Films Screened In 1959

Carl Dreyer, creator of Jeanne D'Arc and the fantastic Vampyr, is that very rare person in films today — a moralist, classicist, and an incorruptible artist. From the novel by Anne Pedersdotter, this dark, sombre story of witchcraft in seventeenth century Denmark. Day of Wrath, is an example of his impeccable technique, told with all the humanity and power of Dreyer's art. ... Absalon Pedersson. P... Read more
A Matter of Dignity tells of a bourgeois family on the verge of bankruptcy, pinning all their hopes on their daughter's catching a rich husband. ... The Pellas mansion is gripped in an atmosphere of falsehood and hysteria, set by Cleon's wife. Roxane. whose efforts to keep up a facade of social activity plunge the household deeper and deeper into debt. When the bank serves final notice, the catast... Read more
A film which shows the work of Henry Moore, from his drawings to his sculptures, with particular reference to his latest and most important work, the reclining figure for the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. ... Read more
Drawn from a story by Robert Chambers &ndash: a pointed and deeply moving comment on the essential futility of war &ndash: this is a film of exceptional integrity and rare poetic grace. The American Civil War: three professional soldiers &ndash: two from the North. one from the South &ndash: agree on a short truce and engage in desultory conversation. ... Read more
Clever calypso verse makes up the accompaniment to yet another colourful and enlightening cartoon film by Halas and Batchelor. ... The story surveys, briefly and wittily, the use of fire for warmth and comfort since the days of the Romans. ... Read more
This film won first prize for the best cartoon at the Venice Festival last year. It tells the story of a man who seeks in sleep freedom from the day's worries, but finds a greater fear in its solitude. ... Read more
An internationally acclaimed amateur film about a little girl in search of a pair of angel's wings. ... Read more
Anna, an innocent, timid, village girl of 17, becomes maid to a wealthy Budapest family. In her loneliness and desire for affection she is beguiled by a young dandy &ndash: nephew of her hysterical mistress &ndash: who seduces her, but turns his attentions to a young guest of the household. Abandoned and completely isolated, Anna is filled with a humiliation and despair which eventually leads to m... Read more
On the New Year's Eve of 1956, prior to executing their plan of action, an artist couple, actor and ballerina, are burning old pictures. The memories of their love story are evoked &ndash: a tense and passionate love, endangered by the October revolution which broke out during their honeymoon at Lake Balaton, Hungary. With the decision already behind them, they relive the hope and hysteria, the ar... Read more
Intermarriage in the face of conflicting customs and tribal prejudices is viewed through this unusual story of the Badjao and Moro tribes. The Badjao is a pagan tribe of sea gypsies of the Philippines which seldom goes on land and will soon become extinct. ... Hassan, son of the Badjao chief, defies tradition for the love of Bala Amai, and leaves the sea to settle in her village. But adjustment is... Read more
A little girl is sent on an errand to the ballet school of the Royal Danish Theatre and becomes a dancer herself. This is the theme of an authentic and beguiling ballet film produced by a notable team, Astrid and Bjarne Henning &ndash: Jensen. ... Read more
Picturesque Belgium in four movements: earth. water, air and fire. ... Read more
A fresh and imaginative study of animal and plant life on the shores of the west coast of Britain. ... Read more
About a newly wed couple who cannot get rid of a door-to-door salesman; appropriately filmed in the pixillated (stop-action) technique. ... Read more
In Calle Mayor, Bardem continues the austere. intellectualised approach to his material which he established in Death of a Cyclist. Kosma's unusual score, the formal camera movement and sharply drawn characters contribute to the reasoning and tragic impact of the film &ndash: contrived as an attack on the bourgeois hypocrisy of society and effected through a bitterly cruel hoax. The story is set a... Read more
A semi-abstract experimental film personifying discarded objects to express the gamut of emotions Third prize winner at the Bruxelles Experimental Film Festival in 1958. ... Read more
A scientific film, typical of its kind, from a series on chemical engineering; it shows experiments on the surface tension of fluids. Czech commentary. ... Read more
This cartoon of British artist, Ronald Searle, tells in brief the history of man's need for energy. and the role petroleum plays in filling this need. ... Read more
Based on the work of famous Yugoslav artist. France Mihelic, Fantastic Ballad depicts a vision of the last moments of human life. ... Read more
A schoolboy discovers unknown and strange parts of Paris when he boards the "Metro" in pursuit of a young girl. A short documentary film directed by one of the new young talents of the French cinema. ... Read more
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