Films Screened In 1978

A beautifully complex machine makes beautifully simple light bulbs to the ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day. ... Read more
A whimsical three-minute animated history of the telephone, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone. ... Read more
A suburban working husband, Phil, through years of neglect, causes his wife, Jane, to desert him, leaving with him their two children, Damien and Cathy. His single work-mate, Terry, is totally unsympathetic to the situation and is of little help. ... The film follows the disintegration of the family: home life, school and work. Phil, who really can't cope, attempts to persuade Jane to return. When... Read more
The Director, Zoltan Huszarik (Sinbad), visited cemeteries in numerous countries in his attempt to show human beings' craving to create 'imperishable marks', to leave behind some 'trace that would endure' once they are gone. ... The keynote of this philosophically-inspired film is dismay at the prospect of mortality, a phenomenon that remains baffling and incomprehensible for al! that is reluctant... Read more
A boiler explodes in a factory and the night watchman is killed. The film tries to re-create — as far as it is possible — the man's experience. ... Read more
A court order forbids a man to see his son who is in his wife's care. Longing to see the boy, one day he takes him from school and intends to spend a weekend with him. When his wife alerts the police, denouncing her husband for abducting their boy, the man panics and takes the child over the border to Belgium. ... The boy is anxious to return to his mother, but his father stalls him, promising tha... Read more
A fresh-water pond looks lifeless until examined closely through the microscope. This film studies such a pond and shows in detail the life cycle of a frog. ... Read more
When her marriage to Neville Montague (John Gilbert) is stopped by his strict father, impetuous, aristocratic Diana Merrick (Greta Garbo) throws her bonnet over a few more windmills and marries a charming scoundrel (Johnny Mack Brown). After his arrest and suicide, Neville now married, returns to Diana, who, thinking of his wife (Dorothy Sebastian), drives her high-powered roadster into the tree w... Read more
A Woman of Paris, the first serious drama by Charlie Chaplin, has not been available for general audiences since the late 1920s. The film was made in 1923, written and directed by Chaplin, and quickly became a major influence on other film-makers, including Sergei Eisenstein, René Clair and Ernst Lubitch. Chaplin spent over $800,000 on the film, a colossal amount for those days, often retaking sce... Read more
The Porno Indians are among the world's finest basket makers. Alice Elliott is one of the few Porno continuing that centuries-old tradition. ... Read more
Eldar Riazanov has made a number of comedies, including the highly successful Watch That Car, shown at an earlier Festival. An Office Affair is set in a statistical office in Moscow.The head of the office is a woman statistician, Director Kalugina, who seems to have few interests outside her work. ... She insists on rules being followed to the letter and pays little attention to the feelings of he... Read more
A black American gambler descends into a nightmare of murder and revenge, in which he must ultimately stake his own life. ... Read more
A documentary portrait of the clam-diggers (called 'baymen') of Long Island, in New York State in America, who harvest shellfish from the area's seacoast bays, and whose traditional way of life is threatened with extinction due to water pollution. ... Silver Plaque, Chicago. Bronze Venus, Virgin Islands. ... Read more
Animated coloured beads tell the story of evolution and sound a cautionary note about the future. ... Read more
This documentary from the British Film Institute examines the newsreels of the 1930s, and the ways in which they handled the political events of the decade. The film consists of library footage from newsreels, documentaries and workers films, including material which has not been seen since the thirties. ... During production two complete archives were found which had previously been thought lost.... Read more
The film shows the loading of oil tankers in the middle of the North Sea in ail manner of weather conditions. ... Silver Award, Chicago. ... Read more
Two little Maori kids, Hema and Janey, are running away from their inner-city home to the country, where they plan to live with Nana George. ... The film is a series of flashbacks, which tell the story of their mother's separation from the father, their poverty, and the situation which finally gives rise to their running away. ... Read more
There is this bird that cannot fly and hates the whole world — especially that worm which eternally eludes him.. . ... Read more
This documentary examines childbirth practices in Western Society. The commentary is by Dr. R. D. Laing, who asks: 'Why is this celebration of life so often turned into a biological and emotional disaster area?' ... Laing challenges and raises questions about the immediate and long-term effects of many of the detached and routinised procedures that are often out of tune with the feelings and needs... Read more
At a small French outpost in West Central Africa, news of the First World War doesn't arrive until six months after the outbreak of hostilities. The Frenchmen decide to attack the neighbouring Germans in another European colony. ... Neither side has any military strength the French rely on a sergeant, and the Germans on three soldiers So, they conscript natives into their new armies and compel the... Read more
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