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Films Screened In 1963

The writer, Charles Peguy, once reflected that Paris belongs to those who spend the summer there preparing for the winter season. In the heat of August, and in an empty Paris, Rivette documents the moral predicaments of a troupe of young actors, who, profiting by the summer, are working on a new ... Read more
A modern ballad of a passionate motorist. The hero of Jiri Trnka's puppet film was born with a craze for speed; this motif is recorded in six variations. ... Read more
An illustrated discourse on bathing through the ages. Inventive design and a deadpan commentary add to the enjoyment. ... Read more
A fresh, impromptu, and charming study of children applying paint and crayon. The unrehearsed result disarmingly conveys the stimulation of art on the young mind. ... Read more
A film on the science of seismology. We see what benefits have resulted from a study of the record of movements that occur under the surface of the earth. ... Read more
The film reviews the discovery of rare gases and their application in the modern world. ... Read more
The film impressively traces the rise and fall of the dynasties which inhabited the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, from the Sumerian epoch, through the later expansion of Arabic culture in the area, to the present day. Contemporary sculpture, excavated buildings, and medieval Arabic paintings ... Read more
At the age when most North American boys have their eyes on cars, there are a few whose ideal is fleetness of foot. Such is one eighteen-year-old Bruce Kidd, seen in this film. The point of view is a classic one. The commentary, by W. H. Auden, analyses the spirit of running, rather than the ... Read more
A colourful account fo a Malayan village feast. ... Read more
Following the course of the Saguenay River in eastern Quebec from its source, the camera catches the mood and beauty of the river as it builds towards a savage thrust against the dams which divert its power to create electricity. The climax is reached in the magical transmutation of raw bauxite to ... Read more
Paintings in museums often bear no signature. This film demonstrates how experts, relying on costume, architecture and hosts of other clues, establish the period in which a painting was painted; then, through further study of style, brush technique, literary references, etc., they identify the ... Read more
Everybody, but everybody enjoys skiing in Norway. ... Read more
This initial feature film by independent Rick Carrier is about the disintergration of a Puerto Rican family whilst attempting to adjust themselves to hostile tenement life. Recently arrived in the United States, the family, Jose Alvarez, his wife Antonia, their teenage children Elena and Filipe ... Read more
The film shows the place of the sugar industry in the economy of Fiji, and gives a glimpse of the life of the people who make up the industry. Australian Film Awards, Public Relations Sector, Silver Award "for its skillful projection of sponsor 'image'". Kodak Silver Medallion for best colour ... Read more
A Bulgarian boy, and a girl from some western country, chance to meet on a Black Sea beach; they talk, and fall in love. A series of simple themes is used to reveal their character, highlight their feelings and catch the delicate quality of their relationship. The girl is headstrong, yet sensitive ... Read more
In the spring of 1961, authorities forbade folk singers the use of Washington Square which, hitherto, had been the centre of their gatherings. On Sunday, April 9th, 1961, about 100 folk singers marched into the Square. Dan Drasin's uninhibited camera has caught their clash with the police with an ... Read more
A lyrical, socially meaningful statement about Negroes in New York City - an informal survey of the Harlem way of life. Bronze Medal, Venice Film Festival. ... Read more
An interestingly conceived little film showing the work of Finnish designers, who look for inspiration in nature for the original forms which they adapt for their designs in glass. ... Read more
In a small street in Paris, a bootmaker finds a fallen fledgling - so begins a tale of a swallow's affection for its young. ... Read more
For many years prior to the Second World War, the Balkans was a hotbed of intrigue, revolution and counter-revolution. The sudden deaths of eminent statesmen were commonplace and dictatorships succeeded governments with bewildering rapidity. In the centre of all this intrigue, and sometimes ... Read more
A personal tribute ot the beauty and mystery of Venice, the film is intended to be the visual equivalent of a short lyrical poem. The theme involves the meeting of Death and the Maiden. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story set in Venice with the same title, and the film's spirit is similar to his ... Read more
A satirical comment on audience reaction to art films. ... Read more
An allegorical satire, showing the adventures of a group of contestants in a cross-country race. ... Read more
Imaginative animation is used in this cartoon, which forms a mock-serious study of the changes in design and colour of the motor car. The reasons for the changes are investigated and we are left happier if no wiser. First Prize, Venice Film Festival. ... Read more
Based on the music "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi, the film tells, without words and following the rhythm and feeling of the music, the story of the four seasons. ... Read more
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