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Films Screened In 1958

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 Marianne Koch; the production company, Real Studios - - in a work of high technical quality. ... The film ... Read more
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
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 deals with drought, the loss of stock and the abandonment of property due to too little water. The ... Read more
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
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
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, was accepted as his heir. When Jokai Tokugawa arrives at court to stake his claim as the Shogun's ... Read more
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 of them is made more vivid when heard against a background of the people and countryside he knew. ... Read more
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
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 a rich merchant's daughter and assists in her rescue. ... Read more
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 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 increasing naturalism of Gothic art. The film concludes with details of Renaissance and high baroque ... Read more
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 wood in statues of various gods. ... Read more
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 movement. The command of the quisling "Home-guards" want at any cost to save his life for further ... Read more
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
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 the pleasure principle. ... A romantically decayed garden lies under the yoke of the puritannical Col ... Read more
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
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
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
A puppet film. Three children make a snowman whose nose is stolen during the night but the children discover the thieves. ... Read more
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 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 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
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 presentation effectively and in the finale, most particularly, the film is visual poetry. ... Read more
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
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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