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This is a fascinating documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, made for Italian television. Some interviews deal with Hitchcock's intellectual approach to the creative process, but more revealing and intriguing are those covering his relationship with actors (and especially actresses) and his methods of ... Read more
Baran is a sheep farmer who lives in an isolated house with his wife and tw children. His only trips away are to a nearby village for shopping. The post-war atmosphere is still tense as troops loyal to the Polish SS led by Bandera (hence their name Banderaites) are trying to make their way to ... Read more
"Stunning… the quintessential snapshot of a moment and a movement." - Slant ... Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mould as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Set at the height of the AIDS ... Read more
Curious drama/mystery/documentary from veteran filmmaker-photographer Robert Frank. Made in the Ruhr region in winter '89, Frank was given an entirely open commission to make a film that captured the atmosphere of the region. This dark and mysterious tale of a traveller going by train and car ... Read more
These are no ordinary travel notes brought back from America by filmmakers; they are not enthusiastic records of skyscrapers and crowds. but disturbing aspects of a hallucinatory world of concrete and metal, glaring light and haunting shadow. The film is notable for its dramatic use of colour, and ... Read more
Judex is a homage to the past in the form of a remake of Louis Feuillade's twelve episode serial of 1916. As an affectionate tribute to this forgotten genius whose films numbered about 550. Franju has reverently and meticulously recaptured the acting styles, costumes and flat, two dimensional sets ... Read more
Jungle Jazz combines an excellent new Jazz soundtrack with footage from several classic Soundies (the short films that were produced in the 1940s to accompany the popular songs of the day). Also invoking the spirit of 1950s propaganda scare films it is a clever and historically interesting work. ... Read more
This early Australian melodrama deals with two stranded gold prospectors, South and Mardyke, who visit the Bunda-Bunda Plantation at the outskirts of Merauke in New Guinea. They set out on the expedition, but are captured by head-hunters, South being wounded. The captive maiden, Hurana, intervenes ... Read more
55 struggling performers — actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians — speak directly to the audience about their hopes and dreams in Hollywood. The film is a tongue-in-cheek, yet totally documentary peek at a few of the many thousands who flock to L.A. to make it big in show ... Read more
Le Sang Des Betes describes a Paris abattoir, not only the methods of slaughtering animals, but also the melancholy district in which it is set, and the oddly genial characters of the people employed there. The treatment of this film has, surprisingly, a quiet and lyrical quality. ... Read more
“Jean-François Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.” - Variety ... A rumour has been spreading through the Picture: the Painter will never come back. The fully completed Alldunns, who consider themselves the ... Read more
Les Mistons recalls the doings of five French boys during one summer when their childhood comes to an end and they stumble clumsily into adolescence. Baffled by this change, they express their bewilderment through an awakening sensuality towards Bernadette. a former playmate who has grown into a ... Read more
One person's workday finishes another's begins, in an homage to the menial worker and existential film about cleaning. ... --- D/S Adrian Francis P Melanie Brunt WS Feather Films TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Nino and his twelve-man crew aboard the Simone are among the last of a hardy breed of sun-toughened fishermen who ply the waters around the Sicilian isle of Lipari. Van Den Engel evokes Visconti's La Terra Trema, filtered through a Herb Ritts aesthetic, in this beautifully constructed ‘day in the ... Read more
A surrealist vision of life and afterlife on skid row...blending reality and fantasy into a powerful drama. Wyn Roberts plays Hunter, the down and out who embarks upon an odyssey through the subterranean world of the inner city to seek refuge and companionship, and finds the startling reality of ... Read more
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Harry Langdon liked to call himself the "Christian innocent": innocent as are all the great pathetic comedians, having a skin less than ordinary people, and a sense missing, so that the most everyday happenings lead them into a series of impossible misadventures: and Christian because Langdon ... Read more
A film version of the "fotonovela", or popular magazine story told in terms of photos and captions. Roberto Alonso faithfully retains all the irrational imagery, dialogue, plot, in his satire on this boy meets girl genre. ... Read more
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Francois Truffaut first came to the attention of the filmworld and filmgoing public when, in his first feature, he told the story of the childhood and early adolescence of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows) Truffaut's career now spans nineteen feature films and four shorts, on his own count, as well as ... Read more
Love Stories presents representations of love and sex. ... Read more
A dramatic documentary contrasting the reality of street life with TV m a contemporary British city. There is a frantic collision ol images as scenes of power pleasure and play compete against each other in the contemporary mind. ... Read more
“A sadistic art-house bloodbath.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A remake of William Lustig's notorious 1980 hit of the same name, this version of Maniac is adapted by screenwriter and producer (with Lustig) Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension, MIFF 04) and stars Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) ... Read more
Mock Gravity is a physics theory that describes how two objects that are in each other's shadow are attracted to each other. ... This experimental film represents the force of attraction between painter and actress. Mock Gravity combines photographic representation with experimental techniques of ... Read more
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