Skip to main content

The Bet

USA, 1968 (MIFF 1969, Programme 23)

Director: Ron Waller

Wouldn't you bet that if a man lived alone in a room without contact with the world outside, not even knowing day from night, he would go mad? The man himself believes it will help him improve his mind.

Based on a short story by Chekhov, this film uses editing experiments and a good deal of other inventiveness to portray what goes on in a human mind on the border between sanity and madness.

See also...

NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER

The strongest statement yet from the black community. Such is the critical acclaim for this cine-verite documentary shot during one of the biggest peace marches in the United States. A group of black ... More »

14 AMERICANS: DIRECTIONS OF THE 1970s

The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and ... More »

Three Painting of Hieronymus Bosch

"The Adoration of the Kings," "The Mocking of the Christ" and "Ecce Homo" are the three paintings of Bosch simply and carefully observed and analysed. Excellent colour and absence of dramatisation ... More »

I've Got This Problem

Boy meets girl, and, being "switched-on", they cut the talk about the weather and all that, and get down to communication proper. ... More »

WANDA

Wanda is a nowhere person in a nowhere world: one who lets events and circumstances pick her up and carry her along unprotesting, to be deposited at random at whatever bend or turn in the road fate ... More »

William S. Hart

The first western star, William S. Hart, produced, directed his own films, and appeared in all of them as the lead. In this study of his work, we see extensive extracts from two of his sagas ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director