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Films Screened In 1957

The Black Cat (W. C. Jersey Jnr, 1956)
Based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe, The Black Cat is the tragic story of a man's moral disintegration in the face of the unknown forces that seeth inside him. At the outset he is ostensibly a normal… Read more

The Face of Lincoln (Edward Freed, 1955)
Sculptor Merrell Gage, from a mass of clay, sculpts the head of Lincoln, and as time and events affect the life of the great man, the artist deepens the hollow cheeks, the lines and furrows of the cl… Read more

The History of Cinema (John Halas, 1956)
The History of the Cinema presents a humourous record of moving pictures from the earliest beginnings to today. ... Read more

The Invader (George C. Stoney, 1955)
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The Lower Depths (Vladimir Yurenev, Sergei Vladimirsk, 1947)
Fine character acting is the outstanding feature of these two scenes from the famous Maxim Gorki play. The first excerpt faithfully sets the mood of the play - the story of a group of social outcasts… Read more

The Magic Fiddle (Jan Forlong, 1954)
The ballet danced in the film by the Norwegian Ballet Company is based upon an old folk tale about a poor peasant boy whose only possession is three shillings, which he gives away. As reward he gets … Read more

The Magic Paintbrush (Chin Hai, 1955)
A puppet film in which a peasant lad puts his valuable gift to good use. ... Read more

The Mallee Fowl (J. T. Evans, 1957)
The life history and habits of this peculiar bird, which does not brood its eggs but lays them in the earth. ... Read more

The New Gulliver (A. Ptushko, 1935)
The New Gulliver is an ambitious puppet novelty in the Russian film world, fantastically delivered. It differs fromfthe ordinary puppet shows in that the chief part, Gulliver himself, is played by a … Read more

The Pale Horseman (Irving Jacoby, 1946)
This now famous film is a compilation of library material. It is a realistic presentation of human suffering as a result of war, explaining how hunger and exposure have caused the spread of tuberculo… Read more

The Penguins of Macquarie Island (R. Carrick, 1956)
Life in the rookeries, the distinguishing features of the birds, their nesting habits, the incubation and the development of the chicks of all species, are covered in this film. ... Read more

THE PROUD ONES (Yves Allegret, 1953)
The dramatic works of Jean-Paul Satre are noted as much for their emotional coldness as for the provocative quality of their intellectual content. Thesis drama is a limited means of theatrical expres… Read more

THE RUMYANTSEV CASE (I. Heifits, 1955)
In December, 1954, "Sovietskaya Kultura" published a now famous article by Michael Romm, one of the Soviet Union's most prominent film producers. After discussing plans for the increase of production… Read more

The Scroll (, 1955)
Based on Chinese-American artist Dong Kingman's "Report to the State Department" on his world tour in 1954. Paintings and drawings sketched on tour depict the artist's impressions of countries visite… Read more

The Spruce Bog (R. D. Muir, 1956)
The conditions under which a spruce bog is formed, with details of the plant type found at successive stages of development from open water to mature spruce forest. ... Read more

The Staunch Tin Soldier (Ivo Caprino, 1954)
Tin soldiers are cast and appear among the other toys on the birthday table. At night the toys come to life and the staunch tin soldier falls in love with the little dancer. ... Read more

The Story of a Port (J. Kalina, 1955)
A history of the Port of Gdansk (Danzig), Poland's Gateway to the Baltic Sea. ... Read more

The Story of My Life (Joergen Roos, 1955)
The life of Hans Andersen from his birth in 1805 until his appointment in 1867 as honorary citizen of his home town Odeuse, through a documentary treatment. ... Read more

The Stranger Left No Card (Wendy Toye, 1952)
A small town is suddenly invaded by a tall, weirdly dressed stranger whose eccentric, but harmless, behaviour is gradually accepted by the townspeople who know him as "Napoleon". One day he calls at … Read more

The Titan was made between 1938 and 1940, chiefly in Florence and Rome, by the Swiss producer Curt Oertel. During the war the film was lost but afterwards discovered in France by the American Army. W… Read more

The Titanium Pigment Story (William Pollard, 1956)
Discovered 150 years ago, titanium remained a curiosity until the 1920's when paint manufacturers realised the unique advantages of titanium dioxide as a pigment. After outlining the history of the p… Read more

The Voices (John Schmitz, 1953)
According to the filmmaker "it is a new psychological film which is pure Freudian in tone". Traces an individual's conflict between sex and religion. ... Read more

Three Paintings by Hieronymus Bosch (J. Lenauer, 1950)
Three religious paintings by the Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch. "The Adoration of the Kings," "The Mocking of Christ" and "Ecce Homo." Numerous details of the paintings are seen in close-up. ... Read more

Timeless Temiars (Zain bin Hussein, 1956)
Made in Northern Perak in Malaya, the film depicts the life of the aborigines of the Temiar tribe. We see what a civilised life they lead when left to live in their own environment and how they make … Read more

To Your Health (Philip Stapp, 1956)
Produced for the World Health Organisation in extension of the findings and publications of its Expert Committee, this animated film is an enquiry into the nature, use and abuse of alcohol, tracing t… Read more

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