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Films Screened In 1955

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 lead us to suspect that more good films are being made today in that country than elsewhere in the ... Read more
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 treats his subjects in a highly personal and poetic manner which goes beyond surface realism. ... Read more
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 psychiatric treatment. There he is exposed to genuine friendships and affection for the first time in his ... Read more
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
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
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 and their purposes discussed. ... Read more
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
Three piano pieces by Debussy set to film by Jean Mitry, maker of Pacific 231. ... Read more
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 the story. ... Read more
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 are combined to create a charming fairy tale. ... Read more
”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 ambitious theme D. W. Griffith brought to the screen in the most immense film of all time, through the ... Read more
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 attractive sepia toning combine to make an unusual and exotic film. ... Read more
An interesting film of athletes in action, including some fine slow motion studies. ... Read more
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 third and perhaps the most gay and fantastic, Le Million, which swept Clair and his films to the ... Read more
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 there. The treatment of this film has, surprisingly, a quiet and lyrical quality. ... Read more
A fine example of humorous drawing and witty music conveying a ‘difficult' public message. ... Read more
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 timber and grazing lands and the efforts to preserve our natural heritage. ... Read more
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 the third dimension. ... Read more
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 appropriate for a film suggesting the universal story of man everywhere through the ages. ... Read more
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 Tobey out of his Seattle home and the audience sees the world through his eyes. ... Read more
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 Disturbing, but the producer preferred the present version. ... The importance and originality of the film ... Read more
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, photographs, and a picture of the earthquake ruins brings to mind the Indian prophecy that the city would ... 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 cinema. His films have never been seen in Australia. ... ”Zero de Conduite”, made in 1933, has a ... Read more
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 contemporaries an the public generally. ... His film, Orphee, taken from one of his first plays produced in ... Read more
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 paid it the compliment of re-making it in a number of versions. ... Intended initially as a vehicle ... Read more
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