Films Screened In 1956

The film uses animation to explain what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, and the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the by-products of nuclear fission. ... Read more
This adaptation of George Orwell's famous political fable is the first major attempt to use the animated film as a means of telling a serious and adult story. As a considerable feat of animation &ndash: there are 750 scenes and some 30,000 drawings &ndash: the production must be deemed a landmark in the history of the British cartoon. ... The story tells how, driven past endurance. the animals of ... Read more
One of the most charming chapters from the life of underwater creatures are the strange friendships of animals such as the lifelong friendships between crabs and anemonies who dwell off the shores of Sicily. ... Read more
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank have made available to the Australian Government ... a series of dollar loans for the purchase of vital equipment to pierce mountains, build dams, make steel and purchase Diesel motors for locomotives or great airliners &ndash: thus developing our resources and contributing to the welfare of the people. ... We can see how... Read more
Reconstructing some of the most significant characteristics of the pre-Aztec and Aztec civilisation, the film explores notable ruins, carvings and murals which depict this culture. Religion is found to have played an important role in the life of the Aztec people. ... Read more
In addition to producing such feature length films as The General and The Navigator, Buster Keaton produced a number of shorter films of fine quality of which Balloon antics is an excellent example. Notable points about this film include the wonderful use of natural scenery, the high degree of inventiveness and the charm of Keaton's dead &ndash: pan humour. ... Read more
Abstract realisation of Anais Nin's poem to evoke the watery depths of the lost Atlantis, glimpsed as in a dream, with layer on layer of forms and colours interposed between the dreamer and his vision. ... Read more
An army of men is needed for the "turn round" of the S.S. Bravo which plies with freight and passengers between Hull and Gothenburg. Each "turn round" is a test of professional skill and a race against time. ... Read more
A selection of about 200 illustrations are used for this survey of cartoon and caricature, in Britain over the past 250 years. The film chiefly concentrates on Hogarth, the scurrilous cartoons of Gillray with their assault on Napoleon, the Victorian cartoonists Cruick-shank and du Marrier and the modern school. ... Read more
A surprisingly lyrical description of a Paris abattoir, its melancholy district, and the oddly genial people employed there. ... Read more
This is the fourth film produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit. ... Deals with the problem of safety precautions in the building trade. ... Read more
Paving textures and patterns are brought into motion, approximating the abstract by stop-motion animation and editing, while the camera participates rhythmically. ... Read more
This beautiful and intriguing Chinese opera film is based on a seventh century Chinese legend. All the parts are played by women from the Shohsing Experimental Opera Theatre. ... The playing is of a very high order: the formalised, mime &ndash: like movements, the fluttering fans, and the subtle manipulation of the long sleeves worn by the principal characters are redolent of an ageless culture, a... Read more
Plants growing in moorlands allure, catch and destroy insects. There is a large variety of these plants and each kind is shown. We are left with a sense of wonder at nature's inexhaustible ingenuity. ... Read more
Ten years prior to the making of this film, the little town of Cassino and its famous monastery were destroyed by bombardment during the World War. Both the town and monastery have been rebuilt. ... Read more
A puppet film about five children in a Circus &ndash: a Chinese, an Indian, a Polynesian, a Negro and a Polish boy &ndash: who treat the audience to an exhibition of see &ndash: saw jumping. By mistake, the little Negro is catapulted through the tent and gets stuck on the moon. His friends build a rocket ship and rescue him. ... Read more
A sombre journey through a monastery, showing the tombs and caskets of Austrian rulers. ... Read more
This is the story. of an artist painting a watercolour. The mood is set &ndash: steel and brick, sunlight and shadow, noise and movement. The place is Chinatown. ... Read more
Explains how, by geological survey and geophysical tests, sites are selected for oil drilling. The steps in drilling a new hole are described in detail. ... Read more
Subtitled "Cornwall and the Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth," this film is not only a study of the work of the artist but is also an analysis of the influence on her work. ... Read more
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