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Films Screened In 1963

THE GIFT (Jack Witikka, 1961)
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 … Read more

The God Within (June Goodfield, 1962)
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 so… Read more

The Heart of Scotland (Laurence Henson, 1962)
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 i… Read more

The History of Inventions (Bruno Bozzetto, 1959)
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 … Read more

The Information Machine (Charles Eames, Ray Eames, 1959)
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

The Land That Waited (Gil Brealey, 1963)
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 t… Read more

The Language of Faces (John Korty, 1961)
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

The Light (Ferenc Kósa, 1962)
This study of smiths attending steeam hammers revolves around a parallel between their work and recreation. ... Read more

The Lightning Conductor (Todor Dinov, 1962)
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

The Machine (D. Szczechura, 1962)
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, wh… Read more

The Most (Gordon Sheppard, 1962)
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 … Read more

THE OBSESSED (Károly Makk, 1962)
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 hi… Read more

The Peaceful Revolution (Atmar Ram, 1961)
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. Indi… Read more

THE PICASSO MYSTERY (H. G. Clouzot, 1956)
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 … Read more

The Pitcairn People (Peter Newington, 1963)
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 tw… Read more

The Puppets (Tewfik Saleh, 1959)
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

The Question Tree (Henry Strauss and Company, 1961)
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 scienti… Read more

The Race (Günter Rätz, 1962)
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 Rainmakers (M. Graham, 1962)
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

The Reality of Karel Appel (Jan Vrijman, 1962)
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 … Read more

The Remu Cemetery (Edward Etler, 1962)
Without commentary, the film explores an old Jewish cemetary in Poland. Award: Silver Sail, Locarno Festival. ... Read more

The Shape of Plastics (Alan Pendry, 1962)
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 good… Read more

THE SILENT PLANET (Kurt Maetzig, 1960)
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 sig… Read more

The Steel Helmet (Josef Kábrt, 1961)
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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