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Films Screened In 1955

A cartoon history of aviation; early experiments; the achievements of famous pioneers; and a survey of modern developments. ... Read more
Intended primarily for local exhibition in African communities, this simple object lesson tells in story form how a local council works, how it can help the people of a small township, even though they may have to pay extra rates for the privilege of civic improvements. ... Read more
Across and around the world from oilfields to refineries and from refineries to consumers, oil tankers carry crude oil and its refined ... products. Proud Ships is the story of the tankers and the men who sail in them. It shows the full scale of their world-wide operations, the scope and magnitude ... Read more
A review of the great Flemish painter's life illustrated by his own paintings, drawings and etchings. ... Read more
A factual record of the remnants of a primitive bushman tribe in the arid Kalahari Desert. The film shows their mode of living, customs, usages, and shooting of game. ... Read more
A coloured cartoon illustrating how Canada's underground resources took shape through geological ages. ... Read more
A special film made for children three to eight years of age. The story has been put into the child's idiom of a wild west playland, populated entirely by children and their animal friends. ... Read more
A short survey of the beautiful scenery of the mountains of New Zealand's North and South Islands and Southern Lakes District, with an accent on the magnificent facilities for skiing enthusiasts. ... Read more
A record of the International Ski Championships on some of Switzerland's most famous skiing grounds. ... Read more
Almost forgotten people's songs and dances of Bohemia performed by the younger generation. ... Read more
Utilising the canvases of the painters who have won the Prix de Rome from 1860 to 1914, the film follows the Seven Ages of Man as these painters might collectively have seen them. ... Read more
A poetical impression of the ancient city of Perast, formerly a rich port on the Adriatic but now solitary and dead, its wonderful architecture overgrown with grass and ivy. ... Read more
Based on an ancient legend, this film is the ... story of a great dragon who preyed upon the ... people of Cracow. The king offered the hand ... of his daughter to anyone who could slay the ... dragon. A young cobbler from Cracow freed ... the city and the princess and her husband lived happily ... Read more
This lavishly mounted and richly decorated Czech colour film is a blending of many diverse elements - fantasy, legend, satire and even political allegory. The film is linked with the Czech theatre through the person of Jan Werich, an outstanding actor and author of many Czech plays, who creates a ... Read more
This is the second production of this newlyformed film unit. Their previous film, Pensions for Veterans, was screened last year at the Festival. The present film is a dramatic presentation of the union's views on working conditions past and present for workers on of the Australian waterfront. ... Read more
Montenegro is intersected with roads; they meander in harmony with the countryside, making queer and fantastic arabesques. This film is an attempt to give a visual impression of these patterns. ... Read more
One of the earliest of experimental films produced in America showing the influence of the expressionistic technique. The film was produced as a private venture by a group of film technicians &ndash: produced at night after work in Vorkapich's kitchen from odds and ends. The story of the film is a ... Read more
This film was made by a semi-professional unit and although directed by newcomers to the film world has a simple charm and directness of observation that is refreshing in these days of highly polished large-scale film making. ... Beautifully photographed and cleverly observed it is mainly the story ... Read more
Perhaps the most successful film at the Festival last year was The General. Many Festival members were amazed at the freshness of this silent classic and its comic inventiveness and we feel that it is not too soon for us to present a second dose of the same tonic - Buster Keaton in a film many ... Read more
The countryside of five lands as their great painters have seen it during five centuries of landscape painting. ... Read more
Acclaimed abroad as a film classic, The Quiet One is an unforgettable drama about an unloved child lost in loneliness, who drifts into delinquency. Powerful in its pathos and poetry, yet documentary in treatment, it is widely acknowledged to be one of the most useful and effective educational films ... Read more
This art film is the newest of the productions of the famous Halas and Batchelor Studios, makers of Animal Farm, Britain's first full length animated cartoon. The Sea is a study of the paintings of the American painter, Winslow Homer (1836-1910), notable for his seascapes. Our print has been flown ... Read more
Adapted from a novel which Francois Boyer wrote originally as a film scenario, this film won the Grand Prix at the Venice Festival in 1952. ... Remarkably original in conception, it is impossible to classify in style or to consider as representative of any school or type. Rather it is a unique ... Read more
It will come as a surprise to most filmgoers to realise that this Australian feature was made in 1919 just three years after Intolerance in America. Scenes from The Sentimental Bloke, a straight interpretation of the poem by C. J. Dennis, are presented with feeling and simplicity, extracts from the ... Read more
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