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Films In 1951

Hill Number One, a dramatic religious film, was shown nationally on TV in the U.S.A. during Easter Week, 1951 and 1952. It was favourably reviewed: "One of the most nearly perfect performances ever seen on TV, mixing dramatic impact with compelling simplicity . . ." (New York Times) . ... Part of ... Read more
Common Sense, an erudite and emphatic midget, tells how colds are caught and passed on, and how they should be treated. ... Read more
Unusual and humorous portrayal of the ways in which people get into serious and even fatal difficulties when swimming. ... Read more
Film Australia filmed the Australian Broadcasting Commission's major contribution to the Jubilee Year, a re-enactment of Sturt's 1829 Expedition down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. The re-enactment cast actors Grant Taylor and Rod Taylor as Charles Sturt and George McLeay, and army personnel ... Read more
Puppet film of a colourful fair. Most ambitious film yet made by Joop Geesink, who is carrying on puppet film. ... Read more
The work of Edouard Manet, the French impressionist, and an account of the hostile reception given to "Olympia" and many of his other paintings. ... Read more
The opening sequence gives a lyrical impression of the Camargue country at the mouth of the Rhone. The camera observation, the cutting, and music fuse into a nature poem as notable as Farrebique. As the film develops, its main purpose of discussing the need for irrigation becomes clear. ... Read more
Produced primarily as a sales film, at the same time it is useful as an introductory film on the principles of polarization. Sketches the nature of light waves, the focusing of the light beam, the spectrum, the use of colour filters. Diagrams are employed to explain the theory of polarization ... Read more
The film is poetic slapstick. Tom is devoted "to the sprightly cause of spreading joy about the world". He prances through the countryside making immediate and outrageous love to every woman he encounters. ... Read more
Los Olvidados (meaning the forgotten ones) was made in Mexico City slums with mostly non¬professional young actors whose talents lie in their simplicity, their obedience to brilliant direction (first prize at Cannes to Bunuel for best direction of 1951), and their familiarity with violence. The ... Read more
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Fritz Lang's M (1931 ), is one of his most celebrated films, and its tale of a sadistic murderer who kills little girls, offered a portrait of the profound troubles that gripped Germany in the years immediately before Hitler came to power. Joseph Losey's remake is not an exact copy of the original ... Read more
An experiment toward the interpretation of a personal vision. After a fantasy sequence of all sorts of persons making varied comments about Tobey's abstract paintings in a gallery, the film follows Tobey out of his Seattle home and the audience sees the world through his eyes. ... Read more
Mike and Stefani had its World Premiere at the first Melbourne Film Festival, January 1952, (one of just 4 features shown at the first fest! - though at 64 minutes it is only just a feature if at all.) Remember that this was a time when the Australian industry was almost nonexistent. The other two ... Read more
De Sica has described his film as “a fable for children - especially of the grown-up variety - a comedy with an undercurrent of tragedy”. The title he originally wanted was The Poor are Disturbing, but the producer preferred the present version. ... The importance and originality of the film ... Read more
The film takes its tone and its subject from the oft-repeated chorus of the song of “My good friend, Peter, skipper of the ‘Franc-Tireur', spends two days at sea for one night at home, then twenty days at sea for one day with his sweetheart and life goes on for such is life.” ... Here, too ... Read more
Alec Kyle, his wife, and their young son are members of a family of wandering Irish tinkers. Alec accidentally kills a gamekeeper when hurling a flint at him in retaliation for a shot which has injured his son. An elderly Civil Guard, Mannigan, suspects that the Kyles were involved in the murder ... Read more
" Garbage that s what we handle Garbage!" After a great deal of hard boiled noir and spirited action on RKO s studio streets Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) a brutal big city cop spits these words out to his partner is confronted by his captain (Ed Begley) told he is at breaking point and transferred ... Read more
Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems. ... Painter and Poet, No. 4: John Gilpin (by William Cowper. Narrator: Cecil Trouncer. Drawings: Ronald Searle). Produced by John Halas for the ... Read more
Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems. ... Painter and Poet, No. 3: In Time of Pestilence (by Thomas Nashe. Narrator: Robert Harris. Drawings: Michael Ayrton) and The Pythoness (by ... Read more
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... Read more
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