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[Low Life] is the staggering 99th feature of Korean cinema master Im Kwon-taek, in which he continues to put traditional Korean culture at the heart of his aesthetic enterprise. ... The visually splendid [Low Life] is set in one of the most turbulent times of Korea's recent past, from the time of ... Read more
The hypocracy of the horse racing elite and the hardened gambler is highlighted in this work. ... Images of admiring crowds and gentle handlers are countered by the demise of the horse. ... Read more
This film started as a series of still photographs that were used as the basis for the drawings. About 2,500 drawings are included in the 5 minutes of film. Although this film is animated it is experimental in style. The sound tracks push this non-traditional form further. ... Read more
Bill McFadyen is on a quest to be the bench press champion of the world. He's almost there, and he's only 73. ... --- D/P Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall WS Scottish Documentary Institute (Edinburgh College of Art ECA) TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Shot in 23 days at the Republic Studios in Hollywood on a budget of $ 50 000. Orson Welles' adaptation of Shakespeare's ... play has been restored by the Film Archives at the University of ... Southern California. This print contains 21 minutes of previously ... absent materia! including a ... Read more
Santiago, Chile, 1973. A reserved boy from an upper-middle-class family, Gonzalo is warily edging towards adolescence. But his ordinary hardships, joys and rites of passage are charged with inordinate tension. The country drifts towards civil war as Gonzalo's own family life - tempered by political ... Read more
The floppy fringe of the Human League's Phil Oakey, one-note analogue synthesisers, cold, futuristic melodies and even colder stares of studied indifference: welcome to Sheffield at the dawn of the 80s. From the Dadaist electronic abstractions of Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA to the chart-topping ... Read more
The film attempts to capture the spirit of Danilo Dolci's undertaking when he led a ninety-mile march across Western Sicily as a protest against poverty, corruption and violence. ... Silver Plaque, Venice. ... Read more
A first love is corrupted as a man remembers his affair with a circus contortionist. Based on a story by Joe Frank, here animated wooden manikins tell this offbeat parable about lost innocence and despair. --- D/P Chel White S Joe Frank WS Chel White Films TD 35mm/ col/2004/6mins ... Read more
Part III of The Magnum Story brings Magnum into the 80s, a time when television and shrinking magazine markets had the agency, apparently, in a state of perpetual crisis. In particular, the film charts an assignment to China, which caught the beginning of protests leading to the Tianamen Square ... Read more
Currently involved in filming the long awaited follow-up to The Draughtsman's Contract, Greenaway has been filling more commissions than he could handle. After the Channel Four series 4 American Composers (Philip Glass, Robert Ashley, John Cage and Meredith Monk), Making A Splash marks a (probably ... Read more
Think craft is for grannies? Think again. ... A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they're cross-stitching slogans on hurricane wire and constructing plush female genitalia from craft supplies. ... Following four ... Read more
It is 1976, Agnieszka, a student of the Polish Film Academy, preparing to make her first TV documentary, chooses for its subject the famous bricklaying shockworker of the Fifties, Birkut. He was a farmer, who went to Nowa Huta, a new industrial town, where his five-man group, under his ingenious ... Read more
The film captures the exotic spectacle, and at the same time the intense and subtle dynamics of village life through the eyes of John Waiko, a member of the Binandere clan in Papua New Guinea, and Ph.D graduate from Australian National University in a conflict between traditional customs and ... Read more
The traditional Maori arts of carving and decoration are studied in detail and the techniques involved are illustrated by the Construction of a village meeting-hall. ... Read more
On Princess Margaret Boulevard lives Isabelle, a woman defiantly confronting the frustration, confusion and loneliness of Alzheimer's disease. ... --- D/S Kazik Radwanski P Dan Montgomery WS Medium Density Fibreboard Films TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
15-year-old Martha lives in a small, inland, rural town with her mother and younger sister Elsie. Things are bleak in the town; shops are closing down, people are leaving in droves and there is nothing for teenagers to do, except hang around the local park, drinking, ... It's Martha's birthday, but ... Read more
A girl has a profound effect on the relationship of guys who live together. ... Read more
Darlene, heavily pregnant, waits in the dust outside a tumbled down church for a bridegroom who will never appear. Resigned to her fate, she leaves the Brazilian backwater she lives in to return three years later, once again scouting a husband. Regina Case, one of Brazil's most popular actresses ... Read more
Frederick Wiseman's documentary, Welfare, was screened at last year's Melbourne Film Festival, Meat is his ninth film, a study of one of America's largest meat processing works It is located in Greeley. Colorado, and Wiseman takes stock of cattle auctions, feeding and maintenance of animals ... Read more
Bombay. Mexico City, Moscow, New York. These four 'megacities' have populations of between eight and 24 million people, numbers unprecedented in human history. Austrian documentary maker Michael Glawogger probes both the micro and macrocosm of human experience, his focus is those at the very lowest ... Read more
"Memoirs of a Movie Palace" looks at the Loew's Kings Theatre in New York, a huge, ornate structure which opened its doors in 1929. "Memoirs' evokes the aura of the building in its heyday and explores the meaning of movie-palace architecture to both the film industry and the movie-going public. ... Read more
A lot can happen in the Ethiopian countryside on the long way to the market. A father and his son follow everybody's good advice…and come back to their senses. Adapted from a traditional Ethiopian Folk Tale, ""Menged"" is very much a parable for Ethiopia today: a country in transition ... Read more
Why are we watching a film about this quite ordinary, oldish man in his very bourgeois, chintzy little suburban house? Will his friend, who is coming around for a cup of tea, provide some drama? ... Well, no he won't, but we do find out that clothes do not maketh the man, and that beauty is more or ... Read more
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