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Typical Christmas . . . a Fable, A

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Chris Cummings

Description:

"This parody of a silent film was made for the El Paso Junior League to promote their Holiday Provisional Bash at the El Paso Club. Using black and white film and intertitles, the parody follows the Rich family’s Christmas morning where Rico Rich gives Rhonda Rich the same gift she gets every year - manure. When the couple attends the Jr. League Provisional Bash, a “Eureka!” moment occurs, providing the moral of the story: If you don’t want your husband to keep giving you that same old manure every Christmas . . . Come to the Provisional Bash” Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


Typical Times in the Tropics

Date produced: 1946

Filmmaker(s):

Ralph E. Gray

Description:

"The vivid pageantry and somnolent landscapes of Mexico assume a new grandeur as filmed by Ralph E. Gray, a cinematographer who has long been recognized as one of the most accomplished amateurs on the continent. The land of contrasts and contradictions is beautifully presented in Typical Times in the Tropics, for here is one of the few travel films that ignore the tourist penchant for flashy trivia, to reveal the spirit of a people and the pictorial splendor in terms of lasting values. Mr. Gray has lived in Mexico long enough to recognize what is really significant; consequently, his film — for all its 1400 feet — seems to be a distillation of the unique charm which continues to attract Americans on vacation. The Mexican's strange blend of religious sincerity and garish ceremony is evidenced in a ritual filmed in Cholula, in which the local livestock — besmeared with gaudy paints and dyes — are presented for the blessing of the village priest — to insure the animals' fertility. The bouganvillea and hibiscus that frame the vistas of sleepy Fortin are contrasted with a boisterous Cuernavaca carnival and the hard riding charros of Mexico City. The latter scenes give Mr. Gray an opportunity to display his technical prowess at its best, for his handling of exposure problems in filming sombrero shadowed faces, his revealing closeups of spectators and skillful following of the wild horses and steer roping are proof of his stature as one of our finest amateur filmers. One of Mr. Gray's most valuable assets is a keen eye for detail, whether it be in the embroidery of a shawl or the weird sculpture left in the path of a lava flow. Intelligent use of a polarizing filter heightens the tawny stuccos of the cathedrals and intensifies the architectural detail of the facades and bell towers; and a fine feeling for human interest gives his shots of a Tehuantepec celebration, the Tirada de Frutas, an added opulence. The cliff divers of Acapulco staged some hairbreadth scenes for Mr. Gray, and he has made the sequence even more breathtaking by cutting in shots of the rocky hazards which had to be cleared by these young daredevils. Saving his trump for a fiery finale, this second time Maxim Award winner winds up with a series of frames of Paricutin, smouldering under her own gray vapors. Sustaining interest throughout 1400 feet of film is no mean task, even when abetted by the natural resources of Mexico; but Mr. Gray has met his challenge with a maximum of taste, discrimination and a completely craftsmanlike approach to a subject that has seldom been presented with such polish and vitality." Movie Makers, Dec. 1946, 470-471.


Ukiyoe

Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

John M. Lavery


Ultima Pagina [Back Page]

Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

Rolf Mandolesi


Últimos juegos [Last games]

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

José Ramón Aguirrezabal

Description:

Después de que su padre parte al trabajo, un pequeño niño debe llevarle pan y vino. Sin embargo, el niño se toma mucho tiempo vistiéndose y jugando con una botella en un lago. Su madre le pide apurarse y en el camino el niño bebe el vino y rellena la botella con agua, se esconde para ver a una pareja besarse, le da a su padre el pan y después interrumpe a unos niños jugando. Mientras juegan a esconderse, él se lleva a una niña lejos y la besa, para después seguir huyendo y esconderse en un establo momentáneamente. Al caminar hacia las vías del tren, piensa en todo lo que ha hecho, y se acuesta ahí con los ojos vendados pero al reflexionar sobre sus acciones decide regresar a casa con su madre.

After his father leaves for work, a little kid has to bring him bread and wine. However he takes his time getting dressed and playing with a bottle in a lake, then his mother prompts him to hurry and on the road he drinks the wine and re-fills the bottle with water, he watches a couple kissing, then he gives his father the bread and interrupts some kids playing, then while playing hide and seek he takes a girl far away and kisses her and he keeps running away, staying hidden in a barn for a while. Then he walks to the train tracks and starts thinking of all he has done, so he lays there with his eyes blind folded but after thinking about his doings he goes back home to his mother.


Under Sheltering Skies

Date produced: 1964

Filmmaker(s):

Maxine Plowman

Description:

"Under Sheltering Skies reminds us that the Africa of today will not exist much longer because of the many forces of change working against it. Poaches are attacking the abundant wild life, and the civilization is remolding village huts and village life. Here, then, is a look at the Africa today from the village to the wild life sanctuary where wild animals still roam. Flawless photography gives this film a unique charm and judicious cutting lets us see only the finest shots of numerous animals still roaming "under sheltering skies" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 50.


Under the Kurrajong

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Don Featherstone

Description:

"Under the Kurrajong tells the story of a professional man who takes a day off to enjoy his favorite avocation, painting, in the nearby woods. Deep in the forest be stumbles upon an old grave and from the inscription he imagines the action that might have taken place more than a half century before" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 34.


Under the Maple Leaf [1933]

Date produced: 1933

Filmmaker(s):

Hamilton H. Jones

Description:

"Under the Maple Leaf, by Hamilton H. Jones, ACL, is a partially refilmed and entirely reedited version of last year's award winner, Canadian Capers. A splendid picture a year ago, its new and additional sequences now bring to the film a photographic beauty plainly of the very first rank. A sequence of the morning mist rising from a lake deserves particular mention. Mr. Jones's considerable skill with his camera has increased in stature and may not yet have reached its full flowering. For this accomplishment his work has been given a place of honor in these selections. In the reluctant estimation of the judges, however, the editing and cutting of Under the Maple Leaf so far lagged behind its generally matchless beauty as to rob the film of its fullest emotional power. This factor only prevented Mr. Jones from repeating this year his full triumph of a year ago." Movie Makers, Dec. 1933, 523-524.


Under the Maple Leaf [1935]

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Hamilton H. Jones

Description:

"Under the Maple Leaf, a new version of the perennial Canadian travel study by Hamilton H. Jones, ACL, is more beautiful and even more satisfying than its forerunners. Ineligible for current Ten Best, because of the fact that a small part of the present material has been viewed and listed in previous selections, the new release is included in the Honorable Mention category as a tribute to the dexterity with which the material, old and new, has been combined and the high quality of the added color sequences. The same flawless photography and clever sequencing which marked previous versions are again present. The disc sound accompaniment (in revised form) is deftly handled, making a thrilling addition to the film. Color is interspersed successfully with black and white sequences in a way that seems to obviate criticism of the mixture." Movie Makers, Dec. 1935, 553.


Under Your Own Power

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney Moritz

Description:

"The current and widespread revival of interest in cycling is the subject of Under Your Own Power, by Sidney Moritz. Carefully planned, attractively photographed in color and neatly edited, the production is a pleasing and happy record of bright days in the summer sun. Mr. Moritz has shrewdly remembered in his film the predominant human interest of this leisured sport, as well as the lovely scenic vistas to which it leads, and has embroidered both of these subjects with distinctive angles and some successful "effect" shots framed by cycle wheels. Amusing, effective and well worded titles in color round out this highly entertaining etude of modern wheeling." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 630.


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