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BFI 3rd London Film Festival

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Cartoons

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L'Aventure du Père Noël
La Petite Reine
Magie Moderne (Directed by Jean Image)
In a Mist (Directed by Rens Groot)
The Rivals (Directed by Imre Nagy)
History of Inventions (Directed by Bruno Bozzetto)
Beware (Poland)
All the Drawings of the Town (Directed by Ivo Vrbanic)
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The newest, and so far the greatest undertaking of Jirí Trnka, A Midsummer Night's Dream took two years to complete. Shakespeare's play is adapted to a puppet pantomime; the balletic movements of the puppets, the richness of sound and image, and Václav Trojan's music must replace the poetry of the original drama. Trnka's technique of making and animating his puppets is here seen perfected. Though they follow human forms, anatomically, his little characters o not imitate live people, but retain their own stylised movements. So Trnka manages to create a real dream-world, and his own special kind of poetry. It certainly envelops the spectator in the magic spell-binding of Shakespeare's fairy comedy.
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The White Snake Enchantress if the first full-length cartoon film to be produced in Japan. It is to some extent disappointing that it does not develop and authentically Japanese graphic style, but is content to follow western cartoon formulas; nevertheless, the story - based on an old Chinese Legend - has all the delicacy and strangeness of Eastern folk-lore. A Boy, Hsu Hsien, adopts a white snake, but is forced by his parents to abandon it. Years later he meets the beautiful Pai Niang, who proves, to his astonishment, to be the reincarnation of the snake. Fai Hai, a wizard, attempts to thwart te lovers but eventually even he is moved by the purity of their love.
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Serenal (1959)
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Mouse and Cat (1958)
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Szkola (1958)
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BELGIUM
Klinkaart
Director: Paul Meyer
Script: Piet van Aken and Paul Meyer
In the last century the owners of factories in remote rural district of Belgium exercised a 'droit de seigneur'. This startling, brilliant film describes the humiliations of a girl awaiting her turn in the boss's bed.
TOURS FESTIVAL, 1958

CZECHOSLOVAKIA
The Charm of Children's Drawing (Jak Si Deti Maluji)
Director: Jiri Jerabek
Script: Kunc
Photography: Pavel Hrdlicka
Music: Milivoj Uzelac
Commentator: B. Bilek
A film about kindergarten education in painting.
BRUSSELS EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL, 1958
OBERHAUSEN FESTIVAL, 1959

FRANCE
Le Bains de Mer
Directors: Jean-l'Hote and Charles Prost
A candid camera study of a French 'plage' during the holiday season.
TOURS and BERLIN FILM FESTIVALS, 1958

The Spider (L'Epiere)
Director: Max Sautet
A little drama describing the life of a spider.
BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL, 1959

GREAT BRITAIN
Variety Reduction
Made by Anvil FIlms for the British Productivity Council and European Productivity Agency.
An imaginary meeting of the executive officers of a manufacturing company argues the policy of reducing variety in production.

C/O St. Christopher
Director: James Ritchie
Made for British Transport FIlms, thsi short describes a typical day at St. Christopher's - the home for the children of railwaymen in Derby.
HARROGATE FIILM FESTIVAL, 1959 - Award in Human Relations and Welfare Category

Schlieren
Producer: Arthur Elton, for the Shell Film Unit
Director: Peter de Normanville
Photography: Ronald Whitehouse
Animation: Peter Arthy
With the onset of supersonic flight, the Shell Film Unit has in production a series of three films under the title "High Speed Light". The films make use of a visual technique known as the schlieren effect. As an off-shoot of this series, an extra film was made dealing with the schlieren effect as a specialised technique in its own right.
HARROGATE FILM FESTIVAL, 1959 - British Association Award

HOLLAND
Entr'acte by Candlelight
Director: Charles Huguenot van der Linden
A film fantasy about a puppet master.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, 1959

INDIA
Folk Dances of India
Director: J. S. Bhownagary
Photography: Bhagwat

ITALY
Om Ad Po
Director: Guilio Questi
OBERHAUSEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 1959

Giostra

The Alphabet is not Enough
Director: Michele Gandin, for Italy's national organisation against illiteracy
The film describes the work of the special education centres amongst adult pupils in the countryside of Calabria.
VENICE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - GRAND PRIX

POLAND
Life is Beautiful
Director: Tadeusz Makarczynski
A short comment on the horrors of our time, using actual newsreel material, accompanied by popular songs.
CORK, KARLOVY VARY and EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVALS, 1958

U.S.A.
My Own Yard to Play in
Director: Phil Lerner
Photographed on the streets of New York, this film penetrates the world children create at their play.
VENICE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 1959 - 1st Prize in Category of Films of Social Education

U.N.O.
Pablo Casals Breaks His Journey
Writer: Thorold Dickinson
This is a film record of the great 'cellist made by the United Nations.
MANNHEIM FILM FESTIVAL, 1959

U.S.S.R.-CHINA
Schlieren
Direction and Screenplay: A. Zguridi
Co-Director: Yau Chen-ya
Photography: N. Yurushkina
Music: A. Lokshin
Produced at the Moscow Popular Science Film Studio and the Peking 1st of August Film Studios.
Beginning and ending in the zoo at Peking, the film unfolds the lives of tis tropical inmates in their natural environment and follows particularly the vicissitudes and gaieties of the grey monkey and her family in the Yunnan jungle of southern China.

U.S.S.R.
The Atoms Help Us
Director: P. Zinoviev, for the Scientific Documentary Studios at Kiev
Photography: V. Preobrazhenski
Music: V. Nakhabin
This film explains the use of photo-synthesis in the study of the effects of the sun's rays on plants through complicated processes of transformation.
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Cachivache (1957)
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Log Drive (1958)
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High Arctic (1959)
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Railroaders (1958)
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Cyclists (1958)
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The (almost) complete programme for the 1959 LFF, according to the official brochure.

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