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Films Screened In 1979

Ingenuity, perseverance and unflagging optimism won for Dr Paul McGrady the coveted £50 000 Kremer prize for designing the first man-powered airplane to fly a mile-long figure-eight course. ... Read more
The film shows Fnsbees dancing in mid-air, floating in space, and finding their targets with remarkable accuracy at the Frisbee Championships. Even dogs are captured in slow motion making impossible catches. ... Read more
A novel idea for escaping the wrath of cuckolded husbands. ... Read more
The plot of For Your Pleasure dates back to the late Fifties. Television was starting to make life tough for the small theatrical companies touring the country-side. The film tells the story of such a touring company, led by an oldtime director who vainly tries to play sophisticated drawing-room ... Read more
George Segal, one of the most eloquent living American artists, supported himself with chicken farming before his career took off during his Pop Art days in the 1960s, still lives and works in the same modest buildings. ... This film was made during a period of two years, when Segal was at work on ... Read more
An old man is dying in hospital under rather strange circumstances. Facing death, the old man remembers his past. . . ... Read more
A cinema verite documentary exploring Los Angeles club boxing, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged minorities. ... Jury Award and Gold Medal, Miami. ... Read more
A record of the second Hookers' Convention in Washington, and a portrait of Margo St James an ex-hooker, who campaigns to decriminalise prostitution. ... Read more
Jake Van Dorn, a deeply religious Midwestern businessman lives a happy life, until his daughter disappears on a trip to Los Angeles. ... He hires a seedy private detective, who finds a sex film in which the girl has participated, apparently against her will. When the father realizes that he can't ... Read more
A group of amateur horsemen cross Victoria's Great Dividing Range, using a little frequented track. Without a commentary, the film shows the grandeur and mystique of the region. ... Read more
This short tribute to Hokusai animates 30 of the 30,000 drawings the master is reputed to have produced during his lifetime. ... Read more
The film is constructed in five movements, following the seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and another Winter. The story is set in 1942-43. ... A group of villagers are offered a one year contract of work on a farm in Germany. Four families and two single men accept the offer. ... They arrive ... Read more
Two intrepid climbers scale the Crystal Pillar, a vertical wall of ice near Quebec's Montmorency Falls. ... Read more
Having steered Papua New Guinea through Independence, Michael Somare's PANGU — P. P. P. coalition government faces the polls for the first time and is challenged by a strong alliance of opposition groups under the United Party. The challenge is strengthened when the Governor-General, Sir John ... Read more
The world of a young English bulldog. ... Read more
In the space of a few years, Jeanne Dielman has become known as one of the most important works of modern cinema. In it the director, Chantal Akerman, while using conventional narrative elements (the life of a housewife closely and minutely observed), introduces a new approach to the relationship ... Read more
Kassbach is a grocer in Vienna. With four close friends sharing the same social background, he belongs to a right-wing organization known as 'Initiative', which stages small-scale demonstrations and confrontations with Catholic and left-wing groups. On the surface, this neo-Nazi organization is ... Read more
Kostas, a Greek journalist, works as a taxi driver in Melbourne. Whilst seeing off a friend at the airport, he notices Carol, who is farewelling a friend. Later, she hires his cab and he takes her to her house. ... Some days later, pretending that she had ordered a taxi, Kostas persuades Carol to ... Read more
The legend of the peacocks that saved the town of Kremnica from the Turkish invaders. ... Read more
In 1947, Visconti went to Sicily with a small amount of capital advanced by the Communist Party, to make a film that expanded into a mammoth epic on the conditions of the poor workers and peasants of the South, and their struggle to liberate themselves from oppression. Planned as three episodes ... Read more
The film shows the impact of introduced animals on the ecology of the flood plains of the Bulloo River, in the South-West corner of Queensland. ... Read more
Michel Deville, previously a director of comedies, turns in Dossier 51 to a realistic account of secret service intelligence activities. ... The story tells of the efforts of the spies of a foreign power, who compile a dossier on a French diplomat, in an effort to recruit him while he is still ... Read more
Four friends try to teach a man a different style of walking. ... Read more
Using watercolours by Antoine Bourdelle, the film re-tells the story of Zeus, who wooed Leda in the form of a swan. ... Read more
Ligabue is the re-created biography of Italy's most famous primitive painter. The film is based on a book about the artist by the famous neo-realist scriptwriter, Zavattini. ... The film starts with Ligabue's arrival in central Italy after twenty years in Switzerland, his birthplace, where his ... Read more
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