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Films Screened In 1959

Based on an old and well-known stage-play, this comedy tells of the machinations of a landlord to conquer the beautiful wife of a provincial miller of a nearby township. The shrewd miller manages to steal the Governor's scarlet cloak, which is the distinctive attire of high officials, and sets out ... Read more
A young woman daydreams about her past; her emotions are expressed by a series of surrealistic images. ... This experimental film, the work of two Polish artists, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1958 International Festival of Experimental Films in Brussels. ... Read more
The National Theatre of Mannheim was destroyed during the last war — the film shows how the company carried on until its modern home reopened with the performance of Die Rauber. b\ Schiller. ... Read more
In 1941 Eisenstein, the giant of Russian cinema, began a biographical trilogy of the sixteenth century Tsar. Ivan IV, who united the autonomous principalities and became the first ruler of the Russian Empire. ... Although Part I of Ivan the Terrible is well known to film society audiences, Part II ... Read more
"This little film is mad but magnificent." wrote English film critic Paul Dehn. Entirely photographed and recorded in three hours at a leading New York dance hall, it is a record of the excitement of the dancers, edited into twenty minutes of frenzy. ... Read more
Konarak, a temple built in the 13th century, was dedicated to Surya, the sun-god. It is a well-preserved and elaborate building which stands as a vivid reminder of a great past when miracles in stone were created. ... Read more
The construction of the Kurobe Dam in an inaccessible valley of the Japanese Alps is under way. This film, shot in magnificent colour, records the breathtaking beauty of the scenery and the superhuman efforts of the workers who explored the site and started the work on the Dam. ... Read more
"Mon Merle", an old French folksong, sung by the Trio Lyrique of Montreal, tells the story of a happy-go-lucky bird who loses his neck, beak. wings and eyes but immediately sets about retrieving them. To his astonishment they return in duplicate and triplicate. Norman McLaren in his inimitable ... Read more
Two minutes of eye-teasing corrugations. ... Read more
The title is ironic, for the film conveys a philosophical impression of man's protest against the dangers which surround him &ndash: particularly the danger of atomic extinction. ... There is no commentary &ndash: only music and pictures woven together to produce the emotional effect. ... Read more
"The film opens with a Love on the Dole theme at the end of the 1920's and follows the life of a German working class girl into the Nazi era. Raised in the slums of Berlin, Lissy helps to support her father and unemployed brother, and is working in a quick-service restaurant when the economic ... Read more
Los Olvidados (meaning the forgotten ones) was made in Mexico City slums with mostly non¬professional young actors whose talents lie in their simplicity, their obedience to brilliant direction (first prize at Cannes to Bunuel for best direction of 1951), and their familiarity with violence. The ... Read more
Three sketches played by modern marionettes: Rumour, Chez Moniquc and The Dream Chaser. The film won the highest German film prize in 1958. ... Read more
Each account of heroism and hardship which came out of World War II seemed to set a new level for man's indestructible spirit: but none seemed so utterly incredible as this tale of the Norwegian underground fighter, Jan Baalsrud. ... Based on his actual experience, as described in David Howarth's ... Read more
A striking illustration of Poland's new place in the top bracket of world cinema, No Place for Eve to Sleep is a nice blend of poetry and parody. ... The film opens with Eve arriving at her boarding school one morning only to find that it ill officially closed. The caretaker won't let her in and ... Read more
The title is a children's counting-out rhyme: the film records London children at play, singing, skipping, dancing; and through their playing, revealing a part of that world which belongs only to children. ... Read more
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, played by the Vienna Philharmonic at a concert in the Assembly Hall of the U.N. The performance is illustrated with scenes of human experience &ndash: calm and anxiety, war, recovery and rehabilitation. ... Read more
The life and work of Daumier, famous French artist and caricaturist, and a study of the power of political satire. ... Read more
Dots, lines, loops, dance to a drumbeat background. ... Read more
This film is dedicated to its cast: the villagers of Sant" Ambrogio, Italy, the farmers of Fermathe. Haiti; the townsfolk of Kitimat. Canada, and the scientists at Kjcller, Norway. ... Power Among Men is concerned with the problem of human survival. In four sequences — each in colour ... Read more
The earliest forms of man's artistic expression the prehistoric drawings and paintings in the caves' of France and Spain, are the subject of this most ... beautiful and memorable art film. ... Read more
The camera captures the original spirit of Quetico Park &ndash: over a million acres of unspoiled wilderness reserved as canoe country. ... Read more
An experimental film: abstract wave movements are animated in time with rhythmic musique concrete, the sound track of which was edited not by note on tape. ... Read more
A survey of ancient musical instruments; some forefathers of those in use today, others obsolete. The music is contemporary, appropriately and carefully selected. ... Read more
Only a few ruins remain of the bustling city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium &ndash: the original name, of which only Colonia survives in the city's name today. The excavated objects range from household utensils to jewellery and perfume flasks, revealing the tastes and pastimes of the ... Read more
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