Films Screened In 1981

The history of coal mining is a story of back-breaking labor, dangerous working conditions, meagre salaries. and occasionally violent labor strife Coal deposits can mean job opportunities and economic prosperity for the people who mine the ore. but too often miners find themselves exploited by industrial capitalists, sometimes poorly represented by union leaders and occasionally manipulated by gov... Read more
It is most unusual for a Japanese director to be "discovered" from his first feature film. In general it seems that a director attracts attention only after several films, and henceforth sends the archivists scuttling back to earlier unknown work A break with this tradition has occurred with A 19-Year-Old's Plan directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi. ... Yanagimachi was born in 1 945 and on graduating he... Read more
Based on a short story by Flannery O'Connor, whose novel Wise Blood was recently filmed by John Huston, the film is set on a small dairy farm in South Georgia during the early 1 950s The farm is run with proud efficiency by Mrs Cope, a widow with a young daughter Mrs Cope is paid a surprise visit by three boys from Atlanta who leave the farm much changed from the way they found it. ... Read more
In the vast, sparsely populated area of central Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, there is a small town where a young widow. Tamiko Kazami. is desperately trying to make a living by running a small dairy farm with only her small son to help her. ... Her life begins to change when a man suddenly appears at her door on a stormy night, asking for a place to stay. She lets him sleep in the b... Read more
House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 Nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed. These included Brecht, a foreigner about to return to Germany. The first ten witnesses refused to testify, became known as the "Hollywood Ten", and were later imprisoned In agreement with the Ten and their lawyers. Brecht answered the Committee's questions and was allowed to leave the country The film ... Read more
A farm woman in 1905 rural America is accused of murdering her husband and arrested Two women, her neighbors, discover evidence that will incriminate her. They must decide whether or not to reveal it. ... "For me the most singular, surprising and rewarding film of this section of the festival was a short. A Jury of Her Peers directed by Sally Heckel. It is based on a short story written in 1917 by... Read more
One of the most graphic documentaries ever filmed, this records the efforts of squatters to draw attention to the chronic shortage of housing in Holland. The coronation of Queen Beatrix was used as the occasion for demonstrations against Government policy. ... "Made as a collaborative effort between two Dutch collectives, the film was shot during the week before Beatrix was crowned, and on the day... Read more
Iren Zemann is a 30 -year-old kindergarten teacher. Her senior post, her shared apartment, and a lover, a man with a family — these are the boundaries within which her life is following its course. Her daily routine is destroyed by the sudden death of her co-tenant, an old lady named Etelka. Iren becomes the sole tenant of the apartment and she believes this might be the basis on which she can hav... Read more
A stark black, white and red animation of an Iranian folk tale. ... Read more
Adam develops a theory that erratic ant behavior signals impending earthquakes. In a brave new world that has gone sadly awry, he salvages what little is left of love and the vestiges of his sanity. ... Read more
An investigation of lightning as an arbitrary intervention in people's lives with devastating consequences. ... Read more
Kinetic artist Yaacov Agam uses the words "sharing", "participating", "dialoguing" in reference to his art. His aim is to have people communicate with one another, and with or through his art. ... Read more
Age Before Beauty presents a positive ... view of ageing and being old. It shows ... older women exercising and dancing, ... ageing before your eyes, in a sexual ... encounter in their seventies, choosing ... chiropractic and acupuncture ... treatments, reading their own poetry in ... a nursing home, and much more... ... including a new theme song for getting ... older. ... Read more
Five years in the making, Agee chronicles in vivid, dramatic, and often humorous terms, the unfolding of a life dedicated to the written word. In his short, intense career, James Agee brought his passion, his integrity, and ... his reverence for life to all that he touched. His scrupulous honesty and sheer genius as a stylist give his writing a power and diversity unmatched in American literature.... Read more
Theo Angelopoulos' new film comes to us laden with international awards and honors. Its first screening at the 1980 Venice Festival threw almost the entire remaining offerings into sharp relief. Its sheer size and length demanded attention and as a film it proved riveting and engrossing. ... John Francis Lane wrote about it in the Rome International Daily News as follows: ... "The art of the film,... Read more
"Amy, wonderful Amy, how can you blame me for loving you?" ... When the newspaper editor in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance gave the immortal advice, "When the fact becomes legend, print the legend", he could have asked what makes a legend and what is its basis? ... In 1930 Amy Johnson pipped Joan of Arc in a poll of young girls visiting Madame Tussaud's. as the woman they would most ... Read more
The confessions of an ex-stripper. A hilarious deadpan description of the life of a girl who worked in the clubs of Soho. ... Read more
The body of Annie Mae Aquash, a young American Indian woman who fought for social justice, was found in aravine on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1 976. Her death was attributed to exposure, her hands severed and sent to Washington, D.C.. ostensibly for identification, and she was buried in an unmarked grave. Later, the body was exhumed and a second pathologist found a bullet in her brain. ... Anni... Read more
The story of a night in Berlin. The story of an encounter. The story of a song. The meeting of two generations. The film opens with the group MC 5 playing Kick Out the Jams, one of the political hymns which in 1 968 symbolized the rebellion of a generation. The opening scene is black and white. Twelve years have passed since then. ... Listening to the music is a 30-year-old musician who calls hims... Read more
Aubrey is an inventor with his own approach to inventing, and in this film his peculiar logic leads him to some odd but thought-provoking conclusions. A beanstalk grows in Aubrey's garden. He climbs it and enters a world of music. But he upsets the boss. . .a gigantic tuba. ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director