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Films Screened In 1957

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 individual who loves animals, his home, and his wife. Soon he succumbs to alcoholism and… ... Read more
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 classic face and the masterpiece of clay becomes alive. ... Read more
The History of the Cinema presents a humourous record of moving pictures from the earliest beginnings to today. ... Read more
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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 living together. though with a certain amount of friction - and includes the famous oration on ... Read more
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 a magic fiddle which leads him almost to disaster and finally to happiness. ... Read more
A puppet film in which a peasant lad puts his valuable gift to good use. ... Read more
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 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 human being, though the story of the film is carried out by puppets. The first excerpt shows ... Read more
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 tuberculosis, cholera and malaria. Army doctors and U.N.R.R.A. scientists have done all within their power ... Read more
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 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 expression and Satre's protagonists move through the actions of their plots with the dispassionate ... Read more
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 from sixty to one hundred and fifty films a year, he showed how bureaucracy was throttling creative ... Read more
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 visited. ... Read more
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
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
A history of the Port of Gdansk (Danzig), Poland's Gateway to the Baltic Sea. ... Read more
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
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 an office and confronts a man, telling him he has come to exact revenge… ... 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. When seen by Robert Flaherty, it won his immediate interest; quick to appreciate the innovational ... Read more
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 pigment, the film shows stages in its manufacture, methods of testing and applications. ... Read more
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 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
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 full use of jungle resources. ... Read more
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 the historical and social aspects of this controversial subject without undue emphasis on its horrors ... Read more
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