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  Documentary Consensus: the CFU 1954-1964
Although 1954 and 1964 are somewhat arbitrary years to take, I have chosen them as much for the appearance of two benchmark films as for any other reason.
The period framed by these two films was dominated by the orthodox classic style to such an overwhelming extent that it has been common to see it not only as a boring period for filmmaking, but also as the lowest ebb of post war government production.
Founded as the Film Division of the Australian National Film Board in 1945, the Unit was conceived in a spirit of post-war reconstruction for the ideological tasks of spreading public information to produce a more informed citizenship, and to bring the Australian nation together.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /ReadingRoom/hfilm/MORAN.html   (7352 words)

  Godzilla (1954 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The film was directed by Ishiro Honda and had special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya.
Filmed in stark fl and white, Godzilla tells the story of a giant, fire-breathing prehistoric monster who is disturbed by American atom bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean.
Ishiro Honda, the director, was a second-unit director on several of Akira Kurosawa's films, and his stark fl-and-white cinematography seems more realistic, harsh, and terrifying than many of the later color kaiju movies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Godzilla_(1954)   (370 words)

 Encyclopedia: Sabrina (1954 film)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sabrina is a 1954 film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair.
The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.
Sabrina is a 1995 film adapted by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel, based on the 1954 screenplay.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Sabrina-%281954-film%29   (935 words)

 Encyclopedia: 1954 in film   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general.
On the Waterfront is a 1954 film about mob violence and corruption on the docks, and became a standard of its kind.
Dial M for Murder (1954) is a U.S. film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland as a married couple.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/1954-in-film   (1987 words)

 Do Bigha Zamin
Roy's use of the familiar musical and melodramatic style enabled audiences to comprehend his films; at the same time the new naturalistic elements prepared the ground for the more uncompromising and formally innovative political cinema of the 1970s.
The acting in the film veers between the rapid responsiveness of performers in a melodrama and the slow surfacing of responses characteristic of naturalism.
At the landlord's, the peasant (played by the deeply intelligent actor Balraj Sahni) acts by formula, but his leave-taking from his wife is simple; his fears for her emerge into natural, unemphatic expression on his face and in his bearing.
www.filmreference.com /Films-De-Dr/Do-Bigha-Zamin.html   (504 words)

 Hard-Boiled Mysteries : Film Noir 1935 - 1954
At the time, film technique moved toward a more graphic representation of moods and ambiance due to light and camera effects, as often seen previously in the Expressionist cinema of pre-war Germany.
Producers in Hollywood were concerned with quick releases of B films to fill the increasing demand of the public.
Tight budgets meant that directors and other film technicians had to be inventive and effective, using ellipses and visual symbols to cut the costs of elaborate scene shooting.
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 Le Ballon rouge / The Red Balloon / 1954 / film review
Although it is a short film, which manages to avoid using dialogue for the most part, it has a surprisingly great deal to say about human nature, showing both the best and worst of the human condition in a profoundly moving minimalist lucidity.
Most of all, it is probably one of the most successful films to capture the essence of childhood, or rather to present a child’s view of the world that is both convincing and engaging.
It is also a film which is hilariously funny in places, as the balloon, apparently with a mind of its own, trails the young boy through the beautiful streets of Montmartre in Paris.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Le_Ballon_rouge_rev.html   (322 words)

 Carlo Ponti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Carlo Ponti (born December 11, 1912) is an Italian film producer.
Born in Magenta, Italy, Ponti studied law at the University of Milan.
This biographical article related to film is a stub.
www.americancanyon.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Carlo_Ponti   (150 words)

 Today's Profile
In the U.S., the British writer-director Anthony Minghella's best-known film is The English Patient, a lush tale of amorous fixation.
The film appears at first to be a realistic documentation of her everyday life until an underplayed moment in the film arrives: while Juliet is rehearsing on the piano, the camera pans to reveal Jamie's ghost accompanying her on the cello.
The second of five children, Anthony Minghella was born in 1954 on the Isle of Wight, England, to emigrants from southern Italy.
www.hwwilson.com /_home/bios/1985012149.htm   (1470 words)

 98.01.06: Let Justice Roll Down: The Civil Rights Movement Through Film (1954-1965)
Students should be asked to analyze whether the role of Daisy Bates in the film was an adequate one for the amount of work that she did for the cause.
This film is not so much about the life of Medgar Evers, but rather the white district attorney who reopened the case in 1994 and finally obtained justice.
The film does a good job of recreating the search and impresses upon the audience the magnitude of resources the federal governments was using.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1998/1/98.01.06.x.html   (8620 words)

