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Films In 1962

In strict time to an up-tempo tune a business conference is illustrated. First Prize, Experimental Section, "for a brief and witty story told through the clever matching of sound and image". ... Read more
Jiri Trnka's modern fairy story is an answer to the worship of technique to the exclusion of sensibility. ... Read more
An animated treatment of the ceramic sculptures of John Perceval. Australian Film Awards, Documentary Section, Silver Award "for its witty amalgam of sound and visuals". ... Read more
The unique Australian Lyrebird, this most elusive of all birds, is observed in its natural habitat. A long sequence, excellently photographed and brilliantly recorded for sound, shows the bird performing its famous courting dance. Australian Film Awards, Nature Section, Gold Award "for nature ... Read more
David and Lisa is an independently produced American film, which was shot entirely on location over a period of twenty five days in April, 1962. lt is the first film by Frank Perry, a young American stage director. Valid and moving, it deals with a school for adolescents who are mentally sick; in ... Read more
"Artists are hard to encourage. . . If an artist can be advised, directed, coerced, he isn't an artist at all. Better shoot him". These are lines from the letters of David Milne, Canadian artist who painted as independently as he spoke. The film shows many of his paintings, and his letters, read as ... Read more
Day after Day gives us the monotonous routine in a small paper-mill town - a routine geared to the factory, and through skillful photography this machine world asserts a brutal dominance. By contrast the commentary achieves a certain lyricism, using word associations and fragments of thoughts ... Read more
A moral tale about an aboriginal chief who tries to learn the didjeridoo. Second Prize, Children's Film Section, "for its original charm and excellent puppetry". ... Read more
Monitor's 100th program and a highly romantic interpretation of Elgar's life. For the first time actors in a documentary were permitted to play living persons on screen but only in long shot and in non-speaking roles. Russell's experimental approach is evident in a series of exhilarating sequences ... Read more
With subdued colours and with apposite soundtrack, this bitterly satirical film warns that humanity and individuality may succumb to the advance of a mechanistic world. ... Read more
The film's complex pattern of collage and paint admirably expresses the story line deploring the ultimate absurdity of industrialisation. Far from being depressing, Mimica and Marks are reworking the traditional romantic view of man, pleading that the modern world be more human. ... 1st Prize ... Read more
An entertaining and unified record of the wealth and variety of the programme presented at the 1962 Adelaide Festival. Australian Film Awards, Documentary Section, Silver Award "for polished and professional reporting of an occasion". Australian National Travel Association's Jedda Award for best ... Read more
The dawn to dusk activities of a football Saturday are condensed to reveal the ant-like ritual of people at mass sporting events. A folk-music background adds wry comment. ... Read more
The concept of four line conics is explained by means of animated diagrams: an esoteric illustration of higher mathematics. ... Read more
The brief history of Sydney's slummy waterfront, The Rocks, and a plan for its redevelopment. First Prize, Public Relations Section, "for its imaginative use of film in advancing the sponsor's proposals". ... Read more
Mr. Jenkins, a bank commissionaire, learns not to shout about bank service. Second Prize, T.V. Advertising Section, "for witty selling of the difficult-to-sell". ... Read more
Impressions of the spaciousness and abstract patterns of the world of glaciers in Iceland. Aerial views of the Vainajokull show the gigantic streams emanating from the world's greatest glacier, and the scenic waterfalls which these rivers form on their way to the North Sea. ... Read more
This large scale Indian technicolor film was one of the big successes of 1962, and was highly praised by Indian critics for its production, mounting, sweep and imagination. It has, at its central theme, a story of crime and punishment set in the last stages of feudalism, India's long established ... Read more
Half of all mankind live in the villages of Asia: the living standard is low, but the village is the unit of organisation on which Asia rests, and upon which the foundation of progress must be built. ... Throughout Asia plans for community development are being made and this film shows three areas ... Read more
Hashimoto displays annoyance at the intrusion of modern western influences on the oriental calm of his home, and the steps he takes to overcome the problem meet with disastrous results. ... Read more
Bitter, unrequited love is the theme of this film. Fclicja is loved by thousands of listeners, she plays in a radio serial about an average Warsaw family. She has her fans abroad too, and is invited to Paris for a holiday. It is her first trip outside Poland and on the flight she recalls the past ... Read more
An impressionistic study of seascapes extending from Northern Oregon to the Mexican border. ... Read more
The story of Sebastopol, stormy centre of many battles, is reconstructed throughout the ages. The film culminates with the 250-days battle during the second World War, and is dedicated to the heroes who defended the city. ... Read more
A small party of archaeologists find Roman utensils, fragments of manuscripts in a cave used by Jewish insurgents fighting against the Roman army. ... Read more
This documentary is composed mainly of paintings, taken from ancient Buddhist temples, which depict the three visits of Gautama Buddha to Ceylon as set down in the sacred chronicles named Dipawamsa and Mahawamsa. ... Read more
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