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Films In 1954

Intended primarily for local exhibition in African communities, this simple object lesson tells in story form how a local council works, how it can help the people of a small township, even though they may have to pay extra rates for the privilege of civic improvements. ... Read more
Across and around the world from oilfields to refineries and from refineries to consumers, oil tankers carry crude oil and its refined ... products. Proud Ships is the story of the tankers and the men who sail in them. It shows the full scale of their world-wide operations, the scope and magnitude ... Read more
"Money isn't dirty, just people." ... A low-rent Double Indemnity; cool blonde moll Kim Novak (in her first major screen role at Columbia) stirs up a sexual heat similar to that of Barbara Stanwyck in Wilder's noir thriller. She convinces a besotted police detective (MacMurray) - who seems willing ... Read more
"Rear Window" was one of Hitchcock's favourite films, as it was—and still is—to audiences and critics alike ever since its ... original release in 1954. To the director, it represented a rare opportunity to have a ... whole film seen from the viewpoint of one character and embodied in a ... Read more
A survey of ancient musical instruments; some forefathers of those in use today, others obsolete. The music is contemporary, appropriately and carefully selected. ... Read more
A coloured cartoon illustrating how Canada's underground resources took shape through geological ages. ... Read more
A special film made for children three to eight years of age. The story has been put into the child's idiom of a wild west playland, populated entirely by children and their animal friends. ... Read more
The great seventeenth-century warrior, Miyamoto Mushashi, whose prowess with the Samurai sword is legend in Japan, has been the subject of a number of film biographies. Samurai is the most extravagant of the lot and it is also the best. ... Riveting die eye with its swift alternations of animal ... Read more
To a small village under the hills comes a party of brigands. They stare down, calculate what crops will be there in the Spring. and decide to return as they did last year, As they canter away, a terrified peasant rises ... out of the hedge to take back the news to the village. They cannot hope to ... Read more
Deals with the end of the world. The vision is of atomic destruction. The "Thing" suddenly appears, but whether people see it or are asleep they perish. ... Read more
A short survey of the beautiful scenery of the mountains of New Zealand's North and South Islands and Southern Lakes District, with an accent on the magnificent facilities for skiing enthusiasts. ... Read more
With a touch of fantasy, the architecture and atmosphere of Brussels revealed in four movements: night lights and jazz; morning quiet; street bustle; and people at rest and play. ... Read more
Kenji Mizoguchi was one of the greatest of all fIlm-makers and his career as a director spanned from 1923 to 1956. Tales of Chikamatsu (1954) belongs to the luminous late years of his career and was made two years after The Life of Oharu, the year after Ugetsu and in the same year as Sansho The ... Read more
The film shows the various forms of attack and defence as practised by judo experts, including Professor Mifune, at the world head ... quarters of judo, the Kadokan Academy in Tokio. ... Read more
The Birdsville Track is over three hundred miles long and, in terms of physical and mental isolation, it is probably without parallel. It joins Marree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, and is the main stock route for cattle moving south from the stations of Western Queensland and the ... Read more
The Birdsville Track is over three hundred miles long. It joins Maree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, and is the main stock route for cattle moving south from the stations of Western Queensland and the east of the Northern Territory. It crosses deserts of sand and stones and endless ... Read more
An impression of inland Australia ... through the fortnightly 600 Km delivery ... trip by the mailman from Marree in ... South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland. ... Read more
The film traces the conflict between paganism and monotheism from the early dawn of civilisation in Israel. Based on objects in the archaeological exhibit, "From the Land of the Bible", in the Museum of Modern Art. New York. ... Read more
Life among miners on Australian coalfields. The mines have been mechanised, increasing production and improving conditions. ... Read more
The film illustrates the creative achievements of the Czech artist-painter during the last fifty years and indicates his devotion to educate young promising artists. ... Read more
The ballet danced in the film by the Norwegian Ballet Company is based upon an old folk tale about a poor peasant boy whose only possession is three shillings, which he gives away. As reward he gets a magic fiddle which leads him almost to disaster and finally to happiness. ... Read more
Tracing the formation of the river from its source waters, the film follows it to its termination at the sea. ... Read more
A documentary film concerning the problem and care of eleven million refugees in West Germany from the Soviet Zone. ... Read more
A young couple, brother and sister, have been given a trip through India as a graduation present from their father. The purpose of their tour is to give them a better knowledge of their country and of the problems it faces in the twentieth century world. ... Read more
The Proud Princess is based on the popular fairy-tale of Bozena Nemcova, a classic author. The film tells of a young prince who is loved by his subjects for his wisdom and who, disguised as a gardener, goes on a visit to a neighbouring country in order to correct the beautiful but spoiled princess ... Read more
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