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Programme 38

This film is a tribute to the most indestructible of slapstick comedians, presenting an informal view of Buster, and made while he was on location for The Railrodder. Living with his entourage of film-makers, he relaxes, yarns, and plots the next day's action with considerable flair, despite his ... Read more
A film in two parts, representing two views of life. The first half, in black and white, presents an unvar­nished record of an old man, almost a hundred years old. The second is in colour, and will be a consolation to those who were shocked by the bitter austerity of the first part. ... Read more
An animated illustration of how man can become subservient to machines. ... Read more
The film takes the form of a two-part sketch book on army life. The first, The Heel of Achilles, shows a tough corporal and a raw recurit, sent from then barracks for a medical check-up in town, filling in time between trains. The emptiness of such a day—gazing at shop windows, drinking yet ... Read more
A fossilised creature, millions of years old. is discovered by four young boys at the entrance to a cave. Their curiosity and imagination stimulated they decide to sail their boat down the river flowing from the cave. Down through the ages sails their little boat in search of the strange creature's ... Read more
Two women, raped and killed by barbarian samurai, have become vampires. They lure samurai into a country hut with promises of love and then, in vengeance against all samurai, tear their throats open. The son of one and husband of the other has become a famous samurai, and has been appointed to ... Read more
During a routine day in the life of an adolescent girl, the film explores the changes wrought in her by puberty. We see her at school, on the streets, al home; we witness her conflicts with adults, watch her in the solitude of her room. ... Her confusion, her first infatuation, her revolts and ... Read more
Dreyer has on occassion been described as the Kafka of the cinema. Both artists are devoted to bizarre and exceptional settings, both are decidedly anti-realists. The mental conflicts which motivate their art evidently rest upon a common foundation. In Ordet, Dreyer gives us a modern morality. ... Read more
The 1956 Cannes Festival was remarkably rich in entries from famous directors. ^ Yet-in warmth, humanity and poetic sensitivity none could measure up to the first work of an outstanding film-maker - Pather Panchali, by Satyajit Ray. ... "It is one of those rare works in which noth¬ing seems to ... Read more
A poetic nightmare in which the dreamer attempts to make some kind of pattern out of disturbing and violent images. ... Read more
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Illustrates a traditional song of the Irish Revolution. ... Read more
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A black and white look at a large and a small bird who become involved in some zany, allegorical adventures. ... International Critics' Award, Annecy Festival. ... Read more
Unfinished, for reasons that were never entirely clear, / Claudius has become one of the most intriguing legends in film history. Nobody ever seemed to know how much of the film was shot; nobody knew the facts behind Laughton's reported "tantrums", or whether Merle Oberon's car crash need have been ... Read more
Inspired by the famous exhibition of photographs, "The Family of Man", the camera records the life of a peasant family during a working day. ... Read more
On the south-western outskirts of wonderful Copenhagen is the King's Meadow Garden—Kongens Enghave —now the city's gigantic rubbish tip. There in a shack for twenty years lives Martin, aged 80, and he tells why he does so in a Pinteresque monologue, while the camera explores his ... Read more
When you're only a little girl, and you haven't got a dog to call your own . . . well, what you lack in authority and stature, you can make up for in imagination. ... Read more
A satire on the bureaucratic aspects of modern administration. ... Read more
Hong Kong is well represented at the 1980 festival, and one of its three features is a debut film by a young former TV director, Ann Hui. She demonstrates here the new stylistic and technical awareness of the younger generation of Cantonese directors. ... Based on a murder case that occurred in ... Read more
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A commentary on a Tolkienesque civilisation evoked by stunning and mystical lakeland imagery. ... Read more
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