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Films In 1953

Based on a story by Sonika Bo, this is a film about the life of a Paris sparrow. ... Read more
Among the work of American artists during the past half-century, the paintings of Grant Wood are probably the most familiar and the most popular. Wood brought a lively sense of humour and satire to his canvases, a warm affection for the local landscapes, and the simple farm folk among whom he lived ... Read more
The life and work of the great master, Katsushka Hoksai (1760). His unique style exerted a powerful influence on the modern art of Europe. ... Read more
Impressions, without commentary, of the city of Rotterdam, which was devastated in 1910. The city is a living organism whose heart was torn away by the brute force of war. Among the ruins a new life has started up &ndash: in the docks, among the bombed out ruins men are at work.' In a mighty ... Read more
Demonstrates four elementary steps in making a mask - shaping the mould, making the papier mache mask over the mould, removing the mask, painting it and adding decorations. Finished masks are shown and their purposes discussed. ... Read more
This is a film of great beauty. It makes no startling discoveries, it tells no facts. But here, skilfully blended with deep understanding and exquisitely photographed, are a series of small incidents in the life of the people of a great city. This, a film without words, speaks in a language which ... Read more
A bear cub strays and plays with a hunter's puppy. When bigger dogs chase the cub the hunter comes to the rescue. ... Read more
An interesting film of athletes in action, including some fine slow motion studies. ... Read more
Told through the faded splendour of European illuminated manuscripts, Persian and Indian miniatures and Chinese paintings, the film illustrates the famous traveller's ventures into the fabulous 13th Century and his return to his native Venice. ... Read more
This film demonstrates that Louis Lumiere not only paved the way but that his entire life is closely linked with the first fifty years of the film through his research concerning colour, sound, and the third dimension. ... Read more
Perhaps the most curious American film successes of 1953 was that of “Martin Luther”, the first church-sponsored film ever to be profitable shown on commercial circuits. The elements which give the film its special quality are certainly not those which have distinguished the other ... Read more
A simple story set to music - Colin Dean's light-hearted and charming contribution to the DOI's 1950 films on the state capitals of Australia. Dean was a leading young director at the DOI before he left to join the ABC and make their first series of historical dramas, Stormy Petrel, The Outcasts ... Read more
An amusing cartoon about the history of the motor car: the stationary steam engine is followed by the steam locomotive, the gas engine, and the internal combustion engine; car design is then traced from the "horseless carriage" of the 1880's to the mass-produced automobile of the present day. ... Read more
A mystical, semi-surrealistic, non-objective film which visually captures the moods of stylized voodoo ritual music. ... Read more
The second film by the young artists whose first production, "Animated Genesis", delighted Festival audiences last year. "Animated Genesis" not only received a British Film Academy Special Award lor 1952, but it also won a prize at the Cannes Film Fes¬tival for the best colour. ... "The new ... Read more
Subtitled "Glimpses of French Biological Research", this film opens with a brief "lesson" in elementary biology and then surveys the work of leading French laboratories principally in the fields of embryology and cytology. The ground covered includes experiments in artificial parthenogenesis. sex ... Read more
Director Roman Kroitor talks to unsung hero Paul Tomkowicz; a Polish-bom Canadian, whose job it is to keep the rail-switches on streetcar tracks free of freezing mud and snow during the Canadian winter. ... Read more
A film with a special plea &ndash: a pension for aged waterside workers. Produced by a group of actors and artists, unnamed in the film, this production is obviously the work of people who have studied the techniques of cutting and editing so skilfully used in the films of Ivens, Rotha and Ruttman ... Read more
Based on original research by Adrian dc Potier. This composite film traces the history of powered (light from 1903 to its Golden Jubilee in 1953. The film is concerned primarily with Britain's part in aviation history, but credit is also given to the vital contributions of other countries. Starting ... Read more
The standard method of measuring engine wear is to weigh a piston ring before and alter a long period of running. A far less laborious procedure makes use of a radioactive piston ring; radiating particles worn from the ring circulate in the lubricating oil and their abundance, which can be ... Read more
A report on the building of the Hirakud ... Dam, showing the willingness of the peoples ... themselves to take part in a project which ... will bring them food and prosperity in ... future years. ... Read more
Dramatises the activities and life of the people of Port Augusta with emphasis on the significance of this city as a railhead linking the Eastern States with the Western States and the Northern Territory. ... Read more
A campaign film made for the Commonwealth Health Department. Deals with the dangers of T.B. and the facilities available for patients during treatment and rehabilitation. ... Read more
A review of the great Flemish painter's life illustrated by his own paintings, drawings and etchings. ... Read more
An animated film in which visual, commentary and music combine in a sprightly account of one phase of transport history in Canada. The conquest of Canada's vast distances and varied terrain is pictured from the first footpath trodden by early explorers through canoe, barge and steamboat, oxcart ... Read more
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