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Films In 1949

A surprisingly lyrical description of a Paris abattoir, its melancholy district, and the oddly genial people employed there. ... Read more
A visit to the Saturday concerts which are making music a familiar and exciting part of life for Ottawa's children. Illustrating each point with simple examples from the children's own experience, Eugene Kash, the conductor, explains different aspects of music; rhythm, melody, musical form. ... Read more
Unusual example of a research film. Makes use of polarized light techniques and time- lapse microphotography to study the growth process of various crystals. ... Read more
The post-war world seemed to have little time or space for Jennings' films. By the end of the turbulent forties, the mood of Britain was changing profoundly, and his cinematic songs of unity and identity were falling on ears tuned to the different strains of a fading British Empire. The second to ... Read more
The narrative of "Jour de Fete" is as thin as is conceivable. There would be none at all were it not for the postman, Jacques Tati. He is the film. Six feet five inches in his stockinged feet, dark, bony and clumsy, he wears a shabby uniform with sleeves and trousers a few inches too short. In this ... Read more
Made by an American journalist, showing the famous prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux in the Dordogne region of France, this film is a fascinating record of one of the most remarkable examples of prehistoric art in the world. ... Read more
Le Sang Des Betes describes a Paris abattoir, not only the methods of slaughtering animals, but also the melancholy district in which it is set, and the oddly genial characters of the people employed there. The treatment of this film has, surprisingly, a quiet and lyrical quality. ... Read more
... ... Even though she chose not to take director's credit (she stepped in after Elmer Clifton had a heart attack three days into production). Not Wanted bears the unmistakable stamp of a Lupino film from beginning to end. Its heroine Sally (Sally Forrest, in the first of three Lupino-helmed star ... Read more
In this film a state of mind is cinematically abstracted into a suspenseful, doom-haunted adventure, taking place in a strange, evocative setting of miniature, bubbling volcanoes and desolate wasteland. ... Read more
The ground-breaking, irresistible 1949 MGM musical On The Town brings song, and most especially dance, out from the ballroom and into the streets, fulfilling the creative vision of the film's brilliant star/choreographer/co-director, Gene Kelly, who states "The fact that make-believe sailors got ... Read more
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Deals with the complex problem of man's prejudices. A barren landscape changes to a flowering land, then withers. The question: "Is the future to be bright or dark? Is this to be a world of robot minds?" The future depends on the individual he is asked to re-examine his picture of the other man. ... Read more
Pudovkin's third film, originally called The Heir to Genghiz Khan, is the story of a young Mongol trapper who, after being cheated by a European trader to whom he tries to sell a silver fox fur, causes a riot and escapes to the hills when the White Army is called in. He joins the partisans, is ... Read more
Drama set in the little village of Dolwyn in North Wales in 1892. Rob, embittered as a result of being driven from the village as a boy for stealing, returns full of vindictive triumph to arrange on behalf of Lord Lancashire the flooding of Dolwyn to allow the passage of water from Wales to ... Read more
A young doctor contracts syphilis while operating on a soldier during the war. ... On returning to Tokyo, he enters private practice in the family clinic, but has to face the problems of his love for a girl. He decides to sever his relationship with her in order to protect her from his infection ... Read more
Acclaimed abroad as a film classic, The Quiet One is an unforgettable drama about an unloved child lost in loneliness, who drifts into delinquency. Powerful in its pathos and poetry, yet documentary in treatment, it is widely acknowledged to be one of the most useful and effective educational films ... Read more
Director Robert Wise's ninth feature in five years, after a lengthy apprenticeship in the editing department, The Set Up was also his last at RKO. ... The film started life as a poem by Joseph Mancure March and was subsequently turned into a screenplay by sportswriter Art Cohn depicting in 'real ... Read more
Consistently ranked as a masterpiece for its cinematography, visual language, performances, and musical score, The Third Man tells a compelling tale of betrayal and corruption in post-WW2 occupied Vienna. ... Writer Holly Martens, in Vienna seeking an old friend, is shocked at the news of his ... Read more
One of the most visually inventive films on art. By the combined movements of statue, camera, and background, a view of the entire work and then close-ups, the development of an idea from a drawing to a finished work, the film gives a curious kind of semi-existence to Thoryaldsen's somewhat frigid ... Read more
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