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Films Screened In 1963

Documentary treatment of juvenile delinquency in New York City, showing the experiences and contributions of a juvenile-board officer in that city in dealing with a particular street gang. ... Read more
This is an engaging burlesque on the struggle for atomic power, and includes a number of penetrating and amusing side-swipes at the customs of the West. Set in an unidentified country, it tells of a group of gangsters who manage to steal a nuclear bomb from its heavily-guarded place of security ... Read more
There are people, and there are walls - walls of ignorance, self-interest, mistrust, and only after these walls are torn down can we begin to live as human beings. This film was the winner of an international UNESCO competition on portrayal of the aims of the organisation. ... Read more
A pictorial and sound experiment to depict a mine disaster. Australian Film Awards, Open Section, Silver Award "for well contrived evocation of a tragedy in the gold mining days". Kodak Bronze Medallion for Black and White photography. ... Read more
A stylistic and iconographic explanation of the twenty-six panels of the Hispano-Flemish retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo by Fernando Gallego. Blue Ribbon Award, American Film Festival. ... Read more
A hidden camera is used to observe the first-form children of a primary school. Award: Silver Dove, Leipzig Festival. ... Read more
A lucid exposition of the history of the various temples on the rock of the Acropolis of Athens, with close examination of architectural details. ... Read more
Man's fate on earth from Creation to the Bomb and beyond is told in this animated film by Adelaide painter, Dusan Marek. His original technique, individual symbolism, and the richness of thematic and visual material won this film the highest award in the Australian Film Awards Competition, where it ... Read more
The film shows first the bombing of Coventry and the destruction of the old cathedral; we then follow the construction of the new cathedral, step by step, from the laying of the foundation stone in 1956. The works of art, stained glass, tapestry, etc. which adorn it are also seen in the making. ... Read more
The development of Japanese architecture from the earliest indigenous style and through the period of Chinese influence to the present day, when the most modern designs still show traces of the traditional post and beam method of construction. ... Read more
A report on the outstanding Ballet of the Chilean National Theatre at rehearsals and at a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". ... Read more
A rocketship lands on the moon and the young astronaut Tonik meets there some heroes from the age of ihe Romantics - Cyrano de Bergerac, Barbican and Captain Nicol from Jules Verne's books, and the Baron Munchhausen. They think Tonik is an inhabitant of the moon and invite him to visit Earth. ... Read more
The film is a trilogy of stories concerning ihe Second World War in Poland. Unlike many war films, this one deals in no heroics, but shows the war from the viewpoint of the children of Poland who found themselves involved in events beyond their understanding. ... "On the Road," the first story, is ... Read more
An animated satire of the military types who sit in deep bunkers waiting to press the buttong: as ardently pacifist as it is funny. Award: Karlovy Vary Festival. ... Read more
Paintings by children have been selected, arranged and animated so that child's dream of a fantasy journey may be conveyed to the audience. Award: "The Best Austrian Cultural Film of 1961". ... Read more
A child's reaction against slaughter. . .a little boy's tears give a measurement of the horribleness of irreparable damage to life. ... Read more
An animated treatment of the ceramic sculptures of John Perceval. Australian Film Awards, Documentary Section, Silver Award "for its witty amalgam of sound and visuals". ... Read more
The unique Australian Lyrebird, this most elusive of all birds, is observed in its natural habitat. A long sequence, excellently photographed and brilliantly recorded for sound, shows the bird performing its famous courting dance. Australian Film Awards, Nature Section, Gold Award "for nature ... Read more
David and Lisa is an independently produced American film, which was shot entirely on location over a period of twenty five days in April, 1962. lt is the first film by Frank Perry, a young American stage director. Valid and moving, it deals with a school for adolescents who are mentally sick; in ... Read more
"Artists are hard to encourage. . . If an artist can be advised, directed, coerced, he isn't an artist at all. Better shoot him". These are lines from the letters of David Milne, Canadian artist who painted as independently as he spoke. The film shows many of his paintings, and his letters, read as ... Read more
Day after Day gives us the monotonous routine in a small paper-mill town - a routine geared to the factory, and through skillful photography this machine world asserts a brutal dominance. By contrast the commentary achieves a certain lyricism, using word associations and fragments of thoughts ... Read more
A bright, inconsequent, irresponsible tour of existentialist Paris; an elaborate avant garde joke, photographed mainly in the streets, theatres and jazz cellars of St. Germain de Pres. It features guest appearances galore, an existentialist commentary, and a finale set in the future as the aged ... Read more
A journey with lumbermen down the rapids of the River Min, which traverses the mountains and forests of Fukien. ... Read more
On the beach a tourist inflates a whole village in plastics. There is an ersatz for everything, including even human sentiments. A small, but real nail, however, gets involved in these proceedings. ... Read more
A close scientific study of the volcanic phenomena of Kilauea on the island of Hawaii, one of the world's youngest volcanoes. ... Read more
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