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Films Screened In 1953

The advance in freestyle swimming, from the single overarm action of 1880 and the double overarm of 1890, to the Australian Crawl of today, copied originally from a schoolboy who had brought his native style from the Solomon Islands. ... Read more
Selecting four short poems from his book, Musical Chairs, Broughton arranges them into a form of lyric suite with haunting visuals that expand and comment on the poetic texts. Each has its own style, a variation on the theme of the quest for love. ... Read more
The story of a small boy, Edmund, and his struggle for existence amidst the desolate ruins of Berlin. Edmund has to compete with those who are older and more experienced in the fight for survival. He lacks any firm standards and seeks a guide to conduct in the words and actions of others. Despite ... Read more
An amusing and somewhat extreme example of the use of time-lapse photographic techniques, it completes the one-hour railway journey from London to Brighton in less than four minutes. Photographed at two frames per second from the traindriver's cabin, every foot of the rail track is seen on the ... Read more
An interview with "Grandma Moses", one of the best known artists in America today. Many of the paintings of Anna Mary Robertson, now in her nineties, are included. ... Read more
Opens with brief description of how ball bearings are made and tested. Includes unusual sequences taken at 2500 exposures per second of a ball-crusher testing three balls to destruction. Remainder describes the process of manufacture of grease. ... Read more
Common Sense, an erudite and emphatic midget, tells how colds are caught and passed on, and how they should be treated. ... Read more
Unusual and humorous portrayal of the ways in which people get into serious and even fatal difficulties when swimming. ... Read more
Filmed during Franco-Belgian anthropological expedition of 1934-35 to Easter Island. Contains unique views of the island and islanders. Shows removal of statue by the expedition. ... Read more
Filmed on Kapingamarangi atoll, Caroline Islands, during an expedition made by the B. P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Shows native life, arts, and customs. ... Read more
Puppet film of a colourful fair. Most ambitious film yet made by Joop Geesink, who is carrying on puppet film. ... Read more
The work of Edouard Manet, the French impressionist, and an account of the hostile reception given to "Olympia" and many of his other paintings. ... Read more
The opening sequence gives a lyrical impression of the Camargue country at the mouth of the Rhone. The camera observation, the cutting, and music fuse into a nature poem as notable as Farrebique. As the film develops, its main purpose of discussing the need for irrigation becomes clear. ... Read more
Produced primarily as a sales film, at the same time it is useful as an introductory film on the principles of polarization. Sketches the nature of light waves, the focusing of the light beam, the spectrum, the use of colour filters. Diagrams are employed to explain the theory of polarization ... Read more
The film is poetic slapstick. Tom is devoted "to the sprightly cause of spreading joy about the world". He prances through the countryside making immediate and outrageous love to every woman he encounters. ... Read more
Story of an engaging triumvirate: an inventor, his sweetheart, and an old general. ... Read more
Camera and microscope are combined in a study of the many forms of colourful microscopic animal life found in the sea round the Great Barrier Reef, including plankton (primary food supply for fishes), tiny polyps, slender filaments of mollusc eggs, and other strange creatures. ... Read more
An appeal to the English public to spare electric power during peak consumption periods. In the form of a puppet lecturette. ... Read more
The Dutch landscape, houses, and people shown as reflections in water, with images inverted to give a flowing picture of city and countryside. Every object is distorted into a weird, often abstract, sometimes bizarre, and always graceful shape. ... Read more
Moana begins quietly, showing the life of the natives in their (to us) exotic environment. By implication the common humanity of ourselves and these remote people is established. In this section the story of the youthful life of the young native who is the film "hero" begins. The next section shows ... Read more
Life cycle of the Monarch butterfly; laying eggs, feeding, moulting, forming into chrysalis, and eventual emergence as a butterfly. ... Read more
Ballet inspired by "Othello" and danced by Othello, Iago, and Desdemona to the music of Purcell. The dancers perform against an unlit background — a most successful device for focusing attention on the colour and grace of the performers. ... Read more
Broughton's first film (1948) and his most complex and substantial. Accepting the potentialities of the medium to manipulate both time and space, Broughton brings past and present head-on as he regards with adult feelings his childhood family and friends. Grown-ups romp like children, and by their ... Read more
A screen adaptation of T. S. Eliot's verse play on the martyrdom of Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1149, Becket was murdered in his cathedral by four of Henry II's knights after the King, angered at Becket's stand against the encroachment on the Church by the State, had asked "who ... Read more
A satire on the pursuit of physical culture on the Santa Monica Beach. The special distinction of the film lies in its imaginative use of the sound track. ... Read more
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