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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
... ... Essentially a cannily observed mood piece this film concerns the situation of J.R Bonner (the hugely underrated Steve McQueen) a middle-aging champion bull rider down on his luck and returning home. Home is smalltown Prescott Arizona where Bonner a somewhat laconic loner is planning to ... Read more
While Maria Stroppi is discovering her body and her sexuality, her mother is in the kitchen. Maria's first period is evoked through the crushing of grapes for wine and making of Venetian fritters parallels her first attempt at masturbation. Maria easily survives the chastising of her mother, and ... Read more
The bitter-sweet pangs of unrequited love are deftly and delicately suggested in French Canadian's Jeanne Crepéau's film. A refreshing wry tale of a modern girl with a timeless problem. Our heroine sets out on a quest to "cure" herself of passions felt for Justine, a chum, who just wants a ... Read more
Three friends — Paul, a conservative intellectual: Selena, a dancer who specialises in African dance: and Gabriel, an artist who manages to move with ease between the centres of their different worlds Paul maintains an ambiguous friendship with Gabriel, who goes through a series of homosexual ... Read more
A pictorial survey of Austria's industrial potential, told without commentary in purely visual terms. ... Read more
Lying to the north of the Punjab and situated amidst the splendours of the Himalayas are the valleys of Kanga and Kulu. The film includes scenes of the colourful marriages of the people here and other festivals they celebrate. ... Read more
Filmed on Kapingamarangi atoll, Caroline Islands, during an expedition made by the B. P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Shows native life, arts, and customs. ... Read more
Kassbach is a grocer in Vienna. With four close friends sharing the same social background, he belongs to a right-wing organization known as 'Initiative', which stages small-scale demonstrations and confrontations with Catholic and left-wing groups. On the surface, this neo-Nazi organization is ... Read more
An illustration of the life and work of the artist. The important stages and experiences in her life are reproduced in short scenes, and her work has been split up into theme complexes. The timelessness and humanity in her art receives first consideration. ... Read more
Kelly Country is a journey across Australia, seen through the paintings of Sidney Nolan. ... Read more
Imagination is a powerful thing and the imagi­nation of a child and a child at heart most pow­erful of all. The story of a little boy, his uncle the artist and a runaway rollercoaster car. ... Read more
The Olympic yachting races in the North Sea, off Kiel Harbour, Germany, brought the great sailors of the world together in duels of skill and pluck, that were often decided by the weather. ... Read more
Arnaud Desplechin combines tragedy, farce, comedy and melodrama in his dense, deliciously eccentric [Kings and Queen]. ... Nora is Parisian bourgeoisie incarnate. A 30-something gallery manager and single mother, she oozes elegance and elan and is about to wed her third husband. Ismael is Nora's ... Read more
Molly Parker gives an enigmatic perfor­mance as Sandra Larson, the central char­acter in this compelling tale of perverse eroticism set in an anonymous Canadian town. The fiim charts the progression of Sandra's childhood preoccupation with dead animals into a full-blown and thoroughly adult ... Read more
This witty and resourceful cartoon in back and clue begins with two figures: a pat on the shoulder, a kiss, and the leap of one on to the other's back,. But that is only the way it begins... ... Read more
With Marie Atger, Lee Black. Regine Chopinot, Poonie Dodson. Jean Hughes Laleu. Joseph Lennon ... Read more
Konarak, a temple built in the 13th century, was dedicated to Surya, the sun-god. It is a well-preserved and elaborate building which stands as a vivid reminder of a great past when miracles in stone were created. ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German children's book, Krabat is a 17th-century tale of magic, love and the battle between good and evil. ... Lured by dreams of ravens to a mysterious stone mill, 14-year-old orphan Krabat is initiated into a secret brotherhood of apprentice sorcerers. This education in the ... Read more
“Your past is exploding in your face."Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (whose film A Christmas Tale is also showing at MIFF this year) delves deep into his family's history in L'Aimée, an attempt to piece together the story of his relatives while taking apart their house. Clearing out the furniture ... Read more
“Less an easy criticism of consumer society then it is a poetic attempt to recreate a world through the sole power of images.” - Hollywood Reporter ... An entire city has lost its voice. Mr TV, the owner of the city's only television channel, is carrying out a nefarious plan - he's subjecting ... Read more
Paul Doprf's animated film offers a brief reflection on the cinema. There is a mystery ... could the characters of the film be the spectators? ... Read more
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