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Films Screened In 1962

An amusing and clever twist to the usual travel documentary. The Danish capital is seen with a happy irreverence. Tourist attractions are mentioned, but with whimsical irony, and the film presents an entertaining view of this cosmopolitan city. ... Read more
One of a series of films on scenes from American history, this is a compilation of extracts from feature films and other sources, tracing the origins of the American Civil War, Lincoln's presidency, the major battles, Lincoln's assassination and the beginning of the reconstruction. ... Read more
Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, this documentary deals with aspects of their craft. Informative and elegant, the gold and silver bowls and cups and ornaments are handsomely photographed, and the film reflects a generous admiration for beauty, tradition and the dignities of the ... Read more
An animated film which employs a persistent rhythm, humour, and primitive visual symbols, to convey a message about two men trying to outwit each other for a place in a tiny patch of sunlight. ... Read more
The viewpoint of the workmen is taken in this ... short, lyrical study of the sights and sounds associated with the building and launching of a great ship. Grand Prix at Leipzig, 1961. ... Read more
The imagination of children transcends the technical problems of reaching the Moon in a spaceship. Children from seven countries were asked to submit drawings of the imagined lunar voyage; the results would make this a trip worth taking. A multi-prize winning Festival film. ... Read more
The household utensils manufactured by I.C.I. appear in a circus show. ... Read more
The film shows how children overcome immediate environmental difficulties through their own imaginative and creative effort. ... Read more
Excellent script and photography and incisive editing create a picture of the daily life of one of Britain's leading quartets. The film shows the endless work and rehearsal which lie behind each performance. More subtly it succeeds in capturing the nuances of communication and telepathic ... Read more
Abstract imagery symbolises the beginning of life upon earth and Hebrew letters of the Old Testament are used to introduce the exposition. ... Read more
The work of the French abstract-expressionist, Masson, as seen through his interpretation of the four seasons. The film shows a variety of modern techniques used — including a spray gun — for paintings ranging from gentle abstracts to violent non-representational explosions. ... Read more
The film illustrates the development of modern painting, using the most important artists from Klee to Pollock. ... Read more
The situation of sculpture in the middle of our century as shown by the works of the most famous international artists. ... Read more
An analysis of architectural development as the art of space, with main concentration on the present-day influence of technology. Works by designers of note are shown: Corbusier, Neutra, Niemeyer. ... Read more
Fidel Castro delivers his "Declaration of Havana" to over a million people in the Plaza Civica on September 2, 1960. The gathering began in the afternoon and lasted until dark, and Castro's address proclaimed the ideals and goals of the Revolution. Footage of the Organisation of American States ... Read more
A young British artist, driving through the States in the heat of August, discovers a man whose face he has recently drawn without ever having seen. The two men are drawn toward the terrifying climax they are both powerless to control. ... Read more
The journey of a jazz band to a concert is used as the basis for this highly diverting advertising film. ... Read more
A survey of modern theatres in Western Germany. ... Read more
An abstract symphony of light, music, and movement. ... Read more
Letting the stylishly edited visuals speak for themselves this film develops the story of the newly-inaugurated 90 m.p.h. Diesel Train Service between Manchester and St. Pancras. Awarded Gold Plaque. III. Festival of Films for Television, Rome. ... Read more
A synthesis on the manufacture of cotton textiles: fast machine sequences are edited to the music of Haydn. ... Read more
An essay on the official architecture of the National Socialist State with its stark style reflecting the inhumanity of the party's philosophy. The past is emphasized by ghostly snatches of the voices that once roared affirmation of power and victory. ... Read more
A moving documentary account of how the elderly residents of a Los Angeles neighbourhood feel when their homes are about to be torn down. ... Read more
The story of a heart operation: the investigations which lead to the decision to operate, then the record of the surgery itself. ... Equal Second Prize, Documentary Section, "for its moving dramatisation of reality and its outstanding operating theatre sequence". ... Read more
An abstract film produced in India. It uses the textile designs of the calico mills as elements in its total graphic structure. ... Read more
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