Page 5, 9th October 1959

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Page 5, 9th October 1959 — A lack of originality in films at Cork

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A lack of originality in films at Cork

Its Maxwell Sweeney

WM LE the public was con cerning itself with the externals of a film festival—the doings of the few stars, Jean Sebcrg among them., who put in an appearance — the more serious side of the Cork International Film Festival which ended last week produced some interesting conversations with lilm-makers.

Vittorio dc Shia, here for the second year in succession. was critical of the restrictive influence on directors of the Italian censorship.

It was not a matter of rebelling against the established order of morality or religion, he said. but the younger directors wanted to express their views on present-day social problems without the feeling of domination by a Government viewpoint. The censorship committee, he considered. should have at least two representatives of the film industry on it: at present it has none.


The Cork Festival only makes awards in documentary, educational and cartoon classes, and the majority of the entries—representing about 25 countries—were uninspired. The some might be said of many of the features screened, although the German production Der Veruntreute Himmel ("Defrauded of Heaven") will undoubtedly be popular, and Emmet Dalton's screen version of the Abbey comedy "This Other Eden" should prove a money-maker.

'the concern of directors with the problems of teen-agers was reflected in a well-made French feature Les Quatre Cents Coups C' Up To Some Mischief "—a singularly inept English title) which concerns the making of a juvenile delinquent through parental neglect and lack of understanding, " The Lambeth Boys " featurette provided an Irish audience with a view of a problem which is also developing in Ireland, and a short " Men of Tomorrow " also emphasized film-makers' concern with young people.

The overall impression in the Festival was a falling-off in the quality of the pictures sent for exhibition, the skill of the cartoonists from such countries as Poland and Yugoslavia, and the feeling that if the young and notso-young makers of documentaries would show a tittle more originality in their choice of themes— there were three about glass-blowing—the interest in their work would be much higher.

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