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Films In 1954

The work of Dutch painters illustrates life in Holland during the 17th century. ... Read more
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Drawn from a story by Robert Chambers &ndash: a pointed and deeply moving comment on the essential futility of war &ndash: this is a film of exceptional integrity and rare poetic grace. The American Civil War: three professional soldiers &ndash: two from the North. one from the South &ndash: agree ... Read more
The abstract patterns and rhythms of the neon signs of Times Square, New York, reflected on the wet pavements and roadway. ... Read more
This adaptation of George Orwell's famous political fable is the first major attempt to use the animated film as a means of telling a serious and adult story. As a considerable feat of animation &ndash: there are 750 scenes and some 30,000 drawings &ndash: the production must be deemed a landmark ... Read more
One of the most charming chapters from the life of underwater creatures are the strange friendships of animals such as the lifelong friendships between crabs and anemonies who dwell off the shores of Sicily. ... Read more
A study of the art, architecture, and antiquities of Pakistan, including the unusual seven-domed Mosque in Dacca, the Imperial Mosque ai Lahore, the palaces and tombs of the Mogul Emperors and relics from the perod of Alexander the Great. ... Read more
Reconstructing some of the most significant characteristics of the pre-Aztec and Aztec civilisation, the film explores notable ruins, carvings and murals which depict this culture. Religion is found to have played an important role in the life of the Aztec people. ... Read more
A little girl is sent on an errand to the ballet school of the Royal Danish Theatre and becomes a dancer herself. This is the theme of an authentic and beguiling ballet film produced by a notable team, Astrid and Bjarne Henning &ndash: Jensen. ... Read more
Abstract realisation of Anais Nin's poem to evoke the watery depths of the lost Atlantis, glimpsed as in a dream, with layer on layer of forms and colours interposed between the dreamer and his vision. ... Read more
A selection of about 200 illustrations are used for this survey of cartoon and caricature, in Britain over the past 250 years. The film chiefly concentrates on Hogarth, the scurrilous cartoons of Gillray with their assault on Napoleon, the Victorian cartoonists Cruick-shank and du Marrier and the ... Read more
A record of the 1953-54 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition which relieved the scientific stations at Macquarie and Heard Islands and established a new station at Mawson, MacRobertson Land, in Australian Antarctic Territory. ... Read more
In "The London Spy," Ned Ward's delightful account of low life in the 18th Century, we are told how "the joyful alarm of Bow Bell called the weary apprentices from their work to unhitch their folded shutters and button up their shops till next morning." This is the atmosphere evoked by this film ... Read more
Plants growing in moorlands allure, catch and destroy insects. There is a large variety of these plants and each kind is shown. We are left with a sense of wonder at nature's inexhaustible ingenuity. ... Read more
Ten years prior to the making of this film, the little town of Cassino and its famous monastery were destroyed by bombardment during the World War. Both the town and monastery have been rebuilt. ... Read more
Chuk and Gek is the story of two four-year-olds and their adventures in a deserted mountain hut high up in the Blue Mountains. The performances of the two strange, gnome-like little urchins are miraculously unaffected and the film has a genuine and fairy tale charm. ... Read more
A puppet film about five children in a Circus &ndash: a Chinese, an Indian, a Polynesian, a Negro and a Polish boy &ndash: who treat the audience to an exhibition of see &ndash: saw jumping. By mistake, the little Negro is catapulted through the tent and gets stuck on the moon. His friends build a ... Read more
Conscience is the story of an office executive who, returning home in his car after a riotous night, accidentally runs down and kills a small boy. Apparently unobserved he flees from the scene. Later he confesses his crime to his wife but although troubled by conscience he has not the strength of ... Read more
Two of the leaders of the Hungarian State Ballet, lstvan Rabovsky and his wife Nora Kovach, decide to escape to the West. They subsequently appear with several leading American and European ballet companies. Although the story is based on fact, the featurette has considerable library material ... Read more
A sombre journey through a monastery, showing the tombs and caskets of Austrian rulers. ... Read more
This is the story. of an artist painting a watercolour. The mood is set &ndash: steel and brick, sunlight and shadow, noise and movement. The place is Chinatown. ... Read more
During the winter of 1954, twelve inches rain in twenty-four hours caused extensive flooding and a washaway 110ft. long and 30ft. deep at Hutt Gully on the Great Ocean Road. This film is a record of the building of an emergency Bailey Bridge, restoring road communication between Anglesea and ... Read more
An evocation of the life and surroundings of the great Flemish poet and writer, Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916). ... Read more
The story of a typical middle-class family who live in the same house throughout four generations. The problems of life confronting each successive generation are humorously portrayed against an ever &ndash: changing background &ndash: the crinoline age &ndash: the pennyfarthing bicycles &ndash ... Read more
The film tells in picture and music about the world that is living in the frescoes of the village churches. After the creation and the fall of man, the human beings are chased out of Paradise; the sinners are thrown down to the agony of Hell and the good ones are guided to eternal happiness in ... Read more
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