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Films In 1955

It Happened On The Street was the first Bulgarian film dealing with everyday life and only twelfth altogether in the country's young film industry. It is the first Bulgarian film to be shown in Australia, and its main interest to us is in that it allows us to gain a glimpse into life in post-war ... Read more
"The title is a misnomer. Comden and Green's tart follow-up to On The Town, directed by the same team (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) is like a delayed hangover. The three buddies are now Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd; at war's end they swear an eternal friendship and promise to meet in ten ... Read more
This colourful film deals with the life of Jan Hus, reformer and preacher, who lived in Bohemia at the beginning of the 15th Century. It starts with the period when Hus preached his fiery sermons against the sale of pardons at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague and ends with his death at the stake at ... Read more
A night-time encounter with Cloris Leachman, clad only in a raincoat, leads Mike Hammer on a legality-be-damned search for a mysterious suitcase containing 'the Great What's-lt' in this stunning, rule-breaking adaptation of the Mickey Spillane pulp. ... Ralph Meeker makes an indelible mark as Mike ... Read more
"One of the very first manifestations of nouvelle vague ... a remarkably assured, gutsy and conceptually ostentatious piece of filmmaking." – Time Out London ... In 1954, an unknown young woman named Agnès Varda released a film called La Pointe Courte, a strange, intoxicating ... Read more
Les Eloquents, made for the 60th anniversary of the cinema, contains excerpts from a number of notable French films. It contains scenes from Carmen made by Feyder about 1922 and with Raquel Mellor in the title role. Marcel l'Herbier's Feu Mathieu Pascal, with Ivan Mosjoukine, provides two ... Read more
A fine example of humorous drawing and witty music conveying a ‘difficult' public message. ... Read more
Lote Montes was the last film directed by Max Ophuls befors his death in 1957; the film as Ophuls originally made it was very different from the abridged English language version shown here. To make the film, a special Franco-German-Swiss company was formed, and in its total cost it was rumoured to ... Read more
Set in the 19th century in Southern Russia this is a simple poetic story of poverty. In the. village of Kartli in Georgia lives the widow Magdana, a poor peasant, with her three children. They live by walking for miles town market every day to sell to fellow sour milk &ndash: "matsoni". One day ... Read more
The Wood Green Jazz Club meets at "The Fishmongers Arms." Mamma Don't Allow is an impression of one evening at the club. The makers wanted to make a film about jazz in London, went to Wood Green, and were struck by its happy, lively atmosphere and clientele. ... Read more
A cartoon based on the Comedia dell' Arte Arlecchino and Columbine. The classical story is told by mime in a balletic style. ... Read more
Gorki's famous novel, "Mother", was first filmed during the height of the Russian silent period by Pudovkin who used the story for the realisation of his theories on constructive editing. ... This new film version of the novel was directed by Donskoi (whose Childhood of Maxim Gorki was shown al the ... Read more
The interesting habits and life cycle of a species of mutton-bird is the main subject of the film. Conservation studies and the industry are woven into the story. ... Read more
Resnais has built up his film on a counterpoint of present and past; the horrors of yesterday, shown in black and white, are interspersed with the remains of Auschwitz, filmed in colour. ... The title evokes the mood of the film - a form of meditation, calm, considered, unhysterical and ... Read more
In and of itself, No. 5 Checked Out constitutes a compelling case for the viability of the short form in film. Brilliantly acted, superbly crafted, it comes damn close to perfection-a state Lupino's films, deliberately sloshing through the messy physical and sociological ambiguities, rarely strove ... Read more
Commissioned to mark the tenth anniversary of the liberation of the German concentration camps by Allied Forces, Alain Resnais' famous documentary presents a shattering picture of the camp at Auschwitz and its history. The factual documents are contained within a lyrical, poetic narrative which ... Read more
It's the occasion for a double celebration: the first screening of Oh...Rosalinda!! on any local theatre or living-room screen for nearly forty years and in the acclaimed new colour restoration as well. Over the last few years, the films of Powell and Pressburger have received critical and public ... Read more
”The Bowery, the infamous street of derelicts in New York, is a syndrome of human blight, waste and decay: misused and shabby men living in a stale tenement city - confusion. At the turn of the century, the Bowery was a high-life district; it has long outlived its reputation, with only faded ... Read more
Dreyer has on occassion been described as the Kafka of the cinema. Both artists are devoted to bizarre and exceptional settings, both are decidedly anti-realists. The mental conflicts which motivate their art evidently rest upon a common foundation. In Ordet, Dreyer gives us a modern morality. ... Read more
Othello was filmed over many months, in ... many places and under trying conditions. ... The start was made in 1949: rehearsals in ... Paris, costumes fitted in Rome, players sum- ... moned to Morocco. Desdemona was murdered in a disused chapel in Viterbo, Emilia, in a studio in Rome; locations ... Read more
Sergei Youtkevitch has defined his interpreta¬tion of Othello's tragedy not primarily as one of love and jealousy but of misplaced trust. Othello's murderous act is committed in defence of trust and justice, out of the violation of his faith in man's noble and harmonious destiny. For many years ... Read more
A large collection of children's toys are used as the basis for a fast &ndash: moving animated impression of a circus parade, set to suitable music. ... Read more
A large collection of children's toys are used as the basis for a fast-moving animated impression of a circus parade. ... Read more
Without commentary, we are shown an authentic portrait of Paris during the night. From the gay nightclubs to the side streets martre we watch the working, dancing, city. ... Read more
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