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Films Screened In 1956

Many of the best Swedish films are identified with the work of Stiller and Sjostrom. The novels of Selma Lagerlof provide nearly all the material for their best films, including Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness and Gosta Berling. ... Set within a definite period, elaborately staged and dressed, Gosta ... Read more
The Bandit is the first Brazilian film to be shown in Australia. In 1953 it was awarded the prize for "films of adventure" at the Cannes Festival, being described as a "tragic-love story, played out in an atmosphere of looting, torture and assassination," thus living up to the traditional ... Read more
Prize-winner at the 1955 Venice Festival,this modern Jewish variation of Gogol's famous serio-comic story, The Cloak, is a welcome addition to that rare genre, the short story film of quality. ... Set in an East-End slum, the story pivots on the deep friendship of two humble Jews. Its sentiment and ... Read more
The film traces the conflict between paganism and monotheism from the early dawn of civilisation in Israel. Based on objects in the archaeological exhibit, "From the Land of the Bible", in the Museum of Modern Art. New York. ... Read more
Utilising the canvases of the painters who have won the Priz de Rome from 1860 to 1914, the film follows the Seven Ages of Man as these painters might have seen them. ... Read more
"Now, as I recall the past, I sometimes have difficulty in believing that it was really like that; I am inclined to refute and protest many of - the facts. . . . ... "But the truth is beyond all commiseration and it is not about myself that I am writing, but about the stifling and horrifying ... Read more
Life among miners on Australian coalfields. The mines have been mechanised, increasing production and improving conditions. ... Read more
The film illustrates the creative achievements of the Czech artist-painter during the last fifty years and indicates his devotion to educate young promising artists. ... Read more
A clearcut and simple account of the first atomic power-station ever built. Good animated sequences explain the functions of various installations. One of the most fascinating shots shows two white-uniformed women sitting in a huge, Utopistic control room in charge of hundreds of indicators and ... Read more
The changing seasons, the Quebec countryside, and the French settlers of Canada of 100 years ago seen through the paintings of Cornelius Kreighoff. ... Read more
Compassionate statements on war and its ... effect on the individual are rare in the contemporary cinema, but The Last Bridge tells of some of the realities with honesty and sincerity. ... The film describes the adventures of a young German doctor, the Head Sister of a German reserve hospital in ... Read more
Tracing the formation of the river from its source waters, the film follows it to its termination at the sea. ... Read more
A documentary film concerning the problem and care of eleven million refugees in West Germany from the Soviet Zone. ... Read more
A young couple, brother and sister, have been given a trip through India as a graduation present from their father. The purpose of their tour is to give them a better knowledge of their country and of the problems it faces in the twentieth century world. ... Read more
The Proud Princess is based on the popular fairy-tale of Bozena Nemcova, a classic author. The film tells of a young prince who is loved by his subjects for his wisdom and who, disguised as a gardener, goes on a visit to a neighbouring country in order to correct the beautiful but spoiled princess ... Read more
The Rats opens in the atmosphere of postwar Berlin. Figures emerge from their symbolic darkness to stand before us with an almost agonising actuality. Two world wars, the disintegrating effects of destruction, ruin and partition have brought a human rat to nest among the decaying ruins of the city ... Read more
Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" is illustrated by engravings by the French artist. Gustave Dore. ... Read more
Set amongst the actual sites of the Reformation. the film discusses such factors as the role of the Church in European life, the cultural rebirth caused through the Renaissance. the emergence of individual states and the new interpretation of the Scriptures. ... Read more
The Rival World is the terrifying all powerful Kingdom of the insect. To half the men who die, death is brought by insects; of all the food we sow, insects take one third. The only way to halt the devastation is by marshalling all resources. ... Read more
Deals with the problems of Displaced Persons in Europe and efforts to establish these people in Australia, America, Canada and other countries. ... Read more
This is the story of a new world, a world that begins in the mysterious universe of atoms and molecules, which combine in countless numbers to form everything we see and touch. It is the story of how man has learned from nature's examples to join these same atoms and molecules to form substances ... Read more
A genial adaptation lull of criticism and social satire, of the famous Brecht &ndash: Weill opera which was based on John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," and the works of Francois Villon. ... The plot, which is laid in an imaginary London of the end of the nineteenth century, features three rogues ... Read more
Animated film on the establishment of the U.S. Federal Government and the formulation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. ... Read more
A popular explanation of the way in which weather charts for northern Europe are compiled. Meteorological apparatus is shown in use and its purpose is described. ... Read more
Hailed as one of the first Indian neo &ndash: realist films, Two Acres of Land succeeds in presenting an unromanticised view of certain aspects of Indian life. It has been likened to de Sica's Bicycle Thieves and stands up to the comparison. Its production highlighted a revolutionary trend in ... Read more
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