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Animated objects are the actors — with the pistol in the lead — in this tragi-comedy, with the theme of the use of violence in the subduing of violence. ... Read more
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A survey of the development of European life in the eighteenth century of Rococo art which so powerfully affected South Germany and Central Europe. ... Read more
The cast consists entirely of 27 dwarfs and midgets who act out an obscene parody of human life. ... Starting out as a revolt against authority, it details a destructive rampage by the inmates of an asylum for dwarfs, depicting their assorted and extended cruelties. The film aims at showing not the ... Read more
Singing about the modern world and playing on a Casio rhythmbox whilst shifting images from the Fillies arc combined with moving electronic wipes. ... Read more
Through the combination of photographs taken from the Fifties and the movement of computer wipes, the images in this video song lead a life of their own. ... Read more
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“It's the nearest thing yet to a genuine political science-fiction movie. Brilliantly original, utterly haunting.” - Time Out ... Filmmaker Werner Herzog describes Fata Morgana as “a documentary shot by extraterrestrials from the Andromeda Nebula, and left behind”. It was actually shot in ... Read more
Ken Loach's uncompromising brand of cinematic 'realism' - documentary camera style, use of non-professional casts, improvisation, realistic unfolding of time within fictional narratives - has cast him as one of the most important, yet 'difficult', directors to emerge from the resurgence of British ... Read more
A parable without dialogue summed up by the final title. "Cineasts are people who rob themselves of the present and others of a future." ... Read more
Abstract transparent photo-images of sand and multi-coloured mica inserts, set to the rhythm of minimal music. ... Read more
The old fur hunter hunts again ... Read more
A young girl's innocent, strong face, beautiful in its irregularity and unspoilt freshness, is transformed by a teenage beautician into an expressionless, dull mask. All traces of her natural charm are lost, but she is happy — she has managed to conform. ... Read more
Impressions of the spaciousness and abstract patterns of the world of glaciers in Iceland. Aerial views of the Vainajokull show the gigantic streams emanating from the world's greatest glacier, and the scenic waterfalls which these rivers form on their way to the North Sea. ... Read more
This film records the restoration of the ancient sculptured figures and spires of Freiburg Cathedral. The craftsmanship, care and energy exerted to preserve the past are vividly presented. ... Golden Ribbon, German Film Award; First Prize, Bergamo Festival; First Award, Vancouver Festival. ... Read more
Haifa married life-time condensed into five minutes; we see the bedroom of a middle-aged couple, a composite impression ... of staid suburban life. It is only on the soundtrack that the intensities of life occasionally seep through. ... Read more
Edgar Reitz' Heimat is more than just the longest film ever made, more even than the apex of the New German Cinema: It is a true landmark in the history of world cinema. At over 15 hours, Heimat covers two-thirds of a century of earth-shaking events as seen from the point of view of a few square ... Read more
A factory worker at the end of his day's work. ... The third part in a trilogy entitled Everyday Madness made while the director was a student at the Berlin Film School (Deutsche Fttm-und Femsehakademie Berlin) ... Read more
Heureka is a moving sculpture by Jean Tinguely, a Swiss sculptor now living in Paris, whose sculptures in Central Park, New York, have made him world famous. Heureka is his most massive and significant work so far. Quotations from Nestroy to Karl Kraus and Beckett provide it with a context and ... Read more
A sardonic account of the fifty-third day's shooting of the epic Genghis Khan on location in Yugoslavia, revealing the bizarre behind the spectacular. ... First Prize and Special Award, Oberhausen Festival. ... Read more
Documentary on German photographer A. Sander (1876-1964), which attempts to reconstruct the special relationship between Sander and the people he photographed, mainly in the country area of the Westerwald. ... Read more
Hopedope shows parabolically a man's decay of orientation. Climbing higher and higher hoping to reach the very top, he fails. Unable to cope with his situation, his hope turns into dope. ... Read more
A remarkable example of the 'Kulturfilme' - a series of general short subjects produced by the Nazis during the Third Reich and designed to foster and reinforce the correct ideological attitudes to sport, work, and race. ... "They pretend a certain populism, a close and understanding look at the ... Read more
A demonstration of the relationship between film and photography, with the author as "object matter' — not without self-irony. ... Read more
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