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Films Screened In 1979

People will never be destroyed, not even when faced with insoluble problems — thanks to man. ... Read more
A detailed study of the evolution of the celebrated portrait of Mary Gilmore. ... Read more
A portrait of a Mediterranean pottery workshop, nestled in the Hebron Hills southeast of Jerusalem, focusing on the craft processes within the workshop. ... Read more
This human rights film looks at the plight of Russian Jews who apply for visas for Israel and are refused. Because of the impossibility of filming it as a documentary in Russia, the film is in the form of a drama-documentary set in present day England. ... 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
A documentary about a ranch home for mentally retarded adults and the people who live there. The film shows the growth and development of people thought incapable of learning. ... Read more
1669, the year in which Rembrandt painted his last self-portraits, and in ... which he died, is the starting point of this dramatised account of some aspects of the great Dutch master's life. ... We trace Rembrandt's quick rise to fame; his painting of 'Doctor Nicolaes Tulp Demonstrating the ... Read more
Winsor McCay (1871-1934) was the greatest of the early American animators. Eighty four year old John Fitzsimmons, who assisted McCay on two of his ten films, recalls McCay's career as a comic strip artist, vaudeville performer and animation pioneer. ... Read more
'Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor' was one of the first abstract paintings produced in Australia. Roy de Maistre, who was very interested in music, related the colours of the spectrum to the notes of the diatonic scale. This film analyses the-painting and illustrates the artist's theory. ... Read more
The graphic image of one of the 'Chase Sculptures for Dance', animated by the use of a synthesizer. ... Read more
The film is based on the music of Eric Satie. The animator conjures up the fauna of the megalopolis (its bars, hotels, markets) and of the countryside — all accompanied by the satirical and lyrical music of Satie. ... Read more
The film shows a year in the lives of three students: from high school graduation day to their first school re-union. ... Gosha and Zosya, in love for a long time, have become lovers. Both have serious plans for the future — he to become a volcanologist; she to enter University. When Zosya ... Read more
A study of the myth of the American motor-cyclist: the costume and accessories, the tribal rites, the element of self-destruction. ... Kenneth Anger, formerly a child movie actor and maker of home movies in Hollywood, is now a widely acclaimed and pre-eminent figure in the American avant-garde and ... Read more
The development of a dance from conception to performance. ... Read more
A demonstration of the need for mutual understanding and tolerance in marriage. ... Read more
A giant kelp forest beneath the surface of the ocean and a unique community of marine life it supports, are threatened by pollution. ... Read more
This is the story of an eight year old and an old man, both called "Simplicio". ... The old man ekes out a lonely, meagre existence, living in a sunken ship which has been washed ashore a short distance from a fishing village. His fine boat that had made him the envy of his fellows, was destroyed ... Read more
In the small town of Carlton, the Businessmen's Progressive Association is endeavouring to make the area more attractive to city people. Colourful events are held, such as an axeman's carnival and a runathon, to improve Carlton's media image. ... Conservative elements in the community are somewhat ... Read more
This Cuba 'western' is based on the diary of Francisco Estevez, the most notorious rancheador (slave hunter) of the troubled colonial period of Latin America. The rancheador was essentially a mercenary, charged by wealthy landowners to hunt down runaway slaves (cimarrones) and return them to their ... Read more
In the Sleepwalkers the stories are interwoven with scenes from an avant-garde theatrical performance, rather in the style and approach of Jacques Rivette. ... Ana works for a committee that seeks the freedom of a group of terrorists who were condemned to death by a military court during the Burgos ... Read more
An exploration of I. T. Schumacher's approach to intermediate technology and its potential application in Canada. ... Read more
A documentary about the new currents of political and philosophical thought in France. The debate centres on people interviewed at the time of the French elections, which the Left was slated to win. The film features the so-called 'new philosophers', the children of '68 who have now turned against ... Read more
A probing documentary about the growing epidemic of occupational disease, told through the experiences of the workers themselves. The filmmakers play a unique role in uncovering a national scandal concerning the production of pesticides, then document the response of a spirited group of workers to ... Read more
Filmmaker and conservationist Bill Mason's lyrical account of his family's canoeing holiday. ... Read more
What happens if you don't clean the snow off your front steps . . . ... First Prize, Zagreb. ... Read more
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