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Films In 1951

HILL NUMBER ONE (Arthur Pierson, 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 s… Read more

How to Catch a Cold (Walt Disney Productions, 1951)
Common Sense, an erudite and emphatic midget, tells how colds are caught and passed on, and how they should be treated. ... Read more

How to Drown (Michael Forlong, 1951)
Unusual and humorous portrayal of the ways in which people get into serious and even fatal difficulties when swimming. ... Read more

Inland with Sturt (Hugh McInness, 1951)
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Inland With Sturt (Hugh McInnes, 1951)
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-enactm… Read more

Kermesse Fantastique (Josef Mizik, 1951)
Puppet film of a colourful fair. Most ambitious film yet made by Joop Geesink, who is carrying on puppet film. ... Read more

L'Affaire Manet (Jean Aurel, 1951)
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

La Naissance du Cinéma (Roger Leenhardt, 1951)
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Le Sel de la Terre (G. Rouquier, 1951)
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 … Read more

Light Control Through Polarization (Moviegram Films, 1951)
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 sp… Read more

Loony Tom (The Happy Lover) (James Broughton, 1951)
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 encou… Read more

LOS OLVIDADOS (Luis Buñuel, 1951)
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 (f… Read more

Love of Books (C. Frankel, 1951)
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M (Joseph Losey, 1951)
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 … Read more

Mark Tobey - Artist (Robert G. Gardner, 1951)
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 T… Read more

MIKE AND STEFANI (Ron Maslyn Williams, 1951)
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… Read more

MIRACLE IN MILAN (Vittorio de Sica, 1951)
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 Disturbin… Read more

Mon Ami Pierre (Paula Neurisse, Louis Félix, 1951)
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 twent… Read more

NO RESTING PLACE (Paul Rotha, 1951)
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 injur… Read more

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (Nicholas Ray, 1951)
" 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 hi… Read more

Painter and Poet, No 4: John Gilpin (John Halas, 1951)
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 … Read more

Painter and Poet, No. 3: In Time of Pestilence (Thomas Nashe, 1951)
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 Pesti… Read more

Pen Point Percussion (Don Peters, 1951)
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... Read more

Penguin Island (P. G. Law, 1951)
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Poet and Painter No. 1 (John Halas, 1951)
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