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Films Screened In 1956

Isle of the Dead (Norman McLaren, 1946)
The spectral island wakes to mysterious life, flickers in a corpse &ndash: candle light and fades again into the dark. ... Read more

Jazz of Lights (Ian Hugo, 1954)
The lights of Times Square at night take on new, fresh meanings. Abstracted from their gaudy signs they create intricate patterns of form and colour. ... Read more

LONG PANTS (Frank Capra, 1927)
Harry Langdon liked to call himself the "Christian innocent": innocent as are all the great pathetic comedians, having a skin less than ordinary people, and a sense missing, so that the most everyday… Read more

Momma Don't Allow (Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson, 1955)
The Wood Green Jazz Club meets at "The Fishmongers Arms." Mamma Don't Allow is an impression of one evening at the club. The makers wanted to make a film about jazz in London, went to Wood Green, and… Read more

Mutton Birds of Bass Strait (R. R. Crispe, S. T. Evans, 1955)
The interesting habits and life cycle of a species of mutton-bird is the main subject of the film. Conservation studies and the industry are woven into the story. ... Read more

OLIVIA (Jacqueline Audry, 1950)
This is the story of Mlle. Julie, headmistress of a girls' school, attractive to her pupils and attracted by them, who finally causes tragedy and loses all that is nearest to her heart. We are remind… Read more

Open Road (Arne Sucksdorff, 1948)
The last night in a gypsy encampment before the gypsies move on in the early morning to new quarters. ... Read more

OTHELLO (Orson Welles, 1955)
Othello was filmed over many months, in ... many places and under trying conditions. ... The start was made in 1949: rehearsals in ... Paris, costumes fitted in Rome, players sum- ... moned to Morocc… Read more

Paintings Need Care (Stanislaw Lenartowicz, 1954)
Time is the enemy of paintings, and time of war their greatest enemy. This film describes some of the methods used for restoring works of art. ... Read more

Paintings of the New World (Gian Luigi Rondi, 1954)
Paintings of the New World captures on film their reflection of the life and spirit of the 19th Century America to bring to the screen an imaginatively conceived and informative capsule of the nation… Read more

Palaeolithic Man (, 1954)
Illustrates the lives of Palaeolithic hunters: based on three sources of evidence that remain today, the weapons and implements found near their primitive hearths, drawings from European cave settlem… Read more

Papageno (Lotte Reineger, 1935)
A silhouette fantasy based on themes from Mozart's opera “The Magic Flute.” A unique method, falling half &ndash: way between the drawn cartoon and the puppet film. ... Read more

Parade (Charles Eames, Ray Eames, 1955)
A large collection of children's toys are used as the basis for a fast &ndash: moving animated impression of a circus parade, set to suitable music. ... Read more

Power by Road (Jim Sterling, 1955)
The strengthening of bridges, control of traffic and the use of a special vehicle were required to transport large electrical transformers from Melbourne to Yallourn. ... Read more

SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
To a small village under the hills comes a party of brigands. They stare down, calculate what crops will be there in the Spring. and decide to return as they did last year, As they canter away, a ter… Read more

She Shall Be Called Woman (Gerard de Boe, 1953)
A survey of primitive sculpture from the Belgian Congo, emphasising the part played by women in the pattern of life. ... Read more

Shearing Time at Billabong (Frank Land, 1955)
Glimpses of Australia's wide open spaces where the outback stations depend on water from the billabong. ... Read more

Shoot The Nets (Herman Van der Horst, 1952)
Prized as the best documentary at the Cannes Festival, 1952. the film depicts preliminary ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season &ndash: flag &ndash: decked boats, the women wea… Read more

Short Vision (Joan Foldes, Peter Foldes, 1954)
Deals with the end of the world. The vision is of atomic destruction. The "Thing" suddenly appears, but whether people see it or are asleep they perish. ... Read more

Singapore - The Emporium (, 1956)
Singapore derives its importance from its entreport trade. Its efficient harbour and sheltered anchorage, its air and sea connections with the world, its banks, business houses and amenities of life … Read more

Soviet Whalers (I. Setkina, 1951)
A record of the voyage of a whaling fleet in search of blue and sperm whales. Sequences show the actual hunt, the catching, and the processing of the carcasses on the factory ship. The film also deal… Read more

Spring Comes to Sweden (Gosta Werner, 1952)
A lyrical portrayal of how Spring comes to Sweden. The story is told by a series of impressions and without words. ... Read more

Star of Bethlehem (W. Doderlein, )
This collection of 18th Century wood &ndash: carvings depicting religious subjects is from the Bavarian National Museum, Munich. Tender attention is given to detail work. ... Read more

Stonehenge (C. W. Bending, 1955)
The age, the significance of location, the construction and possible use of Stonehenge are discussed in this film. Animated diagrams are used to indicate how the stones were brought to the site and e… Read more

The Art of Judo (, 1954)
The film shows the various forms of attack and defence as practised by judo experts, including Professor Mifune, at the world head ... quarters of judo, the Kadokan Academy in Tokio. ... Read more

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