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Films In 1952

The film uses animation to explain what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, and the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the by-products of nuclear fission. ... Read more
A surrealistic abstract with an unusual sound track consisting of synthetic sound in conjunction with music for saxophone. ... Read more
Present-day ruins of ancient Greek cities and reconstructed models are used to introduce aspects of early Greek civilization, including its contributions to philosophy, science, mathematics. art, drama, government, and athletics. ... Read more
This film concerns a young boy of 12 and his life on a small sheep ranch in the South -: western part of the United States. His family are Mexican -: American and still observe many of the Mexican customs handed down from generation to generation. ... Read more
An allegory of the creation of the world and man's enslavement by the machine, motivated by Greed, personified as an enormous and menacing spider. The spider is eventually overthrown by the intervention of Goodness, but not before atomic warfare has occurred. ... Animated Genesis is an artist's ... Read more
A presentation of the elements of art forms in everyday activities, in space, in time, and in nature. ... Read more
Answering Bolivia's request for technical aid, U.N. sent a team of experts to Bolivia, whose problems lay in the economic structure and the nature of the land itself. Easily worked mineral deposits are exhausted, timber resources need machinery and roads to enable them to be exploited. Agriculture ... Read more
Underlines the progress being made at Harwell Atom Research Establishment in the peaceful uses of atomic power. Shows the preparation of radio-active isotopes and various examples of their use in research and industry. ... Read more
I.C.I.'s balance sheet for 1950. Animated drawings and a witty commentary make a fascinating film out of a "dull" subject. ... Read more
A study of a number of ballet paintings of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) : "Ballet Class", "Coryphee Resting", "Ballerina and Lady with Fan", "On Stage", "Dancers Practising at the Bar", and "Pink and Green". ... Read more
Paving textures and patterns are brought into motion, approximating the abstract by stop-motion animation and editing, while the camera participates rhythmically. ... Read more
A sequel to Growing Girls, tells the story of human gestation from fertilization to the birth of a child. (Age group: 11-13 years.) ... Read more
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A discussion of various types of coal fuel followed by a detailed description of the construction and operation of a furnace using pulverised fuel. Lists the advantages of pulverized fuel firing and illustrates methods of using such fuel in large modern boilers. ... Read more
The advance in freestyle swimming, from the single overarm action of 1880 and the double overarm of 1890, to the Australian Crawl of today, copied originally from a schoolboy who had brought his native style from the Solomon Islands. ... Read more
Recently, the Halas and Batchelor studios completed a short puppet film &ndash: called "The Figurehead" &ndash: which was chosen to represent Britain at the Cannes Film Festival. Highly commended by the judging committee, there, its next appear¬ance will be at the forthcoming Berlin Film ... Read more
In demonstrating how forms change their appearance with different points of view, with different angles of illumination, the film be¬comes increasingly abstract, ending up in a whirl of shapes dancing in striking rhythmic patterns. ... Read more
A study of the behaviour of four and five-year-old children at home and at nursery school, presenting typical examples of the actions of a child at these ages. Shows the vacilation between infantile helplessness and vigorous self-assertion at four, and the development of independence and the ... Read more
An amusing and somewhat extreme example of the use of time-lapse photographic techniques, it completes the one-hour railway journey from London to Brighton in less than four minutes. Photographed at two frames per second from the traindriver's cabin, every foot of the rail track is seen on the ... Read more
The locale of many “Westerns”, Death Valley is here shown as it is today - a National Park with fine roads and tourist facilities, but still an awe-inspiring and fantastically coloured natural oddity. The film shows the arid deserts of the valley, the mountains, the abandoned gold mines and the ... Read more
This is a very entertaining and amusing look at the formative cricket practices of Don Bradman. A glimpse of Bradman's early years, highlighting the unconventional methods by which this cricketing legend perfected his game - from childhood bowling practice against a rainwater tank to becoming the ... Read more
Three piano pieces by Debussy set to film by Jean Mitry, maker of Pacific 231. ... Read more
An impressionistic film treatment of American jazz history. A narrative in blank verse and a musical score consisting of original recordings by jazz composers and performers together with an attractive sepia toning combine to make an unusual and exotic film. ... Read more
After Rashoman, Akira Kurosawa adapted Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" for the screen. When this film failed to win critical approval in Japan, he made Living, a modern story which established him as the most Western in attitude of Japan's directors, and which was voted the best film of the year by ... Read more
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