Films Screened In 1955

The work of Dutch painters illustrates life in Holland during the 17th century. ... Read more
Vigo's first film, an impression of the French Riviera resort, is a savage and powerful work. Made under the influence of Bunuel it is as Vigo describes it a study of "a particular world on trial" . . . '"the last twitchings of a society that neglects its own responsibilities to the point of giving one nausea . . ." Concealed camera shooting results in some spectacular sequences of the 20's idle r... Read more
A record of a 300-mile trek into little-known South Western Tibet, which has been a part of India for 200 years. The film is at the same time an interesting study of a simple and charming people who inhabit a land of majestic and towering mountains. ... Read more
The abstract patterns and rhythms of the neon signs of Times Square, New York, reflected on the wet pavements and roadway. ... Read more
A presentation of the elements of art forms in everyday activities, in space, in time, and in nature. ... Read more
The experience of two boys, one six and the other eleven years old, who go hunting in an open field with an air rifle. The shock of their first encounter with death is portrayed when they shoot and kill a bird. ... Read more
A record of the 1953-54 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition which relieved the scientific stations at Macquarie and Heard Islands and established a new station at Mawson, MacRobertson Land, in Australian Antarctic Territory. ... Read more
Chuk and Gek is the story of two four-year-olds and their adventures in a deserted mountain hut high up in the Blue Mountains. The performances of the two strange, gnome-like little urchins are miraculously unaffected and the film has a genuine and fairy tale charm. ... Read more
This film was made on the occasion of the 25th Jubilee of the Swiss Folk Costume Association at Lucerne, when peasant folk in their traditional costumes from all over Switzerland met in a colourful pageant to illustrate the important part folk costume plays in the nation's culture. ... Read more
Conscience is the story of an office executive who, returning home in his car after a riotous night, accidentally runs down and kills a small boy. Apparently unobserved he flees from the scene. Later he confesses his crime to his wife but although troubled by conscience he has not the strength of will to go to the police. Tormented by fear, his previously happy life is broken up. A girl, the only ... Read more
Albert Lamorisse will be recalled as the director of Bim, a delightful film for children. In Crin Blanc he succeeds in dazzling us with a brilliance and superb technique that seldom appears in the cinema. ... Set in the Camargue in the south of France, the film concerns a wild stallion nicknamed "Crin Blanc" and the efforts of a small fisher boy to tame him. ... The photography is realised in rich... Read more
Illustrates the many causes of juvenile delinquency with particular reference to adverse environmental influences. Shows how, in a number of countries, the problem of delinquency is being transferred from penal authorities to the sphere of medical, psychological and sociological treatment. ... Read more
Using as examples the work of Renoir, Seurat and Picasso, this film seeks to establish three broad divisions of art: the sensual, the intellectual and the emotional. A most stimulating and striking presentation of art theory is climaxed by an introduction to the work of Picasso in all its variety and vigour. ... Read more
Demonstrates the importance of the chemical industry and its role in everyday life and suggests that the industry opens up opportunities for youth. Episodes tell of the freedom for exploration provided by the industry. ... Read more
The story of the birth, life and death of a peasant, portrayed by the sculptures of Axel Petersen. A quiet, acutely analytical study of caricatured Swedish sculptured figures. The music and English commentary match the care and skill of the photography. ... Read more
The high Tatra Mountains have become the climbing and ski grounds of Poland. The film describes the journey of a party of mountaineers to one of the highest peaks. ... Read more
This film, compiled in 1953 by Marie Seton and John Minchinton, was sponsored by the Bodley Head. It surveys the films of Eisen- stein by presenting extracts from six of his films with introductory notes. The extracts are Potemkin (mourning of Vakulinchuk as he lies on the mole), October (Kerensky mounting the stairs and entering the Royal Apartments), The General Line (Marfa attempting to plow wi... Read more
During the winter of 1954, twelve inches rain in twenty-four hours caused extensive flooding and a washaway 110ft. long and 30ft. deep at Hutt Gully on the Great Ocean Road. This film is a record of the building of an emergency Bailey Bridge, restoring road communication between Anglesea and Airey's Inlet. ... Read more
An evocation of the life and surroundings of the great Flemish poet and writer, Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916). ... Read more
Authentic dances and music of India illustrating the dance of India as a ceremonial and form of entertainment. The fable of the vain peacock is told with hand and facial gestures and body movements by Lakshimi Wana Singh, one of India's outstanding dancers. ... Read more
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