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Programme 15

Yoichi Higashi is a new name from Japan and his first feature to reach the West is a strong drama that signals him as a director to watch. ... Third Base is made from a script by Shuji Terayama, the "enfant terrible" of Japanese art, film and theatre. It concerns Shinji Seno who is sent to a youth ... Read more
The black wind is a desert dust storm regarded as the worst enemy of the men building a railroad across the Great Altar Desert in Mexico. The film explores the dangerous adventures of its hero, a rough figure-of-circumstance trapped by conflicting devotion to his son and his own ambitions, and the ... Read more
The story of the Snowy Mountains scheme and its purpose seen through the eyes of a bore sinker who takes a diamond drilling job and moves with his family to live in the mountains. (Documentary.) ... Read more
Novelist, film and social critic, Susan Sontag's first film is described as a psychological drama of four people, in which an older couple exercises its will and power over two students, and manipulates them for its own amusement and personal objectives. ... Tomas and Ingrid are two politically ... Read more
An account of the 680 miles Sydney-Hobart yacht race. Covering the race, from the preparation and start on Sydney Harbour to its finish, the camera travels with the yachts and reports the conditions encountered at sea. (Documentary.) ... Read more
The pressures of everyday living are shown in almost clinical manner. In tight, highly condensed images, the film describes a day in the life of an American middle class family, surrounded by the machines, gadgets and impersonal offices that consume their time and leave them empty handed ... Read more
An old man buys a tin of instant sex at a supermarket with horrendous results! ... Read more
A bitter-sweet tale, told with discretion and understanding, of the first love of a shy 15-year-old schoolboy. ... St. Finbarr Statuette, Cork Festival. ... Read more
A colour cartoon on the fantasy of childhood. Two small boys, armed with rope, cage and bait, embark upon a nighttime expedition to capture the nocturnal bird. A bird does finally appear. Making friends, the boys persuade the bird to go home with them. A first prize at Venice. ... Read more
Developed from a script written by a boy of the same age as the central figure of the story, this film takes a deliberately biased look at the history of one school drop-out, and the system he rejected. ... Read more
A report on the life at a US Army fire-post - code name Snuffy - 100 miles from Saigon. Talks to the 'Grunts', the 18-year-old conscripts who walk out of the base on 28 day patrols of the jungle. The interviews yield frank, disenchanted views about the war. ... Read more
This puppet film tells the story of a smith and a tailor who live in a small town. They have a row and are forced to change jobs for a year. ... Read more
Whenever there is a whisper of oil, roughnecks are already on the way to drill a test. ... Audiences will relish this tale of one such crew, tough roustabouts who bulldoze through a wilderness in a hard gamble for liquid wealth. ... Read more
Set in a small Bulgarian town in 1943, Stars is the story of a strange, unhappy love affair. This is what happened in the foothills of the mountains . . . A sergeant of the German Wehrmacht, a clever, ironic German, is weary of war and ceased to believe in anything long ago. Only when he is brought ... Read more
A wry fable of a man's encounter with a girl - and the gruesome aftermath. ... Read more
A film on the theme of Australia's water problem and its solution in one part of Australia. The first section shows the tragedy of too much water and the devastation of floods. The second section deals with drought, the loss of stock and the abandonment of property due to too little water. The ... Read more
An adaptation of the Frank Moorhouse short story - a bourgeois comedy of manners. ... Read more
The Eichmann trial in lsrael is the background for a taut story of the effects of this historic trial on a group of people. The glass cage is, of course, the one Eichmann sat in, but it may also be a symbol of the one still surrounding many Israelis. ... Pierre, a successful engineer who came to ... Read more
For many years, in the name of social realism. a sterile view imposed itself upon Soviet cinema. Now, by contrast, certain directors have returned to the stylistic elements of the great silent Soviet cinema for inspiration. Aesthetically this means a re-integration of lyricism with realism. The ... Read more
Without commentary, the film presents the famous painting by Breughel. ... Read more
To illustrate the wide range of functions a bank plays in the economy, this cartoon tells the story of a poet who, setting up business to sell words for all occasions, meets with phenomenal success. ... Read more
Vittorio Borghi, a 40-year-old reporter and ex-communist, now works for an independent newspaper. He has lost all the idealism of his youth and the world seems to be falling apart around him. He goes away from Rome, leaving behind him a broken marriage, a ten-year-old child and a young mistress. He ... Read more
A visual interpretation of the Viscount Song, using design in place of narrative. ... Read more
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