Films Screened In 1971

The husband of a young girl who has just killed herself relates in a formal, almost detached manner, the strange story of their meeting, marriage and life together. It reveals the situation of a relationship between a gentle, but demanding teenager and an older man too set in his ways to cope with her. ... He, an aloof, conventional, middle-aged pawnbroker, is unable to allow himself truly to feel... Read more
A documentary which, using authentic old photographs of arrivals at Ellis Island, life in the Lower East Side, the schools, workshops, factories, and tenements, brings to life a period and culture through the eyes of one man who looks back on his youth. ... CINE Golden Eagle 1970; Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival 1970; Gold Medal, Atlanta 1970: First Prize; San Francisco 1969: Silver Medal, Ven... Read more
M. L. Escher, the Dutch graphic artist, is a man of international repute. His work is not only highly valued by art-lovers, but also by scientists, who find his drawings perfect illustrations of their theories. ... The interplay of form, time and space, in unusual perspective, sometimes creates a quite diabolical effect. ... Read more
Australia: the surfie beach bum, the country school teacher, the suburban home-owner, the drover and the shearer. The Australians young and old, Aussie born or recently arrived, are seen at their sport, their gambling, their business and their pleasure. ... Silver Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
This film is part of a package of experimental shorts produced by student and independent filmmakers. ... Through an administrative error, a professional hobby shop model-maker, a 30 year-old case of arrested development whose brain has turned to gelatin from sniffing too much aeroplane glue, is declared a truant and returned to the sixth grade. ... Full of genuine comedy characters and situations... Read more
Two tiny films: one about a bomb scare on a plane, the other about some mysterious instructions from the clouds... ... Read more
New approaches in art education are seen in a typical grade four primary classroom. Through a wide variety of activities, and with a sympathetic and understanding teacher, the children grow in confidence and begin to express themselves creatively. ... Silver Award, Australia Film Awards 1970. ... Read more
Three episodes about the joy of movement. ... Read more
Joan is a semi-professional go-go girl: people like to watch her and she likes to be watched. Does her dancing express her joie de vivre? Or do we read meanings into her dancing? Into the film? But does it matter? She is very pretty anyway. ... Read more
The story is extremely simple. Anna is a lonely, divorced woman who works in a hospital and is also writing a thesis. She decides to take a holiday on a small island in the far northern archipelago of Finland, and takes along her daughter and a young girl who acts as secretary-nursemaid. Next door lives a hard-drinking former politician, whose son quickly starts an affair with the girl. Anna canno... Read more
A profile of the English theatre, film and opera director, based on a week in his fortieth year. We see him with his family, and at the places where his work takes him: the Lyric Theatre for the rehearsal of Peter Shaffer's "The Battle of Shrivings"; to Covent Garden: a cutting room, where he is finishing his latest film, Perfect Friday. ... Read more
An "underground" type film which exalts and satirises the contemporary fascination with violence. Although Brighton is its location, Arcade is somewhat American in feeling, exploiting American movies and advertisements which have become international symbols. ... Read more
Arthur Penn at home and at work, including long and revealing interviews with the director, whose three latest films, Bonny and Clyde, Alice's Restaurant, and Little Big Man won worldwide acclaim. ... The technical quality of this film is excellent and a special word of praise should go to the fine editing of Bernard Stone. ... Hans in Variety ... Read more
In 1968 artists from all parts of Australia and all fields of endeavour organised a one-week festival through which they expressed their attitudes on the Vietnam war. ... Alan Stout Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
Aurum — The Element AU is a study of gold, tracing the role of gold and its place in various civilisations throughout the ages, from ancient Egypt onwards. Its importance as a virtually indestructible decorative metal and its part in the modern economic framework, its mining and refining, its use in the arts and industry, are all comprehensively detailed. ... Read more
”The moment I accepted the scholarship, I sold myself to the Government - lock, stock and barrel . . . ! And so now I may just as well sell myself to anyone I choose . . . !" These are the first words of the film &ndash a young man suddenly decides to leave behind everything he has been living by for years. He packs his belongings and walks off into the country. Somewhere, sometime, some sort of s... Read more
Bertha is an old traction engine which Sclater treats, not for its nostalgic interest as might be expected, but for the opportunities its complex mechanism offers the film-maker for "pure cinema." ... Read more
The bighorn sheep of the Rocky Mountains are filmed amidst the splendid scenery of alpine peaks. The film shows extraordinary close-ups of the wary, sure-footed animals, with music and natural sound as the only commentary. ... Read more
A girl lies with legs splayed on a couch. She dangles a paper bird on the end of a piece of string. ... The camera rocks and slides as if in a trance, and the white shape, fluttering to the raucous twitter of birds on a soundtrack, conveys the sexual frustration behind the girl's impassive face. ... Zwartjes has built an hermetic world of guilt and disgust, but to ridicule his work implies a failu... Read more
Blake is a free-thinking individual who works in the city, but lives in a cabin in the woods. Parked near the cabin is an ancient, single-engine, open-cockpit bi-plane, in which whenever the urge overtakes him, Blake takes off on jaunty voyages into the wonders and beauties of nature. ... This short film mirrors not only the pleasures of flight, but also the characters of all enthusiasts who prefe... Read more
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