Greek villagers to build a road and so attract visitors and improve trade. ... Read more
Deals with work of U.N.E.S.C.O. Technical advances have broken down the old barriers to knowledge, but there still remain the barriers in men's minds. U.N.E.S.C.O. sup¬ports any effort to break down the remaining barriers. In Australia there is a group of U.N.E.S.C.O. committees covering art, science, and education. Some of their work is illustrated. ... Read more
A picturesque account of the search of a particularly naive young man for his ideal mate &ndash: and his rather overwhelming success at the film's conclusion. Though told with tongue in cheek, it has a lot to say about loneliness in a busy world. ... Read more
Migrants living on the outskirts of a typical United States community in a slum area are the subject matter. Townsmen become aroused when children from the bad area are permitted to attend public schools. Public animosity is stirred up by the alleged possibility of disease and uncleanliness spreading to the taxpayers' children. Eventually their attorney makes a personal investigation and introduce... Read more
A brief history of the progress and development of British aviation, leading up to the commanding position occupied by Britain today in the field of the gas turbine. ... Read more
Present-day ruins of ancient Greek cities and reconstructed models are used to introduce aspects of early Greek civilization, including its contributions to philosophy, science, mathematics. art, drama, government, and athletics. ... Read more
An allegory of the creation of the world and man's enslavement by the machine, motivated by Greed, personified as an enormous and menacing spider. The spider is eventually overthrown by the intervention of Goodness, but not before atomic warfare has occurred. ... Animated Genesis is an artist's conception of the beginning of life and of man's eventual emergence through evil into sunshine. A film o... Read more
Answering Bolivia's request for technical aid, U.N. sent a team of experts to Bolivia, whose problems lay in the economic structure and the nature of the land itself. Easily worked mineral deposits are exhausted, timber resources need machinery and roads to enable them to be exploited. Agriculture is run down. Solutions to these problems are suggested. ... Read more
Underlines the progress being made at Harwell Atom Research Establishment in the peaceful uses of atomic power. Shows the preparation of radio-active isotopes and various examples of their use in research and industry. ... Read more
I.C.I.'s balance sheet for 1950. Animated drawings and a witty commentary make a fascinating film out of a "dull" subject. ... Read more
A study of a number of ballet paintings of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) : "Ballet Class", "Coryphee Resting", "Ballerina and Lady with Fan", "On Stage", "Dancers Practising at the Bar", and "Pink and Green". ... Read more
INTRODUCED by Mr. Colin Dean, Director, Film Division, Department of the Interior, Australia. ... Berlin is a cross-section of a Berlin working day in late spring. Its opening sequences picture the city at dawn. Then the city awakens and stirs; workers set out for the factories, wheels turn, telephone receivers are lifted off. The morning hours are filled with glimpses of window-dressings and typi... Read more
A sequel to Growing Girls, tells the story of human gestation from fertilization to the birth of a child. (Age group: 11-13 years.) ... Read more
Demonstrates various applications of scientific cinematography in the field of astronomy. First part shows records of solar and lunar eclipses. Second part shows Lyot's monochromatic filter and the results obtained in solar prominence work. ... Read more
Reviews some of the work of the Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, whose experiments with conditioned reflexes paved the way to a better understanding of human and animal behaviour. Demonstrates difference between instinct and reflex condition. ... Read more
Variations by three Flemish artists on the Crucifixion theme. Commentary from King James' Bible with musical arrangement of Verdi's "Requiem" and Bach's "Unaccompanied Cello". Paintings include "Christ Carrying the Cross" by the Master of the Turin Adoration (1490-1510), "Christ on the Cross and the Virgin and St. John", by Roger van der Weyden (1399-1464), and "Pieta" by Gerard David (1460-1523).... Read more
Unusual example of a research film. Makes use of polarized light techniques and time- lapse microphotography to study the growth process of various crystals. ... Read more
An introduction to the study of the modern diesel engine. Shows some of the reasons for its outstanding efficiency and performance. Includes material showing some of the early experimental engines. ... Read more
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