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Films In 1952

A lyrical portrayal of how Spring comes to Sweden. The story is told by a series of impressions and without words. ... Read more
The film sets out to describe the factors of stereoscopic vision and their projection requirements, especially geometrical. The various practicable methods of projection and viewing aids are reviewed, special reference being given to the rotating beam-splitting type, using convergence as developed ... Read more
One of the "Canada Carries On" Series. An account of the development of the new oil reserves in the Canadian prairie country. Here, a vast new harvest is being wrought from the prairie wheatfields as the rich new oilfields are developed, oilfields which are in all probability the most extensive on ... Read more
During the period 1947 to 1950, two young engineers tested the "Tatra 87", a Czechoslovakian automobile, on an extensive world tour through forty-eight countries. This film shows how the car used in the expedition was dismantled and searched for defects and wear after many thousands of miles ... Read more
A poetical impression of the ancient city of Perast, formerly a rich port on the Adriatic but now solitary and dead, its wonderful architecture overgrown with grass and ivy. ... Read more
A modern dance solo based on a poem by John Malcolm Brinner. A variety of camera effects and double exposures combined with the dancing and reading of the poem by Valerie Bettis produces an interesting experiment in modern dance film. ... Read more
An amusing story of five people who discover one another in an unknown situation in a heavy fog. ... Read more
This lavishly mounted and richly decorated Czech colour film is a blending of many diverse elements - fantasy, legend, satire and even political allegory. The film is linked with the Czech theatre through the person of Jan Werich, an outstanding actor and author of many Czech plays, who creates a ... Read more
Discusses the different means of railway traction — steam, electricity, gas turbine, diesel electric. Shows design, building, and trials of the Fell locomotive, a revolutionary direct-drive diesel mechanical locomotive. ... Read more
To an 18th century Spanish province in South America comes an Italian company of "Commedia dell'arte" players headed by-Camilla, the richly temperamental star of the troupe. Camilla is half in love with a young officer, but meets two other contenders for her favours: a locally idolised bullfighter ... Read more
Somewhat misunderstood and underappreciated on its original release in the early 1950s, Renoir's adaptation, or revision, of Prosper Merrimee's Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement, has, over the years, come to enjoy something of a cult-classic status. It has been hailed by Andrew Sarris as "a glorious ... Read more
In its exploration of Edinburgh today, and of its associations with the past, the camera catches some evocative effects and communicates an authentic melancholy. ... Read more
If you enjoy witty dialogue, stylish acting and elegant settings, Anthony Asquith's exquisitely mounted film version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance ol Being Earnest will surely entertain you. A drawing room farce, the focus chiefly lies with the sparkling conversation. All the characters have wit ... Read more
In 17th century Japan it was the custom for the Shogun to leave with his concubines certain tokens; the first man to appear at court bearing these tokens, proving his identity as the Shogun's son, was accepted as his heir. When Jokai Tokugawa arrives at court to stake his claim as the Shogun's ... Read more
Based on the 1935 version, this is among the wittiest of Lotte Reiniger's silhouette films, with a lively and original music track. A little chimney sweep outwits a gang of rogues who have kidnapped a rich merchant's daughter and assists in her rescue. ... Read more
The countryside of five lands as their great painters have seen it during five centuries of landscape painting. ... Read more
A light extravaganza by the Californian poet, James Broughton — a highly personal mixture of lyricism, mime, whimsy and caprice. It is a comic fantasy-, with music celebrating the victory of the pleasure principle. ... A romantically decayed garden lies under the yoke of the puritannical Col ... Read more
The story opens with the funeral of Mr. Townsend, a social worker. His successor attempts to find the motivating influence of his life, set in modern England. His mind flashes back to Biblical times when Jesus appeared in the flesh. The people listening marvelled that unlearned men could speak so ... Read more
Adapted from a novel which Francois Boyer wrote originally as a film scenario, this film won the Grand Prix at the Venice Festival in 1952. ... Remarkably original in conception, it is impossible to classify in style or to consider as representative of any school or type. Rather it is a unique ... Read more
A small town is suddenly invaded by a tall, weirdly dressed stranger whose eccentric, but harmless, behaviour is gradually accepted by the townspeople who know him as "Napoleon". One day he calls at an office and confronts a man, telling him he has come to exact revenge… ... Read more
With this film it would seem that the so-called ‘neo realist' movement in Italian film production reached its zenith. Political influence and the growing concern of the Italian film industry with markets abroad have shaped the course of later productions more towards less uncompromising subjects ... Read more
Dr. Hans Hass, Viennese underwater scientist, and members of his expedition spent six eventful months in daily exploration among the coral reefs of the Red Sea. He was especially interested in finding out whether fish made sounds and how they reacted to noise. He used the cine camera to record the ... Read more
Wakefield Express was commissioned to celebrate the newspaper's fiftieth anniversary. It tells something of the history and the current operation of the paper and devotes itself to the subjects which occupy the reporters on the "Express" and its associated newspapers: the communal life of a group ... Read more
A dance stylization of a voodoo rite performed by a Haitian witch doctor, with Jean Leon Destine dancing the title role which highlights the poetry of barbaric rhythms. ... Read more
A ... brilliantly executed cartoon emphasizing the importance of freedom and the need for co-operation among European nations in order that people may be strong and prosperous, and free from poverty within and from danger without. ... Read more
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