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Films Screened In 1971

A vision of the future of man on a planet he has destroyed. ... Read more
A marsh is drained and the land converted to other uses, and the effect on wildlife is graphically depicted. ... Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival; CINE Golden Eagle. ... Read more
In an interesting amalgam of document and fiction, a student and a visiting professor search back into the lives of Melbourne's mass murderers. ... Silver Award, Alan Stout Award, Australian Film Awards 1970. ... Read more
An adolescent's initiation into the turmoils of love is expressed by the tragic pursuit of a woman by a young boy. ... A 15-year-old boy becomes obsessed with a girl several years older, with whom he works as an attendant at a rather seamy London swimming baths. His need for love aroused, he is ... Read more
This is not the usual film about the idyllic existence of the Swiss peasants living in the snow-clad mountains, yodelling with carefree abandon. It is about those peasants who have lost their taste for singing, the real proletariat of Switzerland. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen 1970; Quality Prize ... Read more
Akira Kurosawa's first film in five years centres on the inhabitants of a shanty-town society. ... The town is little more than an ugly array of metal sheets and tar paper shacks resembling the city dump. Despite its appearance the inhabitants, albeit their hand to mouth existence, seek happiness ... Read more
Fabio, an orphan boy of obscure origins, is brought up in the household of nagging aunts, in a small country town. When he meets Don Segundo Sombra, a robust old gaucho, the boy-falls under the old man's enigmatic spell, and leaves his aunts to join the gaucho on his wanderings from estate to ... Read more
Dubai, a tiny arid Sheikdom on the eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, has always looked outwards to the sea for its livelihood. First fish, then pearls, then commerce, and now, oil. ... The film explores the development of Dubai and, whilst following the construction of a unique underwater ... Read more
Novelist, film and social critic, Susan Sontag's first film is described as a psychological drama of four people, in which an older couple exercises its will and power over two students, and manipulates them for its own amusement and personal objectives. ... Tomas and Ingrid are two politically ... Read more
A study of the early winter landscape of the hills and bush around Canberra, using multiple super impositions of images. ... Silver Award, Alan Stout Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
Loud licking alternates continually with a four-note clarion call, while the camera records a kinky eat-in, with three bare bosomed girls, one wearing a bearded mask, tasting food that is simultaneously scalding and aphrodisiac. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen ... Read more
The erotic dreams of a routine-oriented bourgeois. ... Nastro d'argento. Venice 1970; Second Award, Barcelona 1970 ... Read more
The film is based on the poem, in which a carpenter builds a cross and speaks of his pride in his work and his reluctance to be involved with the situations which bring men to die on crosses. ... Goldsmith shows a multiplicity of modern creations, any one of which might have evil effect in the ... Read more
The cast consists entirely of 27 dwarfs and midgets who act out an obscene parody of human life. ... Starting out as a revolt against authority, it details a destructive rampage by the inmates of an asylum for dwarfs, depicting their assorted and extended cruelties. The film aims at showing not the ... Read more
On one level the film is a parody of motorcycle-sex films, but Ex Machina is ultimately a statement about the destructive nature of the process of film making. ... Read more
A series of scenes, multiplied over one another, depicts dancers progressing from a disciplined exercise class to freer movement. ... Read more
From free association of somber thoughts, a new world is born. An adventurous spirit explores images which beckon and threaten, reflections of contemporary man's psychological landscape. ... Golden Leopard, Locarno 1969; Oxberry Berkey Trophy, Mamaia 1970 ... Read more
The course of a volcanic eruption is shown from beginning to end: the rarely seen termination of volcanic activity is included. Devastation and beauty are the aftermath. ... Silver Osella for Children's Film, Venice 1970 ... Read more
The story of a young drag racer who goes his own way and lives only for racing. ... Read more
Each year in May, Gypsies from all over Europe converge upon an isolated village in the Camargue, France, to hold a festival to their patron saint, Sara. Swamped by over 100,000 people, the town gives itself over to two days and nights of ceaseless festivity. The film is both an objective and ... Read more
In a mixture of fiction and documentation, this film tells about a single mother and her lover. ... Read more
Born from the frustrating experiences of two theology students, the film describes the problems of a modern rural clergyman trying to keep a grip on a dwindling congregation, while examining the relevance of his personal role in modern life. ... Realising that the Orthodox Church is dying, and that ... Read more
A cartoon film about family planning. ... Read more
Harry Munter is a dreamy, precocious youth. He's also rather a genius, having invented some kind of electronic equipment which has come to the notice of an American company. ... Last year Harry went through the process of acquiring book knowledge. Now he's learning about life and death. And ... Read more
An account of the life and career of one of the legendary figures of the English music hall, who was also a star of vaudeville in the United States and Australia during the early part of this century. The film includes a unique record of a performance given in 1969 when Hetty King was in her 87th ... Read more
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