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Films Screened In 1980

An amusing story of a painted doll doing a strip-tease with the use of a huge machine. ... Read more
This film is the second feature by an Italian now living in Venezuela, whose former jobs include fashion photography for Vogue in Europe and America and a feature starring Verushka. ... Simplicio is poles apart from those worlds, offering as it does a tale about the tender relationship between a ... Read more
After working as an actress and script-writer, Margarethe von Trotta has now directed two features. The first The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is currently in distribution in Australia and her second film is Sisters or the Balance of Happiness. ... Sisters, like Christa Klages, is a story ... Read more
The film, as it stands, is all that was completed by George Dunning, the great British animator, before his tragic death last year. Much of it is in pencil form (done on paper to check the animation before transforming to cells and colouring). Even in its draft form, it is plain that it would have ... Read more
This dramatised story gives an insight into the problems a woman separated from her unstable husband has to face when put on welfare. The small community in which she lives has no sympathy for the wife who breaks up her family, however justified her case may be. ... Read more
István Szabó's short film about one of his favourite parts of his native Budapest complements his other short "City Map". ... Read more
This film offers continuing evidence that Swiss film-making is still maintaining the high standards first achieved by Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta in the late sixties. Wilfried Bolliger is a new director and has chosen to set his second film in that area where many fear to tread, the romantic ... Read more
Shows the artistic developments of stained glass windows from artist's sketches to finished product. ... Read more
The adventures of an erotic cat. ... Read more
This film sets out to tell the story of Spencer through his work. By marrying his words to his pictures, by showing his work from the smallest sketch to the Burghclere Chapel, by filming Cookham and other places which inspired him, it brings us a little nearer to understanding the creative process ... Read more
On September 11, 1973 at about 7.30, Salvador Allende enters La Moneda, his seat of office. In the early afternoon he leaves it, wrapped in a blanket - dead. What happened in the intervening period is thoroughly covered here, with a montage of film and photo documents never before published ... Read more
Kaneto Shindo has been represented at previous Melbourne Film Festivals by such diverse works as The Island and Kuroneko and his latest film again veers off into a new area, the high-powered domestic melodrama. ... His film opens violently with a son drunkenly rolling through a home until the ... Read more
Kenji Mizoguchi was one of the greatest of all fIlm-makers and his career as a director spanned from 1923 to 1956. Tales of Chikamatsu (1954) belongs to the luminous late years of his career and was made two years after The Life of Oharu, the year after Ugetsu and in the same year as Sansho The ... Read more
"Tapdancin' " explores the art of American tap dance through stage performances, candid interviews, and vintage film clips. Old timers such as John Bubbles, the Nicholas Brothers, and Chuck Green are represented, as well as younger performers such as Tommy Tune, Jerry Ames, the Jazz Tap Percussion ... Read more
John, a successful advertising executive, leads an outwardly full and satisfying existence: at work with his partner Andrew, and assistant Julie — at home with his friend Anna. But his well-ordered routine is suddenly shattered when he is the lone witness to a violent robbery. After ... Read more
"His first feature film was The Age of Daydreaming in 1964, a story of his own generation and their discontent. It is burdened with French Nouvelle Vague influence to the point of cinema-manque rather than -verite. Andras Balint plays himself - or rather the self-image of Szabo - as a young man ... Read more
A brief, animated fantasy about an accident. ... Read more
"The Brace" deals with fantasy in a young family, both the romantic fantasy as expressed by the young child, and the unhealthy, expressed by the father. Only the mother is unaffected, until the end. ... Read more
A comedy with music about the chance meeting of a tramp and a street musician, and their subsequent triumph over their self-imposed isolation. ... Read more
Hong Kong's film industry continues to throw up surprises and new talents, and few in recent years have been as surprising and talented as Tsui Hark whose first feature The Butterfly Murders has been described as one of the most spectacular directorial debuts of the year. ... The new epoch, at the ... Read more
The film presents the two most well-known paintings, "The Lonely Cedar" and "Pilgrimage to the Cedar Tree" by the famous Hungarian painter, Csontváry. ... Read more
This film shows how some Chinese letters are in the shape of the words they represent. ... Read more
Each new film by Satyajit Ray brings with it fond memories of earlier privileged moments from this master of cinema. Ray has now been at the height of his powers for some years, and his work in the seventies displays a mixture of humanity, grace and beauty that has led him to be compared with ... Read more
The film examines the marine environment as a fragile and perhaps endangered world It also shows some of the great beauty to be found beneath the waves including sequences on the Coral Reef, sharks and the gentle giants of the oceans — the Great Whales. ... Read more
An adaptation of the Frank Moorhouse short story - a bourgeois comedy of manners. ... Read more
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