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Films In 1961

This is an engaging burlesque on the struggle for atomic power, and includes a number of penetrating and amusing side-swipes at the customs of the West. Set in an unidentified country, it tells of a group of gangsters who manage to steal a nuclear bomb from its heavily-guarded place of security ... Read more
A film about the life and work of Bernard Leach, now in his seventies, who makes his own pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall. Leach, an artist-philosopher who is keenly aware of the deep relationship between art and society, was trained in Japan by a Japanese master potter, and was inspired by that ... Read more
The viewpoint of the workmen is taken in this ... short, lyrical study of the sights and sounds associated with the building and launching of a great ship. Grand Prix at Leipzig, 1961. ... Read more
A shaiply economic summing up of man's life in eight unnerving minutes. ... Read more
This film reveals the system of art teaching developed by the N.S.W. Education Department, which aims at keeping the children's work steadily developing in creativity and technique as they move from pre-school through High School. ... Read more
An analysis of architectural development as the art of space, with main concentration on the present-day influence of technology. Works by designers of note are shown: Corbusier, Neutra, Niemeyer. ... Read more
A young British artist, driving through the States in the heat of August, discovers a man whose face he has recently drawn without ever having seen. The two men are drawn toward the terrifying climax they are both powerless to control. ... Read more
Avoiding the main roads, two cars explore France's Camargue district; the film shows their chance encounters with people and animals on these vast plains. ... Read more
A report on the outstanding Ballet of the Chilean National Theatre at rehearsals and at a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". ... Read more
The film probes the secrets and wonders of Kuala Lumpur's Batu Caves and records the fascinating phenomena of the insect world hitherlo little known ... Read more
A survey of modern theatres in Western Germany. ... Read more
The film is a trilogy of stories concerning ihe Second World War in Poland. Unlike many war films, this one deals in no heroics, but shows the war from the viewpoint of the children of Poland who found themselves involved in events beyond their understanding. ... "On the Road," the first story, is ... Read more
An abstract symphony of light, music, and movement. ... Read more
Letting the stylishly edited visuals speak for themselves this film develops the story of the newly-inaugurated 90 m.p.h. Diesel Train Service between Manchester and St. Pancras. Awarded Gold Plaque. III. Festival of Films for Television, Rome. ... Read more
An animated satire of the military types who sit in deep bunkers waiting to press the buttong: as ardently pacifist as it is funny. Award: Karlovy Vary Festival. ... Read more
A T.V. tale of the benefits of briquettes set to a calypso melody. ... Read more
The story of a heart operation: the investigations which lead to the decision to operate, then the record of the surgery itself. ... Equal Second Prize, Documentary Section, "for its moving dramatisation of reality and its outstanding operating theatre sequence". ... Read more
The Story of one barge and her captain passing along the River Seine from Le Havre to Paris. The film gives an insight into the life of the river people, a life still hard enough and one which tends to cut them off from the rest of the world. ... Read more
In the region of Rio de Janeiro, the skins of cats are used to make tambourines at festival time. Children catch them but not without occasional unhappiness. ... Read more
An excellently photographed account of cattle life on a ranch in British Columbia. ... Read more
Paintings by children have been selected, arranged and animated so that child's dream of a fantasy journey may be conveyed to the audience. Award: "The Best Austrian Cultural Film of 1961". ... Read more
This colour film deals with the various stages of Our Lord's Passion as revealed in the most representative works of the Portuguese painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. ... Read more
"Are you hiippy?" This is the question round which the whole film is constructed. Jean Rouch continues his longstanding fascination with the documentary study of human material, and here he tackles civil­ised, city-dwelling man. ... Rouch and his collaborator, Edgar Monn, en­couraged a ... Read more
A charming film, the action of which takes place in a village to which a mobile cinema has come; it is in fact a mobile dental surgery — the dentist rewards the children by showing them a film. ... Read more
The fociissed importance animated process is used in this two minute repetition of half a dozen fearful pictures of man at the mercy of his spouse who had him chained, caged and pummelled into domesticity. ... Read more
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