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Films Screened In 1958

A young and attractive schoolmaster arrives in a small, slumbering village on the endless Pannonian plains. The placid friendship of two Greek orthodox priests is disrupted when their respective wives try to foist their daughters on the new teacher. The film tells about the manoeuverings of the two ... Read more
The visitor Lo Southern England can still find the wild life of cuckoo, mole, hedgehog and rook which Gilbert White made famous in his "Natural History of Seiborne". ... Read more
A fossilised creature, millions of years old. is discovered by four young boys at the entrance to a cave. Their curiosity and imagination stimulated they decide to sail their boat down the river flowing from the cave. Down through the ages sails their little boat in search of the strange creature's ... Read more
On the first of August 1944 the city of Warsaw rose against the Nazi occupiers. Through long incredible weeks the) continued the struggle until they were defeated and the city was destroyed by the Nazis in a fanatical and hideous reprisal. ... Uncompromisingly realistic in its presentation, Kanal ... Read more
A cinematographic ballet on the overtures of Rossini, with the assistance Maurice Bejart and the dancers Ballet. ... Read more
This film of Jean Renoir made in 1937 is a pacifist picture pleading like Pabst's Kameradschaft for toleration and co-operation between nations and arguing that divisions of rank and class, like the division of nationality must inevitably be broken down if man is to achieve his greatness. ... "It ... Read more
Made by an American journalist, showing the famous prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux in the Dordogne region of France, this film is a fascinating record of one of the most remarkable examples of prehistoric art in the world. ... Read more
Made by the director of Houen Xo this film is about the herring fishing activities of the Iceland fishing fleets. Memorably capturing the life of hardy men whose occupation is to brave the rigours of the North Sea. ... Read more
Two children are transported into the colourful world of 19th century lithographs. Their adventures there and their final awakening in the modern age are symbolised by the style and colouring used by the painter, Juan Miro. ... Read more
This is not a documentary film about the industrial age &ndash: it is a pure treatment of the "song of the machines," giving them a visual form &ndash: a ballet of mechanical shapes. ... Read more
Set in the 19th century in Southern Russia this is a simple poetic story of poverty. In the. village of Kartli in Georgia lives the widow Magdana, a poor peasant, with her three children. They live by walking for miles town market every day to sell to fellow sour milk &ndash: "matsoni". One day ... Read more
Mike is the story of a black Labrador retriever &ndash: "companion of man, conservator of birds" told in a straightforward manner amid the quiet background of his kennel and the splendour of the timbered swamps of Arkansas' Grand Prairie. His early life, his training, his first days in the marsh ... Read more
A puppet film which tells in lively fashion how the hero falls out with his shadow. ... Read more
The film is based on the "Schulwerk" of Professor Orff, the aim of which is to awake and develop,,in connection with children's games and plays, the natural musical gifts which are dormant in every child. ... Read more
Two 2-minute advertising commercials made for Lifebuoy and Rinso with a native cast and in Pidgin English for distribution in New Guinea. Honorable mention &ndash: Australian Film Awards ... Read more
From the harsh Carpadiian heights sheep are moved on to lower lying pastures. This beautifully shot film shows the varied, two-day journey of the sheep, the dogs and the shepherds. Prizewinner at Cannes 1949. ... Read more
Sang-Hu, who made the beautiful Chinese opera film Liang Sha &ndash: Po and Chu Ying &ndash: Tai (shown at the 1956 Melbourne Film Festival) in his latest production, New Year Sacrifice, gives us a drama set around 1911; the unhappy life of a Chinese woman sold in marriage. ... Based on a short ... Read more
This is a faithful but not too serious reconstruction of a film show one might have seen at the Gem or Electric Palace in 1915. The feature is Will Barker's The Road to Ruin (which "The Times" described as "the greatest moral lesson ever preached from pulpit or stage"), in which the oldest ... Read more
Subtitled "Glimpses of French Biological Research", this film opens with a brief "lesson" in elementary biology and then surveys the work of leading French laboratories principally in the fields of embryology and cytology. The ground covered includes experiments in artificial parthenogenesis. sex ... Read more
An animated cartoon giving a not too serious history of the evolution of telecommunications. ... Read more
Without commentary, we are shown an authentic portrait of Paris during the night. From the gay nightclubs to the side streets martre we watch the working, dancing, city. ... Read more
One of the first films made by Rene Clair, Paris Qui Dort gives a foretaste of that leaning to' fantasy which contributed so much to Clair's later work and made him one of the outstanding directors of the French screen. It tells the story of an inventor who discovers a ray which can make the whole ... Read more
The wedding of a shepherd in a wonderful place of Rumania, depicting the old traditions of the country people. ... Read more
France, 1916, a few miles behind the front: upstairs, in the chateau commandeered by the French army as military headquarters, the orchestra plays a waltz for an officers" ball; and in the grandiose panelled library General Broulard has deserted his guests to sip brandy and talk with young Colonel ... Read more
The film was made as a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the World Health Organization: Patterned for multi-lingual presentations (Spanish, French versions are already completed), it is a series of true short stories of simple workers in the field who solve their problems after training by W.H.O ... Read more
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