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Sandwiched between The Godfather Parts I and 2, Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is as gripping a piece of up-to-the-minute suspense drama that one could hope to find, although. strangely enough. Coppola has been planning the film for several years. ... Harry Caul is a professional ... Read more
A rabid psychedelic mix of 'found' images and sounds often processed through complex optical printing techniques which takes its tone and lundness from the late sixties 'head' or 'trip' movie. From this playful obtuse and at times refreshingly juvenile melange of cultural marginalia, Miron fashions ... Read more
Francis Ford Coppola's blockbuster is arguably the preeminent film of its kind in the modern era. The Godfather became one of the highest-grossing films in movie history and in 1972 earned Coppola three Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Film and Best Director. ... A potent mix of generational ... Read more
Jimmy is the kind of schmuck who might have stepped off a Coen Brothers set: disillusioned and resentful of his mortal coil. He works as a grocery store clerk alongside stoner co-worker Ray (a lively performance by Ethan Hawke, see Tape, also in the Festival), stealing cases of beer to compensate ... Read more
West Australian folk singer Kavisha Massella discovered by chance a choir of Italian Women in Fremantle. ... Read more
A fascinating documentary made for television, on the life and career of silent screen star Francesca Bertini, now a sprightly 90 years of age. We get an intriguing look into the early days of Italian cinema, with Bertini positively luminous in sequences shot around the same time as Griffith in ... Read more
The film is based on an actual incident that took place in Bologna, during a visit by Mussolini to the area, in 1926. ... Through the eyes of a teenage boy we watch as one by one, members of his family succumb to fascism. The father, once opposed to the new government, has gradually been won over ... Read more
"The magic of the night crept into the room where Flora slept and dreamed". Sure to delight young imaginations, The Long Enchantment is a spellbinding animated fairy tale, where 'once upon a time' ends 'happily ever after'. Flora espies a wondrous pony prancing under her window one charmed moonlit ... Read more
Designed for teaching purposes, the film gives an insight into the less public aspects of the production of a low budget film in Australia. It observes the director, cast and crew, on the 2000-mile journey from Melbourne to Surfers' Paradise, during the making of In Search of Anna. ... Read more
The Man Who Loved Women is the second film of François Truffaut to be presented at this year's festival. It demonstrates a quite different aspect of the directorial personality of this most remarkable of modern French directors. ... The film centres on the life of Bertrand Morane, a well-off ... Read more
Resurrected after 25 years in Frank Sinatra's vaults John Frankenheimer's long-suppressed political satire still stimulates audiences with its verve, dash and morally pointed wit. ... Contrary to rumours of neo-Republican, ex-Democrat Sinatra's ideological motivations for withholding exhibition ... Read more
An impressionistic account of the training methods used in America's famed Marine Corps. The film makes all its points with images and a soundtrack recorded in an actual camp. ... Read more
Enrico Mattei, an Italian oil tycoon, emerged after the Second World War, as one of the most powerful figures in his country. His influence, often an alienating one, reached into China, Russia, France, and the United States. His reputation grew to mythical dimensions as he became known at home and ... Read more
During the last war the Slovenian city of Ljubljana became a prison, and here these events happened. ... The local collaborators of the occupiers capture a severely wounded leader of the Resistance movement. The command of the quisling "Home-guards" want at any cost to save his life for further ... Read more
'Haverston Beast Strikes Again' is the headline which catches 14-year-old Bill Coward's eye as his father and grandfather scour the paper for news of further redundancies Bill becomes obsessed by the accounts of sheep mauled and savaged on the moors There is savagery, too, in the town, as the mill ... Read more
The theme of The Ninth Circle is the suffering of men who have been condemned to death only because they were born at the wrong time on the wrong meridian, and under a six-pointed star. It is concerned, too, with those who could never accept this monstrous idea and who have fought with all their ... Read more
A visually explosive journey through the nine planets of our solar system, The Planets combines painterly effects and an intimate breathy soundtrack with an intermittent computerised voiceover. ... Read more
The Abbe Serge Mouret, a chaste and pious young priest, devoting himself to the exhausting labours of his calling, succumbs to ill-health. A chance meeting with his uncle, Dr. Pascal, brings the Abbe briefly into contact with an old eccentric, Jeanbenaut, an unbeliever, and Albine, a beautiful girl ... Read more
A vision of a pre-historic world, where animals and other creatures live their dream of life and death in the great tropical forests. ... Honourable Mention, Barcelona Festival; Prix à la Qualité, Paris. ... Read more
Believed lost for over 80 years, Theda Bara's debut, The Stain, has been lovingly and painstakingly restored by Australian writer, director, editor and film historian, Barrie Pattison. The Stain will come as a surprise even to buffs familiar with classic silent films. It is an example of the style ... Read more
Austria has had a low profile on the world festival scene for some time. The Stubborn Mule comes as a surprise for it truly captures and reflects that term applied to Nazism by Hannah Arendt about the banality of evil. The very banality of it makes it horrible. ... Karl Bockerer is a butcher in ... Read more
This film was made for television, and is dedicated to the filmmakers of Czechoslovakia. ... It is structured around a young couple's first sexual encounter which is witnessed by three men. Our attention is upon the three men —a lazy bum, a voyeur, and his aggressive cousin —and on what ... Read more
The film tells the life story of the hero of labour of the USSR. ... Read more
In 1798, a wild boy was captured in the woods of Southern France. The boy aged about twelve, unable to speak and his responses limited to a few guttural sounds, had apparently lived as a beast since early babyhood. ... Based on this incident, the film depicts the efforts of a young Parisian doctor ... Read more
Eminent personalities associated with the theatre, among them Dame Sybil Thorndyke, for whom "St. Joan" was written a half century ago, engage in animated comment on Shaw, his plays, his theatrical style, and the way the plays should be performed. ... Read more
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