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FILM SCREENINGS

Program 1: Shorts about Children

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



Includes the following films:

  • Seeds of Destiny

    1946. USA. Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr., David Miller. Screenplay by Art Arthur. Narrated by Ralph Bellamy. Portrays the plight of millions of children who were left without food, clothing, or shelter at the end of World War II. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 21 min.

  • First Steps

    1947. Canada. Directed by Leo Seltzer. Screenplay by Albert Mozell. Narrated by Albert Wasserman. In this film released by the United Nations Division of Films and Visual Information, caring professionals train handicapped children to become self-sufficient and productive. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive from their nitrate print. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 10 min.

  • A Chance to Live

    1949. USA. Produced by Richard de Rochemont as part of the March of Time series. In a small Italian town, an Irish priest works with some of postwar Europe's thousands of orphaned and homeless children. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive from their safety print. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 20 min.

  • So Much for So Little

    1949. USA. Directed by Charles M. Jones. Produced by Edward Selzer. Narrated by Frank Graham. A dramatization of the life of little Johnny Jones, who will be born in the upcoming year. Johnny is shown growing to a healthy old age, thanks to the efforts of his local public-health officers. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive from an original nitrate successive exposure negative at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 10 min.

  • Benjy

    1951. USA. Produced by Fred Zinnemann, with the cooperation of Paramount Pictures Corporation for the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Screenplay by Stewart Stern. Narrated by Peter Fonda. With Neville Brand, Lee Aaker, Adam Williams, Marilee Phelps. Benjy is a disabled boy whose mother does not want to accept his handicap and whose father denies him completely. A young physician tries to convince them to pursue a new course of therapy for the boy. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 31 min.

  • Thursday's Children

    1954. Great Britain. Directed by Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton. Narrated by Richard Burton. A look at children's speech training at England's Royal School for the Deaf, from the understanding and recognition of words to their use as a means of communication. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with the British Film Institute. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 20 min.

In the Film exhibition Oscar's Docs, 1946–56: Optimism and Adventure!

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