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Films In 1952

A screen adaptation of T. S. Eliot's verse play on the martyrdom of Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1149, Becket was murdered in his cathedral by four of Henry II's knights after the King, angered at Becket's stand against the encroachment on the Church by the State, had asked "who ... Read more
Shows bow Handel came to compose "The Messiah". Opens with a filmed commentary on the neighbourhood of Grosvenor Square, London, and then focuses on 25 Brook Street as it is today, the home where Handel produced his best-known work. The film then reverts to scenes selected from The Great Mr. Handel ... Read more
Possibly McLaren's best known film, it is a film without words to show the futility of violence for settling quarrels. This Cold War parable depicts two neighbours who tolerate each other until a flower emerges on the border between their properties. ... Read more
An experiment in film technique. Still photographs of the British War Cabinet Room have a surprising sense of movement. ... Read more
Originally produced for use on television, this film shows some of the unusual uses of alginic acid compounds derived from seaweed. Applications of alginate compounds in the foods tit If and textile industries are illustrated. ... Read more
An impression of the city of San Francisco and its surroundings with visuals suggested by the description of the city by Robert Louis Stevenson. The past is evoked through documents, drawings, photographs, and a picture of the earthquake ruins brings to mind the Indian prophecy that the city would ... Read more
This is a faithful but not too serious reconstruction of a film show one might have seen at the Gem or Electric Palace in 1915. The feature is Will Barker's The Road to Ruin (which "The Times" described as "the greatest moral lesson ever preached from pulpit or stage"), in which the oldest ... Read more
An attempt at discovering and expressing a relationship between music and a mechanical process on an abstract level. Richard Arnell was commissioned by the Ford Motor Company to compose a symphonic piece inspired by a visit to their factory. The scriptwriter then wrote a detailed scenario to fit ... Read more
Ostriches in South Africa against their natural surroundings; details of foot movements, the birds en masse, the hen bird and eggs, the newly-hatched chicks. ... Read more
An excerpt from the life of Constable Darken, a member of the Northern Territory Police Force. Tells of police work in the trackless territory &ndash: a "beat" which is made on horseback and takes from three to four months to cover &ndash: and of duties which are myriad and a far cry from the usual ... Read more
The Apu Trilogy, India's most important contribution to world cinema so far, is based on the Bengali novel by Bibhuti Bhusan Bannerji. The book contains a great deal of autobiographical material and is a best seller in Bengal. ... The central figure of the trilogy, Apu, is a small child in Part ... Read more
The adventures of a toy boat, released at the source of the Mississippi River are used to show the work of the people living along the course of the river and the heritages that these people have brought to American from their former homelands. ... Read more
Filmed during the last few months before the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's operations in Persia ceased in October 1951. Shows the country, the oil fields, the pipe lines, and the refinery at Abadan. An impression is given of the life led by British and Persian employees of the Company. ... Read more
Fertilization; the uterus and its food supply for the fertilized egg cell; growth of the embryo; the foetal circulation and skeleton; the placenta; the developed embryo changes position preparatory to birth. Includes shots of a living embryo and shows, in a time-lapse eineradiograph extending over ... Read more
The family; differences between the sexes; changes during adolescence; characteristics of various body cells; the testes and spermatozoa; the ovaries and egg cells; fertilization and the early stages of cell division (a unique time-lapse photomicrograph. (Age group: 11 plus.) ... Read more
Action of the pituitary in initiating adolescence; the development of the breasts during adolescence and pregnancy; the menstrual cycle; examples of identical and ordinary twins. (Age group: 13 plus.) ... Read more
Shows the remarkable organisation of a pony club in a N.S.W. pastoral district where the young members have regular meets and go oft on long weekends in search of fun and adventure in the bush. ... Read more
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Record of five weeks' battle against an oil-well fire, the first in 40 years of drilling in southern Persia. Photographed under dangerous conditions, which involved considerable risks, the skill and determination of the oil technicians in dealing with this emergency are matched by those of the film ... Read more
One of a series on the three main aspects of saving petrol Correct Driving, Correct Maintenance, and Correct Lubrication. ... Read more
Hard-nosed editor Crawford takes over an ailing newspaper and uses a double murder to boost his tabloid's circulation. He then discovers that his hero worshipping cub reporter-protege (Derek) has mastered the art of sensationalism all too well. When he accidentally kills his wife, his reporters ... Read more
A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker believes in mass production, but finds that trade restrictions and tariff barriers prevent him from ... Read more
Shoot the Nets can be briefly described as a Dutch "North Sea". It shows the ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season, the decking of the boats with flags, and the setting off of the herring fleet to the fishing grounds of the Dogger Bank. The climax of the film is the final ... Read more
Prized as the best documentary at the Cannes Festival, 1952. the film depicts preliminary ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season &ndash: flag &ndash: decked boats, the women weaving nets, accompanied by traditional songs, the setting off of the herring fleet to the ... Read more
Describes the operation and effects on community activities of the Littleton Independent, a newspaper published weekly in Littleton, Colorado. ... Read more
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