Films Screened In 1954

“90º South” is a documentary film record of Scott Antarctic Expedition of 1911. Herbert Ponting, an Englishman, was the official photographer attached to the exploration party. ... He developed this film by melting polar ice in a bucket over a small stove in a snow &ndash: bound tent, darkened to keep out the rays of the midnight sun. ... The film includes shots of all the members of the Expeditio... Read more
The film captures the harshness of the struggle for existence between the stoats, foxes, hares and owls in the dark cold of a winter's night in a Swedish forest. ... Read more
The young son of a prairie farmer, against considerable opposition, achieves his ambition &ndash: a musical education. Father fears that a musician in the family may affect the future of the farm. However, the encouraging words of an adjudicator at a provincial music festival, help to sway the lather to an acceptance of his son's musical inclinations. ... Read more
As one of a series of five films, the film portrays the gradual growth and development of a boy and girl, through the adolescent years into adulthood and depicts the importance of personal experiences and the influence of parents and friends in the young couple's struggle to achieve mature social-sex adjustment. ... Read more
This film concerns a young boy of 12 and his life on a small sheep ranch in the South -: western part of the United States. His family are Mexican -: American and still observe many of the Mexican customs handed down from generation to generation. ... Read more
Illustrates the part played by Australia in the economic development of the resources of New Guinea. ... Read more
One of the earlier of the McLaren experimental films. An abstract film, made without the use of a camera, in which "boogie" played by Albert Amnions and "doodle*' drawn by Norman McLaren combine to make a rhythmic, brightly coloured film experiment. ... Read more
An authentic case study of a young woman who develops a schizoid personality. ... Follows the course of her treatment first in a mental health clinic and later in a state hospital. Concludes with her discharge from this institution to complete her rehabilitation as a member of her family. ... Read more
To help the farmer cultivate more land and so feed a bigger population, buffaloes are used to pull the ploughs. This film illustrates the training of young buffaloes for this purpose. ... Read more
A progress report on the fight against cancer. The cancer cell, a tiny pinpoint of life, is the target against which a whole battery of scientific research is levelled. To explain the complexity of the problem, the film traces the growth and multiplication of a single fertilized cell into an adult man, and asks why, after the body has reached maturity, some outlaw cells begin a persistent and subv... Read more
A visit to the Saturday concerts which are making music a familiar and exciting part of life for Ottawa's children. Illustrating each point with simple examples from the children's own experience, Eugene Kash, the conductor, explains different aspects of music; rhythm, melody, musical form. ... Read more
The continuity of this film is taken from ... a mid-fifteenth century iiluminated manuscript, written by Rene, Duke of Anjon. ... Count of Provence and King of Naples, and ... illustrated by his court painters. The story. ... contemporary with Spenser's Faerie Queer ... tells of the kings dream in which he saw ... the human heart in its search for maturity ... and a place in the community of men o... Read more
This was one of the first films to be made without the use of a camera. Len Lye was a pioneer in the use of abstract colour images as counterpoint to a musical soundtrack. Frame divisions are ignored and the artist paints his deigns along the length of the film. The image thrown on the screen is completely abstract, but the lively flow of colours and lines gives these films an unexpected charm. ..... Read more
A discussion of various types of coal fuel followed by a detailed description of the construction and operation of a furnace using pulverised fuel. Lists the advantages of pulverized fuel firing and illustrates methods of using such fuel in large modern boilers. ... Read more
Conspiracy in Kyoto is based on one of the most famous of the narrative scrolls painted by the Japanese in the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries. This scroll, the Ban Dainagon, painted by Mitsunaga in 1175, is the story of an innocent man, unjustly accused of a capital crime, who wins his vindication. The film describes in detail the burning of the Imperial Gate, which constitutes the actual crime, a... Read more
Originally titled "Soria-Moria", this film, capturing the mood of the Norwegian countryside, recalls Sucksdorff's earlier film WIND FROM THE WEST. The film, as always pleasantly photographed, explores the mountains and waterfalls round the fiord Soria-Moria, through the eyes of a small girl. The images capture an attractive atmosphere of space, air and ruggedness characteristic of the northern reg... Read more
An instructional film using, among other devices, diagrams and time &ndash: lapse cinemicrography to tell the story of the embryology of the chick. The recapitulation sequences provide, within the space of three to four minutes, one of the most brilliant examples of the scientific film's possibilities. ... Read more
The story of what a low &ndash: rental housing project meant to the people who once shared aged, substandard dwellings. The Regent Park Development in Toronto is presented showing how people, young and old, poor and not so poor, who lived on squalid, crowded Oak Street, were freed to inhabit new, modern dwellings in the rebuilt area. ... Read more
Recently, the Halas and Batchelor studios completed a short puppet film &ndash: called "The Figurehead" &ndash: which was chosen to represent Britain at the Cannes Film Festival. Highly commended by the judging committee, there, its next appear¬ance will be at the forthcoming Berlin Film Festival Filmed in Technicolor, and based on a verse by Cornish poet, Crosbie Gar" stin. The story it tells is ... Read more
A film record of several traditional folk dances of Moravia based on a group of old folk songs. English captions explain the origin and significance of each of the dances. ... Every year in the Moravian town of Stranice, national festivals are held, which revive the beauty of folk dances, national songs and costumes. This film is one of a series photographed at the 1953 festival. ... Read more
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