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Films Screened In 1980

One evening in spring, an elderly shoe mender, Mr. Pascal, does something rather audacious... ... Read more
A ventriloquist goes into an old people's home where he intends to live out his days. He is asked by the man in charge of the home to give a performance for some visitors, but in doing so he insults all the guests as well as the administrators of the home. ... Read more
Two men sneak into a hangar at night and assemble a diesel engine. They recall the world they knew before the silicon chip destroyed employment. The engine runs as they pretend to work. ... Read more
This film is the third part of Film Australia's screen history of Australian film production. "The Pictures That Moved" and "The Passionate Industry" took the history up to the end of the twenties. The present film covers the story of the industry in Australia between 1930 and 1940, from the ... Read more
The film demonstrates the relationship of the viewer to the screen, and the way in which the attention is absorbed into the world of the film-maker, affecting the viewer's own orientation; the physical support of the camera and its orientation in space. It is an example of the work being done for ... Read more
The story of the osprey: includes nestbuilding and family life in the Scottish Highlands, migration to Africa and the drama of hunting — some of the fishing scenes are among the most spectacular ever caught on film. ... Read more
The film depicts potteries and potters, including some contemporary potters from various parts of India. ... Read more
A science fiction story based on Karel Capek's novel "War of the Salamanders". Wrapped up in the thrilling story is the question: are we humans mature enough to appropriately control the vast array of technical devices and equipment available to us? Aren't we becoming too technical-minded, obsessed ... Read more
Ducks, people, dogs and unspoiled dreams. Freshness and humour — struggling, striving — eggs full of surprises — ideals, innocence and cunning — snails feelers. ... Read more
This film is a record of two trips made by Frank Hurley to the Torres Strait Islands, and to Papua in 1920-21 and 1922-23. Hurley stated, "My ambition has been to bring back and portray some of the more remarkable incidents and customs which I was privileged to see, as well as to give an intimate ... Read more
A portrait of an artist who works with material generated by publicity He cuts ads in magazines and puts them together in a new way making a reflection about our society, a criticism of our epoch. ... Read more
One of Genni Batterham's earliest symptoms of multiple sclerosis was the constant feeling of pins and needles. This film shows how she is coping with a disease that has changed her life forever. It also raises a number of issues which have important implications for all handicapped people, and the ... Read more
Poto and Cabengo are the names two identical twin sisters have given each other as part of a complex private language they have invented, and this film by Jean-Pierre Gorin documents the phenomenon. ... "What makes the film so strange and beautiful - a beauty which comes from the beauty of the ... Read more
This film probes a new sphere of study - microhistory or the images people's minds preserve of the past. He uses, as his raw material, amateur films that were made - rather poorly - for family use. ... Read more
The cat-girl heroine, Pussy, finds herself dwarfed in a world of the big boys. Yet, through exercising her mind and body - (wit and grace), she can metamorphose effortlessly from one opposite to the next - be both the pussycat and the ringmaster. She can fuse the opposites, and then dissolve them ... Read more
Through years of isolation, the Qeros Indians of Peru have preserved much of the basic survival pattern of existence in the Andes. The Andean civilisations reach back long before the Incas, and the Qeros offer a view of what life has been like over three thousand years in this setting. They survive ... Read more
"Sergei Eisenstein's Que Viva Mexico! (1930-32) occasioned one of the 1930's messiest artistic brawls. Following Eisenstein's fruitless Hollywood trip, novelist Upton Sinclair raised funds to allow the director to film a Mexican 'travelogue'. Eisenstein overran his modest budget, Sinclair seized ... Read more
King Hu is already known to Festival audiences for his brilliant film The Valiant Ones (MFF, 1975), and since that film he has now completed two productions, Legend of the Mountain and Raining in the Mountain, shot back to back over 15 months in Korea. ... Since their completion, King Hu's name is ... Read more
Robin Campbell, an old man of the Murrawarri tribe of the far north west of New South Wales, lives out his days on the fringe of a white town. Although he is now an "old Fella", he still has his memories. In this film Robin recalls - through dramatic re-enactments by his young relations - how he ... Read more
The film is an introduction to, and impression of, the "Rose" International Exhibitions of Ancient and Modern Art, which have taken place in Dublin over the past ten years. "Rose" is an Irish word meaning 'the eye' or 'the vision', and is the motif of the film. ... Read more
For close to three decades it seems that no film festival has been complete without a new film by Andrzej Wajda, Poland's greatest director and a film-maker with a seemingly inexhaustible capacity to renew his themes and styles. In recent years the rich historical tableau of Land of Promise was ... Read more
A comical, but scathing indictment of man's age-old exploitation of woman. A giddy, rather bawdy romp through the historical theories of a mad professor who is convinced that women are temporary visitors from a far away galaxy. ... Read more
Illustrates a traditional song of the Irish Revolution. ... Read more
A young woman breaks into a television studio during a news transmission, and takes the newscaster hostage, demanding transmission time so that she can relay a message to the viewers. ... Read more
In Australia no painter has more self-consciously and brilliantly investigated self-portraiture, than Brett Whiteley. In this film, Whiteley has integrated portrait and environment, reflecting Eastern ideas of man being only as important as any other point of reference. The film shows many earlier ... Read more
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