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Within the framework of a rehearsal of the Brahms piano concerto in D minor, with Julius Katchen and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, unfolds the life of Brahms and the history of this concerto. ... Diploma of Mert, Edinburgh Festival. ... Read more
An animated film based on a Mordecai Richler story, which tells of a grandmother whose lingering death is suffered impatiently by her family. ... 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
Within the framework of a social parable, the film attempts to show how easily the structure of a society works to prevent the under-privileged from recognising their true position. Dealing with the oppression of German peasantry in the 1820's, it demonstrates by implication how superstition and ... Read more
Portrait of the artist Nicole Guiraud. By means of objects and installations she tries to establish a kind of visual or sculptured diary of her memories: her childhood, the sea, the city of Alger, the war in Algeria, the assassination, the expulsion, the exile and the return. ... Read more
A film about the environment and pollution, asking among other things, "'. . . Is it enough for me to know that Ihcy are there? Our self-created enemies, whom we do not even know, and who do not hit back at once . . .", and ending. "It is later than you think". ... Read more
Volker Schlondörff has been at the head of German production since the mid-sixties when the revival in quality commenced. His earlier films like Young Torless, The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum, The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, Coup de Grace and Summer Lightning have all been ... Read more
The Titan was made between 1938 and 1940, chiefly in Florence and Rome, by the Swiss producer Curt Oertel. During the war the film was lost but afterwards discovered in France by the American Army. When seen by Robert Flaherty, it won his immediate interest; quick to appreciate the innovational ... Read more
The film tells the life story of the hero of labour of the USSR. ... Read more
Following Farhad Mehranfar's Paper Airplanes (also screening as part of Journey to Iran), the filmmaker returned to the region of his birth for a cinematic study of a timeless community of people. His crew and cam­eras enter the enchanting mountains of Talesh, where he finds old clans living in ... Read more
A poetic documentary to music (no commentary) on Norwegian tapestry artist Torvald Moseid's embroidered frieze "Orpheus", which was exhibited at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. ... Read more
Ricardo Lopez put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. At the time he was sitting in front of a home video camera. The tape of the event was broadcast on TV news setvices across the globe, not so much for shock value, but for the fact that earlier that same day, Lopez had mailed a package ... Read more
The wheelchair is an ironic comedy whose rather macabre humour masks a deep human and social Insight. It concerns a little old man whose ardent wish is to possess a motorbed wheelchair like that of his best friend. The fact that his legs are per­fectly sound does not deter him. When his family ... 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
The revival of interest in Ibsen's 'Wild Duck' is demonstrated by the production of the play in West Berlin, by Ingmar Bergman, and in East Berlin, at the Volksbuhne. A British-Norwegian film version was also made in 1974. Hans Geissendörfer has produced a new and different version. He says he is ... Read more
A journalist, whose marriage is in some disarray, listens to her father reminiscing about a clique that centred around Lord Winchell who was the victim of a political assassination. She sets out to investigate the long-unsolved case. The search for clues into the death takes us back to the 1930s ... Read more
Putting the working class on the screen was Grierson's inspiration for the documentary movements he began in England in the 1930's and in Canada at the Film Board in the 1940's. ... This film traces the development of that idea over the last 50 years. ... Read more
Based on a short story by the American author, Lion Miller, the film tells of a mentally handicapped man who is widely regarded as a hopeless idiot. ... Apparently fascinated by scrap metal, he accumulates a pile of it in his back garden and from it builds a structure that can fly. But nobody can ... Read more
Michel Piccoli financed this film. which was conceived, scripted and directed by Claude Faraldo. Piccoli plays the title role of a hairy worker who freaks out at work, sleeps wish his sister and amongst other things, roasts policemen for supper. ... His day begins at six o'clock with breakfast in a ... Read more
This celebrated novel by Francois Mauriac was adapted for the screen by the author himself and by his son Claude, critic of "Le Figaro Literaire". The films director is Georges Franju who has previously given us the celebrated short films, Les sang des betes and Hotel des Invalides. ... Therese ... Read more
Stanley Holloway tells a cautionary tale about the three sides of an engine driver's character when his electric locomotive fails. ... Read more
In life there are no fairytale endings. Selected for Edinburgh 2008. Australian premiere --- D/S Katie Wolfe P Felicity Letcher/Rachel Lorimer WS NZFC TD 35mm/2008/12mins ... Read more
Designed not only to remind us of some of the peace-making achievements of the first seven years of U.N., but to highlight the attack U.N. is making upon the basic causes underlying dispute and war. ... Read more
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