MICKEY MOUSE tells a crowd of orphans a version of Jack & the Beanstalk in which he plays the leading role, taking on Rumplewatt- king of the giants, prince of the tyrants. Dir: Bert [THREE LITTLE PIGS (1933)] Gillett. Prod: WALT DISNEY. 7 mins. CAC.
KING MIDAS & THE GOLDEN TOUCH (1949)
A puppet interpretation of the myth about a greedy king who lost his beloved daughter for thinking of nothing but gold & earthly riches. Prod. Co: Coronet Films. 10 mins. CAC.
The funniest NFBC cartoon ever made(!) You see an E, but the king (& his secret police) say you see an A. Multi-award-winning cartoon about the clandestine engineering of consensus. The humour is black, & despite an absence of dialogue, the message is clear, in this one-act opera comique. Dir: Bretislav Pojar. NFBC. 7 mins. CAC.
THE SINK (197?)
Experimental film based on THE MID-ATLANTIC MAN, by TOM WOLFE. It compares the class structure of the Western World to an experiment carried out on rats by an American ethnologist in the '50s. Of a group, only a minority live comfortably & happily, the majority are not so fortunate. Dir: Nola Marshall. 12 mins. CAC.
THE IMPRINT [L'EMPREINTE] (1980)
A bleak social & philosophical fable about a little boy who has a plank strapped to his back. The day it is taken off is a day of great relief. An animated film which considers whether society today & in the future will consist of two classes - the rulers & the ruled. Dir: Henri Lacam. Producer: Jacques Cardon. 7 mins. CAC.
LE PETIT SOLDAT (1947)
The peaceful life of the residents of a toy shop is disturbed by a goverment order declaring war on all toys &ordering their destruction.A mechanical acrobat,in love with a wax doll, must become a toy soldier in order to restore peace in the shop. While he is away, the wax doll falls prey to a nasty toy bird. Sumptuous WWII political allegory still has relevance today. Prod: Andre Sarut. Dir: Paul Grimault. Wr: Grimault, JACQUES PREVERT. Mus: JOSEPH KOSMA. 10 mins. NFLVS.
Animated cartoon in which the Chromophobians struggle to eliminate the world of colour, uses whimsical animation & music to present the dilemma of a society caught in a militaristic dictatorship, & to show the eventual victory of free spirit. Prod Co: Ministry of National Education & Culture, Brussels. Dir: Raoul Servais. 10 mins. NFVLS.
Hilarious '70s projection of a future that came all too quickly - ATM automation in banking.Mr Money is a talking automatic-teller machine with quite a personality - giving each customer what he considers they deserve. Dir: Shevard Goldstein. Prod: Karen O. Lund, Prod Co: M.T.I. Teleprograms. 8 mins. CAC.
THE HISTORY OF TOTALITARIANISM (1972)
Although betraying its biases (a production of the U.S. Information Agency), this is nonetheless an interesting film.Images are flashed in rapid succession of tyrants, artifacts & symbols of oppression from the days of Cheops to the present, to portray a quick history of man's oppression of man. A musical score of contrasting rhythms underscores the philosopical message. 4 mins. CAC.
THE WAY OF THE EAGLE (197?)
THE WAY THE EAGLE SHITS (1975)
Brilliantly scathing satirical expozay of the Capitalist ethos & Multinationalism,with magnificent use of found footage.A dynomite film-essay by journalist, Mike Levin. 11 mins. NFVLS.
PORKY PIG'S FEAT (1943)
Anarchist icons DAFFY DUCK & PORKY PIG arise against the oppression of their Capitalist landlord,refusing to pay their rent at The Broken Arms Hotel. BUGS BUNNY makes an early appearance in one of the last black & white LOONEY TUNES. Dir: FRANK TASHLIN. 8 mins. NFVLS.
PSYCHIC PARROT (1977)
The Psychic Parrot, always unerringly correct, predicts the imminent (Friday, midnight) destruction of planet Earth, so, across the globe, all the silvertails panic & jump ship, heading for the Moon (where they belong! Good riddance!), while the rest of us Written, directed by Derek Lamb. 20 mins. NFVLS.