Films Screened In 1972

A small group of old people in the quiet Nariel Valley of Victoria, strive to keep alive the folk music and dances of their youth. ... Read more
The average man, in ignorance and confusion, has an optimistic view of his future. The expert, wrapped in his knowledge and expertise, is pessimistic. It is this disparity of belief that the political cartoonist and humorist, Bruce Petty, animates in his film. Petty sees the world and its problems as complex. He shows Man as a lonely Figure on a unicycle, pedalling hard towards disaster. ... Read more
Another short film by Istvan Szabo (see Danube, Fish, Birds), in which the sight of an old house brings forth a rush of memories. ... Read more
A Safe Place is a highly experimental feature, directed by a new director, Henry Jaglom. In his film, Jaglom, who also wrote the script, attempts to give "an involved and non-linear study of time and memory". ... A young girl is unable to recapture the idealism and freedom of her childhood, but is equally unable to let go of the past, or accept the inevitability of the present. She seems to rememb... Read more
A cartoon showing how an irresponsible action can set off a chain reaction of disasters. ... Read more
This, the eleventh feature by Czech director Jan Kadar, was held up in production for more than two years— the initial shooting having been interrupted by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, resulting in the dispersal of the cast and production unit. ... However, when the pressure eased in Prague, Kadar returned and was fortunate in rounding up his actors and technical team. ... Shot mo... Read more
Will man's ambition to colonise other planets lead to peace and happiness? ... Read more
The life and paintings of Amrita Sher-Gil, one of India's foremost artists, who died at the early age of 28. ... Read more
An exploration of what might happen if the memory of God and human worth were eclipsed by "the system". ... Read more
The Antarctic is a continent from another planet. But its fantastic world of snow, rock and ice is already being invaded by man and his machines. ... Read more
In this cautionary tale about pollution, a man tries to preserve life in and around a small pond, by enclosing it in a glass house. ... Read more
A record of Arthur Penn at work on Little Big Man, showing his relationship with his star, Dustin Hoffman, and studying the impact of Penn's personality on the film as a whole. ... Read more
To his surprise, an astronaut finds communication with a Martian quite easy. ... Read more
Frans Zwartjes' two visions of womanhood in Behind Your Walls have all the febrile frustration associated with his previous work. Flesh looks like crisp paper about to be despoiled, a torpid heat reduces movement to fidgets and hesitations. ... Read more
A prisoner paints a landscape on the wall of his cell, but the warden ... interferes. ... Read more
Four former World War II veterans meet after 25 years, at the funeral of a fifth friend. Radio operator Dubinsky is now a bookkeeper; demolition man Kiryushin is a journalist; the former commander of a sappers' company, Kharlamov is a factory manager, and Prikhodko is a worker. The four spend a day together and realise that they haven't changed, despite the years that have passed, and their differ... Read more
The second live feature of noted Polish director of animated films, Walerian Borowczyk, is a bizarre and beautiful re &ndash: creation of a series of events that take place in a medieval castle. ... A 13th century lord leads a peaceful, isolated existence in his castle, together with his virtuous young wife, Blanche, and his son by a previous marriage. When the King and his womanising page come to... Read more
The city of Chandigarh was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier; its various aspects are explored and interpreted by this film. ... Read more
The paintings of the school children of Vulturesti have been exhibited in many parts of the world. They give an uninhibited and colourful account of their world in the little village. ... Read more
This animated film without commentary shows the attempt of a black-and-white army to impose its dictatorial rule on a free, happy and colourful society. A small girl nurtures one red flower that eventually takes the shape of a scarlet jester, Tyl Uylenspiegel. This remnant of colour and spirit helps the people overcome the invader. A tale of suppression, fear, and the ultimate victory of the free ... Read more
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