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Films Screened In 1958

The work of Peter Breughel, the Elder, not only reflects life in a Flemish village but also the struggle of the people against the Spanish oppressors, as depicted in the "Massacre of the Innocents". ... Read more
Professor Hannibal, a teacher at a secondary school lives with his wife and four daughters in a tortuous little street somewhere in the oldest quarter of Budapest. He is a modest and timid man, beset by domestic worries, but love of scholarship makes him happy. ... There comes a time when a man ... Read more
It is about optimistic people who have learned to overcome the handicaps and disabilities of old age. A fine contribution to the study of the old age problem. ... Read more
Radioastronomy is the study of radiowaves which celestial bodies emit revealing many of their characteristics. This film explains the nature of radiowaves and shows how they are collected by radio-telescopes, and how the collected records reveal much information about the Universe. ... Read more
The development of the Galoya Valley in East Ceylon. The camera follows stage by stage tile building of a giant dam to form a reservoir, the clearing of the forest, the settling of colonists and finally the spectacular transformation when water brings lush vegetation to a valley that was once arid. ... Read more
A filmed ballet interpreted by Marie-Claire Carrie, Dick Sanders and the Etoiie Ballet troupe - with music by Kabalevski. ... Read more
This film about Rembrandt is made exclusively from his paintings and its purpose is demonstrate how the joys and sorrows influenced his art. ... Read more
The film is the story of the Post Office dead letter office and explains why some letters do not reach their intended destination. (Educational.) ... Read more
In the winter snow of the Australian Great Divide the men of the Snowy Mountains Scheme go on with their work &ndash: surveyors and hydrographers skiing across the mountain tops, bulldozers and giant transports working below the snowline. ... Read more
A day in the life of the driver of a road tanker as he leaves Chambery before dawn and guides his big truck along narrow, icy mountain roads. ... Read more
An animated cartoon made for staff training, and serving as an introduction to a series of filmstrips. ... Read more
The great seventeenth-century warrior, Miyamoto Mushashi, whose prowess with the Samurai sword is legend in Japan, has been the subject of a number of film biographies. Samurai is the most extravagant of the lot and it is also the best. ... Riveting die eye with its swift alternations of animal ... Read more
A brief account of some of Scotland's national dances and the still living tradition of folk dances which springs from everyday country life. ... Read more
During one of the periodic slumps in the British film industry, Adrian Brunei produced several satires on "film types". This one describes the trials of a film producer, the hunt for a financier, shows some of the "technicians" and actors (such as the great Rhubarb Vaseline), and concludes with an ... Read more
Against the vista of modern South Africa this film tells of the four main races &ndash: their origin work, education, religion, welfare and recreation. ... Read more
Springtime South of the Yangtze is not only a season for industrious work but also the rewarding time of harvest. No sooner has the late rice paddy been transplanted than the early wheat becomes a sea of rippling gold . . . ... Read more
The film punches home the message that, when driving, you've got to keep your mind on the job. ... Read more
An experiment in the creative use of colour visuals, natural sound and dialogue commentary, tills film shows the loneliness of the aimless wanderers in the city streets contrasted with those who have companionship in their Sunday. (Special award for an Experimental Film.) ... Read more
In the artificially illuminated world of Cafe Society, overweening gossip columnists, and grovelling press agents, J. J. Hunsecker and Sidney Falco have already become mythical prototypes. They arc the leading characters of Sweet Smell of Success, a brilliantly executed film of evil and perversion ... Read more
Switzerland, not only rich in historic edifices, also finds solutions to the building problems of modern times. ... Read more
Brassai has written of it: "This is not a zoo film . . . perhaps I have taken the animals and used them as dancers in a ballet; a musical ballet; perhaps closer to animated design than a documentary." ... Read more
A charming, rich woman brings presents to the derelicts of the "Peripheral Land" of Paris. Misunderstanding her motives, they reject her offerings. We also follow the story of a young girl whose future is threatened in this world of peril and seduction. ... Read more
A French satire on the "'Western" with a gold rush, a magnificent fight in a saloon, a cross-country bicycle chase, capture by Indians, and the apprehension of the bandit. The commentary is in French but the film makes its point visually. ... Read more
A study of the American Flamingo, a species of wild life which is becoming rare, in the breeding grounds in the jungles of Yucatan. ... Read more
A dramatic fantasy, in colour, of a handsome young peasant who pledges his heart to an inimical wood demon in exchange for worldly prosperity. But without a heart, he loses the means of enjoying his good fortune and becomes cruel and sadistic and eventually a murderer. ... Two traditions are at ... Read more
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