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Films Screened In 1979

THE MURDERER OF PEDRALBES (Gonzalo Herralde, 1978)
One morning in 1974, the butchered bodies of an upperclass couple were found in the bedroom of their house in Barcelona. Jose Luis Cerveto, their one-time chauffeur and butler, when questioned next d… Read more

The Oriental Nightfish (Ian Emes, 1978)
An animated film about the Oriental Nightfish that is 'everything we know, and all that we cannot comprehend'. ... Read more

The Punter (Ivan Gaal, 1978)
A pithy portrait of a small punter. ... Read more

The Ransom of Red Chief (Tony Bill, 1977)
A film version of an O'Henry story about the plight of two shabby con men, who try to kidnap a spirited young boy. ... Read more

The Resistance (Boro Pejćinov, 1978)
Animation of domestic hand-tools creates a metaphoric vision of human dignity. ... Read more

THE REVELATION (Vibeke Loekkeberg, 1978)
A woman takes stock and decides to change her life. With her son grown up and away from home, she feels lonely and useless, and begins to took for part-time work. Lacking confidence, she inevitably f… Read more

THE SCORE (Christer Dahl, 1978)
The Score is based on an autobiography written by an ex-convict, describing his prison experiences. ... A group of youths, high on drugs, steal a car and try to hold up a bank with a toy pistol. Thei… Read more

The Seven Islands of Frigg (R. Enrico, P. de Roubaix, 1979)
To develop one of the most important underwater gas fields, seven, man-made, artificial islands of concrete and steel have been built ashore and anchored in the North Sea, half-way between Scotland a… Read more

THE SPIRAL (Krysztof Zanussi, 1978)
Tomasz arrives at a ski resort, locks his car, and throws the keys down a ravine. He tries to make contact With the guests, but his boorish behaviour, his strange hysterical, insulting manner repuise… Read more

THE STROLLER IN THE ATTIC (Noboru Tanaka, 1976)
In 1975, Noboru Tanaka was acclaimed in Japan for his A Woman Named Abe Sada — the same story Nagasi Oshima used as the basis for In the Realm of the Senses (shown in the 1977 Festival). This f… Read more

THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION (Yoichi Takabayashi, 1976)
This is another film version of Yukio Mishima's story of the same title, which was first filmed by Kon Ichikawa under the title of Enjo. ... In his childhood, Mizoguchi has been taught by his father … Read more

The Third Front (Peter Wyeth, 1978)
Erwin Piscator's work as a producer/director in the Berlin of the 20's moved theatre away from the confines of domestic drama to the play of forces in world politics. ... To equip the stage for this … Read more

THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC (Robert Bresson, 1962)
Robert Bresson's account of the Joan of Arc story, although austere and elliptical as are all his films, remains very close to the written records of the trial held in 1431. ... The film begins twent… Read more

The Veil (, )
An impressionistic account of how Uzbekistan's women discarded their stiff, black veils after the Revolution. ... Read more

The Czechoslovak film industry celebrated its 80th birthday in 1978. Material preserved in film archives provides ample evidence that Czech filmmakers were in the vanguard of European cinematography … Read more

Till When . . .? (Bella Ventura, 1978)
A study in contrasts between the lives of the rich and the poor in Colombia, by the makers of the Melbourne Film Festival Grand Prix winning film, Bullfight in Sincilejo. ... Read more

Traces (N. Ghazarian, 1978)
The surreal world of a man caught within traces of his experience: reality becomes subverted by a dream. ... Read more

Ubu (Geoff Dunbar, 1978)
'Ubu Roi' was written by Alfred Jarry as a schoolboy in 1888 and performed amongst his friends as a puppet play. The first public performance was in 1896, in Paris, with the collaboration of such peo… Read more

UCCELLACCI E UCCELLINI (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1966)
Hawks and Sparrows is Pier Paolo Pasolini's only full length comedy, and his last film to be made in black and white. ... It is the story of two characters, a father and son, who represent two genera… Read more

Victorian Tapestry Centre (Paul Jansen, 1979)
Tapestry is one of the richest and oldest of the mural arts. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop was established in 1976 to encourage the art, and to establish a training ground for weavers and artists. … Read more

VIOLETTE NOZIÈRE (Claude Chabrol, 1977)
Through the varied genres of filmmaking that Claude Chabrol has attempted in his prolific career — thriller, melodrama, fantasy — one concern has remained constant, his exploration of fam… Read more

WILMINGTON 10 - USA 10,000 (Haile Gerima, 1978)
During racial disorders in Wilmington, South Carolina, in 1971, a group of black militants, led by Ben Chavis, according to witnesses, had organised armed forays, sniping and firebombings from a chur… Read more

Wimshurst's Electrostatic Generator (Erik van Zuylen, 1978)
A man is called to his grandmother's deathbed. As he waits for her to die, he recalls his youth and the electrostatic generators that were his best friends. ... Read more

YOU ARE NOT ALONE (Lasse Nielsen, Ernst Johansen, 1978)
The story is set in a special boarding school for boys. The headmaster is friendly and liberal, but has no real understanding of the boys, while the teachers are clumsy and hypocritical in their hand… Read more

You'd Have to be Mad to Like Opera (Karl McPhee, 1978)
The film shows the wide range of activities and disciplines that go toward the making of an opera, centering on preparations for Don Pasquale and on the young soprano, Isobel Buchanan, a leading arti… Read more

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