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Films Screened In 1961

The decay and decline of the Wollambi Valley area, and the work of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. ... Read more
A candid camera's coverage of the Cape Town Parade on a typical Saturday, from early morning until midnight. ... Read more
A Polish experimental fantasy about a soldier being trained in military exercises. He does not wear the uniform of any specific nation and the time of action is indefinite. ... Read more
Children have their own inner world, remote as it may seem to those of us who have forgotten the years of childhood. True enough, they walk along the same streets as we do, see the same trees and clouds, but they see them in their own way. Things that may seem extremely simple to their ... Read more
Produced to celebrate the centenary of the Melbourne Cup, the films shows the training of horses and, finally, the cup race of 1960. ... Read more
A full account of one of the most splendid of the annual ceremonial events in Britain's calendar - the State Opening of Parliament by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - recorded for the first time on colour film. ... Read more
A visually striking and dramatic presentation of iron and steel production. Told without commentary, it emphasises the relative insignificance of men to machines, yet attempts to show the importance of men in the pattern of steel-making. ... Read more
The play an which Storm is based was written, directed, and played by Ching Shan, as is the film. It Is one of the most powerful and original of modern Chinese films and is concerned with the real events of the Peking-Hankow railway Strike of 1922-23, a key chapter in the history of China's ... Read more
An experiment in the creative use of visuals and sound, this film shows the loneliness of the aimless wanderers in the city streets. ... Read more
After several short sequences from early films, we learn how Charles Magnusson in 1912 engaged Victor Sjostrom, and thereby laid the foundations of the great Swedish silent cinema period. Extracts from a number of well-known features are then shown. Of Sjostrom's films we see Ingehorg Holm, 1913 ... Read more
A film about the so-called "gourd" paintings which were done by the itinerant peasant artists who flourished in the Dalecarlia district of Sweden in the 18th Century. The scenes usually have a religious content although floral motifs recur frequently. ... Read more
This film, featuring the late Gilbert Harding, demonstrates that efficiency in the kitchen can be achieved without an array of expensive gadgets, and shows how planning can often result in a far more convenient arrangement of working surfaces and cooking and washing equipment. ... Read more
The Birdsville Track is over three hundred miles long. It joins Maree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, and is the main stock route for cattle moving south from the stations of Western Queensland and the east of the Northern Territory. It crosses deserts of sand and stones and endless ... Read more
Th film animates the paintings, "The Black Man and His Bride", by Arthur Boyd, which tells the story of an aborigine and his half-caste bride. ... Read more
A film depicting the construction of a building in Los Angeles. The story, which starts with the first truck which takes excavated earth from the site and ends with the last worker waxing the new floors, is compressed into half an hour of cmema without words. ... Read more
The aid which Australia is giving to her neighbours in South-East Asia under the Colombo Plan. ... Read more
The open-air movement in a historical cross-section. The picture is chiefly based on original historical material such as paintings, engravings, photographs and old films, contrasting sharply with the short final sequence of present-day shots. ... Read more
In The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz., Mexico's great director, Luis Bunuel, continued his investigation of psycho-sexual aberrations and false moral values — a remarkable comedie noire containing almost all the features of its director's unique personality. A small boy who sees his ... Read more
The multi-festival prize winner is an imaginatively scripted and photographed film directed at children. A lively tale told by a bicycle, it shows what can be done with a road safety propaganda film. ... Read more
Manolette, at 30 the greatest matador in the world, came out of retirement one day in August, 1947, to fight the young challenger, Luis Dominguin. This is the record of the great public match of their skills on the afternoon when death came to Manolette. ... Read more
David Lean, in a discussion with actress Maureen Pryor, comments on some aspects of his work and introduces extracts from his films. ... David Lean's distinctive and always dramatic 'visual' openings are characteristic of his work, and in this film Maureen Pryor uses the beginning of The Sound ... Read more
This poetic nature film captures some aspects of the lives of birds living on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. ... Read more
By imaginative use of photographs, the film shows many facets of the peoples of South Africa. In youth, adolescence and age, they are shown to us at leisure and work; in joy, sorrow and excitement. ... Read more
The Fun Factory is Mack Sennett's studio, where the slapstick two-reelers were churned out at a rate of two a week. Numerous extracts, starring, amongst others Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Ben Turpin, Wallace Beery, are shown, as well as the Sennett specialties: The Bathing Beauties and the Keystone ... Read more
The Barrier Reef - how it grows and the fish and bird life that live nearby. ... Read more
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