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Films Screened In 1979

In a modern sound mixing studio, a filmmaker and sound engineer put the final touches to a film tracing the history of sound motion pictures. ... Read more
A portrait of Lynn Seymour, one of the world's finest dancers, and a study of various aspects of her work, at a time in her career when a major change is about to occur. ... Read more
A documentary of the filmmaker's maternal family, using old photographs, slides, home movies, and excerpts from some historical Australian women's films. ... Read more
It is 1976, Agnieszka, a student of the Polish Film Academy, preparing to make her first TV documentary, chooses for its subject the famous bricklaying shockworker of the Fifties, Birkut. He was a farmer, who went to Nowa Huta, a new industrial town, where his five-man group, under his ingenious ... Read more
'Marc Chagall' uses Chagall's own statements to develop the positive ideas and attitudes to be found in his art. Nourishing a dazzling command of a variety of artistic media — from oils, lithographs and ceramics to sculpture, tapestry and stained-glass — his philosophy reflects widely ... Read more
A study of the techniques used by Margaret Barr, a teacher of drama and movement in Sydney. The film shows the genesis of a dance drama, 'Judith Wright — Australian Poet', from conception to performance. ... Read more
The theories of Karl Marx explained in simple terms for the common person. ... Read more
Melody in Grey is set in 1918. Orin, a blind singer, belongs to a group of wandering singers known as the goze. ... When Orin breaks the group's rule of chastity, at the age of 21, she is thrown out and has to fend for herself. She works alone in homes and inns, peddled around by men who exploit ... Read more
A lyrical documentary about the Athens Flea Market. ... Read more
My Way Home is the third and final part of Bill Douglas' autobiographical trilogy. The first two parts, My Childhood and My Ain Folk, have both been shown in earlier Festivals. ... Set in the 1950's, the film opens in a children's home, where Mr. Bridge, a sympathetic house-father, reluctantly lets ... Read more
By the 1880's, William Morris had gained fame as a writer, poet, and designer, but his success drew him increasingly towards the ideas of socialism. For Morris the process of industrialisation brought an ugliness that killed the spirit; he dreamed of a classless, craftbased society which valued the ... Read more
The famous American detective, Nick Carter, is summoned from his New York office by Chief of Police, Inspector Kaunitz of Prague to solve The Mystery of the Century. Countess Thunova's beloved Gert has disappeared! ... Following the clue afforded by a carnivorous plant, and quite undismayed by the ... Read more
In the midst of the Second World War in occupied Poland, Friedrich, a young German officer of aristocratic background, meets his older cousin, Hans Albert. Both are part of the same regiment, stationed in a beautiful country estate. Both men take the opportunity to resume their philosophical ... Read more
This student-made documentary examines the methods used in one approach to personal development, based on the works of Freud, Jung and Perles. ... Read more
The Australian artist, Sidney Nolan, returns home to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Sydney University on his sixtieth birthday. This film follows his activities in Australia, England (where he now lives), and Africa. His current travels are seen against a broad canvas of output from ... Read more
Northern Lights begins in the present, as 95 year old Henry Martinson recalls his life as a North Dakotan farmer in 1915. The film then becomes a reconstruction of that time, with its fictional main character Ray Sorenson. ... Farming is a bleak prospect. The weather is harsh, and any temporary ... Read more
Raphael D. Silver is the husband of Joan Micklin Silver, who directed Hester Street and Bernice Bobs Her Hair (shown in the 1977 Festival), and produced On the Yard. It is his first film as a director. ... The story interweaves the situations of a number of prisoners doing time in a state ... Read more
Corazon de la Cruz is a Filipino nurse. The film's title metaphorically describes her as a 'moth', who is preparing to travel to the alluring 'flame' of the United States. Many of her friends, and her family, share this enthusiasm, while Bonifacio, her boyfriend, plans to join the US Navy. ... The ... Read more
Luchino Visconti's first film was based on James Cain's thriller 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', which was also made into a French film in 1939, and was turned into the celebrated Hollywood movie by Tay Garnett, in 1946. ... The theme of the story is the destructive power of sexual passion. Gino ... Read more
Outtakes pretends to be a collection of discarded takes of a hapless leading man who ruins a lot of footage by doing all the wrong things during the shooting of his scenes. ... Read more
Environmental sculptor, Marr Grounds, with the help of two students, an overseas professor, and a co-operative station owner with a road-grader, makes his own Environmental Impact Statement as an art-work, constructed across the Dingo Fence west of Tibooburra. ... Read more
A girl driving home late at night after a row with her boyfriend, stops to give an old lady a lift. . . ... Read more
Patricia's Moving Picture is the story of one 'extraordinary-ordinary' woman, who at the age of 40, with a good marriage of 20 years and seven children, questions what to do with the rest of her life apart from her role as Mrs. and Mother. ... Read more
As with The Pied Piper which Jacques Demy made in 1971, Peau d'ane is an attempt to bring a fairytale narrative to the screen in as faithful a way to the original as possible, yet subtly reinterpreted and reworked from a modern point of view. ... A beautiful Queen dies. The King makes a vow that he ... Read more
This experimental film explores the interaction between the artist and his creation: Kathy Rose, the maker of the film confronts her animated characters in a mixture of live action and animation. ... Special Merit, ASIFA East. ... Read more
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