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Films Screened In 1963

An illustration of the life and work of the artist. The important stages and experiences in her life are reproduced in short scenes, and her work has been split up into theme complexes. The timelessness and humanity in her art receives first consideration. ... Read more
Presented with little commentary, the film is a candid camera study of children being very much themselves in the special world of the kindergarten classroom. The children's freedom from inhibition in the presence of three cameras makes a fascinating study for the curious adult. ... Read more
Daily life in a Korean farm village throughout the four seasons of the year is interwoven with traditional customs and events such as birthday ceremonies, New Year's Day and kite flying. ... Read more
The record of a series of abstract paintings and collages, based on the legend of the submerged cathedral, which were produced by the English artist, Ceri Richards. ... Read more
The intense ritual of the bullfight is filmed in close-up and exclusively in slow-motion; the visuals are thus given an air of horrific beauty. The sound of the organ adds a strange counterpoint. ... Read more
Beginning with shots of the old master, Pan Tienshou, at work, the film presents some of the chief features of Chinese landscape painting. ... Read more
A haunting parable which insists that a slave will abandon all dreams of freedom if his master merely removes the intolerable restrictions which he has imposed. ... Read more
Using live action clips, still photography, and various animation techniques, Richard Williams illustrates a lecture given by Christopher Logue on the human situation. Awards: Gold Prize, Mannheim Festival; Special Jury Prize, Annecy Festival. ... Read more
Grenoble, 1940: a French provincial town during the Occupalton. A young widow with a child, anti-religious and Marxist, is discontented with her life. One day partly through boredom, partly through disgust with the conventional piety of church-goers, she enters a confessional and insults the young ... Read more
The Olive Trees of Justice was made min Algeria by a young American, James Blue, who has lived in Bab-el-Oued for the past two years. Set in Algiers during what are tactfully called "les evenements", it tells a simple story of a young man born in Algeria but since settled in Paris, who comes home ... Read more
London's traditional sights. . . the fim conjures up the moods of a variety of London scenes and events throughout the day and night. ... Read more
Love is the same the world over, but there are variations on the theme; this film is a parody on the American, Swedish, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Yugoslav styles. ... Read more
A film with a moral? When it comes to love, no one really has it good, especially stuffed alligators named Charlie. Award: Diploma of Merit, Edinburgh Festival. ... Read more
Fritz Lang was interested in the case of the Dusseldorf child killer, Kurten, and prevailed upon his wife, Thea von Harbou, to help him write a screenplay on the man. The original title for the film was Morderer unter uns (Murderer among us), but this title presented many problems at the time of ... Read more
One of the year's most personal films, unmistakably the work of its creator - writer turned directo, Pier Paolo Pasolini - Mamma Roma is about an ageing prostitute who breaks from her pimp in an attempt to reform her son and get him a respectable job as a waiter. Pasolini has discovered for himself ... Read more
This documentary film, gaining by understatement, is a study of a modest travelling circus - the life without the glamour. The photography is thoroughly telling and the film has a hauntingly grey, rather sad air to it. Award: St. Finbarr Statuette, Cork Festival. ... Read more
In the village where the ancient sculptors came from, Mukhtar the sculptor was born. The film shows most of his work and traces how village life influenced him. ... Read more
An animated version of Stephen Leacock's famous short story of a young man who is intimidated by everything connected with banking. ... Read more
In an isolated town, a lonely family lives in the so-called "widow's house". The family consists of Madam Chung-sook, Okhee, her six-year-old daughter, Okhee's grandmother, and the house-maid, Songhwan-taik. One day a guest from Seoul visits the house and becomes a lodger, and as the days pass ... Read more
An attempt to capture the spirit that animated the ancient University of Nalanda. By giving a brief account of its scholastic activities, the film highlights the intellectual catholicity that prevailed there. ... Read more
Peitahuang (The Great Northern Waste) is an area in North-East China. Formerly it was a snowy wilderness haunted by wild animals and birds. Its few inhabitants used lo say of it: "Wild and desolate is the Great Northern Waste; wolves and foxes, deer and rabbits abound there, but never a girl can be ... Read more
Night Tide retells the legend of the sailor and the mermaid. It is set in Venice - Venice California, a curiously decrepit suburb of Los Angeles, which sprawls along the waterfront, surrounded by oil-wells and Santa Monica. It is, in part, absurdly grand - miniature canals, without water but with ... Read more
In 1923, 43 revolutionaries were arrested for an abortive uprising in Bulgaria; whilst awaiting execution, they were imprisoned on a small island controlled by a sadistic, militaristic captain. The film details a number of fruitless escapes, eventually culminating in their final, successful flight ... Read more
In this film a state of mind is cinematically abstracted into a suspenseful, doom-haunted adventure, taking place in a strange, evocative setting of miniature, bubbling volcanoes and desolate wasteland. ... Read more
A filmic synthesis derived from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. An ingenious and disquieting production which traces the impact of sin from its first appearance in the Garden of Eden. ... Read more
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