Films Screened In 1957

Famous paintings in the Hapsburg Collection are shown, including works of Teniers, Veronese, Rubens, Vermeer, Velasquez, Rembrandt and Tintoretto. The film shows detailed close-ups of many paintings. ... Read more
A Girl in Black is the third and most considerable film of Michael Cacoyannis, the young Greek director. It is a fresh honest film with an ambitiously simple theme, the central situation of which is developed with perception and a simple intensity. ... A Girl in Black was shot entirely on location and Walter Lassally's camera brings the island scene alive and the director achieves his sense of loc... Read more
A Load of Wood is the second story from Three in One, a trilogy of short stories on the theme of neighbourliness or "mateship" in Australian social relationships. This episode tells about how in the depressed 'thirties two out-of-works raid a richer neighbour's wood to provide for their kitchen fires. ... Read more
In this anthropological study, we see the East African building his boats in the way that it has been done for centuries. Traditional methods of pottery making, basket weaving and the fashioning of hunting weapons are recorded together with ceremonial dances and folk music. In this way, we are brought into contact with one of the world's oldest cultures - a culture which is gradually being integra... Read more
During the 13th Century Russia was endangered by the invasion of the Teutonic Knights, the founders of Prussia. Under the leadership of Prince Alexander Nevsky the Russians unite and counter the German onslaught on the ice of Lake Peipus, and defeat them. ... The commencement of the battle on the ice is subject of this excerpt. At first Nevsky and his aides are seen on a high rock, intercut with f... Read more
A vanishing way of life in the Netherlands: before it was too late Haanstra was com¬missioned to preserve a picture of life round the former Zuiderzee with its colourful costumes and traditions ... Read more
A cartoon history and development of lubricants from the time of the Egyptians - the first known engineers - to the present day. ... The theoreticians in this field included Leonardo da Vinci, but it was not until 1883 that Beauchamp Towers in his researches into friction losses in shaft bearings discovered the principles of lubrication in use today. ... Read more
The variety of the heartwarming Northumbrian atmosphere. ... Read more
The film begins with Kelaniya, a 5th Century B.C. historic location where Buddha is supposed to have visited for the first time - later the film surveys the art and architectural re¬mains at Mihintale (3rd Century B.C.) where Thero Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka, met King Devanampiyatissa, who introduced Buddhism from India to Ceylon. ... The film ends with the annual procession held in Kandy in wh... Read more
The 1956 exhibit of Steuben Glass of the first American crystal engraved with designs by leading contemporary artists of 16 nations of the Near East. ... Read more
The largest daily transport operation in the world - that which links the fishermen who land their catch at Hull and elsewhere with Britain's 30,000 retail fishmongers. The trawlers, the drifters, the little inshore boats; the clatter of the quayside and the 'mystery' of the fish auction: the icing, the filleting, the washing, the boxing; the trains criss-crossing through the night; and Billingsga... Read more
The Bharat Natyam technique of dancing from the South is not merely sculptured in the pillars of Chidambaram Temple, but is a living tradition with dancers from whom it demands great effort and concentration. Featuring the danseuse Kamala, the film explains the unique technique of Bharat Natyam. ... Read more
In "The London Spy," Ned Ward's delightful account of low life in the 18th Century, we are told how "the joyful alarm of Bow Bell called the weary apprentices from their work to unhitch their folded shutters and button up their shops till next morning." This is the atmosphere evoked by this film, presenting faces, streets, buildings around the dockyards of London's East End. There is no commentary... Read more
In the eighteenth century, Bernardo Belloto. called Canaletto, arrived in Warsaw. He settled down in his adopted city and recorded its life and its buildings carefully on his canvas. ... It was the work of Canaletto that enabled architects and builders of modern Poland to reconstruct their Warsaw, destroyed during the war, in a faithful image of the past. ... Read more
In July, 1955, the inhabitants of Osh, a town in Kirghizia, witnessed the departure of a mountaineering party which set out to scale the heights of the Mazar Range in northwestern Pamirs. Though not the highest, they had for long remained unconquered by man… The last laborious stretch is overcome on the tenth day and Mt. Muzjiigi is conquered for the first lime. ... Read more
From the Seattle Art Museum objects have been selected lo illustrate the historical sequence of Japanese aesthetic expression. These range from a prehistoric terra cotta burial figure to 18th Century scrolls. ... Camera and commentary dramatise some of the stories told in the paintings to the accompaniment of authentic Japanese siring music. ... Read more
How Danish furniture is designed, what the artist looks for, the result, and its eventual use. ... Read more
Two of the leaders of the Hungarian State Ballet, lstvan Rabovsky and his wife Nora Kovach, decide to escape to the West. They subsequently appear with several leading American and European ballet companies. Although the story is based on fact, the featurette has considerable library material added; the highlights of the film are the numerous short ballet excerpts. The American commentary is inter... Read more
The film's three episodes - illustrating the importance of aircraft in the maintenance of remote pioneering communities - are linked by letters written by a family of brothers. ... Andrew McNeil, living in the Outer Hebrides, hears how Malcolm was rescued by a De Havilland Otter after breaking a leg while gold prospecting in Canada, and John writes about his family's dependence on the weekly airpl... Read more
A lively documentary impression of the port of Oporto. The film owes something to the Soviet classics and the French avantgarde, yet remained essentially Portuguese and is noted for its photography and editing. The director later made Anaki Bobo. ... Read more
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