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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
David Blackwood, Canada's celebrated print maker: the artist and his work; the man and his background ... Read more
Edited version. ... When Juan Gallardo takes up bull-fighting in his native Spanish town, his family overcome their initial disapproval when they discover the financial advantages. Juan marries Carmen, his childhood sweetheart, but his auspicious career is threatened when he meets Dona Sol, the ... Read more
A vortex of syncopated images and sounds depict a typical opening night at the Guggenheim Museum, as experienced by the Museum's director. ... Read more
With its dwindling resources, the Earth will not be able to support its growing population with food and consumer goods. For the next millennium, technology will have to be reoriented towards providing the essentials for mankind's survival. This is the thesis the film expounds and illustrates. ... Read more
The church of the West Hungarian town of Velemer was built at the beginning of the 14th Century, and was decorated by frescoes. Some of these still survive, and the film gives, without narration, an account of these medieval paintings on the fashionable iconographic themes of the times: such as the ... Read more
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