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Films Screened In 1960

An advertisement for Nyal toothpaste. ... Read more
It started at the turn of the century. In those days the first cycles were launched on the roads, cycles "which went under their own steam even uphill". These were the first motorcycles and soon after followed the first motorcars. This was an invention which was to change the course of history ... Read more
A charming tale, told without words, of how one morning a young boy follows the flight of a pigeon and of how he attempts to save the bird when it is menaced by a cat. ... Read more
Monsieur Pascal, a young school-master, arrives to take up his duties in a little Provencal village. He revises the oldfashioned authoritative methods of the retiring master, M. Arnaud, and sets out to win his pupils' cooperation. The Municipal Council is antagonistic, and when the firewood supply ... Read more
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The film tells of the extended cork oak forests in Portugal, of the peeling of the cork, its industrial processing and the production of pressed cork. We see how cork affects the economy of all countries. ... Read more
Van der Horst, like Haanstra, has made his name with distinguished short films such as Shoot the Nets and Houen Zo. This his latest film is about the Netherlands and its dependence upon the sea. ... Read more
The animal's outlook on life. The camera lens has been treated as the eyes of another cat, observing the daily details of life in a feline family. Thus, an ordinary room becomes an immense foreign environment in which is enacted the drama of birth - a sequence now celebrated as one of the most ... Read more
Among India's legends one of the most poetic is the story of Radha and Krishna. Krishna the cow-herd god - the divine Lover; Radha, the beautiful milk maid symbolising the Heart of Man yearning for the Infinite. Artists through the centuries have taken this legend and the film brings to life the ... Read more
Rekava is the first Sinhalese feature to come to Australia. It tells the story of a young boy, Sena, who saves from thieves a travelling entertainer who prophesies he will become a great healer. A little girl, Anulu, a friend of Sena's, goes temporarily blind, and when she recovers her sight it is ... Read more
Norman McLaren salutes the West Indies, etching and painting the spirit of fiesta - fireworks and all - in response to an Island tune. ... Read more
A description of the Castle of Kronborg as Shakespeare and his actors must have seen it 300 years ago if they even visited the castle, interwoven with scenes from a performance of "Hamlet" in the courtyard. ... Read more
The film is an expression of a mood, a heady recollection of an evening on the town rendered in rhythmic flights of light and colour. The alternation of the music's mood - gay or sad - is echoed by the artist. ... Written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn, engraved and coloured on film by ... Read more
In the beginning, there was the Sun, handsome with features composes of the present planets. The Sun's nose was the Earth which, being wet, gave the sun a cold. A cataclysmic sneeze - and all the features were scattered into space. On the Earth life appeared. One prehistoric day, a brontosaurus ... Read more
A review of women's fashions in Britain during the past sixty years, showing the influence of historical events and social changes upon dress design. Opulent Edwardian ballroom gowns and sports wear from the same period, tubular dresses of the "naughty" twenties and the elegant lines of the ... Read more
A lyrical narration about the changing city of New York which centres around the erection of a skyscraper. A case history of this singularly American architectural form, it highlights the story of the new building from initial planning stages to completion and the roles of the many people who help ... Read more
A curious essay about the romantic musings of a young girl sitting alone in a vast empty arena waiting for her beloved. A new experimental film from Poland. ... Read more
Set in a small Bulgarian town in 1943, Stars is the story of a strange, unhappy love affair. This is what happened in the foothills of the mountains . . . A sergeant of the German Wehrmacht, a clever, ironic German, is weary of war and ceased to believe in anything long ago. Only when he is brought ... Read more
A documentary description of a steel factory at Nowa Huta near Crakow, made on the tenth anniversary of its foundation. ... Read more
A simple introduction to palaentology - the scientific investigation of extinct creatures, the animals and plants that have perished on land or in the sea since life on earth first began. The evolution of life is demonstrated by a series of dioramas specially constructed for this film. ... Read more
Sven Dufva is a historical epic from the Finno-Russian War 1808-09. The story starts a few months before the war breaks out and shows us Sven, a simple, good-hearted farmer boy, who seems to be hapless and misfortunate in all his civil enterprises. He then wants to join the army, and although his ... Read more
This film conveys the beauty and grandeur of one of the world's most visited monuments. It tells the story of the fulfilment of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan's dream of building a great mausoleum to enshrine his love and devotion to his consort Mumtaz Mahal. ... Read more
The Sanmen Gorges are one group of many gorges along the vast length of the Yellow River. This district has been called "Impassable Sanmen". This film shows the course of the water conservation project at the gorges from the start to the finish of work. ... Read more
The film shows some aspects of the entomologist's work in his attempts to control insect pests by the use of their natural enemies. ... Read more
By using camera movement and editing techniques the film animates the series of paintings "The Black Man and His Bride" by Arthur Boyd, which tells the story of an Aborigine and his half-caste bride. ... Read more
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