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Films In 1964

A familiar city without a living soul — everyone has skidaddled, as the title quaintly suggests. Only when the film ends do we understand what has happened. ... Read more
A bitter, pessimistic cartoon, showing man's utter helplessness in the face of forces stronger than himself. A man's home is invaded by the letter A'. Guile, flattery, magic, brute strenglh fail to remove this enemy. He gives up all hope—then discovers that 'A' has disappeared. After a period ... Read more
In the Canton of Grisons in Switzerland, in an age-old Spring rite, the village boys chase away winter with bells, rattles and cracking whips. ... First Prize for the Best Youth Film, Bruxelles Tourist Festival. ... Read more
The Man With No Name and seemingly no past, a laconic gringo and quintessential anti-hero who kills for profit, rides into an impover­ished town that is being torn apart by a power struggle for land between two competing fami­lies. The gunslinging drifter offers his profession­al ... Read more
This satirical anti-war romance is set during the period of the Thirty Years' War. The action starts in 1625, when "press gongs" rounded up reluctant young men for the army, where they fought and often died for causes not of their own choosing. This story concerns two young men, Petr, who manages ... Read more
A strange and haunting slow-motion film in which a small boy watches in horror as a chicken is strangled. Fascinating for its photographic effects, imaginative soundtrack and its sinister mood of destruction and shock. ... Read more
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"They often try to find human nature by means of films - so do I. In this film I have tried to express it by real pictures, putting it out of an ideal world". Yoji Kuri's statement on his blackest, most devas­tating cartoon yet. ... Read more
In this film, written for secondary school audiences. ihe work of the research scientist is illustrated by two contrasting experiments. ... Silver Award, Teaching Category, Australian Film Awards, 1965. ... Read more
The story scans I.B.M.'s supporting role in Australia's wool industry, Taiwan's sugar cane, India's jute, amd Japan's chinaware and banking . All strands are brought together in the final; episode of this fast-paced film as we see I.B.M. equipment in Thailand working with ESCAFE to prepare trade ... Read more
The film retraces the life of a man called Steinlen— his solitude, love, accomplishments and death. ... Read more
The whole world is just cars, cars, cars. ... Read more
This has been described as in some ways a return by director Jean-Luc Godard to the world of Breathless — the world of outsiders, of "fringe-people Most of the film lakes place in the suburbs of Pans, and Godard and his photographers have succeeded in transforming it into a setting of ... Read more
Russell is finally permitted to use a real person in close-up in a highly stylised meditation on the Hungarian born Bartok. ... "The film's structure is even more significant, especially the counter opening of shots of the isolated composer in his sombre, sparsely furnished room in New York City ... Read more
Before the Revolution is both personal and autobiographical. Its title comes from Talleyrand's famous remark: "Only those who lived before the Revolution knew how sweet life could be." The Talleyrand of the film is an 18-year-old scion of the upper middle class of Parma, Fabrizio, for whom the ... Read more
In East Germany traffic police are nicknamed "white mice" because of the colour of their uniforms. The "white mouse" of this film is Fritz Bachman who, while on point duty, is attracted to a pretty girl who rides past daily on her motor scooter. She is equally attracted but knows better how to make ... Read more
A puppet film about Pepin le Bref whose only desire is to sleep; the intrigues of his enemies, and his final triumph. ... Jury Award, Vancouver; Award, La Plata. ... Read more
Typewritten characters enact a story revolving around "once upon a time" . . . ... Read more
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Using an imaginative and ineventive camera technique this film shows the rehabilitation of a person blinded in an accident. ... Read more
A satirical dialogue between two animated charac­ters who succeed only in deceiving themselves as they talk about giving up smoking. ... Silver Award, San Francisco Festival. Nomination, Academy Awards. ... Read more
A TV-commercial on the seven warning signs of cancer, using graphic symbols for each symptom. ... Read more
Norman McLaren at his inventive best, explains and illustrates in visual terms the musical form of the canon. ... Read more
Caroline works, with detached efficiency, with a tele­phone company. We step in on this special day, when her husband has apparently forgotten their wedding anniversary. ... First Prize, Narrative Shorts, Venice Festival. ... Read more
The wild delight of Scotland's countryside, contrasted with the formaliiy of her architecture, is presented with poetic beauty and imaginative commentary. ... Read more
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