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Films In 1953

A ballet depicting the life of the early Scottish settlers in Canada &ndash: the story of a young wife who came to the Prairies to begin a new life with her pioneering husband. ... Read more
A survey of primitive sculpture from the Belgian Congo, emphasising the part played by women in the pattern of life. ... Read more
A record of the International Ski Championships on some of Switzerland's most famous skiing grounds. ... Read more
Federico Fellini was scarcely a new name to the critics when his film La Strada was shown at the Italian Film Festival. Fellini had been active on the creative side of the Italian neo-realist movement from almost the beginning. ... He worked with Rossellini in Open City and Paisa and wrote the ... Read more
A picture of New England in the spring showing the country round a small pond and the effect of the change in season upon the trees, plants and animals around the pond. ... Read more
An impression of a typical day at Southend. favourite excursion for the Londoner. Edited rhythmically, to fit turn-of-the-century music hall songs, the film delights with its liveliness and invention. Venice Festival Grand Prix winner. ... Read more
This film captures the color and old world charm of the Tasmanian landscape. ... Read more
Produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company, this film relates the story of the changes on the roads of American during the last half century and the impact of the changes on American life, business, health and recreation. The film includes extracts from the priceless ... Read more
Deals with the introduction of the Argentine Ant into Australia; its potential dangers and methods of eradicating this pest. ... Read more
Almost forgotten people's songs and dances of Bohemia performed by the younger generation. ... Read more
The Bandit is the first Brazilian film to be shown in Australia. In 1953 it was awarded the prize for "films of adventure" at the Cannes Festival, being described as a "tragic-love story, played out in an atmosphere of looting, torture and assassination," thus living up to the traditional ... Read more
... ... Sydney Boehm's solid, hard-nosed script might have been made into a routine cops-and-robbers thriller, but the director, Fritz Lang, gave it a formalised style. The movie is all a piece; it's designed in light and shadows, and its underworld atmosphere glistens with the possibilities of ... Read more
... ... Lupino's last two Filmmakers outings dealt not with adolescent girls but with middle-aged men. In Edmond O'Brien, the perpetually pressured 'middleman' of the 50's, Lupino found the perfect embodiment of another form of passivity.The Bigamist finds himself caught between two complementary ... Read more
The five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci was celebrated in London by an exhibition held at the Royal Academy. Bound volumes of his anatomical studies, drawings now housed at Windsor Castle, and the Forster notebooks were shown. ... p>The film, “The Drawings of Leonardo da ... Read more
... ... The Hitch-Hiker, considered by many, including Lupino herself, to be her best film, is a classic, tension-packed tour de force thriller about two men (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip whose car and lives are suddenly commandeered by a psychopathic ... Read more
Montenegro is intersected with roads; they meander in harmony with the countryside, making queer and fantastic arabesques. This film is an attempt to give a visual impression of these patterns. ... Read more
Made as a sequel to the film Six Minutes with Nature, this production uses ultra close-ups to tell the fascinating story of the life cycle of the Lady-bird. ... Read more
Compassionate statements on war and its ... effect on the individual are rare in the contemporary cinema, but The Last Bridge tells of some of the realities with honesty and sincerity. ... The film describes the adventures of a young German doctor, the Head Sister of a German reserve hospital in ... Read more
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This film was made by a semi-professional unit and although directed by newcomers to the film world has a simple charm and directness of observation that is refreshing in these days of highly polished large-scale film making. ... Beautifully photographed and cleverly observed it is mainly the story ... Read more
A silhouette film from Lotte Reiniger who has been cutting out paper shapes and photographing them since 1923. Here is another one, a fragment from the Arabian Nights. ... Read more
It is still rare for a scientist of note to concern himself directly with films for popular education in science. Professor Jan Calabek is not only a scientist who appreciates the value of such popular education but also a most accomplished cinematographer. The result here is a beautifully made ... Read more
The dramatic works of Jean-Paul Satre are noted as much for their emotional coldness as for the provocative quality of their intellectual content. Thesis drama is a limited means of theatrical expression and Satre's protagonists move through the actions of their plots with the dispassionate ... Read more
Sternberg's last film, made independently in Japan, is based on an actual incident and tells of fifteen soldiers and one Japanese girl marooned on a volcanic island in the Pacific for seven years, refusing to believe in Japan's defeat. It has been described as "a fascinating, sordid drama ... Read more
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