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Films Screened In 1963

The setting is a courtyard of a small Finnish village some time in the 'twenties. Amongst the villagers who congregate in the square the story centres mainly on Peter, whose mother has recently died and who lives with his father Jormalainen, a quiet and somewhat helpless man. ... One day Karoliina ... Read more
A searching enquiry into the bases of philosophy, which begins when men are perplexed and seek the answers to many questions. From this curiosity, science begins. The film takes us back in history some 2,500 years to Ionia, and shows how the concepts of chemistry, mathematics, physics and music ... Read more
Stirlingshire, in the heart of Scotland, is the subject. The commentary, by the Welsh poet John Ormond, tells the country's historical past, and of its present worth. Made with emotion, the film is impeccably photographed in colour. ... Read more
Beginning with man's accidental discovery of fire when lightning struck, this cartoon comments, with a certain irony, on his subsequent inventive progress which has now taken him to the threshold of space. ... Read more
A sophisticated and amusing demonstration of the relationship between man's creative activity and one of his most recent tools, the electronic computer. Award: Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival. ... Read more
Using lithographs, engravings and watercolours, this film tells the story of the conquest of Australia, beginning with the arrival of Captain Phillip, and continuing with the toils and hardships of the early explorers and settlers on the alien and hostile continent. Australian Film Awards ... Read more
A film about peace and survival - a candid and sobering portrayal of the "balance of terror" in American life. "An original and haunting little film". ... Read more
This study of smiths attending steeam hammers revolves around a parallel between their work and recreation. ... Read more
A stylised animated film about a lightning conductor which gleams in the glistening sun, but hides when a storm breaks. Award: A.G.I.S. Cup, Rimini Festival. ... Read more
A satirical account of the construction of a giant machine. ... Read more
The scene is set: we meet three youngsters; one of ihem finds an old testament, another takes 'Das Kapital' from a corpse; both of them come under the spell of the varied teachings of these books, while the third boy, a young nobleman, is brought up in a religious atmosphere. When we meet them some ... Read more
Like last year's Festival film Lonely Boy, this film is shaped round the comments of the hero and his associates. The subject is Hugh Hefner, founder, editor and publisher of 'Playboy', and the film centres on a party at his home. The aim is not to demolish the hero but to give a candid portrait. ... Read more
The film tells of a hydro-engineer who is sent to the waste sands of the barren Hungarian puszta to investigate water resources for irrigating the land. He is disillusioned with all the Government hindrance he has encountered in the past, and does not enthuse over his job. However he develops a ... Read more
A colourful picture describing the growth of electrical power in India, the parallel development of education and technology and the subsequent effects on industry, agriculture and village life. Indian music provides the background. ... Read more
This film from the director of The Wages of Fear and The Fiends provides an unusual insight into the actual 'act' of artistic creation. Using specially prepared parchments which enable the camera to record the paintings from the other side, we see Picasso executing a series of drawings, first in ... Read more
In 1790, Fletcher Christian, mate of the 'Bounty', together with nine of his fellow mutineers and 18 Tahitian men and women, founded his own lost world on two square miles of volacnic rock. Almost two centuries later, the Pitcainers have come to terms with the outside world, and this film is a ... Read more
Puppets have been used from ancient times to tell history, stories and fables. This film gives an insight into the various working elements which comprise this branch of the arts. ... Read more
A strikingly imaginative examination of man's age-old curiosity about the world around him, and where this curiosity has led him. The story of how the intelligent asking of questions leads to scientific discovery. ... Read more
An animated film which uses electronic music to desribe how Short and Long stage a race. Award: "International Technical Prize", Moscow Festival. ... Read more
The story of rainmaking experiments in Australia conducted by the C.S.I.R.O. Australian Film Awards, Documentary Section, Special Award "for scientific photography". ... Read more
This study of a famous Dutch action painter is both exciting and unusual. Photographed in his Paris studio and in the city itself, we see the artist first gathering inspiration in his walks and then his translation of such inspiration into vivid streams of colour. Award: Golden Bear, Berlin ... Read more
Without commentary, the film explores an old Jewish cemetary in Poland. Award: Silver Sail, Locarno Festival. ... Read more
A colourful, idiomatic presentation of the British plastics industry. It shows the role of the research chemist, takes a quick look at production and dazzles the viewer with examples of consumer goods. ... Read more
Seven men and one woman, from eight different countries, set out in 1970 for the first trip through space aboard the space ship "Kosmokrator I". Their destination is Venus. Here they find all the signs of an advanced technical civilisation but no appearance of life. Their exploration of the planet ... Read more
The war has ended, but a strange phantom returns to earth to recover a helmet. A brilliantly pointed allegory of the menace of militarism. ... Read more
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