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Films Screened In 1974

This is the first feature film from Karin Thome, who has directed several controversial television documentaries in West Germany. The title übernacht introduces a series of sexual encounters cast in the frame of 'Once upon a Night'. ... The promiscuous protagonist, Laura, played by Karin Thome ... Read more
A modern version of the old myth of Pandora and her box, presented in an experimental manner, and utilizing a front projection technique. The director of the film says: "Look at this film ... as if you have just awakened from a dream and are attempting to recall the details of it". ... Read more
Two thirds of Britain's prison population of 45,000 are petty criminals who are unable to adjust to life after their release. Most of them commit further crimes and drift back into the haven of the prison. The film studies the problem of rehabilitation. ... Read more
This is a film portrait in which the words are mostly Peter Hannaford's, an eighty-year-old Dartmoor smallholder and cattle doctor, living with his first cousin, Ruby French. The last of his kind, he talks of toads and tractors, mixing commonsense with superstition, showing how Dartmoor and its ... Read more
It is New Year's Eve, and merrymakers crowd the streets. Two photographers wander amongst them taking snap-shots. People are only too willing to pose for them, hoping the picture will turn out better than the original. They want a good photograph to place on the wall, simitar to their parents' and ... Read more
Niko Pirosmani was a great Georgian artist, although his works are not widely known outside the Soviet Union. He painted before 1920, refusing to compromise, living a bare existence. He accepted meagre pay, often only food and drink, for works to be hung in bars and restaurants. His life was ... Read more
Playing the Thing is a joyful celebration of the multiple sounds, moods and pleasures, which can be obtained from that somewhat despised instrument, the harmonica. The film, traces the history of the instrument from its origins in China 2,000 years ago as a complex of bamboo pipes, via the Hohner ... Read more
Potpourri is composed of seven mini films, each one containing not only its individual gag, but also its own different style. ... Diploma of Honour, Cracow. ... Read more
Although shot in the small town of Beaconsfield, the film represents a general phenomenon found in the region referred to as the 'Home Counties' or the 'Stockbroker Belt'. This area clings to a way of life reminiscent of the time when Britain was at the 'peak of her achievement'—at the summit ... Read more
The rat population of the world (estimated at one rat per man) is a constant danger to health. It spreads disease, contaminates our drinking water, our food. The film studies a colony of wild rats; it observes their habits, their social stratification, their enormously rapid reproductive cycle. ... Read more
The film contrasts the two worlds of child ren playing freely in a school yard and the adult rat-race world in the stop and go environment of the city. ... Read more
A film-maker has doubts about his ability to make films, and about his relationship with his wife. He attempts to solve his problems by expressing his misgivings on film. ... 1973 Australian Film Institute Awards - Honourable Mention. ... Read more
Denys Arcand directed this French-Canadian film about corruption and collusion between government and financiers. The occasion is the opening of a new super-highway, and the contractor, Padovani. is giving a party for government officials and businessmen. From this beginning, Arcand develops a ... Read more
Return from Africa is the latest film from Swiss director Alain Tanner, whose film The Salamander was shown at the Melbourne Festival last year. In Return from Africa, a young couple plan to leave Geneva and visit Africa. They write to a friend there, who advises them to come. So they sell their ... 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
A boy has a motorcycle and a girlfriend. After a dream one night. the boy calls his girlfriend and tells her about the origin of the motorcycle. The cycle is a gift from a friend, who wants to emigrate to a desert, because he thinks himself an incarnation of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Ribbentrop ... Read more
The film gives expression to the reaction of its director to the mutilation and destruction of trees by man, in the cause of progress. ... 1973 Australian Film Institute Awards - Silver Award ... Read more
Sinbad is a nineteenth century Hungarian poet whose work is his own life. In a series of reminiscences, Zoltan Huszarik follows through the love affairs of this artist, whose poetry echoes lohn Donne's passion. The photography lingers on landscapes, towns, sun-drenched streets and picks up the ... 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
Made from some sixty days and nights of filming of routine police work in Montreal, Station 10 is a view of life in the inner city that few ordinary citizens are likely to see in any other way. It is a portrait of police and of the people whose predicaments often require police help. ... Here the ... Read more
A French gentleman takes the Words literally. ... Read more
Social workers in touch with youngsters on the streets, are called "Streetworkers" in Canada. The film shows them in action, and listens to their ideas about a positive approach to the problems of delinquency. ... Read more
Images of flowers drenched in sunlight, are used to express the emotional content of the 1812 Overture. ... Read more
Travelling through a reality time-warp, the film starts on concrete water in these days of change. Significantly enough, the film opens with sand, the winds of time blow quietly as 3 people fight out a death struggle, stop the huge sand dune, then in the fullness of space, a sand clock spells out ... Read more
This film won the Grand Prize at the Moscow Festival last year. It is a modern political thriller based on actual recent events in Venezuela. Three communist senators are arrested and held in prison without trial. One of their supporters sets up a shop opposite the prison and ingratiates himself ... Read more
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