Films Screened In 1975

This film, by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, won the major prize at the 1974 Locarno festival. As the title might indicate, the film deals with the inhabitants of an apartment building in Budapest. The neighbourhood has been condemned, and the sounds of demolition disrupt the inhabitants' activities, day and night. It is stiflingly hot, and the heat and continual noise disturb the residents' sle... Read more
A record of the production of a big-budget television commercial: a take-off on old Hollywood desert movies. ... Read more
A Bigger Splash is a feature film without professional actors. Rather, real people appear as themselves, and their relationships with each other are more or less as in reality. The film was made over a period of three and a half years, with the characters speaking in a vernacular of their own, but on themes suggested by the director, Jack Hazan. ... The plot follows loosely the experiences of Davi... Read more
A thirteen year old girl on the verge of discovering her femininity, plays with fire when she lures a family friend into a compromising situation. ... Read more
Seven passengers are travelling in a railway carriage. As they pass through a tunnel, one of them disappears. The others try to find him, but all the doors are locked. Then comes another tunnel . . . ... Read more
Roberto Omegna was a pioneer of Italian cinema, whose work ranged from scientific films (he invented time lapse photography, amongst other things), to feature films. This documentary presents a collection of sequences from Omegna's work, and, by following the director's long career, it traces the development of Italian cinema during the first half of the century. ... Read more
An animated fable about a poor old woman who was spinning wool, but got so tired that she turned into yarn herself, and was wound onto a spool. . . She was knitted into a jacket, and then a very cold winter came . . ... Read more
A young Indian engineer, Shiv, attempts to achieve his ambition, despite family pressures and the limitations of his job as a foundry worker in the Midlands. A strike at the Birmingham factory where he works, gives him the opportunity to look for a site for the business he wants to set up: making Indian novelties in plastic. There's a future in plastics, he thinks; more future at any rate, than in... Read more
A romantic reminiscence of the C38 class steam locomotive as it journeys from Sydney to the country in the west, from the present into times long past. ... 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
True story of an alpinist who fell six hundred metres from a cliff face and subsequently rescued himself. ... Read more
An animated film, treating reincarnation in a humorous manner. ... Read more
Air pollution, a world wide problem, is examined on five continents. The sources of the contamination are pinpointed: domestic heating, traffic and industrial waste, and possible ways of solving the problem are explored. ... Gold Plaque, Chicago. Gold Medal, ... Venice. ... Read more
German director Wim Wenders was represented at iast year's festival by The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick. His later film, Alice in the Cities, is a chronologically ordered film about an extensive trip through America, Holland and Germany. Rudiger Vogeler plays a journalist, almost thirty and a bachelor, who is in the United States on a vague assignment from his newspaper to collect impress... Read more
Fulvio is a revolutionary in early nineteenth century Italy. He seeks refuge in his father's villa and he is joined there by his girl-friend, Charlotte. But his plans for a new life are frustrated by the arrival of a group of revolutionaries who involve him in a plot for an expedition in Southern Italy. Fulvio betrays them to the police; Charlotte is wounded in the melee, but the surviving plotter... Read more
The hero of this cartoon wants to have everything bigger than his fellow man. But his ambition leads to a rude awakening. ... Read more
Four vignettes on American life done in cinema verite style. 'Honeymoon Hotel' looks at an ultra-gauche haven for newlyweds: 'Risen Indeed' covers the training of the travelling young believers of the Campus Crusade for Christ; The Best of Your Life' documents the pleasures of growing old in America's largest retirement community; 'Musak' interviews the executives of America's 'efficiency through ... Read more
An educational film designed to explain the process of making an animated film, with examples of student work. ... Read more
A strange animal, half spider and half elephant, and its inexorable march interrupted by hesitations in a coloured and abstract world. ... Read more
A little fellow in a bowler hat . . . A disquieting red liquid which pours out drop by drop . . . An unusual illustration of a traditional French song. ... Read more
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