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Films Screened In 1960

A cartoon film which belongs wholly to the spirit of a child's Christmas. Having entered in traditional fashion by the chimney and filled the children's stockings, Father Christmas rests his weary shoul­ders and enjoys a supper laid for him. The toys in his sack now unwrap themselves and come ... Read more
This is the fourth film in "The Critic and the Film" scries. Here Arnot Robertson discusses the film from the writer's viewpoint. ... Read more
The Cry of Jazz makes a complete about-face in American documentary, from a passive, objective democratic or "simple humanist'' approach to a personal, passionate, active one. It is an essay film, with all visual material and commentary subject to proving and illustrating an idea. ... Produced by a ... Read more
This cartoon tells of a flute-playing ape, who in his tree in the jungle dreams of leading a civilised life among people who appreciate music. ... However, after being introduced into society he finds that the standards of civilisation are not as high as his own and he returns disillusioned to the ... Read more
This is the story of tribal witchcraft, ritual, murder,and the frenzied efforts of a bereaved father to avenge the killing of his daughter. This becomes his obsession, and his determination finally causes him to be arrested for attempted murder and he is sentences to prison. While in prison he ... Read more
Paddy Chayefsky's reputation has been built on the loving and detailed exploration of small-scale objects, the discovery of the significance of the commonplace. In The Goddess, he is working on an altogether larger scale. ... His goddess is a very special case. Neglected as a child by a ... Read more
A silhouette film telling the fable of the grasshopper who, having idled all summer, appeals to the industrious ant for help in winter. ... Read more
Sinister koala trappers are active in the vicinity of Ten Town. The indomitable Terrible Ten youngsters set out to track down the trappers; find them in a cave, move up armour and artillery with the latest rockets; attack and hold the enemy at bay until the police arrive. A zestfully acted episode ... Read more
Shot in black and white, set in Badacsony, where volcanic rocks overlook the waters of Lake Balaton, this is the story of simple people of wild ungovernable passions. Coming home from a prisoner-of-war camp, Ferenc finds in his hut - in place of his lovely wife who has died in his absence - her ... Read more
An exploration of the child's world, seen through their drawings and paintings; based on Traherne's "Is It Not Strange, than an Infant should be Heir of the whole World, and see those Mysteries which the Books of the Learned never unfold?" ... Read more
An interesting nature study film showing how the importation of mongooses to an island in the Adriatic cleared it of a plague of poisonous snakes. ... Read more
Three men land on a tiny, deserted island. One believes in Trught, one in Goodness and one in Beauty. For several days they are content to sit in the sun and get brown. Then each indulges in a long private vision, to the mystification of the other two. Truth's vision is the most abstract, a ... Read more
A film on the wild life of Ceylon, shot in Ruhuner and Wilpattu National Parks, and in the abandoned Veddha caves of Nuwaragala. ... The film has been conceived in three sequences - "Man in Nature", as exemplified by the Veddha life when primitive man and animal hunted together in a nomadic ... Read more
A silhouette film from Lotte Reiniger who has been cutting out paper shapes and photographing them since 1923. Here is another one, a fragment from the Arabian Nights. ... Read more
This is a film of a Chinese national dance which is based on an old legend. Travelling to the capital to take his examination, Liu Yen-chang comes to the temple of the Goddess San Sheng Mu on Mount Hua. Gazing at the image he admires her beauty and writes a poem on her silken scarf expressing his ... Read more
Some of the advanced scientific research now taking place at Cambridge is shown along with the lighter side of life there, such as a May Ball, the"Bump" Races, etc. The delightful architectural setting of the town and the graceful countryside are also vividly portrayed. ... Read more
From the moment of its world premiere at a midnight matinee at the Edinburgh Festival, this independently produced American picture has aroused much controversy. It is a study of a young woman waiting for her divorce in Los Angeles. This fictional central character is surrounded with a vivid ... Read more
A cartoon review of the evolution of ideas. Man invents the seven arts - drawing and sculpture, architecture, theatre, literature, dance, music, and cinema. ... Read more
Early in the 1920s, German historical films (Passion, Anne Boleyn) greatly impressed movie fans and movie producers alike with their lavishness of scene and production. Douglas Fairbanks, by now one of the best paid stars, was casting around for a challenge to his business acumen (now established ... Read more
The familiar story about the donkey, dog, cat and rooster who set out for Bremen to become town musicians is here quite faithfully translated into a colourful cartoon with delightful characters and a fairly fierce rendition of the fight between the animals and the robbers. ... Read more
The main intention of this film is not to examine the artistic achievement of William Blake, but to illustrate, by a comprehensive use of his books and pictures, the story of a spiritual journey, the theme of a man struggling to free his soul from the bondage he felt to be the state of man. Use is ... Read more
A dramatic portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt's political career, based on photographs, drawings, painting and engravings, original newsreel sequences and cartoons of famous artists of the day. ... Read more
The Sunday walk of the mice family and their meeting a little blue mouse. An amusing little cartoon on a serious theme - the effect of the colour bar. ... Read more
A famous director adapts a "myth" on the theme of a hazardous motorcycle ride which ends disastrously. The motorcyclist, Sophus, and his girl, Elvira, race along madly to catch the ferry at Nyborg. They succeed in catching Charon's ferry across the River of Death. ... Read more
An animated film based on episodes from Dante's poem, by a young artist who formerly worked with Lotte Reiniger, employing an interesting silhouette technique, with the animated figures having a sculptural form. They display a highly individual visual imagination complemented by compelling sound. ... Read more
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