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Films Screened In 1974

This is a record of what happened at Christmas for some of London's estimated 10,000 single homeless people. The St. Mungo Community workers help London's "down and outs" all the year round, and at Christmas, try to give them something extra. For three days they organise a 'party' in Covent Garden ... Read more
Antonioni's China is a long way from the England of Blow-up or his American travelogue, Zabriskie Point. After spending six weeks filming in China, he said 'I felt a need to return to my own origins as a film-maker, to come closer to reality in a direct way." The picture was made on super 8 mm film ... Read more
Afghanistan, "Switzerland of Asia", has about 12 million inhabitants and 12 cinemas. To one of these cinemas the admission is one afghani; the duration of the screening 3 minutes. ... Award of Merit, Oberhausen. ... Read more
Two sisters, ages 3 and 5, are engaged in imaginitive pre-bedtime play, their parents having left them in the care of a babysitter for the evening. We see the role of play in a child's growing adjustment to reality. ... Read more
Colter's Hell could be in outer space but it is actually in Yellowstone National Park, USA. It was discovered by a man called Colter, who said he had discovered Hell. ... Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival 1973. 1st Prize, San Francisco Film Festival. Gold Medal, New York Film and TV Festival. ... Read more
This study of a fascist ideologue, Ikki Kita, has become a major commercial success in Japan. It comes from an outstanding modern director, Yoshida, who earlier made Eros and Massacre. Coup d'Etat follows the career of a right-wing revolutionary whose theories led to an army uprising in 1936. Ikki ... Read more
A child escapes from the rectangular stone world of a city, only to be placed into the microcosm of our world: the school. Without the use of a single word, this imaginative animated film sharply recalls memories of a childhood in Quebec. ... Prix du Jury, Oberhausen 1973. ... Read more
This is a biographical portrait of the filmmaker's brother, David. It follows him from his middle class childhood, through the death of his father, adolescent problems and drug involvement. He spends three and a half years in and out of mental institutions, and struggles with heroin addiction. He ... Read more
More than three hours long, this film is a painstaking reconstruction of the days of the Munich crisis. One of Czechoslovakia's most distinguished film-makers. Otakar Vavra, has directed and scripted what is essentially a dramatised documentary. All the central characters from the period are played ... Read more
Through humorous, sometimes sorrowful confessions, the film illustrates the devotion of some postmen, who are just retiring. for their work and profession. ... Read more
Maxi cat discovers the bell rope . . . ... Read more
This is Satyajit Ray's second film in colour, and the Grand Prize winner at the Berlin Festival. The film is set in 1942, and its subject is the impact of war on an isolated Bengali village. ... The Brahmin husband, Ganga. who has assumed leadership in the village, is respected by all as the ... Read more
Earth, Our Sinful Sonh is adapted from a novel of the same name by Timo K. Mukka, a young Lapp who was only 19 years old when the book was published and became a literary sensation in Finland. Rauni Mollberg. a former TV director making his feature film debut, has filmed the book in a village in ... Read more
The first ever interview with Edward Burra. one-time surrealist. eccentric and recluse, and major British painter. ... Read more
A look at Western Canada at the turn of the century through the critical eyes of Ernest Brown, a photographer, genius, caustic social critic, historian, and lover of life. The film spans his life and times on the frontier—the wild beauty of the country he came to. the great sense of both ... Read more
In ironic celebration of the USA's national security, this animated film about the arms race treats the subject in a light manner, with mordant drawings and a lyrical story set to folk music. ... Read more
The kind and shy Petrukhin and his recently acquired, rather strict wife, have their first children: and they are twins. The whole village celebrates the day and to pay for the celebration. Petrukhin has to sell quite a few of their belongings, including the glamorous perambulator of the twins ... Read more
Two marionettes are jerked into life in a puppet theatre. We watch as desire grows up between the two creatures, until the moment when they are about to touch and are brutally jerked apart. ... Read more
The flood of visual images that accompany each phase of growing up in America—the spate of products and graphics eagerly taken in to satisfy our appetites—is the content of Frank's life, as it is for all of us. Frank's film is composed of an endless welling, growing. shifting flood of ... Read more
An unfolding series of animation experiments utilising basic visual elements: the figure in space. atmosphere, time and rhythm. ... Read more
This is an affectionate tribute to John Grierson, who founded and led the British documentary film movement in the Thirties, and who later established in Montreal, what grew into the largest documentary film studios in the world, the National Film Board of Canada. ... His story is told through ... Read more
The film illustrates portraits of people who work at an agricultural co-operative and live in the country. The story deals with a few people at two different times, by using documentary film material made at a difficult time of development for the members of the co-op "Helmut Just", eight years ... Read more
Here Comes Everybody is a highly revealing cinema-verite film about an encounter group session at the Esalen Institute in Bug Sur. California. The sixteen people involved in the week-long session were aware of it being filmed, but Whitmore seems to have been able lo capture the genuine atmosphere ... Read more
Illumination won the grand prize at the Locarno festival last year, and its director. Krzysztof Zanussi, is considered by many critics to be the most original film maker working in Polish cinema. He took the title, ... Illumination, from medieval philosophy; it means a clarity of thought gained ... Read more
Four short experiments in animation, using constantly shifting perspectives. The makers of the films are pupils of Frans Zwartjes, Holland's leading experimental filmmaker. ... Read more
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