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Films Screened In 1979

Paul Schrader began as a film critic and went on to write the scripts for Taxi Driver, The Yakuza, and Obsession. This is his directorial debut. ... Zeke, Jerry and Smokey are close friends who work in an automobile factory in Detroit. The assembly line work they are engaged in is grinding and ... Read more
A successful, young professional from San Francisco gives us a guided tour of his favourite objects and speculates on the latest new products he is thinking about buying. ... Read more
First, with fire and flame, silent witnesses of the history of Brussels recall the city's,turbulent past and tell of its growth from its legendary origins to its place today at the crossroads of Europe. Then follows a 'Descent into Hell' to a surrealist rhythm from demons in stone to the canvasses ... Read more
Haile Genma shot Bush Mama in America before returning to his native Ethiopia to make Harvest 3000 Years (Melbourne Festival 1977). In both films he explores a complex social reality and the radical film language needed to deal with such problems. ... Dorothy, a Black woman, lives with her eleven ... Read more
Set in New York in the Summer of 1931, Butch Minds the Baby tells the story of a safebreaker who cannot find a babysitter on the night he is asked to open a safe. ... Read more
A man awakens in a strange apartment, in the bed of a girl whom he met at a party the previous evening. ... Read more
A documentary filmed on the university campus, which demonstrates changes that have occurred and that need to occur, concerning architectural and attitudinal barriers to the physically handicapped. ... Read more
An analysis of the contribution that play makes to the child's development. ... Read more
Chuquiago, the Indian name for La Paz, Bolivia's capital city, is a mixture of different classes and races that are kept separate and segregated. The film interweaves four stories as a way of illustrating this diversity, with its various cultural and social tensions. ... Isico, a young Indian boy ... Read more
A young actress, Diane Gardner, talks about her struggles in the world of show business, while Canemaker's colorful animated images comment on, mirror, and probe hidden meanings in her words. ... Read more
Luchino Visconti's meticulous concern for design and detail is demonstrated in this documentary record of an exhibition of some of the costumes especially made for his films. ... Read more
A personal account of life in Cuba, investigating the earnings, eating habits, working and social life of the ordinary Cubans. ... Read more
A personal view of dancers at the Ballet Rambert. ... Read more
Filippok, an elderly writer, visits his wife, Zinochka, in hospital. He presents her with an edition of his new book, which is a collection of autobiographical reminiscences. The film then moves into the past and shows episodes from the writer's life. ... The Civil War is raging. The young Filippok ... Read more
Nagisa Oshima, in his companion piece to his celebrated Empire of the Senses, once again turns to the subject of passion and death, and once again, to a real happening — this time taking place in a remote village, in 1895. But, unlike the former story of a man and a woman destroying ... Read more
A sociological study about equality from the points of view of sex, race, ethnic origin, economics, and age. ... Gold Hugo, Chicago. ... Read more
The effects of the consumer society on an office worker are shown in four surreal episodes. ... Read more
'A part of Italy, Trieste, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire in pre-World War I days serves as a classic backdrop for this tale of a handsome young man's initiation to life, sex and class ways of the times. Title character comes from a Jewish family. His mother had been abandoned by his Christian ... Read more
Everest has been climbed a number of times in the past but always with artificial oxygen. In May of last year, two climbers" dreams were fulfilled. They successfully climed to the highest point on earth without oxygen. This film records that first momentous ascent. ... Read more
An adaptation of a Katherine Mansfield story about a successful young lawyer, his wife, and a jazz pianist, whose lives are changed after a dinner party, at which the true relationship between the protagonists is revealed. ... Read more
An explosion in a chemical plant releases dioxyne, the defoliant used in Vietnam. The workers clean up the machinery, then show signs of a skin disease developing; professional cleaners are called in, but are not told of the danger. This crew also becomes ill, one man dies. The company pays ... Read more
A moral tale about a liberated bird. ... Read more
In his first film made in Germany, expatriate Iranian director, Sohrab Shahid Saless, creates a portrait of another expatriate: a Turkish factory worker in Berlin. ... Saless' camera observes the gastarbeiter's daily routine. ... ”We see him at his job, a dedicated prisoner to his monstrous ... Read more
Sometimes feedback can go haywire, producing some odd results. . . ... Read more
An impressionistic study of the sights and sounds of Sydney Harbour. ... Read more
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