Skip to main content

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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
This early Clair film was to be the entr'acte between the two parts of Rolf de Mare's Swedish ballet "Relache". Picabia intended it to be a procession of dreamlike cerebral images, divorced from the pretensions and hypocrisies of conventional life, entirely de¬voted to the pleasure of ... Read more
A study of the fishing community living at Kalk Bay, near Cape Town. The ancestors of these simple, kindly people came from Manila, from Java, from the East and from the West, but they live united in their love of the sea which they harvest for their livelihood. ... Read more
In demonstrating how forms change their appearance with different points of view, with different angles of illumination, the film be¬comes increasingly abstract, ending up in a whirl of shapes dancing in striking rhythmic patterns. ... Read more
Frenzy was the most challenging film of a Swedish revival in the last years of the war. It has a high seriousness of theme coupled with a distinctive visual style. Its theme - the longings and frustrations of modern life, the loneliness and anguish of young people trying to come to terms with a ... Read more
The film tells in picture and music about the world that is living in the frescoes of the village churches. After the creation and the fall of man, the human beings are chased out of Paradise; the sinners are thrown down to the agony of Hell and the good ones are guided to eternal happiness in ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director