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Films In 1956

In October 1955 the Soviet whaling fleet set sail on its tenth trip to the Antarctic. The fleet consisted of the factory ship '"Slava" and fifteen small catchers. During the seven and a half months they were away from home. 2.800 whales were killed. On the voyage we see the "Slava" enter the stormy ... Read more
An experimental abstract film which includes several strange and striking images, seen entirely in negative. ... Read more
A fossilised creature, millions of years old. is discovered by four young boys at the entrance to a cave. Their curiosity and imagination stimulated they decide to sail their boat down the river flowing from the cave. Down through the ages sails their little boat in search of the strange creature's ... Read more
On the first of August 1944 the city of Warsaw rose against the Nazi occupiers. Through long incredible weeks the) continued the struggle until they were defeated and the city was destroyed by the Nazis in a fanatical and hideous reprisal. ... Uncompromisingly realistic in its presentation, Kanal ... Read more
During the tenth and eleventh centuries Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the great Hindu Kings - the Chandellas. Eighty-five temples were built and we see the architecture and imagery of five of these temples. ... Read more
The history of the Netherlands is one of constant battle against the relentless sea. Slowly, the enemy has been driven back as rich farmlands are reclaimed from the driving surf. Occasionally, as in 1954, the sea has breached the dikes and poured over the land, only to be driven out again. This ... Read more
Without a single word of commentary, this unusual film presents an eloquent plea against keeping birds and animals in captivity. ... Read more
This is not a documentary film about the industrial age &ndash: it is a pure treatment of the "song of the machines," giving them a visual form &ndash: a ballet of mechanical shapes. ... Read more
The story of the thousand-pillared Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, which abounds in sculpture and carvings. ... Read more
"London on the Thames, Paris on the Seine... Melbourne on the Yarra..." an auspicious opening for a film on Melbourne. In 1956 with the Olympic Games on the doorstep the DOI produced several films about Melbourne. The main film was to he Olympic City, make in two versions, in Eastmancolour ... Read more
In its programme of work with the rural families of Puerto Rico, the Division of Community Education has recently produced two films and a book on the theme, "The Rights of Women". The country man, though respectful of his women folk and always ready to defend and protect them, has not yet fully ... Read more
A puppet film which tells in lively fashion how the hero falls out with his shadow. ... Read more
A puppet being transported from bygone days to the twentieth century where with knowledge gained on smokeless fuel, returns to his own time and is well rewarded by a King whose palace he has rid of smoke. ... Read more
A large number of Jewish immigrants are introduced each year into Israel from Middle East Countries and their assimilation creates a serious problem. Beautifully photographed in sensitive Eastmancolour, we see through the eyes of a training officer, assigned to a group of Eastern immigrants, how ... Read more
Sang-Hu, who made the beautiful Chinese opera film Liang Sha &ndash: Po and Chu Ying &ndash: Tai (shown at the 1956 Melbourne Film Festival) in his latest production, New Year Sacrifice, gives us a drama set around 1911; the unhappy life of a Chinese woman sold in marriage. ... Based on a short ... Read more
The film starts with a brief review of the history of Antarctic exploration by scientists of Britain, Russia. Norway, Australia and America. ... In January, 1956, the first Soviet scientific expedition arrived at the coast of Antarctica and built the observatory-town, "Mirny". We see episodes from ... Read more
The magnificence of Flinders Railway Station and the masterpiece of planning that keeps Victorian trains on time. There is also a series of running jokes throughout the film, a signature of Shan Benson's contribution. ... Read more
Every day in cities all over the world, people await the newsagent with the day's news. This film shows how the morning papers come to people at Newport, N.S.W. ... Read more
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The story of uranium. In the Southwest there lies a land of stone. 100,000 square miles of rainbowed rock spread out where Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico meet. Beneath these mesas lie the beds of ancient rivers - rich in uranium. The film shows the mining of uranium and its uses of today. ... Read more
A film account of a visit paid by Christopher Mayhew to the Anglican Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, Yorkshire. Mayhew set out to discover whether monasticism is relevant to the life of the twentieth century western world, or whether those who take the threefold monastic vow are really ... Read more
A princess leaves her home country which falls into despair al the loss of her beautiful singing. The problem is solved by radio and T.V. sets. A gay and witty puppet film. ... Read more
Acknowledged as the first anime for girls (and indirectly leading to some of the most mind-boggling gender-specific girls titles {shojo manga & anime} which have proliferated in Japan over the proceeding 30 years), Princess Knight is a truly confounding tale. Set in a lurid fantasy-Europe, which ... Read more
Professor Hannibal, a teacher at a secondary school lives with his wife and four daughters in a tortuous little street somewhere in the oldest quarter of Budapest. He is a modest and timid man, beset by domestic worries, but love of scholarship makes him happy. ... There comes a time when a man ... Read more
It is about optimistic people who have learned to overcome the handicaps and disabilities of old age. A fine contribution to the study of the old age problem. ... Read more
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