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with special guest star Henry Mancini
The Mike Sammes Singers
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
By arrangement with Vic Lewis and Robert Paterson



Andy Williams
Henry Mancini
Musical Director:
Jack Elliot
The Orchestra Leader:
Alec Firman
The Mike Sammes Singers
Television presentation:
Johnnie Stewart

a selection of outstanding feature-length travel and adventure films reflecting man's curiosity in the world around him

A film of the little-known and exotic life of the peoples of Java, Borneo, and Bali

This film was made during an expedition to the volcanic islands of south-east Asia to record the ancient way of life of a people who are, to Western eyes, incredibly primitive, and whose environment is still largely untouched by modern civilisation.
Unlike their neighbours on the mainland where Western influence has largely eroded the old traditions, the people who inhabit the numerous islands of this archipelago maintain a social order in which religious beliefs and rites are a vital part of everyday life.
They believe that their well-being depends on the continued dormancy of the volcanoes. The spirits of the volcano must be placated with living sacrifices, offered by the men of the village from the lip of the crater; a young girl enters a convent to sustain this fragile crust of earth by her purity and renunciation; only the most innocent children and virgins may work in the rice fields.
If the gods are pleased and there is no eruption, there is a good harvest and the whole community exults in a harvest festival. This and many other extraordinarily exciting and primitive rites were observed by the camera team.
Since its earliest days the cinema has produced travelogues, but the majority have been shallow glimpses of faraway places and unknown people. The Lost Continent is much more, approaching closer to its subject and revealing intimate aspects of the life of these island people without condescension or misplaced humour.
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1955 Cannes Festival.


Leader of the expedition:
Leonardo Bonzi
Mario Craveri
Francesco A. Lavagnino
Mario Serendrei

A look at the world through European eyes

Once upon a time, there was an alliance called the Entente Cordiale linking England and France. But in recent years there has been little sign of 'cordial understanding' between the two countries. What went wrong? Has it all been the General's fault, and will the friction disappear now he has gone? Or are there differences more basic and as hard to bridge as the Channel?
In Europa tonight, German television unravels the intricacies of Anglo-French relations.
Introduced this week by Jack Pizzey


Jack Pizzey
Frank Smith

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