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Films Screened In 1956

The spectral island wakes to mysterious life, flickers in a corpse &ndash: candle light and fades again into the dark. ... Read more
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
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 happenings lead them into a series of impossible misadventures: and Christian because Langdon ... Read more
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 were struck by its happy, lively atmosphere and clientele. ... Read more
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
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 reminded of the German film of the same theme, Madchen in Uniform, but Olivia is both keener and more ... Read more
The last night in a gypsy encampment before the gypsies move on in the early morning to new quarters. ... Read more
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 Morocco. Desdemona was murdered in a disused chapel in Viterbo, Emilia, in a studio in Rome; locations ... Read more
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 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's growing years. ... Read more
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 settlements and the nomadic lives of Australian aborigines. ... Read more
A silhouette fantasy based on themes from Mozart's opera β€œThe Magic Flute.” A unique method, falling half &ndash: way between the drawn cartoon and the puppet film. ... Read more
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
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
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 terrified peasant rises ... out of the hedge to take back the news to the village. They cannot hope to ... Read more
A survey of primitive sculpture from the Belgian Congo, emphasising the part played by women in the pattern of life. ... Read more
Glimpses of Australia's wide open spaces where the outback stations depend on water from the billabong. ... Read more
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 weaving nets, accompanied by traditional songs, the setting off of the herring fleet to the ... Read more
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 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 have brought it to its present eminence as the commercial centre of South &ndash: East Asia. ... Read more
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 deals with the lighter side of life during the voyage and the fight against the furious polar storms. ... Read more
A lyrical portrayal of how Spring comes to Sweden. The story is told by a series of impressions and without words. ... Read more
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
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 erected. ... Read more
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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