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Films In 1959

The decay and decline of the Wollambi Valley area, and the work of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. ... Read more
A candid camera's coverage of the Cape Town Parade on a typical Saturday, from early morning until midnight. ... Read more
Norman McLaren salutes the West Indies, etching and painting the spirit of fiesta - fireworks and all - in response to an Island tune. ... Read more
Shadows takes us into the atmosphere of the lonely millions of New York City, where many seek emotional or artistic security! Attention is focused upon three Negro characters — two brothers and their sister. Hugh is the eldest, an unemployed singer who travels from one dreary night club to ... Read more
The film is an expression of a mood, a heady recollection of an evening on the town rendered in rhythmic flights of light and colour. The alternation of the music's mood - gay or sad - is echoed by the artist. ... Written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn, engraved and coloured on film by ... Read more
Everybody, but everybody enjoys skiing in Norway. ... Read more
A lyrical narration about the changing city of New York which centres around the erection of a skyscraper. A case history of this singularly American architectural form, it highlights the story of the new building from initial planning stages to completion and the roles of the many people who help ... Read more
A curious essay about the romantic musings of a young girl sitting alone in a vast empty arena waiting for her beloved. A new experimental film from Poland. ... Read more
Set in a small Bulgarian town in 1943, Stars is the story of a strange, unhappy love affair. This is what happened in the foothills of the mountains . . . A sergeant of the German Wehrmacht, a clever, ironic German, is weary of war and ceased to believe in anything long ago. Only when he is brought ... Read more
A documentary description of a steel factory at Nowa Huta near Crakow, made on the tenth anniversary of its foundation. ... Read more
A simple introduction to palaentology - the scientific investigation of extinct creatures, the animals and plants that have perished on land or in the sea since life on earth first began. The evolution of life is demonstrated by a series of dioramas specially constructed for this film. ... Read more
From 1914 to the advent of sound in 1930, some 300 serials were made In Hollywood; some naive, some crude, but many of them highly imaginative. ... This film traces their development from the early cliff-hangers of Pearl White to the first film starring Boris Karloff. ... Read more
This film conveys the beauty and grandeur of one of the world's most visited monuments. It tells the story of the fulfilment of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan's dream of building a great mausoleum to enshrine his love and devotion to his consort Mumtaz Mahal. ... Read more
The Sanmen Gorges are one group of many gorges along the vast length of the Yellow River. This district has been called "Impassable Sanmen". This film shows the course of the water conservation project at the gorges from the start to the finish of work. ... Read more
The traditional method of Scandinavian boat-building is shown with commendable clarity and simplicity. The same building process was used for the viking ships. ... Read more
In a small German town, during the last days of April 1945, a few schoolboys are still being drafted for war service. The end of the war is in sight and some people are attempting to avoid the senseless continuation of the fight, but the machine of war knows no reason. After one day's training the ... Read more
The aid which Australia is giving to her neighbours in South-East Asia under the Colombo Plan. ... Read more
The open-air movement in a historical cross-section. The picture is chiefly based on original historical material such as paintings, engravings, photographs and old films, contrasting sharply with the short final sequence of present-day shots. ... Read more
This is the fourth film in "The Critic and the Film" scries. Here Arnot Robertson discusses the film from the writer's viewpoint. ... Read more
The Cry of Jazz makes a complete about-face in American documentary, from a passive, objective democratic or "simple humanist'' approach to a personal, passionate, active one. It is an essay film, with all visual material and commentary subject to proving and illustrating an idea. ... Produced by a ... Read more
This cartoon tells of a flute-playing ape, who in his tree in the jungle dreams of leading a civilised life among people who appreciate music. ... However, after being introduced into society he finds that the standards of civilisation are not as high as his own and he returns disillusioned to the ... Read more
David Lean, in a discussion with actress Maureen Pryor, comments on some aspects of his work and introduces extracts from his films. ... David Lean's distinctive and always dramatic 'visual' openings are characteristic of his work, and in this film Maureen Pryor uses the beginning of The Sound ... Read more
Centred around two derelict barges, this poetic nature film captures some aspects of the Jives of birds living on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. ... Read more
This poetic nature film captures some aspects of the lives of birds living on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. ... Read more
By imaginative use of photographs, the film shows many facets of the peoples of South Africa. In youth, adolescence and age, they are shown to us at leisure and work; in joy, sorrow and excitement. ... Read more
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