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Ages of Man, The

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Wallace M. Shaw

Description:

"The Ages of Manby Dr. Wallace Shaw, a consistent winner, of Jamaica, N.Y. In 26 minutes of color, make-up and fine filming technique we see the phases of a man's life unfold...and fold. Being a doctor, Wally had access to some unusual location shots that "hook" you right from the start and carry you to a very revealing ending. The film gives food for thought with its philosophy and its unusual approach," PSA Journal, Mar. 1970, 43.


And How!

Date produced: 1927

Filmmaker(s):

Russell T. Ervin

Description:

"This proved to be an unusual serio-comedy, telling of a restless young husband and how he was cured. It was very well acted by Alfred Fontana as the husband, Margaret Ervin as the vamp, Anne Howe, and Beatrice Traendly as the wife. The directon of Russell T. Ervin Jr. was remarkably good, revealing an unusual facility for telling a story concisely and quickly. Then too, he understood how to cover any histrionic imperfections of his cast. 'And How!' is a suprisingly neat amateur film" Photoplay, June. 1928, 66


Assassin, The

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

Douglas C. Hart

Description:

"An anti-war film which portrays the effect of war on its participants by presenting a dramatization in which a Vietnam veteran attempts to assassinate the President" via WorldCat.


Autumn Leaves

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Tatsuichi Okamoto

Description:

"Okamoto again demonstrates his fine sense of composition, repose and rhythm. Okamoto never hurries his pictures, neither does he hold them too long to bore you. He plans only to give you another fine picture, but he always puts life into his shots. Autumn Leaves is a fine Okamoto offering, but in the opinion of the judges it does not contain the same spark of creation as his last year's effort, 'Tender Friendship'." American Cinematographer, Jan. 1936, 24.

"In the countryside of Japan, the atmosphere of autumn is captured in shots of bare trees, reeds, reflections and sunlight on rippling water, floating leaves and dark clouds. A woman carrying a small child on her back is reflected in water as she stands near a pole, then rests against a harvest stack while crocheting from a ball of yarn. She walks along a path surrounded by farmed terraces. A child (described in the opening titles as motherless) plays with a paper ball while the grandfather tills the soil. The child blows into the ball to inflate it and the grandfather gets out his pipe and lights it with a match. Then he helps to inflate the ball. Against a sky of darkening clouds, they walk along the path, the man carrying the rake and the child a kettle. A woman with an infant on her back passes them, and the child stops and watches after her as she moves away. Then the child stops at a wayside shrine, and the grandfather offers comfort. Against low sun beneath dark clouds they are seen in silhouette as they continue on their way" (EAFA Database).


Backfire

Date produced: 1967

Description:

"In Backfire we find an elderly gentleman intent on planting a bomb which, if it goes off as planned, will make his future a bit more easy to take, but from the title of the picture you may assume things don't go quite according to plan. The old fellow does a fine job of acting, and he is capable of holding the viewer's attention" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 36.


Barriers [aka] The Triangle

Date produced: 1930

Filmmaker(s):

Harford G. McKinley

Description:

Promotes the all-round activities of YMCA work and their relationship to character-building. Kenyon, a one-time YMCA athlete, has "fallen into evil companionship" and become addicted to cocaine. Under the control of Chinese underworld kingpin Chang Yat, he aids in the kidnapping of a white girl. Afterwards, he discovers his old "Y" pin and recalls the role of YMCA athletics in shaping his character. Seized with remorse, he overpowers Chang Yat and helps the girl escape. Later, Kenyon returns to the YMCA. (D.J. Duffy, condensed from "Y.M.C.A. Cinema Club Produces Smart Film," Toronto Daily Star, May 31, 1930, p. 30.)
Film was sponsored or co-produced by the Central Y.M.C.A. of Toronto, and written by the club's secretary, H.G. McKinley.


Behind That Smile

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Henry Bulleid

Description:

"Amateur filmmaker H.A.V. Bulleid spins a web of intrigue in a feature-length tale that pits British secret servicemen against Russian agents desperate to obtain a top secret document. When Agent Malloon (Michael Kitchin) is given the task of protecting top-secret plans of utmost international importance, Jim Weston (Stephen Bostock) and Vernon Stone (Sinclair Loutit) - Malloon's closest friends - are busy competing for the affections of his sister, Jill (Carrie Hopkinson). Seemingly a hapless idiot, Weston is in fact a secret service detective, acting the fool in order to dupe Stone, a Russian super-spy. And when Stone and his Russian associates beat Malloon unconscious and steal the documents, it is up to Weston to lead the charge as car chases and deadly fist fights ensue. But can Jim Weston retrieve the papers, save the nation and - most importantly - finally conquer Jill Malloon's heart?" (EAFA Database).


Black Satchel, The

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Al Londema

Description:

"Al Londema's 'The Black Satchel,' is a pretentious photoplaylet in 8mm color, showing good camera work and direction." American Cinematographer, May. 1952, 224.


Blind Corner

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Henry Bulleid

Description:

"The tragic story of a young romance torn apart by an ill-fated trip to the seaside. A man grieves the loss of his wife, urged by a friend to 'try to live off the memories of her'. But all he can recall are the events leading up to her death, shown as vivid, point-of-view flashbacks. A weekend trip to Brighton and rural Sussex is full of love and laughter, until tragedy strikes on the return journey, leaving the man alone and struggling to cope" (EAFA Database).


Bob Benchwarmer in Trouble

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

Falconer Thomas

Description:

"A tale of a misguided farm boy who gets into trouble trying to get his girl in the big city." Minnesota Historical Society.


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