A comedy set in 1877 Tuscany that focuses on Gosto, whose carefree life of farming, fishing, and hunting is suddenly halted due to a compulsory education law, personified by the arrival of a pretty new teacher. The boy’s father, Testadirapa, is vehemently opposed to the new law and risks jail to keep his son home from school. He believes the boy will get more from roaming free than from attending classes indoors. Most galling to the father is the reaction of Gosto---who happens to like school. During a discussion with officials he resorts to the use of a shotgun to make his point, a foolish move. When Testadirapa is sentenced to six months in jail, the young teacher Gigliola takes care of the boy. She teaches him to have his way in life, while his father's old friend helps the boy to tend the fields. Despite their brief estrangement, father and son are later able to resume their former relationship.
|Federicco Piccolo (Scrobogna)||........||Gosto|
|Franco Parenti||........||School Inspector|
Notes: The film won the Silver Lion in the Children’s category at the 1966 International Film Fair in Venice. Despite this, censorship prevented its distribution in the Italian cinemas, since the movie was deemed to present a negative image of the Italian judicial system. A Greek version, with the young Federico replaced by Manlos Rambas, was made. This version runs 82 mins and was released in black and white.
The story centers on two mischievous friends, Mishka and Denis. Mishka is the more curious of the two,
while Denis is the quiet one who reluctantly joins in. They have a chase on a motorbike, pretend they are
cosmonauts in a barrel,and engage two girls in a free-for-all with spray paint.
|Mikhail Kislyarov||........||Misha (Mishka)|
|Aleksandr Kekish||........||Sasha (Denis)|
Film About a young English boy’s favorite pet. When Tom Stokes, a young English orphan from the city, comes to stay with his Uncle and Aunt on a border sheep farm, he meets Andra, a kindly shepherd. Andra introduces the boy to his first real Scottish friend, Flash, a Border Collie pup. A next door neighbor, an unscrupulous bully, challenges Tom to prove Flash against his own dog in the local Sheepdog trials.
|Earl Younger||........||Tom Stokes|
|Victor Carin||........||Uncle John|
Notes: An International Film Associates Production, sponsored by the Children's Film Foundation. Filmed in the hills bordering Scotland and English, this was the first feature-length motion picture produced by a Scottish unit since the 1920s. Voted the most popular motion picture of the children's section at the 1967 Moscow Film Festival.
The Goalkeeper Also Lives
on Our Street
Also known as: Brankár bydlí v nasí ulici
Czechoslovakia 1957 81min
Directed by: Cenek Duba
A boy dreams of winning an ice hockey game. Meanwhile, a professional hockey star moves into the
neighborhood, offering his services as a goalkeeper--leading two rival teams of Prague schoolboys,
The Little Lions and The Devil Street Boys, to fall over themselves in order to gain his favor. The
goalie's son, basking in his father's glory, is asked to replace a member of the Lions team, prompting
the usual boyish rivalries and battles. Some of the Lions players are so preoccupied with the impending
"big game" that their schoolwork suffers, to the chagrin of their teachers and parents.
|Otomar Korbelar||........||Hockey Star|
|Skinny and Fatty||02/25/68|
|The Blind Bird||03/17/68|
|Hand in Hand*||03/24/68|
*Special 90 minute broadcast
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