Films Screened In 1979

In a blend of fact and fiction, the film gives a poetic picture of the life of a fisherman and his family. ... Read more
A film poem based on sculptures of the Madonna in Gothic art. ... Read more
The manufacture of lights set to the music of Strauss. ... Read more
Bresson's A Man Escaped, like The Trial of Joan of Arc, is closely based on factual records. Yet it is far from being a documentary. 'I would like to show this miracle', Bresson explains. 'An invisible hand over the prison, directing what happens and causing such and such a thing to succeed for one and not another. The Spirit breathes where it will.' ... The story is taken from Andre Devigny's acc... Read more
Until recently, in some villages of India, if a widow was discovered to have taken a lover, she was outcast from the community, and ghatashraddha, the last rites were performed over her. This film by the young director, Girish Kasaravalli, shows the plight of such a widow. ... Udupa is a highly respected Brahmin scholar who teaches the Veda to a diminishing number of students in his school. His re... Read more
The story of Malfred Signal, retired teacher, whose life had been dedicated to nursing her ailing mother, and instructing generations of young girls in the art of drawing. With he mother's death, Malfred attempts break awav and seek a new life. ... Read more
Out of the fifty-odd films of the great Japanese director, Yasujiro Ozu, about twenty are lost to us today. Throughout his career, Ozu repeated certain plots and dramatic situations many times; A Story of Floating Weeds, one of his favourites, was remade 25 years later as Floating Weeds. ... An ageing actor returns with his troupe to a remote island town to visit his mistress and their son, who is... Read more
This late 19th century tale is set in a Romanian village ruled by the ancient but impoverished aristocratic Comanesteanu family. The crops are bad, and when hungry peasants demand their rights, the lease-holders cheat them. ... The aristocrats are displaced by the former lease-holders, who now become their rich successors. The strongest member of this new rich class is a brutal, ruthless man named... Read more
A visual joke about the relativity of seeing and feeling. ... Read more
Facial transformations, human and animal, including Henry VIII, Mick Jagger, Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde, Prince Phillip, Pablo Picasso Salvador Dali, Idi Amin, etc. ... Read more
A portrait of a person encountering himself in a modern, urban environment. ... Read more
The World Championship of Monopoly is held — appropriately — in Monte Carlo This film gives an account of the 1978 event. ... Read more
What is dying? How does it feel? What happens after? Afterlife is one artist s impressionistic and visionary response to these eternal questions ... Grand Prix, Montreal Silver Hugo, Chicago ... Read more
Roberto tends his own, unprofitable farm in Mexico To earn enough money to keep his wife and their expected child, he decides he must work in the United States for a white His mother tells him that his father did the same intending to stay there temporarily, but never returned. ... Roberto crosses the border illegally, managing to avoid discovery by the border police and immigration authorities He... Read more
The story of Alexandria. . . Why? begins in 1942, at a time when Egypt found itself in a tense and highly precarious situation The Egyptians are hostile to the occupying British forces, Rommel's army is advancing threateningly, and so are the Italians Signs of the approaching Palestinian-Jewish conflict are also in evidence. ... Yehia, a teenager, is blissfully unaware of these problems His heroes... Read more
An experimental film combining animation with pixillated live action. ... Read more
An integrated collection of diverse animated sequences presented as a film within a film. ... 1st Prize, ASIFA East. ... Read more
A humorous account of a child's growth in the womb. ... Read more
Set in a typically isolated rural community of North Cornwall in 1916 the film centres on a young Cornish wrestler, Jack Bryant. ... Jack celebrates his eighteenth birthday, a date of double significance. He can enter this first ‘All-Weights' Wrestling Championship - an event for which his ex-champion father has trained him for a long time. At the same time, the conscription laws demand that he jo... Read more
Bert Hall, stock contractor, Shayne Quay, young Chinese girl who grew up in the rough and tumble of side-show alley, argue and fight their way to 30 rodeos a year across Australia. ... Read more
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