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Spring Comes to Sweden (Gosta Werner, 1952)
A lyrical portrayal of how Spring comes to Sweden. The story is told by a series of impressions and without words. ... Read more

Stereoscopic Vision (, 1952)
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… Read more

Struggle for Oil (Ronald Dick, 1952)
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… Read more

Tatra (, 1952)
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 … Read more

The Dead Town (Velimir Stojanovic, 1952)
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

The Desperate Heart (Walter Strate, 1952)
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 interesti… Read more

The Elysian Bus (Michael Forlong, 1952)
An amusing story of five people who discover one another in an unknown situation in a heavy fog. ... Read more

THE EMPEROR'S BAKER (Martin Fric, 1952)
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 th… Read more

The Fell Locomotive (R. Harris, P. de Normanville, 1952)
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 die… Read more

THE GOLDEN COACH (Jean Renoir, 1952)
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 w… Read more

THE GOLDEN COACH (Jean Renoir, 1952)
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, co… Read more

The Grey Metropolis (Nigel McIsaac, 1952)
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 draw… Read more

THE IMPOSTOR (Tatsuo Osone, 1952)
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, wa… Read more

The Little Chimney Sweep (Lotte Reiniger, 1952)
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 … Read more

The Open Window (Henri Storck, 1952)
The countryside of five lands as their great painters have seen it during five centuries of landscape painting. ... Read more

The Pleasure Garden (James Broughton, 1952)
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 th… Read more

The Promise (Norman Walker, 1952)
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 … Read more

THE SECRET GAME (Rene Clement, 1952)
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 … Read more

The Stranger Left No Card (Wendy Toye, 1952)
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 … Read more

UMBERTO D (Vittorio de Sica, 1952)
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 m… Read more

UNDER THE RED SEA (Hans Hass, Lottie Berl, 1952)
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 findin… Read more

Wakefield Express (Lindsay Anderson, 1952)
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… Read more

Witch Doctor (Ritter-Young-Lerner Associates, 1952)
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

Without Fear (Peter Sachs, 1952)
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 … Read more

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