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Films Screened In 1979

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 day, confessed everything. He was condemned to death, but his sentence was commuted to thirty years ... Read more
An animated film about the Oriental Nightfish that is 'everything we know, and all that we cannot comprehend'. ... Read more
A pithy portrait of a small punter. ... Read more
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
Animation of domestic hand-tools creates a metaphoric vision of human dignity. ... Read more
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 fails at the various jobs she tries. She is hired as a door-to-door saleswoman, but her incompetence ... Read more
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. Their attempt fails; the police testify the gun was real, and the boys receive a four year sentence. ... Read more
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 and Norway. ... This film shows the problems posed and their solutions. ... Read more
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 repuises the people around him. He hides his identity behind invented names and stories, and conceals his ... Read more
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 film continues Tanaka's exploration of sexuality and eroticism. ... Goda is a voyeur. Hiding in the ... Read more
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 that the Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto) was the most beautiful thing in the world. Thus ... Read more
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 'epic' approach, he employed a whole range of 20th century media; film, slides, and moving stages ... Read more
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 twenty-five years after Joan's death, with her mother filing a petition in the Notre Dame church ... Read more
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 during the first decade of the century, and Jifi Menzel's film, set in 1907, pays tribute to the ... Read more
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
The surreal world of a man caught within traces of his experience: reality becomes subverted by a dream. ... Read more
'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 people as Bonnard, Serusier, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard. It immediately gained the notoriety that it ... Read more
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 generations of Italian society and life, wandering around the countryside. They travel with a talking ... Read more
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. ... This film documents the transformation of a Roger Kemp painting into a major tapestry, and by so ... Read more
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 family relations and the way they act against a wider social context. In Violette Noziere, Chabrol ... Read more
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 church. Two people died in the riot. ... A bi-racial jury found the defendants guilty, and the court ... Read more
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
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 handling of the students. After a petty incident, the headmaster expels one of the boys, whereupon the ... Read more
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 artist with the Australian Opera Company. ... Read more
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