Skip to main content

Films Screened In 1959

A daring critique of society based on the life-story of the blond courtesan Rosemarie Nitribitt, who also ran a profitable blackmailing sideline. Rosemarie was found murdered in her luxury apartment in Frankfurt in 1957, and the producers wasted no time developing this credible but fictitious story ... Read more
With a touch of fantasy, the architecture and atmosphere of Brussels revealed in four movements: night lights and jazz; morning quiet; street bustle; and people at rest and play. ... Read more
An impression of a typical day at Southend. favourite excursion for the Londoner. Edited rhythmically, to fit turn-of-the-century music hall songs, the film delights with its liveliness and invention. Venice Festival Grand Prix winner. ... Read more
An attempt to state dramatically, by means of abstract shapes and colours, the drama of two people falling in love. ... Read more
When a twenty-one year old factory worker &ndash: and reputed lady-killer &ndash: gambles with love, he is liable to lose his heart as well as learn about life. Set in post-war Berlin, Terminus Love is a charming story about Mecky, a young man who makes a bet with his friends that he can conquer ... Read more
Set in a particularly far-flung corner of the Empire, this fully animated and synchronised cartoon was the first one to be produced by an amateur group, ft took three years to complete and was an award winner in the 1955 Ten Best, an international amateur film competition. ... Read more
A pathetic little man emerges from a Prussian gaol to be denied lodgings, work and, through lack of papers, a passport. Without personal documents, no work — without work, no documents. This frustrating pendulum causes his attempt to steal a passport, resulting in his return to gaol where ... Read more
Based on the drawings of the famous French cartoonist. Jean Effel, the film tells the story of the first part of Genesis amusingly and with invention. Effel's gallic wit is carefully preserved and further enhanced by the versatile musical background. ... Read more
Centred around two derelict barges, this poetic nature film captures some aspects of the Jives of birds living on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. ... Read more
Recreated from old photographs and early cinematic material, The Flying Dane is the story of J. C. Ellehammer who, in 1908. was one of the first men to fly a powered aircraft. His time aloft &ndash: 11 seconds. ... Read more
The plot of this wartime drama is woven into a background of underground activity during the German occupation of Yugoslavia. Illegal workers must be moved to safety, and Pavle. himself hunted by the police, must be contacted to this effect. During the liaison, he is recognised by the agent. Zeka ... Read more
In his first colour film. Paul Haesearts, who is well known for his art films, especially for Rubens and A Visit to Picasso, explores the meanings, beauties and quaint anecdotal material hidden in the incredibly detailed paintings of such Flemish "Primitives" as Jan Van Eyck, Roger Van der Veyden ... Read more
Eleven years after V-J day. the Pacific phases of World War II still fascinate the Japanese. ... The Harp of Burma opens in July, 1945—the war was nearing its end for the Japanese forces in Burma, and units were crossing the mountains to escape into Thailand. Mizushima. dressed as a Burmese ... Read more
In the first film he has scripted for himself, Alec Guinness chose to adapt for the screen this seemingly impossible novel, "The Horse's Mouth'" by Joyce Cary. The story purports to be written by Gulley Jimson, a perpetually hard-up, vagabond artist, who relishes his running battle with society in ... Read more
For many years, in the name of social realism. a sterile view imposed itself upon Soviet cinema. Now, by contrast, certain directors have returned to the stylistic elements of the great silent Soviet cinema for inspiration. Aesthetically this means a re-integration of lyricism with realism. The ... Read more
During one hard winter. Milliaksi. the Eskimo. carved a stone image of Miniachuk. the goddess of the sea, who controls the seals. The magic works, and the summer brings seals, food and joy to the people. ... Read more
An impressionistic account of the training methods used in America's famed Marine Corps. The film makes all its points with images and a soundtrack recorded in an actual camp. ... Read more
Without commentary, the film presents the famous painting by Breughel. ... Read more
A shy boy feels lost in the night clubs of Paris. ... Read more
The pirogue &ndash: a graceful dugout canoe &ndash: carved by hand from a solid cypress log. The film records this vanishing art for posterity. ... Read more
Portrays the vast brown coal undertaking at Yallourn, the heart of Victoria's Electric Power System, and the thousands of workers going about their jobs during a normal day-time shift. ... Read more
Now that Macquarie Island is a sanctuary, it is the breeding place of thousands of elephant seals and an increasing number of fur seals. The film was shot by scientists of C.S.l.R.O. and members of the A.N.A.R.E. and ... Read more
The buildings and bridges, the people and their lives viewed from the Seine as it flows through Paris. ... Read more
In the summer of 1832, a hawker travelled over hill and dale to the farms, villages and castles of Southern France, Everywhere his lovely wares were in great demand. But tragedy followed in his wake. First one customer, then whole families die. What is the explanation, who is this diabolical man ... Read more
Ever since the days of the Portuguese adventurers, 500 years ago, the surf boats of Accra have carried cargoes ashore; the Fanti crews exciting the traveller with their daring and skill. ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director