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Films Screened In 1957

”The Bowery, the infamous street of derelicts in New York, is a syndrome of human blight, waste and decay: misused and shabby men living in a stale tenement city - confusion. At the turn of the century, the Bowery was a high-life district; it has long outlived its reputation, with only faded ... Read more
A historical record of the development of machinery and the arts of the motion picture from the earliest suggestions of Leonardo da Vinci to Edison's invention of the Kinetograph in 1889. ... Read more
Sergei Youtkevitch has defined his interpreta¬tion of Othello's tragedy not primarily as one of love and jealousy but of misplaced trust. Othello's murderous act is committed in defence of trust and justice, out of the violation of his faith in man's noble and harmonious destiny. For many years ... Read more

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(1957)
A border. Figures are seen in flight across the landscape. Volunteers help receive the refugees in Austria and lake them to a Red Cross frontier shelter; among them is a young widow from the working class, Maria Varga, and her two boys. They are carried on a bus, with a young stranger named Peter ... Read more
A large collection of children's toys are used as the basis for a fast-moving animated impression of a circus parade. ... Read more
The 1956 Cannes Festival was remarkably rich in entries from famous directors. ^ Yet-in warmth, humanity and poetic sensitivity none could measure up to the first work of an outstanding film-maker - Pather Panchali, by Satyajit Ray. ... "It is one of those rare works in which noth¬ing seems to ... Read more
The story of uranium. In the Southwest there lies a land of stone. 100,000 square miles of rainbowed rock spread out where Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico meet. Beneath these mesas lie the beds of ancient rivers - rich in uranium. The film shows the mining of uranium and its uses of today. ... Read more
Emmer's film on Picasso is on a larger scale than his previous work, and the considerable running time enables him to analyse and discuss the work of this controversial artist in some detail. The commentary (written, in part, by the painter Guttuso) endeavours to prove the "realistic" basis of much ... Read more
A film account of a visit paid by Christopher Mayhew to the Anglican Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, Yorkshire. Mayhew set out to discover whether monasticism is relevant to the life of the twentieth century western world, or whether those who take the threefold monastic vow are really ... Read more
A princess leaves her home country which falls into despair al the loss of her beautiful singing. The problem is solved by radio and T.V. sets. A gay and witty puppet film. ... Read more
The story of the first plebiscite ever held in a United Nations Trust Territory, when the people of Togoland in Africa decided by vole to join the adjoining Gold Coast and go on to independence as a part of that nation under its new name of "Ghana". ... Working together with the local chiefs ... Read more
The film shows the devotion of Fra Angelico to the Virgin Mary. A sequence which presents the Italian countryside, peaceful, evocative of Paradise, precedes the part devoted to the Annunciation and Nativity. ... Read more
Animation artists Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart endow the subject of arithmetic with lively humour as numerals indulge in unprecedented antics. Attention is focussed on what numerals do in combination with and independently of one another. The screen becomes a numerical free-for-all as digits ... Read more
The makers of Potemkin, October, and The General Line were given a year's leave in 1929 but virtually no money, so that Eisenstein lectured for the London Film Society while Alexandrov and Tisse made this film. The moods of the central character, a girl pianist, are conveyed entirely by images ... Read more
Rowlandson's robust good-humour, his shrewd observation and his moments of brutally accurate caricature are all expressed in the illustrations that make up the film. Its concern however, is not with the artist himself but with the England of the Napoleonic Wars as he interpreted it in his water ... Read more
Harold Lloyd was one of the most important comedians of the silent period and in Safely Last he embodies his own principles of screen comedy. It was his ambition to make a thrill picture and the formulae for such a film he defined as "a scream, a laugh and a scream". ... Safety Last has the ... Read more
A documentary concerning an engine caught in a snowdrift and its release after a five-day battle by the rescue squad. ... Read more
No two people on earth are more than two days apart. The key note of this picture is the air in the service of mankind. ... Read more
Federico Fellini was scarcely a new name to the critics when his film La Strada was shown at the Italian Film Festival. Fellini had been active on the creative side of the Italian neo-realist movement from almost the beginning. ... He worked with Rossellini in Open City and Paisa and wrote the ... Read more
Shot in colour, the film captures the arrival of spring in the beautiful valley of Kashmir with its lovely white almond and pink cherry blossoms. We see the people coming out to work in the fields after winter snows have melted, when the earth is carpeted with yellow linseed flowers as far as the ... Read more
Pudovkin's third film, originally called The Heir to Genghiz Khan, is the story of a young Mongol trapper who, after being cheated by a European trader to whom he tries to sell a silver fox fur, causes a riot and escapes to the hills when the White Army is called in. He joins the partisans, is ... Read more
Tam O'Shanter is a rendering of the Robert Burns poem set against a background of drawings. ... Read more
The many-shaped and many-textured world of shells from all the oceans is observed under changing lights and in varied patterns of movement. The accompanying music is composed of electronically produced sounds. ... Read more
The Adventures of Prince Achmet has the distinction of being the first full length animated film ever made. After an initial failure to get a major release in Berlin, the film was shown in Paris and was received there and subsequently in other parts of the world with enthusiasm. ... Unlike Disney's ... Read more
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