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Films Screened In 1954

A report on the building of the Hirakud ... Dam, showing the willingness of the peoples ... themselves to take part in a project which ... will bring them food and prosperity in ... future years. ... Read more
Dramatises the activities and life of the people of Port Augusta with emphasis on the significance of this city as a railhead linking the Eastern States with the Western States and the Northern Territory. ... Read more
A campaign film made for the Commonwealth Health Department. Deals with the dangers of T.B. and the facilities available for patients during treatment and rehabilitation. ... Read more
An animated film in which visual, commentary and music combine in a sprightly account of one phase of transport history in Canada. The conquest of Canada's vast distances and varied terrain is pictured from the first footpath trodden by early explorers through canoe, barge and steamboat, oxcart ... Read more
An exposition of orchestral sound for young people and adults. The conductor and a physics demonstrator explore the orchestra and discuss the theory of the various musical instruments. ... Read more
A ballet depicting the life of the early Scottish settlers in Canada &ndash: the story of a young wife who came to the Prairies to begin a new life with her pioneering husband. ... Read more
Shoot the Nets can be briefly described as a Dutch "North Sea". It shows the ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season, the decking of the boats with flags, and the setting off of the herring fleet to the fishing grounds of the Dogger Bank. The climax of the film is the final ... Read more
This puppet film is a lively and effective parody of the false romanticism and shoddy adventure stories characteristic of Hollywood's fifth-rate Westerns. Jiri Trnka is one of the leading producers of puppet films in Europe, his work including both short films, such as the Song of the Prairie and ... Read more
Following the First World War, the Impressionist: school and the "avant-garde" tried to break the French commercial producers from the routine adaptations which formed the bulk of their work. They had met with some success when the bombshell of sound rendered most of their equipment obsolete and ... Read more
A picture of New England in the spring showing the country round a small pond and the effect of the change in season upon the trees, plants and animals around the pond. ... Read more
A presentation of some of the emotional problems experienced by a woman of 62 who, after her husband's retirement and eventual death, starts a new life living with her daughter's family. The film dramatizes the painful emotional problems and frustrations of unemployment due to old age. Emphasizes ... Read more
The film sets out to describe the factors of stereoscopic vision and their projection requirements, especially geometrical. The various practicable methods of projection and viewing aids are reviewed, special reference being given to the rotating beam-splitting type, using convergence as developed ... Read more
The lives of the inhabitants of a Swedish seaboard village that becomes a resort in summer are contrasted with those of visitors. The atmosphere of a little fishing village is beautifully caught, the impact of trippers on it equally well described. The film has all the best of Sucksdorff's ... Read more
"Sunday in August", which could be called an Italian equivalent of an early film of Carol Reed, "Bank Holiday", is useful for drawing a distinction between French and Italian cinema. The glory of the French film is the projection of the individual, whereas Italian cinema projects the individual but ... Read more
This film captures the color and old world charm of the Tasmanian landscape. ... Read more
During the period 1947 to 1950, two young engineers tested the "Tatra 87", a Czechoslovakian automobile, on an extensive world tour through forty-eight countries. This film shows how the car used in the expedition was dismantled and searched for defects and wear after many thousands of miles ... Read more
An animated feature film which outlines the evolution of labor &ndash: management co-operation from early history to the present. Begins with an elementary example of co &ndash: operation between two cavemen. Then traces the development of master and worker relationships through successive eras of ... Read more
Produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company, this film relates the story of the changes on the roads of American during the last half century and the impact of the changes on American life, business, health and recreation. The film includes extracts from the priceless ... Read more
Deals with the introduction of the Argentine Ant into Australia; its potential dangers and methods of eradicating this pest. ... Read more
The Birdsville Track is over three hundred miles long and, in terms of physical and mental isolation, it is probably without parallel. It joins Marree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, and is the main stock route for cattle moving south from the stations of Western Queensland and the ... Read more
The five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci was celebrated in London by an exhibition held at the Royal Academy. Bound volumes of his anatomical studies, drawings now housed at Windsor Castle, and the Forster notebooks were shown. ... p>The film, “The Drawings of Leonardo da ... Read more
Buster Keaton is essentially the comedian of order, of logic; aloof, deadpan, isolated in his contests with the implacable machine &ndash: a runaway train, in this instance &ndash: he operates with a calm assurance that his inadequate resources will eventually tame the monster. ... It is his ... Read more
To an 18th century Spanish province in South America comes an Italian company of "Commedia dell'arte" players headed by-Camilla, the richly temperamental star of the troupe. Camilla is half in love with a young officer, but meets two other contenders for her favours: a locally idolised bullfighter ... Read more
Made as a sequel to the film Six Minutes with Nature, this production uses ultra close-ups to tell the fascinating story of the life cycle of the Lady-bird. ... Read more
Views of the Wanganui River from its source to the sea illustrate the ancient ... Maori legend of how the river was carved by Taranaki's journey in the long and distant past. ... Read more
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