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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
Shows the improved services and other benefits that oil brings to backward territories. The financial and technical resources of foreign lands have tapped the liquid wealth hidden below the surface of the earth. In return, a new prosperity and improved standard of living is being brought to the ... Read more
In 1808, Spain was "peacefully" invaded by Napoleon's armies and received her first taste ai totalitarian government. The Spaniards rebelled and were plunged into a long, bloody, cruel war. Francisco de Goya, the great Spanish painter, recorded the transition from peace to rebellion in a series of ... Read more
Among the work of American artists during the past half-century, the paintings of Grant Wood are probably the most familiar and the most popular. Wood brought a lively sense of humour and satire to his canvases, a warm affection for the local landscapes, and the simple farm folk among whom he lived ... Read more
An analysis of the work of Henry Moore and an interview with the sculptor himself. The camera follows in detail the work of Henry Moore in creating a piece of sculpture for the Festival of Britain. ... Read more
Hill Number One, a dramatic religious film, was shown nationally on TV in the U.S.A. during Easter Week, 1951 and 1952. It was favourably reviewed: "One of the most nearly perfect performances ever seen on TV, mixing dramatic impact with compelling simplicity . . ." (New York Times) . ... Part of ... Read more
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