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Films In 1955

The 1956 Cannes Festival was remarkably rich in entries from famous directors. ^ Yet-in warmth, humanity and poetic sensitivity none could measure up to the first work of an outstanding film-maker - Pather Panchali, by Satyajit Ray. ... "It is one of those rare works in which noth¬ing seems to ... Read more
The strengthening of bridges, control of traffic and the use of a special vehicle were required to transport large electrical transformers from Melbourne to Yallourn. ... Read more
Rowlandson's robust good-humour, his shrewd observation and his moments of brutally accurate caricature are all expressed in the illustrations that make up the film. Its concern however, is not with the artist himself but with the England of the Napoleonic Wars as he interpreted it in his water ... Read more
Glimpses of Australia's wide open spaces where the outback stations depend on water from the billabong. ... Read more
A documentary concerning an engine caught in a snowdrift and its release after a five-day battle by the rescue squad. ... Read more
The age, the significance of location, the construction and possible use of Stonehenge are discussed in this film. Animated diagrams are used to indicate how the stones were brought to the site and erected. ... Read more
Sven Dufva is a historical epic from the Finno-Russian War 1808-09. The story starts a few months before the war breaks out and shows us Sven, a simple, good-hearted farmer boy, who seems to be hapless and misfortunate in all his civil enterprises. He then wants to join the army, and although his ... Read more
Tam O'Shanter is a rendering of the Robert Burns poem set against a background of drawings. ... Read more
Brassai has written of it: "This is not a zoo film . . . perhaps I have taken the animals and used them as dancers in a ballet; a musical ballet; perhaps closer to animated design than a documentary." ... Read more
A study of the American Flamingo, a species of wild life which is becoming rare, in the breeding grounds in the jungles of Yucatan. ... Read more
Set in a particularly far-flung corner of the Empire, this fully animated and synchronised cartoon was the first one to be produced by an amateur group, ft took three years to complete and was an award winner in the 1955 Ten Best, an international amateur film competition. ... Read more
Prize-winner at the 1955 Venice Festival,this modern Jewish variation of Gogol's famous serio-comic story, The Cloak, is a welcome addition to that rare genre, the short story film of quality. ... Set in an East-End slum, the story pivots on the deep friendship of two humble Jews. Its sentiment and ... Read more
In The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz., Mexico's great director, Luis Bunuel, continued his investigation of psycho-sexual aberrations and false moral values — a remarkable comedie noire containing almost all the features of its director's unique personality. A small boy who sees his ... Read more
The Devil's General, made in 1955, has won several Festival awards; it unites many of West Germany's leading talents of today &ndash: the director, Helmut Kautner; the stars, Curd Jiirgens and Marianne Koch; the production company, Real Studios - - in a work of high technical quality. ... The film ... Read more
Sculptor Merrell Gage, from a mass of clay, sculpts the head of Lincoln, and as time and events affect the life of the great man, the artist deepens the hollow cheeks, the lines and furrows of the classic face and the masterpiece of clay becomes alive. ... Read more
A clearcut and simple account of the first atomic power-station ever built. Good animated sequences explain the functions of various installations. One of the most fascinating shots shows two white-uniformed women sitting in a huge, Utopistic control room in charge of hundreds of indicators and ... Read more
The tragedy of flood and drought and consequent need for bold water conservation such as the Snowy Mountain Scheme. (An excerpt of 20 mins. will be screened,). ... Read more
A silhouette film telling the fable of the grasshopper who, having idled all summer, appeals to the industrious ant for help in winter. ... Read more
This is the second production of this newlyformed film unit. Their previous film, Pensions for Veterans, was screened last year at the Festival. The present film is a dramatic presentation of the union's views on working conditions past and present for workers on of the Australian waterfront. ... Read more
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The changing seasons, the Quebec countryside, and the French settlers of Canada of 100 years ago seen through the paintings of Cornelius Kreighoff. ... Read more
A puppet film in which a peasant lad puts his valuable gift to good use. ... Read more
The unifying theme of this film is the beauty of wood. A succession of examples from Belgian churches and museums traces the sequences of styles from the hieratic Romanesque through the gradually increasing naturalism of Gothic art. The film concludes with details of Renaissance and high baroque ... Read more
During the last war the Slovenian city of Ljubljana became a prison, and here these events happened. ... The local collaborators of the occupiers capture a severely wounded leader of the Resistance movement. The command of the quisling "Home-guards" want at any cost to save his life for further ... Read more
The Rats opens in the atmosphere of postwar Berlin. Figures emerge from their symbolic darkness to stand before us with an almost agonising actuality. Two world wars, the disintegrating effects of destruction, ruin and partition have brought a human rat to nest among the decaying ruins of the city ... Read more
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