Films Screened In 1974

A documentary about a competitive game, called "Sijavica", played in Dalmatia: a game requiring a special skill and which strongly relies on the integrity of the players. ... Read more
A dramatic fiction film in cinema verite style, about the ordeals a raped woman must go through with the police, her doctor, her friends and her conscience. ... Gold Medal, Atlanta. ... Read more
The composition by Tchaikovsky commemorates the war fought against Napoleon. The film attempts, with the possibilities provided by the animated genre, to unite the period synthesis of the works of Tolstoy with the colours of the descriptive art of Turgenyev, and the visions of Dostoyevsky. ... Jury Prize, Cannes, 1973. ... Read more
"6344" succeeds in letting the viewer watch the demolition of a family's home, calmly. The life-force of three generations slowly dissipates. What's left? A huge apartment complex rises from the smouldering scarred ground. What lingers? Lovingly detached memories. ... Read more
A fascist official in a little Croatian village decides to celebrate the anniversary of his appointment as local chief of the Party with a suitable cultural event. He wants the villagers to stage Shakespeare's Hamlet. The school-teacher is reluctant, as only one person in the village has ever seen the play, and he can remember only fragments. But his objections are over-ruled, and he takes to drin... Read more
Adult Fun is a British thriller about industrial espionage that develops into an altogether different kind of film. It is directed by James Scott, who uses a semi-documentary approach, relying on a high degree of improvisation. He says the film is based on the world of night cleaners, although it becomes a bizarre metaphysical mystery, rather than a mystery drama. ... A young man with a violent na... Read more
An animated cartoon that illustrates in a few line sketches the ultimate fate of all living things if man continues to pollute the atmosphere. ... Read more
During his dinner party, the Baron Swenbeck begins reminiscing about his brother who hung himself twenty years ago. A strange cry in the night brings the guests from the party out into the darkness of the past. . . ... Read more
Andrei Roublev is the second film of award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky. Ivan's Childhood, Roublev and Solaris have all been awarded prizes at major film festivals. Roublev, made in 1966, has been kept on the shelf in the USSR for several years, following charges that it was 'unhistorical'. ... The film is a complex epic about Andrei Roublev, who is considered to have been the greatest Russia... Read more
A poetical homage to old women. who live among us, sentenced to loneliness. They live and do their work however old they are; devoid of pleasure but not of work. They set an example to young people, and console themselves with their pure and human life. Their life is a warning that we have to think over their heart-rending destiny and to care for them. ... CIDALC, Cracow, 1973 ... Gold Medal, Barc... Read more
A circus menagerie is used by this animated film to comment on the history of mankind. ... Read more
In a light and entertaining manner. this animated film discusses the possibility that large quantities of anti-matter are existing in space, the significance of the Tunguska Meteor in relation to the annihilation process (the result of matter and anti-matter colliding), and explores the possibility of constructive use of energy released from annihilation. ... Read more
Asylum presents everyday life at Kingsley Hall, a community in North London run under the auspices of the Philadelphia Association, whose chairman is Dr R. D. Laing. The center provides a different kind of refuge for the mentally disturbed. There are no apparent divisions between 'staff* and 'patients', nor are there formal consultations with doctors. ... Rules are cut to a minimum, and the member... Read more
A lighthearted send up of man's battle with vending machines. ... Read more
Beatrice Cenci is a study in intimidation and terror surrounding the history of the Cenci family of Rome. Count Francesco Cenci was famous for the torture of his family. the murder of his sons, and his final assassination by his daughter Beatrice. ... First SECA Film Award, San Francisco Museum of Art 1973. ... Read more
Andre Delvaux's Rendezvous at Bray was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and his new film, Belle, creates the same mood of eerie fantasy. A writer, Mathieu Gregoire, lives at the border of the Ardennes and discovers a young girl hidden away in a farm-house. She is nameless and he calls her simply, Belle. His affair with her is complicated by her resemblance to his daughter, and his hatred f... Read more
Originally titled Get Back, this Canadian film, directed by Donald Shebib, explores the tensions and rivalries between members of a gang planning an armed robbery. Five people come together to carry out the crime, but dissension, sexual intrigue and even death break up the partnership. ... Will and Coker work in a nickel smelting plant north of Toronto, where they plan to snatch the payroll. Their... Read more
A magician changes one of his audience into a bird, then his powers fail . . . ... Read more
Marco Leto's Black Holiday is set in an island detention centre for Italian political dissidents. During the early years of Mussolini's dictatorship, anti-Fascists are sent to the island to be reformed. The regime applies pressure to a cultured political opponent to change his thinking and restore him to his professorship as an inoffensive citizen. Slowly, a relationship develops between the islan... Read more
Claude Chabrol's Le Boucher was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and he is represented again this year by Les Noces Rouges, (Blood Wedding). According to Chabrol, this is the last film of his Comedie humaine about mid-twentieth century French society. The film was withheld by the French censor for over a month, officially because it might have influenced the decision of jurors in a celebra... Read more
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