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Films In 1961

This is a sensitive film on a young mongol boy. Michael, who works on a farm doing odd jobs for the men. With a friend he collects firewood, and later spends the evening happily dancing to the gramophone. ... Read more
In this B.B.C. art film in "The Artist Speaks" series, Michael Ayrton discusses the philosophy behind his art and the special subjects which form the major themes of his work. ... Read more
A portrait of Christopher Wren: his major works in Renaissance England, culminating in his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral. ... Read more
Monihara, a ghost story based on a tale by Rabmdranath Tagore, is told by a dishevelled teacher to a silent, dark-clad figure on a river bank. Phanibhushan, a rich jute merchant, brings his beautiful wife, Monimahka ( Mom') to live in a palatial house he inherited. ... It is apparent that ... Read more
The Lievre river country of south-western Quebec seen today as the poet Archibald Lampman described it before the turn of the century. The misty river and the wooded hills in the early morning sun¬light have a lyric quality which fully harmonises with the descriptive beauty of the verse. ... Read more
Bertolt Brecht's chronicle from the Thirty Year's War concerns the camp follower Anna Fierling, known as "Mother Courage," who travels backwards and forwards across Europe with her sutler's waggon. She does business on both sides of the lines, selling goods without distinction to the Protestants ... Read more
... ... An extraordinarily visually inventive tale of ghosts and greed, Mr George follows the 'efforts of a trio of middle-aged parasites to rid themselves of the little-girl heiress left in their charge. The hour-long format allows Lupino to explore the nature of the relatives' self-delusional ... Read more
A refreshing approach to a careers guidance film which uses stimulating dramatisation to show students what sort of jobs to select. Reginald Marsh plays all the leading adult roles. ... Read more
A little boy and his puppet-pet Murry cause some amusing situations through careless playing in the streets. ... Read more
A real refugee family re-enact their experiences during their re-settlement in Norway after long years of camp-life in Germany. ... Read more
The famous bushranger's story in paintings and music. Second Prize, Open Section, "for its powerful interpretation of the Ned Kelly story through an original ballad". ... Read more
Night Tide retells the legend of the sailor and the mermaid. It is set in Venice - Venice California, a curiously decrepit suburb of Los Angeles, which sprawls along the waterfront, surrounded by oil-wells and Santa Monica. It is, in part, absurdly grand - miniature canals, without water but with ... Read more
The nine days with which the film is concerned are in the life of the physicist, Dmitri Gusev, who has twice exposed himself to radiation and who endangers his life by taking a third, unnecessary risk. ... It is the old story of the man with a consuming ambition, beside which he holds everything ... Read more
The film informs us of the history and use of the gas and gives some idea of our dependence on it. The film received an Award at the Industrial Film Festival in Turin. ... Read more
Is life over when old age begins? Denmark has nearly 400,000 pensioners who have lived through the difficult days after having retired. Interviews elucidate the problems which are believed to crop up when old age begins, and the difficulties which age entails. A Festival film from Edinburgh, Cork ... Read more
McLaren appears on a stage but cannot make his planned speech on account of a feisty, bad-tempered microphone that finally has him chasing it around the stage. Befitting a cartoon sketch, McLaren uses animation techniques to bring an object to lifc.with amusing consequences. ... Read more
Friedrich Wolf's play has been filmed before by the U.S.S.R., but this version is directed by the author's son who also co-directed a previous festival film, Stars. ... The story begins early in 1933. Professor Mamlock is the doctor in charge of the surgical department of the hospital in a German ... Read more
The atmosphere and spirit of Galilee is expressed not only through shots actually taken on the spot, but also through some of the paintings of Israeli artists: Guttman brings us to a recounting of different historical periods of Galilee; Rubin portrays the simple folk; Shemi is the painter of ... Read more
The earliest example of Russell's composer portrait work is a fascinating biography of Sergei Prokofiev which utilise stock footage from Soviet propagand newsreels, stills and live action shots of hands playing at a piano. The BBC then strict policy (soon to be challenged by Russell in his Elgar) ... Read more
Question Seven was financed by the Lutheran Film Associates and produced by Lothar Wolff, of Louis de Rochemont Associates, who was chief editor of The March of Time series and producer of Martin Luther. Wolff describes his film as "the story of those in any age who suffer for their faith under the ... Read more
The film covers an explanation of the molecular structure of vegetable oils, their extraction from oil-bearing nuts and the technique of their refinement on an industrial scale. ... Read more
The title of the film refers to a tract of land in Oriente province. The story concerns an uprising of guajiros against an American-run company's attempt to seize their land. Tete Vergara, a Negro actress, plays the mother of a young man who tires of their hard life on the land, joins the army and ... Read more
Moonlight reflected in water: the forms and lines are continually rearranged by the currents. ... Read more
A record of the first native general elections held in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. First Prize, Open Section, "for its compelling and lucid statement of a human problem". ... Read more
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