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Films In 1959

A study of the aesthetics and achievements of architecture through the ages by means of animation. Through the brushes of artists we pass from the ancient temples of the Nile to the skyscrapers of today and we see how buildings reflect the values and sentiments of each age. In the irregular skyline ... Read more
An untrained child is very sensitive to all sorts of sounds of the world. Here we see an attempt to transmute the sound impressions of the child to music, and this is the main motif which permits us to accompany a little girl on her walk along the streets of the old town - the most beautiful Warsaw ... Read more
This cartoon from China tells how Granny Carp tells the small carp the story about some of their ancestors who jumped over the Dragon Gate. It is said to be wonderful on the other side but the gate is high and the waves are enormous. Enticed by the story, the small carp finds a way. ... Read more
A rescue team manages to reach the spot where a wounded mountain climber is lying, and after a hard struggle with various obstacles, the rescuers take the wounded man down to the valley. The film was given an Award at the International Festival of Tourist and Folklore Films in Brussels. ... Read more
Would a James A. Fitpatrick travelogue today see Melbourne today as it was in 1959? ... Directed by Darryl Wardle (1959) ... Read more
Abstract imagery symbolises the beginning of life upon earth and Hebrew letters of the Old Testament are used to introduce the exposition. ... Read more
The work of the French abstract-expressionist, Masson, as seen through his interpretation of the four seasons. The film shows a variety of modern techniques used — including a spray gun — for paintings ranging from gentle abstracts to violent non-representational explosions. ... Read more
Appalachian Spring is a folk tale set in the Appalachain wildernes of Pennsylvania during the pioneer period of American history. Its characters are a young pioneer and his bride, a pioneer woman, a wandering preacher and his small band of followers. The dance tells, in lyric terms, of the young ... Read more
From the musty archives of some supernatural Law Court a judge takes the dossier of a young girl accused of the crime of suicide. Gradually the evidence against her, her family, her fiance, her fiance's mother, her lover, her lover's wife and her fellow students is unfolded. Motives are analysed ... Read more
We see the outlines of figures from the Stone Age, carved on rocks. These are battle scenes. The figures begin to move and the movement turns into a fierce battle... ... This is an experimental film picturing the develop­ment of weapons of total destruction, beginning with the prehistoric age ... Read more
A delightful prize-winning Japanese puppet film. A discarded guitar responds to a flower-girl's plight. The village is attracted and her flowers sold - and so the tale continues . . . a theft, a fight, and a happy ending. Techniques used in live cinema are transferred to the puppet stage ... Read more
An abstract film produced in India. It uses the textile designs of the calico mills as elements in its total graphic structure. ... Read more
A typical day at St. Christopher's Home for the Children of Railwaymen, Derby, an establishment for the care of children whose parents work in transport but are unable to provide a proper home tor them. ... Read more
The area around Lowicz is famous for its beautiful regional costumes and this film is about the annual folklore festival held in that city. A Polish documentary which won distinction at the Oberhausen Festival. ... Read more
An entrancing little safety warning on the dangers of fire. The action of the film is laid in a fairy kingdom where the King and his subjects are matches. A soldier of the Royal Guards' love for the King's daughter literally sets their world on fire. ... Read more
The Himalayas have always attracted mountaineers of those nations interested in climbing, for the colossal peaks at the "Roof of the World", present the ultimate challenge. ... In 1958, the Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto University decided to attempt the scaling of Chogolisa - the Bride's Peak, in ... Read more
A portrait of Venice as Canaletto, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto must have seen it. City Out of Time is a discovery of the city, which, like the arts the city fostered and still cherishes, has transcended time inspiring generations to pause and reflect on the meaning of life and art. ... Read more
Coupe des Alpes is one of the most hazardous and gruelling motor-car rallies in Europe. The course is 2,400 miles long and takes the competitors through three countries and over the Alps and Dolomites. ... Read more
36 cameramen collected material on the 16th September 1959 from many parts of the Soviet Union to give a kaleidoscopic impression of the life of its people. ... Read more
The film shows how the land was cleared and how the men and their families who worked on this project eventually settled on the reclaimed sol, on farms of their own. ... Read more
How the land was cleared and how the men settled on the reclaimed soil, on farms of their own. ... Read more
A housing estate in one of Oslo's suburbs is the setting for this domestic comedy. In a spotless new apartment building lives Mrs. Randi Svendsen — comparatively young, comparatively happy — with her husband and two sons. Her diligence is prompted by the fear that her neighbours will ... Read more
Attractions at the Eildon Dam; boating, swimming and fishing, and experimental manufacture of double-sided wallboard by a special process. ... Read more
This cartoon of British artist, Ronald Searle, tells in brief the history of man's need for energy. and the role petroleum plays in filling this need. ... Read more
A record of enginemen at locomotive sheds on the outskirts of Manchester, filmed during the early hours of a wintry morning. There is very little commentary, other than the men themselves speaking out on the changes being brought about in their lives by extensive diesellisation. ... This strongly ... Read more
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