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Zoltan Huszarik visited cemetries and other memorials in many countries, trying to get behind the meaning of death - which remains an incomprehensible phenomenon, even if it is accepted as fact. ... Read more
Roberto Omegna was a pioneer of Italian cinema, whose work ranged from scientific films (he invented time lapse photography, amongst other things), to feature films. This documentary presents a collection of sequences from Omegna's work, and, by following the director's long career, it traces the ... Read more
Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, this documentary deals with aspects of their craft. Informative and elegant, the gold and silver bowls and cups and ornaments are handsomely photographed, and the film reflects a generous admiration for beauty, tradition and the dignities of the ... Read more
An animated film which employs a persistent rhythm, humour, and primitive visual symbols, to convey a message about two men trying to outwit each other for a place in a tiny patch of sunlight. ... Read more
Athens has changed over the past few years. The neighbouring nations came to town when the curtain came down... Albanians, Romanians and others... but hey, that's life in the Balkans. Faraway neighbours one day, love-hate siblings and lovers the next. It's a lively mix and the streets are thankful ... Read more
Set to a poem, this animation maps out the emotional impact of a failed relationship in the animator's life. (AA) ... Read more
A tourist promotion film centring on the Hebrides, Skye, Orkney and Shetland, showing not only the scenery, but the people who live there and the work they do. ... Read more
A young Indian engineer, Shiv, attempts to achieve his ambition, despite family pressures and the limitations of his job as a foundry worker in the Midlands. A strike at the Birmingham factory where he works, gives him the opportunity to look for a site for the business he wants to set up: making ... Read more
Vigo's first film, an impression of the French Riviera resort, is a savage and powerful work. Made under the influence of Bunuel it is as Vigo describes it a study of "a particular world on trial" . . . '"the last twitchings of a society that neglects its own responsibilities to the point of giving ... Read more
This candid documentary gives account of the Chereau-Boulez production of ' 'The Ring of the Nibelung'' in Bayreuth. ... Chereau, the “enfant terrible'' of French theatre, insisted that the Wagner cycle must be good theatre, taught his singers to act, transferred the story into the industrial ... Read more
Until recently, in some villages of India, if a widow was discovered to have taken a lover, she was outcast from the community, and ghatashraddha, the last rites were performed over her. This film by the young director, Girish Kasaravalli, shows the plight of such a widow. ... Udupa is a highly ... Read more
Ann Shenfield uses the medium of animation to explore notions of her European heritage through Babcha's (her grandmother's) stones. The stories describe life in Lodz and Paris, before WWII and the Holocaust. ... "Your friends" the old woman whispers to Ann, "they say they like you... but how do you ... Read more
... ... The expectations set by Takeshi's previous two films were purposefully undone when he moved past American action films and com­pletely wrote out of the script his own distinc­tive persona. The result of his new-found independence is both surprising and consis­tent, and an ... Read more
Fans of Takeshi's two films prior to this (Violent Cop and Boiling Point) must have had their expectations confounded! After his relentless explorations of renegade cops and pitiless Yakuza, to come up with a Japanese surfing romance?! A Scene at the Sea is such a delight that it seems ... Read more
The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally. ... A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North Korean countryside, A Schoolgirl's Diary is significant in being the first time that life under Kim ... Read more
This second feature film by Anne Claire Poirier (her first Before the Time Comes, is a fine study of a woman's decision about whether to have an abortion), centres on a woman who is making a film about a rape. The woman sits with her editor discussing the scenes running through an editing machine ... Read more
A film about processes—the sense of involvement which craftsmen feel when engaged in their individual expression. ... Read more
A boiler explodes in a factory and the night watchman is killed. The film tries to re-create — as far as it is possible — the man's experience. ... Read more
The viewpoint of the workmen is taken in this ... short, lyrical study of the sights and sounds associated with the building and launching of a great ship. Grand Prix at Leipzig, 1961. ... Read more
Fourteen-year-old Maurice likes filming his family with an old super 8mm camera: his sick father his stressed mother and his younger brother Casper. But while he's documenting the everyday, he's quietly aware how sick his father actually is. ... Read more
A court order forbids a man to see his son who is in his wife's care. Longing to see the boy, one day he takes him from school and intends to spend a weekend with him. When his wife alerts the police, denouncing her husband for abducting their boy, the man panics and takes the child over the border ... Read more
As Dennis discovers, being Miss Understood can sometimes be a good thing. The age-old struggle for understanding between generations is captured in this musical about self-acceptance and finding the courage to be yourself. ... Read more
A Slip-Up bears a number of resemblances to Le Depart (1967), and the reason for this is probably the involvement of Jerzy Skolimowski in the two films. He was director on the latter film, and he has written the screenplay for the former which is directed by Jan Lomnicki. ... Following an affair ... Read more
A fresh-water pond looks lifeless until examined closely through the microscope. This film studies such a pond and shows in detail the life cycle of a frog. ... Read more
A black man and a white woman lie naked in bed and taunt each other about 'small' versus 'big' and 'fleshy' versus 'tight'. A Small Dick Fleshy Ass Thang subverts, inverts and ridicules racial stereotypes in the realm of the sexual. A hilarious poke at physical embarrassment. ... Read more
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