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Films Screened In 1958

THE DEVIL'S GENERAL (Helmut Keutner, 1955)
The Devil's General, made in 1955, has won several Festival awards; it unites many of West Germany's leading talents of today &ndash: the director, Helmut Kautner; the stars, Curd Jiirgens and Marian… Read more

The England of Elizabeth (J. Taylor, 1956)
An artistic pilgrimage through Elizabethan England. Stately homes, familiar pictures, furniture. music, and, of course, Shakespeare, are used to evoke the spirit of the period. ... Read more

The Forerunner (John Heyer, 1957)
A film on the theme of Australia's water problem and its solution in one part of Australia. The first section shows the tragedy of too much water and the devastation of floods. The second section dea… Read more

The Forgotten Little Doll (Hannes Hempel, 1956)
A puppet film without commentary: it is a simple tale of the teddy bear and other nursery animals and toys coming to the rescue of the doll which has been thrown into the corner. ... Read more

The Grey Metropolis (Nigel McIsaac, 1952)
In its exploration of Edinburgh today, and of its associations with the past, the camera catches some evocative effects and communicates an authentic melancholy. ... Read more

THE IMPOSTOR (Tatsuo Osone, 1952)
In 17th century Japan it was the custom for the Shogun to leave with his concubines certain tokens; the first man to appear at court bearing these tokens, proving his identity as the Shogun's son, wa… Read more

The Land of Robert Burns (Joe Mendoza, 1956)
A short account of the poet's life, set among the people of the south-west of Scotland of the present day as they grow from childhood to manhood. His songs are abundant and a representative selection… Read more

The Legend of the Dragon (Noburo Ofuji, 1957)
Based on an old Japanese legend, this silhouette-film tells how the young god Susano &ndash: o &ndash: Nomikoto saved the life of the young prince by killing. the eight-headed giant snake. ... Read more

The Little Chimney Sweep (Lotte Reiniger, 1952)
Based on the 1935 version, this is among the wittiest of Lotte Reiniger's silhouette films, with a lively and original music track. A little chimney sweep outwits a gang of rogues who have kidnapped … Read more

The Little Umbrella (Bretislav Pojar, 1956)
A puppet review which is a variant on the theme of inanimate objects that start moving at night under the direction of a strange sprite in top hat and frock coat. ... Read more

The Majesty of Wood (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1955)
The unifying theme of this film is the beauty of wood. A succession of examples from Belgian churches and museums traces the sequences of styles from the hieratic Romanesque through the gradually inc… Read more

The Medieval Art of Japan (Kenji Shimomura, )
Motivated by the spread of Buddhism, Japanese culture of the 12th-15th centuries was highly representational. Architecture, painting and sculpture are presented, with emphasis on the tortuous use of … Read more

THE MOMENT OF DECISION (Frantisek Cap, 1955)
During the last war the Slovenian city of Ljubljana became a prison, and here these events happened. ... The local collaborators of the occupiers capture a severely wounded leader of the Resistance m… Read more

The Pedicure (Max Linder, 1910)
One of Max Lander's most charming comedies; it contains no captions and relies on Lander's artistry which lifts it so highly above its contemporaries. ... Read more

The Pleasure Garden (James Broughton, 1952)
A light extravaganza by the Californian poet, James Broughton — a highly personal mixture of lyricism, mime, whimsy and caprice. It is a comic fantasy-, with music celebrating the victory of th… Read more

The Pulse of Time (Rene Boeniger, 1957)
The film traces in brief the whole development of man's methods of measuring time, from the days when the sun was his clock. ... Read more

The Ruthless One (Douglas Gordon, 1956)
Dealing with the Desert Locust, the film shows the development of the insect from mating, egg laying, hatching and growth into destructive swarms. Counter measures in suppressing the pest are shown. ... Read more

The Secret Path (Kurt Weiler, 1957)
Karl often leaves his sisters and steals away to lay traps for birds. One day a wild boar pushes him into a pit but he is rescued by the aid of a clever rook. ... Read more

The Stolen Nose (Kurt Weiler, 1956)
A puppet film. Three children make a snowman whose nose is stolen during the night but the children discover the thieves. ... Read more

The Sun and Radio Waves (Shinji Takeuchi, 1956)
The solar observatory on Norikura Peak in the Japanese Alps and the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory are constantly studying and recording the conditions of the sun's effect on the ionosphere. ... Read more

The Twilight Forest (Sydney Latter, 1957)
The story of Africa, of its trees and forests, once inaccessible and unknown, and of its people &ndash: showing the results of forestry pioneering in Northern Nigeria. ... Read more

The Unicorn Mystery (J. C. See, Arcady, 1954)
The six famous tapestries of "The Lady and the Unicorn" are kept at the Cluny Museum of Paris, and while they are held to be masterpieces of French art, their meaning is a mystery. ... Read more

Third Avenue El (Carson Davidson, 1956)
A victim of progress, New York's picturesque Third Avenue Elevated Railway is no more, but its unique flavour lingers nostalgically in this unusual film study. Haydn's music enhances the pictorial pr… Read more

This Game of Bowls (, 1957)
The film shows the beginnings of bowls up to present day greens with champions showing their various styles and finer points of the game. The latest bowling greens throughout Australia are shown. ... Read more

Toccata for Toy Trains (Charles Eames, Ray Eames, 1957)
A film about toy trains-mostly old. A journey from roundhouse and yards to station, and out through countryside and village to destination. Characters and props are al! real toys. ... Read more

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