Films Screened In 1980

The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects fourteen artists to examine this heterogeneous era. ... Read more
"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history unfolds. ... Szabo sketched his original conception of this intricate film: 'One night, an entire househo... Read more
Documentary on the trade with national-socialist products (books, records, medals and decorations) in West Germany in 1978. ... Read more
Yoichi Higashi is a new name from Japan and his first feature to reach the West is a strong drama that signals him as a director to watch. ... Third Base is made from a script by Shuji Terayama, the "enfant terrible" of Japanese art, film and theatre. It concerns Shinji Seno who is sent to a youth remand centre. We gradually learn of the events of his life that led to him being there, while his li... Read more
A ghost story set in the days when radio was the centre of home entertainment. Three nights a week, in suspenseful instalments, Ainsley Rupert Macreadie writes and broadcasts his own stories to rapt audiences. He is known as "the disturbing gentleman of the wireless", and his chilling and intriguing tales of inventive horror tease his listeners into nightmares. But his latest cruel narrative, the ... Read more
1857 — India is in turmoil. Indian units of the East India Company's Army are in open revoit, leading to a popular uprising against British rule. ... One scorching Sunday morning in May, the regiment jn a small British cantonment mutinies and massacres some Englishmen in a church. The attack on the church is led by an ex-sepoy, Sarfraz Khan. Among those killed is Charles Labadoor. His daughter, Ru... Read more
A stream of demonstrators carrying placards and flags moves purposefully across the screen from right to left. There is only one man walking in the opposite direction carrying a flag. ... Read more
"More than ten years ago I did a semi-documentary feature which was a big success in the cinemas and later on television, named They Call Us Misfits (Dom Kallar Oss Mods). The film followed two guys - Kenta and Stoffe - 17 years old, how they lived, their background, their views on life and about growing up. They were two in a gang in Stockholm City, everything was possible and life was within rea... Read more
This second feature film by Anne Claire Poirier (her first Before the Time Comes, is a fine study of a woman's decision about whether to have an abortion), centres on a woman who is making a film about a rape. The woman sits with her editor discussing the scenes running through an editing machine, and from this emerges a film and a film within a film which can only provoke the spectator into serio... Read more
Animated interpretation of Elvis Costello's song "Accidents Will Happen" in which a series of accidents are analysed and portrayed in a series of symbols in a clinical, remote, High Tech framework. ... Read more
A new low-budget feature film set in the present, which links political terrorism in Australia with the world-wide development of nuclear power. The film seeks to expose attempts by the State and corporate apparatuses to provoke activists of the left into acts of individual terrorism. ... Read more
A film which shows the plight of the delinquent children and orphans who are put in protective homes. ... Read more
A short documentary which examines certain selected aspects of the personality, ideas and lifestyle of a young sculptor, with emphasis on his personal vision as a clue to understanding his creative process. ... Read more
The time is 1948: eighteen-year-old Vera is an uneducated, ingenuous assistant nurse in a hispital. A new social system is beginning to emerge and Vera's background identifies her with the rising new world. At a party meeting, she speaks her mind about irregular practices in the hospital. Party officials take note of her an send her to a school to study politics. Her classmates are destined to bec... Read more
A new Australian comes to grips with his first PE swimming lesson, and makes some friends along the way to the deep end. ... Read more
The experience of a car journey in the form of abstract imagery. An attempt to blend animation, movement, colour and sound in order to emphasise the musical highlights of Kraftwerk's famous composition. ... Read more
Autumn Marathon tells of a gentle-souled English translator in Leningrad who can't keep his private affairs apart from his duties - that is, he has a mistress on the side and a wife he loves. In addition, his Danish neighbour likes to go jogging each morning and punctually rings his doorbell at dawn during this autumn season. Then there are his English-language students at the Institute where he t... Read more
Special adaptations and inter-relationships of the plants and animals of the Canadian Rockies are discussed. Unique shots of the Water Ouzel, Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, Western Toad, Black Bear and other animals explain hibernation, cryptic colouration, predator/prey and other relationships. ... Read more
Ira Wohl's Best Boy is an Oscar-winning new feature-length film, again by a committed young film-maker, which is very much a part of the finest spirit of doctmentary film-making. It examines an individual and his situation with love, affection and respect. ... Best Boy is about Ira's cousin, Philly, who is 52, mentally retarded and has spent almost his entire life with his parents. It is an absorb... Read more
Howard Spicer is known to thousands of schoolchildren throughout Australia as "Big H" - the operatic bikie. Dressed in leather, he rides his motorbike into classrooms and introduces young people to opera. Using Spicer's work as an example, the film illustrates the concept of innovative arts education projects. ... Read more
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