On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing ... See full summary »
A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »
Bits of found film and different types of animation illustrate a classic chase scene scenario: A woman is abducted and a man comes to her rescue, but during their escape they find themselves in the enemy's secret headquarters.
Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »
This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours. Al Reinert watched all the footage shot during the missions--over 6,000,000 feet of it, ... See full summary »
Among the horses stable hands Stanley and Oliver are tending is a thoroughbred named "Blue Boy." But when they overhear two men talking about a $5000 reward for the return of the stolen "... See full summary »
This is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description must be read in terms of the overall impression it gives. Within a deep blue ... See full summary »
The story of Frankie and Johnny: Frankie walks into a bar, where she catches her boyfriend Johnny with the sensuous Nelly Bly and kills him in a fit of jealousy. The story is told in song, ... See full summary »
"Afrique 50" was actually the first movie by a young French filmmaker in his early 20s. René Vautier probably did not go on to become one of the most famous French directors of the second half of the 20th century, but possibly one of the most influential. This 17-minute black-and-white movie is a loud statement against French colonization in the Ivory Coast or against colonization in general. He openly criticizes the way the colonialists exploit the cheap African workforce in order to satisfy their need for greed and profit. It depicts the inhuman conditions under which Ivorians have to do their work every single day. I thought this was a pretty moving and informative short film and I applaud Vautier for the courage to make this film. He died in January this year, 65 years after this film was made and I am sure there are other interesting pieces in his body of work. As for "Afrique 50", I recommend it. Make sure you have subtitles if you aren't fluent in French. Vautier's narration is very fast.
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