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Films Screened In 1962

THE OPIUM WAR (Cheng Chun-li, Chen Fan, 1960)
Lin Tse Hsu was the Chinese hero of the opium war of 1840. Driven on by easy money, traders and some irresponsible missionaries flooded the Chinese towns with this drug. ... The Manchu court was forc… Read more

THE POEM (Rados Novakovic, 1961)
This Yugoslav film is set during the Nazi occupation. A group of young Communists plan to join the partisans and to take a famous poet along with them. The poet is caught by the Gestapo but is freed … Read more

The Prize (Tim Burstall, 1961)
Adventures of four children and a billygoat. First Prize, Children's Film Section, "for its delightful simplicity and its power to carry one into the world of children". Adelaide Advertiser Prize. ... Read more

THE SAND CASTLE (Jerome Hill, 1960)
The Sand Castle is the story of an afternoon of a small boy who is left on the beach with his sister. He wanders about and picks up stray objects — a seashell evokes an unconscious response and… Read more

The Sarajevo Hagada (Slobodan Jovicic, 1961)
The film shows miniatures from the famous Jewish book of the 14th century which was brought to Yugoslavia from Spain. It is now stored in the Sarajevo Museum. ... Read more

The Shy Golden Oriole (Chiang Ai-chun, Lu Ching, 1960)
The small golden oriole is a very timid bird, but encouraged, she is able to sing in public. ... Read more

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Bob Calinescu, 1959)
Based on Goethe's poem, the film tells the story of the lazy little apprentice who takes advantage of the magic formula to get the broomstick to do his work. ... Read more

The Travelling Tune (Max Keuris, 1961)
Realised through paper sculpture the film shows how a tune composed by a man in poor circumstances travels round the world through mass media, and returns to the composer who now lives in better cond… Read more

THEY WERE TEN (Baruch Dienar, 1960)
Ten Jews—nine men and Manyah, wife of Josef— flee the pogroms in Russia in the 1880's and find a farm on a hilltop in Galilee. We follow the first eventful year of these young Russian stu… Read more

This is Iceland (Kjartan Bjarnason, 1960)
A colourful travelogue on modern Iceland from the life and bustle of Reykjavik to the glaciers and hot springs of the more remote inland areas. ... Read more

Three Men (Vladimir Lehky, 1959)
By means of simple drawings, this anecdotal farce ridicules three lazy and quarrelsome men. Gold Medal Award from the Venice Festival. ... Read more

To Kill A Child (Gosta Werner, 1953)
Made as part of a road safety campaign this film, with its concern for responsibility for the death of a child on the road, and the slow build-up of this theme, is hauntingly effective. ... Read more

Tomorrow's Today (John Morley, Henry Lewis, 1959)
The effect of the environment of East London on a young boy"s development is examined through his painting. ... Read more

Training Players For Chinese Classical Theatre (Chang Chao-pin, Chen Chen-tsai, 1958)
An attractive film about one of the most exquisite ancient arts of the Orient, kept alive by exact teaching methods and unbroken tradition. The students work their way exhaustively to perfection and … Read more

Tumut Pond (Harry Malcolm, 1962)
A change is taking place across the face of southeast Australia as men and machines are clearing the bush, taming the rivers and creating lakes in the building of one of the greatest hydroelectric an… Read more

TWO DAUGHTERS (Satyajit Ray, 1961)
Made to celebrate the centenary of Rabindranath Tagore, "Two Daughters" is based on a duo of his short stories, "The Postmaster and "Samapti". The director, Satyajit Ray, has described them as divert… Read more

Variations on an Italian Theme (Carson Davidson, 1961)
Set to the music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this film, from the director of Third Avenue El, is a travel film but with the emphasis chiefly on people. ... Read more

Very Nice, Very Nice (Arthur Lipsett, 1961)
By turns amusing, intriguing, startling — the film is a view of the world as it might register on the mind of someone young and uncommitted. ... Read more

VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel, 1961)
The 1961 Cannes Festival Jury decided to award the Grand Prix jointly to Henri Colpi's Une Aussi Longue Absence and Bunuel's Viridiana. Thus the festival ended in a blaze of controversy, with this fi… Read more

VOLCANO (Haroun Tazieff, 1959)
Known for years as the world's one volcanologist, Haroun Tazieff, a Belgian scientific explorer, has brought back in this unique film the findings of his investigations of 28 volcanoes in Japan, Java… Read more

Water (Philip Stapp, 1961)
This animated film focuses attention on the fact that although there is as much water as there ever was, increasing demands today have brought us on the verge of a world-wide crisis. ... Read more

Where is Mama? (, 1961)
Drawings according to the technique of traditional Chinese ink and watercolour painting are used to tell of the adventure of some tadpoles. ... Read more

Wild Highlands (Ian Ferguson, 1961)
Ardnamurchan. a mountainous peninsula on the coast of Argyll, is the location of some outstanding colour photography. The film includes unusual shots of the sea loch, wild birds and the highlands. ... Read more

YANCO (Servando Gonzalez, 1961)
A simple story set in the tiny village of Mizquic, which forms part of the Xochimilco area on the outskirts of Mexico City. In this village a way of life which is a blend of Catholicism and paganism … Read more

Yantra (James Whitney, 1959)
Yantra is the Hindu term for instruments of worship which are designed to stimulate greater awareness. To this end the visuals of this film are dynamic and vividly coloured. ... Read more

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