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Films In 1961

Made by a young Italian director with a cast of non-professional actors, Il Posto concentrates on revealing its characters during a significant period of their lives. The story is very simple. Aged sixteen, Domenico leaves his crowded parents' flat in a suburb of Milan, to look for his first job ... Read more
Made by a young Italian director with a cast of non-professional actors. // Posto concentrates on revealing its characters during a significant period of their lives. The story is very simple. Aged sixteen. Domenico leaves his parents' crowded flat in a suburb of Milan to look for his first job ... Read more
A fragment out of the American Civil War. In a woody Alabama gorge preparations are being made for the hanging of a civilian. In the grey light before sunrise, the condemned man speculates on whether he could escape if the incredible should happen - if the rope should break. Award: Grand Prix ... Read more
Intimate pictures of the habits and characteristics of a variety of Indian water birds. Included are scenes of a courtship dance, quaint ways of feeding, and various scenes of large colonies. ... Read more
A young boy dreams he meets the various characters of the Waltzing Matilda legend. ... Read more
A pictorial survey of Austria's industrial potential, told without commentary in purely visual terms. ... Read more
The film shows the famous Kandyan Dance in its entirety and details of its variations. We also see portion of the annual pageant in Kandy, "Kandy Perahera". ... Read more
Lying to the north of the Punjab and situated amidst the splendours of the Himalayas are the valleys of Kanga and Kulu. The film includes scenes of the colourful marriages of the people here and other festivals they celebrate. ... Read more
An illustration of the life and work of the artist. The important stages and experiences in her life are reproduced in short scenes, and her work has been split up into theme complexes. The timelessness and humanity in her art receives first consideration. ... Read more
A fascinating account of the eruption of the volcano Nyamuragia in the Congo. ... Read more
Kolka Snegirev is a boy like any other, but his reaction to boredom is a positive one—often leading to disfavour, as in the classroom. He finds a "fellow-sufferer" in the new Pioneer leader, Sergey Rudenko, a truck driver who creates havoc in the already unruly group before proving himself ... Read more
The immobile interior of an orange-coloured form, and the evolutions of two blue shapes, at times slow, at times jerky. ... Read more
The record of a series of abstract paintings and collages, based on the legend of the submerged cathedral, which were produced by the English artist, Ceri Richards. ... Read more
A fair should be a source of relaxation, of joy. Yet it is full of horrors and brutality, perhaps translating the hidden instincts of aggression and brutality lurking in all of us. ... Read more
A haunting parable which insists that a slave will abandon all dreams of freedom if his master merely removes the intolerable restrictions which he has imposed. ... Read more
A young boy of 13 is waiting to meet a girl, slightly older than he is, in the Bois de Boulogne. She is already two hours late, but his fantasies about her keep him occupied. At last, she arrives, but is she the girl of his dreams? ... Read more
Grenoble, 1940: a French provincial town during the Occupalton. A young widow with a child, anti-religious and Marxist, is discontented with her life. One day partly through boredom, partly through disgust with the conventional piety of church-goers, she enters a confessional and insults the young ... Read more
A documentary film about the treatment of the native population of South Africa. The abject misery, the injustice, the stupidities of apartheid, are shown with revealing forthrightness. ... Read more
Under the town of Dimitrovo's quiet night streets there lies another town; a town which is restless and tense where the battle for coal goes on ceaselessly. ... Read more
A sober, factual study of the working lives of the members of Bruce Turner's Jump Band, a small group of professional jazz musicians. The film opens at the end of a dance at their base above a London pub; the musicians disperse as respectably as civil servants leaving Whitehall at five o'clock ... Read more
A candid portrait of the popular entertainer and teenage idol, Paul Anka. Filmed in New York and in Atlantic City where fans turned out by the thousands to see and hear this young Ottawa singer and composer. ... Read more
Love is the same the world over, but there are variations on the theme; this film is a parody on the American, Swedish, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Yugoslav styles. ... Read more
Curious souvenirs of a voyage into the universe by the famed Belgian surrealist painter. "Reality is a word devoid of meaning; space is not certain; the world has lost all consistency. My task is to evoke the mystery". ... Read more
A fascinating introduction to mathematics through a series of short film essays in cartoon und live action showing, for example, how the earth was measured with the use of simple instruments. ... Read more
This documentary film, gaining by understatement, is a study of a modest travelling circus - the life without the glamour. The photography is thoroughly telling and the film has a hauntingly grey, rather sad air to it. Award: St. Finbarr Statuette, Cork Festival. ... Read more
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