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Films Screened In 1980

The film tells the story of the music that came out of Kansas City in the twenties and thirties. Many of the major jazz innovators of the day played in a travelling band called the Oklahoma City Blue Devils. The Blue Devils took their name from the barb-wire cutters of the cattle-farmer range wars ... Read more
A short cartoon dedicated to the graceful and artistic Canadian log driver. ... Read more
Juraj Herz is Czechoslovakia's chief creator of fables, fairy stories and parables. His previous works seen at the festival include the grotesque joke called The Cremator and the mordant and elaborate good and evil story Morgiana. Herz has staked out a film-making territory that could be called a ... Read more
The Man Who Loved Women is the second film of François Truffaut to be presented at this year's festival. It demonstrates a quite different aspect of the directorial personality of this most remarkable of modern French directors. ... The film centres on the life of Bertrand Morane, a well-off ... Read more
Erich Von Stroheim is one of the eccentric masters of American film and his career as director and actor is examined in this film. Von Stroheim was a flamboyant showman and in his life and work, he endured some triumphs but a great deal of sadness and defeat. The film looks at all these elements ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielrnan, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerman's new film assumes the awesome task of laking the pulse of Western Europe while pursuing an ... Read more
The film presents an abridged version of the only surviving Mystery Play still performed annually by local amateur performers, set in a context of local lore and everyday life. Dating back to the 14th Century, the play tells the story of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. ... Read more
A cartoon about a man speaking in public. ... Read more
Another in the series sponsored by the Australian Film and Television School of films by Australian Theatre Directors. Malcolm Robertson demonstrates a sense of deft touch in his story of the outlandish way that a best-seller is written and publicised. There is an exuberant performance by Gary Day ... Read more
Hong Kong is well represented at the 1980 festival, and one of its three features is a debut film by a young former TV director, Ann Hui. She demonstrates here the new stylistic and technical awareness of the younger generation of Cantonese directors. ... Based on a murder case that occurred in ... Read more
"The Song of the Shirt" grew out of a video project on women and the Welfare State. It examines why the status of working women had deteriorated from the time of the Industrial Revolution, and how it was that women living and working outside the family came to be seen as a challenge to the social ... Read more
This film may well turn out to be the sleeper of the decade. An unprepossessing story, an unfamiliar cast and crew, a gently comic tone — all these are the basic ingredients of a film that has been almost sensationally successful wherever it has been shown. ... Rolf Lyssy's film focusses on a ... Read more
Volker Schlondörff has been at the head of German production since the mid-sixties when the revival in quality commenced. His earlier films like Young Torless, The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum, The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, Coup de Grace and Summer Lightning have all been ... Read more
The film was shot in the slums of Bogota, Colombia. It shows the daily struggle of the slum-dwellers, the forced evictions by the army, the resistance organised by the priests, and the official church, which sides with the establishment. The slum-dwellers talk about oppression by the church in ... Read more
A bird whose wings are too weak to take it up into the air, longingly watches a group of happy fliers, among them a flying snail. However, the bird gets an idea and quickly constructs a flying machine and joins the others in the sky. The machine soon disintegrates, and the bird comes down to earth ... Read more
The story of three men and their search for a bride... or an object? ... Read more
A journalist, whose marriage is in some disarray, listens to her father reminiscing about a clique that centred around Lord Winchell who was the victim of a political assassination. She sets out to investigate the long-unsolved case. The search for clues into the death takes us back to the 1930s ... Read more
A saga of the Port Phillip sea pilots from their beginnings in 1938 to the present day. The film highlights the hazards of one of the most dangerous harbour entrances in the world, and the vital role played by the Pilot Service in the operation of this major port. ... Read more
Tom is a boy on the verge of adulthood. Living a protected life with his parents and sister, he rebels against his father's plan to sell off the marshlands they own. His family's tradition has been to hunt ducks in the marshes and his grandfather is still living a solitary life operating a ... Read more
Film record of an historic debate on women's liberation that took place at New York City's Town Hall in 1971. The participants Norman Mailer, author of "Prisoner of Sex"; Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch"; literary critic Diana Trilling, Jill Johnston, journalist and lesbian spokeswoman ... Read more
This is the story of a woman who sets out on an automobile trip with her husband. Her diary entries and snapshots reveal how the travellers first lose their way; then, gradually, lose each other. ... Silver Dragon, Cracow. ... Read more
A film made by a Danish film crew which documents, without comment, the living conditions of 1,800 refugees who have been living on a sinking ship for four months. ... Read more
Shohei lmamura has been making films in Japan for nearly two decades and it is only further evidence of the West's near complete ignorance of Japanese art and artists that his work has barely raised a ripple on Western consciousness. Yet for all that, his work is of the same magnitude and value as ... Read more
Doug Smith is a loner who lives in a cheap one-room apartment, and works as a storeman. He is not outgoing. He leaves home for work on a morning in which the Prime Minister has addressed Australians, asking them to shed themselves of their apathy. He is stopped by a reporter from a newspaper, and ... Read more
The story of a troubled teenager, his brother, a young, striving stand-up comedian, and his brother's friend and mentor - an aging and forgotten vaudevillian. The story is about alcoholism, but also about youth and aging, "making it" and failing, about taking responsibility for oneself and a ... Read more
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