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Films Screened In 1953

Shows bow Handel came to compose "The Messiah". Opens with a filmed commentary on the neighbourhood of Grosvenor Square, London, and then focuses on 25 Brook Street as it is today, the home where Handel produced his best-known work. The film then reverts to scenes selected from The Great Mr. Handel ... Read more
A parable in which McLaren uses people and natural backgrounds, as well as a few drawn ones, for the first time. Sound is drawn direct on to the film. ... Read more
An experiment in film technique. Still photographs of the British War Cabinet Room have a surprising sense of movement. ... Read more
Alec Kyle, his wife, and their young son are members of a family of wandering Irish tinkers. Alec accidentally kills a gamekeeper when hurling a flint at him in retaliation for a shot which has injured his son. An elderly Civil Guard, Mannigan, suspects that the Kyles were involved in the murder ... Read more
Records the expedition of New Zealand scientists to a practically inaccessible high mountain valley to study the life and habits of the native flightless bird, Notornis or Tahake, thought for eighty years to be an extinct species. ... Read more
An attempt at discovering and expressing a relationship between music and a mechanical process on an abstract level. Richard Arnell was commissioned by the Ford Motor Company to compose a symphonic piece inspired by a visit to their factory. The scriptwriter then wrote a detailed scenario to fit ... Read more
Ostriches in South Africa against their natural surroundings; details of foot movements, the birds en masse, the hen bird and eggs, the newly-hatched chicks. ... Read more
An excerpt from the life of Constable Darken, a member of the Northern Territory Police Force. Tells of police work in the trackless territory &ndash: a "beat" which is made on horseback and takes from three to four months to cover &ndash: and of duties which are myriad and a far cry from the usual ... Read more
Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems. ... Painter and Poet, No. 4: John Gilpin (by William Cowper. Narrator: Cecil Trouncer. Drawings: Ronald Searle). Produced by John Halas for the ... Read more
Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems. ... Painter and Poet, No. 3: In Time of Pestilence (by Thomas Nashe. Narrator: Robert Harris. Drawings: Michael Ayrton) and The Pythoness (by ... Read more
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... Read more
Filmed during the last few months before the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's operations in Persia ceased in October 1951. Shows the country, the oil fields, the pipe lines, and the refinery at Abadan. An impression is given of the life led by British and Persian employees of the Company. ... Read more
Fertilization; the uterus and its food supply for the fertilized egg cell; growth of the embryo; the foetal circulation and skeleton; the placenta; the developed embryo changes position preparatory to birth. Includes shots of a living embryo and shows, in a time-lapse eineradiograph extending over ... Read more
The family; differences between the sexes; changes during adolescence; characteristics of various body cells; the testes and spermatozoa; the ovaries and egg cells; fertilization and the early stages of cell division (a unique time-lapse photomicrograph. (Age group: 11 plus.) ... Read more
Action of the pituitary in initiating adolescence; the development of the breasts during adolescence and pregnancy; the menstrual cycle; examples of identical and ordinary twins. (Age group: 13 plus.) ... Read more
Deals with the complex problem of man's prejudices. A barren landscape changes to a flowering land, then withers. The question: "Is the future to be bright or dark? Is this to be a world of robot minds?" The future depends on the individual he is asked to re-examine his picture of the other man. ... Read more
A reconstruction of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. with the volcano in action filmed at close range. Depicts also the current scene in Pompeii and in nearby Naples. ... Read more
Deals with life and customs on an island of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. ... Read more
Record of five weeks' battle against an oil-well fire, the first in 40 years of drilling in southern Persia. Photographed under dangerous conditions, which involved considerable risks, the skill and determination of the oil technicians in dealing with this emergency are matched by those of the film ... Read more
One of a series on the three main aspects of saving petrol Correct Driving, Correct Maintenance, and Correct Lubrication. ... Read more
Deals with the extraordinary manoeuvrability of the Westland Sikorsky Dragonfly Helicopter; special precautions taken to avoid the danger of allowing uncut grass to grow on airfields used by jet aircraft; a novel method used to build a 500-yard pipeline across the River Maas; and the Woodbridge ... Read more
A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker believes in mass production, but finds that trade restrictions and tariff barriers prevent him from ... Read more
Describes the operation and effects on community activities of the Littleton Independent, a newspaper published weekly in Littleton, Colorado. ... Read more
Shows problem of building rigid brick and masonry houses on troublesome soils which swell and shrink due to seasonal wetting and drying. Soil identification gives the key to physical properties and bearing capacity of soils. These determine the correct foundation practice to prevent cracking and ... Read more
General discussion of venomous snakes. By means of diagrams and pictures of living snakes, describes their classification and characteristics, the venoms and their effects, and the treatment of snake bite. ... Read more
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