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Films Screened In 1978

This urban fable tells the bittersweet success story of two Chicago flower sellers one of whom is mentally retarded. ... Read more
Eva Randers is a divorced librarian with a teenage son. She is approaching her fortieth birthday and to celebrate she asks a female colleague to come to dinner with her. At the restaurant the women order dinner and they are drawn into a lively party going on in the next-door ballroom. ... Eva is ... Read more
A sand-animated version of the Kafka story about a man who wakes up one day to find that he has turned into a beetle. ... Critics Prize, Annecy ... Read more
Monihara, a ghost story based on a tale by Rabmdranath Tagore, is told by a dishevelled teacher to a silent, dark-clad figure on a river bank. Phanibhushan, a rich jute merchant, brings his beautiful wife, Monimahka ( Mom') to live in a palatial house he inherited. ... It is apparent that ... Read more
The portrait of film director, Martin Scorcese, emerges from interviews with people who worked with him. ... Read more
A new exploration of the energies galactic spaces and earthly phases of the Universe. ... Read more
A seventy-three year old spinster spies on a young couple in an apartment across the block. She watches as they make love. She is a spinster, she has never experienced sex, and she is profoundly affected by the beauty of what she sees. ... One day they meet and she becomes friendly with the young ... Read more
This animated film tells its director s hair-raising experiences as a trainee teacher. ... Read more
In the youth cult society of America the elderly are shunted aside and ignored Nobody Ever Died of Old Age dramatizes the lives of a series of resourcefully independent citizens in their late years, who are struggling, against odds, to survive with some degree of dignity. ... Read more
The Scottish poet talks, with great humour and irony, about his role as a poet, his work, and about the function and meaning of poetry. ... Read more
Using live action, animation and special effects, the film demonstrates how the popular arts in America serve as vehicles for 'self-projection, experience-expansion, and fantasy fulfilment'. ... Read more
Omar Gatlato is an Algerian who works in a government office and dreams of sexual conquests. A romantic, he fancies himself as a ladies' man, but never moves outside the circle of his own mates, and lives with his sisters, parents and grandparents in a small apartment in Algiers. ... A good deal of ... Read more
In a small village, the imminent registration of the 1000th inhabitant, in the person of a baby about to be born, is awaited with excitement. Nobody takes notice of the birthday of the oldest inhabitant Their lack of attention leads to unexpected results. ... Read more
Felix the Cat was the first cartoon to express an individual personality in drawings that move. The producer of the films, Pat Sullivan, claimed all the credit for creating and developing Felix the Cat, but, unbeknownst to the public, it was Sullivan's shy Production Manager, Otto Messmer, who ... Read more
Liza Conners. played by Hollis McLaren, escapes from a mental institution and goes to live with her friend, Robin. They last knew each other in high school, he is now a hairdresser with a flair for female impersonations. He satirises such well-known American vocalists and actresses as Judy Garland ... Read more
Set in the mountains of Sardinia, Padre Padrone explores the childhood and adolescence of boys who are compelled to leave school and spend years in isolation as sheep-herders. ... Gavino is at school in the village of Siligo, but at the age of six, he is taken away by his father, Efisio. They go ... Read more
The director of Paradise Place, Gunnel Lindblom, played leading roles in several of Ingmar Bergman's films including The Silence In her first feature film, she raises profound questions about the make-up of Swedish society. ... A family has gathered at a large country estate to celebrate ... Read more
In the big cities, many working parents leave their small children at home alone This documentary shows the effects of their abandonment on the little people. ... Read more
Study of the making of Japanese pottery and the rhythm of daily circumstances out of which the pieces emerge and draw their meaning. Potters at work are observed in two mountain villages on Kyushu Island, in the south of Japan. ... Read more
Perhaps the most notorious post-war propaganda film was made in 1942 by Spanish director Saenz de Heredia. It was called Race,, and Franco himself was believed to have closely supervised the script. ... So the film is believed to reflect directly Franco's ideas his own conception of patriotism, his ... Read more
As part of their programme of restoring vintage Australian films ,the present 35 mm. copy of Robbery Under Arms was reconstructed by the National Film Archive. Five minutes were lost. ... The Aboriginal, Warringal, was played by the Aboriginal actor Jackie Anderson, which was unusual for the period ... Read more
Since 195, Roger Corman has produced and directed the cream opf Ameerica's B-pictures, and in doing so, has provided a start many American Filmakers. ... A Bucket of Blood, Little Shop of Horrors, The Edgar Allen Poe Chillers, and the Wild Angels were only the beginning. Targets, Deathrace 2000 and ... Read more
A black (and red) little joke about the torturer and the tortured. ... Critics' Prize.Annecy ... Read more
The Robin is better known to most of us as a carrier of Christmas messages than as a wild bird. But dispensing peace and goodwill is not part of the Robin's life — it spends most of its time arguing with the neighbours. ... Pugnacious defender of its garden territory, the Robin has a private ... Read more
After 60 years, the outward scars of the battles of the Great War are healing, but they are still there — touched off by the place names, that are still a litany of courage, comradeship and death. ... Scars visits those places to find the wound of the Great War gently festering, it finds tons ... Read more
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