 The Hindu : Miscellaneous / This Day That Age : dated September 11, 1954: Film on Bhagat Singh
These were brought to the notice of the film industry and the producer of the film.
The Central Board of Film Censors carefully scrutinised the film when it was ready and at first refused a certificate in view of the scenes of dacoity and crime shown in it.
Sundarayya asked whether it was a fact that an associate of Bhagat Singh was shown in the film as having committed suicide though the gentleman was alive and in Delhi.
www.hinduonnet.com /2004/09/11/stories/2004091100050900.htm   (326 words)

 Anthony Minghella: 1954 - 2008 | Film | guardian.co.uk
News that the film director and BFI chairman Anthony Minghella has died suddenly at the age of 54, has stunned his friends, family and colleagues.
The film was spoken of as the "British Ghost" although I don't think Ghost has anything to touch the raw and real pain of Stevenson's angry and despairing monologue to her therapist.
A film about cancer may be one of the most fitting tributes to mourn the loss of, and commemorate the life of, one of the singular film-makers of our time.
blogs.guardian.co.uk /film/2008/03/anthony_minghella_1954_2008.html   (3196 words)

 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. World Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At the 1954 Venice Film Festival where 'On the Waterfront' won second prize, the festival chairman described it by saying it was 'the first Italian film made in Hollywood.' Certainly, its level of realism was in a similar vein to that present in many post-war Italian films.
It was the first film to have three people competing in the same category, that being best supporting actor with Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, and Rod Steiger all garnering nominations for their work.
At the Academy Awards, the film won in eight of the twelve categories in which it was nominated.
www.fliff.com /2004/listings/waterfront.htm   (604 words)

 The Salt of the Earth (1954) - Classic Film
The film was made with funding from the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers.
Several key personnel on this film were jailed for contempt of Congress when they wouldn't cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The film crew was barred from laboratories, sound studios, other necessary facilities normally used by film makers.
www.bellaonline.com /ArticlesP/art8403.asp   (293 words)

 First Bioscope Show   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1954, a film unit was started under the Public Relations Division of East Bengal Government headed by Nazir Ahmed.
A film studio and laboratory was established in Tejgaon.
Several documentaries and publicity films were produced and processed from that studio : Fateh Lohani-directed few of the producilons such as'Salya Kaft Bobo IQ (an advt film on mustard oil), The Wheel, The gate way to East Pdkislan etc.
www.bangladesh.net /cinema/page8.htm   (155 words)

 The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954) is the story of shipboard conflict and a mutiny aboard a WWII naval vessel, and the subsequent court-martial trial of the ship's captain.
The film follows in the long tradition of naval mutiny and court-martial films, such as Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Sea Wolf (1941), Treasure Island (1950), and Billy Budd (1962).
The film with the tagline: "Big As The Ocean," was based upon Herman Wouk's best-selling, and 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, from a screenplay by Stanley Roberts.
www.filmsite.org /cain.html   (1450 words)

 La Strada / The Road / Federico Fellini / 1954 / film review
One reading of the film is that it is about the nobility of the human spirit set against the reality of an earthy physical existence.
Yet, in the film’s unforgettable final paragraph, the actor manages to win our sympathy as we realise he is as much a helpless victim of his circumstances as was Gelsomina and the Fool.
Not only is the film a beautifully shot composition, drawing on neo-realist principles without slavishly adhering to the politics of the neo-realist movement.
filmsdefrance.com /FDF_La_Strada_1954_rev.html   (730 words)

 At-A-Glance Film Reviews: Destry (1954)
The weak link is Mari Blanchard, who turns in a generic and uninspiring performance next to Marlene Dietrich's fantastic portrayal in the 1939 version.
Her performance is typical of the inferiorities of this 1954 remake.
Although some minor plot points were tweaked, several scenes are replayed line for line as they appeared in the 1939 version, often with identical sets and staging -- but without the artistic flair.
www.rinkworks.com /movies/m/destry.1954.shtml   (193 words)

 Godzilla (1954 film) - Godzilla Wiki
It is universally cited by all Japanese Godzilla films as the starting point of the Godzilla timeline.
However, to ensure his terrible creation can never be used for evil, he burns his records and remains underwater when the Oxygen Destroyer detonates, so he is dissolved along with Godzilla (and, presumably, all the sea life for miles around).
Serizawa's reluctance to use his awful weapon is clearly intended to reference thermonuclear horror.
godzilla.wikia.com /wiki/Godzilla_(1954_film)   (571 words)

 Internet Archive: Details: Electric Eel
The film itself is quite enlighting (no pun intended :D), since it shows in a (in my opinion) rather interesting view of this animal.
The film focuses on the physiology of the electic eel, as Irwin notes, is not truly an eel, but part of the carp family.
The film is clearly aimed at a more general audience, with the use of very non-technical terms; for example, the electrical impulses that the eel sends out is called "radar".
www.archive.org /details/electric_eel   (840 words)

