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Films Screened In 1955

GATE OF HELL (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years le… Read more

Graham Sutherland (John Read, 1954)
A film about the distinguished English painter, best known for his portraits of Somerset Maugham, Lord Beaverbrook and Sir Winston Churchill. Sutherland is, however, mainly a landscape artist who tre… Read more

Hide Tide in Newfoundland (Grant McLean, 1954)
A dramatic tribute to the people of New-foundland and their efforts to modernise and extend their industries. ... At the age of ten he is sent away to a school for delinquent boys in need of psychiat… Read more

Hoksai (, 1953)
The life and work of the great master, Katsushka Hoksai (1760). His unique style exerted a powerful influence on the modern art of Europe. ... Read more

Hot Earth (John Feeney, 1955)
The coming of the Arawa Maori people to the east coast of New Zealand and their entry into the strange thermal regions of Rolorua and Taupo. ... Read more

How to Make a Mask (, 1953)
Demonstrates four elementary steps in making a mask - shaping the mould, making the papier mache mask over the mould, removing the mask, painting it and adding decorations. Finished masks are shown a… Read more

Ibirapuera (George Tamarski, 1955)
This film shows the recent exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Sao Paulo. Ibirapuera reflects the past of the city and its industrial development for the past 400 years. ... Read more

Images pour Debussy (Jean Mitry, 1952)
Three piano pieces by Debussy set to film by Jean Mitry, maker of Pacific 231. ... Read more

In The Beginning - The Grand Canyon Story (T. W. Cate, 1954)
An attempt to tell the story of geologic time as it is written in the walls of the Grand Canyon, in Northern Arizona. There, the earth's crust is laid bare so that all who can read the rocks can know… Read more

Inspiration (Karel Zeman, 1948)
This film is dedicated to Czech glassworkers whose artistic products are world renowned. Figurines of blown glass come to life in delicate and sensitive colour. Skilful camera work and imagination ar… Read more

INTOLERANCE (D. W. Griffith, 1916)
”Briefly stated, the theme of Intolerance is the emotional basis of history - or more specifically, intolerance is the cause of wars and is a prime mover of the World in all ages.” ... This ambit… Read more

Introduction to Jazz (Denis Sanders, 1952)
An impressionistic film treatment of American jazz history. A narrative in blank verse and a musical score consisting of original recordings by jazz composers and performers together with an attracti… Read more

La Beauté de l'Effort (Marc de Gastyne, 1953)
An interesting film of athletes in action, including some fine slow motion studies. ... Read more

LE MILLION (René Clair, 1931)
In the last year we have been fortunate enough in Melbourne to see two of the three classic films made by Rene Clair in the early 30's. Sous le Toits de Paris and A Nous la Liberte. Now we have the t… Read more

Le Sang des Bêtes (Georges Franju, 1949)
Le Sang Des Betes describes a Paris abattoir, not only the methods of slaughtering animals, but also the melancholy district in which it is set, and the oddly genial characters of the people employed… Read more

Letter to a Vandal (, 1955)
A fine example of humorous drawing and witty music conveying a ‘difficult' public message. ... Read more

Look to the Land (, 1954)
Shows the wealth of natural resources in the United States and illustrates how they have been wasted or misused in the past. Then tours the country to see new farming methods, the wise management of … Read more

Lumiere (Paul Pavoit, 1953)
This film demonstrates that Louis Lumiere not only paved the way but that his entire life is closely linked with the first fifty years of the film through his research concerning colour, sound, and t… Read more

Mankind (Ian Hugo, 1950)
An experimental film composed of sequences dealing with many aspects of the daily lives of the native peoples of Central and South America. Ai-Ye is a Nigerian word meaning "mankind" and is appropria… Read more

Mark Tobey - Artist (Robert G. Gardner, 1951)
An experiment toward the interpretation of a personal vision. After a fantasy sequence of all sorts of persons making varied comments about Tobey's abstract paintings in a gallery, the film follows T… Read more

MIRACLE IN MILAN (Vittorio de Sica, 1951)
De Sica has described his film as “a fable for children - especially of the grown-up variety - a comedy with an undercurrent of tragedy”. The title he originally wanted was The Poor are Disturbin… Read more

Notes on Port of St. Francis (Frank Stuaffacher, 1952)
An impression of the city of San Francisco and its surroundings with visuals suggested by the description of the city by Robert Louis Stevenson. The past is evoked through documents, drawings, photog… Read more

Jean Vigo died in 1934 while still a young man. With an output of less than 17,000 feet of film, he takes his place alongside Renoir and Clair as one of the three most influential figures in French c… Read more

ORPHEUS (Jean Cocteau, 1950)
There is a story that in 1912 Diaghilev said to Jean Cocteau in a half serious mood, “Etonne-moi” (Astonish me) - and for the last forty years Cocteau has never ceased to surprise his contemporar… Read more

PEPE LE MOKO (Julien Duvivier, 1937)
It has taken eighteen years for this classic of the French screen to reach Melbourne film-goers. Widely admired and copied, it has influenced adventure film makers ever since its issue. Hollywood has… Read more

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