 Dan Schneider on Seven Samurai
A good portion of the film is also spent on the fortifications of the village- building of walls and moats, which allows the battle scenes to take place on familiar territory for the viewer.
Mifune is the putative star of the film, and doubtless his Kikuchiyo is a memorable character in a Calibanian vein, yet it’s a role that is not so far off from the loony bandit he portrayed in Rashomon, and his scenery-chewing acting style is a bit overdone, at times.
It also struck me, as the film opens to drumbeats, how reminiscent this film’s opening is to that of my beloved Godzilla- a film that was released in the same year, with the footfalls of the monster dominating a fl screen filled with credits.
www.cosmoetica.com /B433-DES366.htm   (2760 words)

 La Reine Margot / Queen Margot / 1954 / film review
The film's only real let down is that attempts to combine a rather brutal historical drama with a Hollywood-style romance, and the mix doesn't really work.
This flaw is most apparent in the film’s somewhat flat ending — when the happy ending fails to materialise the film kind of gives up, giving the impression that only part of the story has been told.
The film’s strength lies in the quality of the acting, with Jeanne Moreau giving a notable performance in one of her earliest major film roles.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_La_Reine_Margot_1954.html   (441 words)

 Magnum Search results for: USA. 1954. Film: "Sabrina," Starring Audrey Hepburn.
Dutch actress Audrey HEPBURN during the filming of Sabrina by Billy WILDER.
William HOLDEN and Audrey HEPBURN on Wall Street during the filming of Sabrina.
Audrey HEPBURN and Humphrey BOGART during the filming of Sabrina.
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 Internet Archive: Details: Give Yourself the Green Light
The first 12 minutes of the film are devoted to an agonizingly dumbed-down (though largely accurate) depiction of the rampant industrialization and expanding reliance on personal automobile transportation that characterized America's post-War boom.
But underneath the simple exterior is a conniving, deceitful engine which drives the film to its inevitable conclusion, to the benefit of GM and the oil monopoly shareholders and nearly no one else.
This film argues that America's roads are neglected and urges public construction of city streets, country roads, super highways, and parking lots to fulfill the American Dream.
www.archive.org /details/GiveYour1954   (1234 words)

 Film Studies Research Guide
There, visual materials (such as VHS, DVD and 16mm films) are not arranged on the shelf according to subject (as with books) but rather in the order they are received and cataloged (i.e., accession number).
It is usually sufficient to provide the title of the film (in italics, as with book titles), release date, and possibly the director within the main body of the text.
And with the advent of DVD, it is not uncommon for films to have footage added or removed specifically for the DVD release, as opposed to the theatrical release.
web.library.emory.edu /r_guides/humanities/perform/film_general.html   (2975 words)

 » GODZILLA by Ishiro Honda - Alternative Film Guide
In addition, whereas later Godzilla films gave the monster a traditional dragon’s fire breath, this beast spews atomic radiation in a mist that ignites fires, showing that the roots of Godzilla, in the extra-diegetic sense, was not in Japanese lore but in modern monster mythos.
In those films, as well as Gojira, there are always young Japanese challenging seemingly silly social traditions, such as Emiko daring to not marry her arranged husband, Serizawa.
Unlike most other monster films, the heroes in those two films, especially Gojira (where the true lead character seems to shift throughout the film, almost like Godzilla’s size and appearance), are fallible little mortals whose heroism comes from their choices, not their strength or super-human powers.
www.altfg.com /blog/film-reviews/gojira-godzilla-1954-dvd-review   (4463 words)

 Shichinin no samurai (1954)
One of the samurai who is seen walking through the town was played by a young Tatsuya Nakadai.
This uncredited bit part is believed to have been only the second film appearance by Nakadai, who would quickly become one of Japan's most accomplished actors, and who had a long working relationship with Akira Kurosawa.
I cannot urge anyone enough to see this film, the images are true cinematic poetry rich with so much emotion that I cannot even describe them in words.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0047478   (581 words)

 'Tibor Nagy Moon Film' Inquiry   (Site not responding. Last check: )
So, either, this is a college film prank, or it's an unknown UFO case that's long overdue for validation and documentation.
This French made film in 1991 was shown on the SBS series called 'Eat Carpet', as part of the 'Forbidden Files' collection.
What we then see is 40 seconds of film that shows what looks to us today like the surface of the moon, very similar to films taken by NASA fly-overs and landings.
www.virtuallystrange.net /ufo/updates/1999/mar/m04-012.shtml   (1283 words)

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