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Films Screened In 1981

The second year of the Keio Era (1 866) Japan is in the midst of a turbulent period Boiling in the minds of the masses is something pointing toward the coming of a new age While transporting raw silk off Yokohama, Genji, a poor farmer, had been ship-wrecked. A passing American ship picked him up ... Read more
The scene: a long line of straight-faced, identical people, using their elbows to get to the top. They pass a nudge along the line until the first person, the "top", knocked off his feet by the impact of the final nudge. Somewhere among them stands a more colorful character, the non-conformist, who ... Read more
Exchange and Divide takes a popular contemporary theme and develops it in unexpected directions. The effect is to ... bring under scrutiny both social relations and some of the conventions which condition their portrayal in the cinema and on television. The opening scenes use familiar devices of ... Read more
A dramatic semi-fictional account of the effect of the Whitlam sacking on a handful of peopfe wandering the streets, cinemas, pubs and public transport of Melbourne. Exits uses a mix of radio voice-over, poems, telexes, newspaper headlines and televised press conferences to set a documentary ... Read more
Another in the series of films whose starting point is the sound track, made by pinning a radio microphone to the central character The resulting "natural conversation" was edited down to five minutes and the animator allowed free visual interpretation. This one is about a visit to the dentist ... Read more
During the Cold War militant unions in Australia supported a film unit which produced over a dozen documentary films. Film Work approaches the films of the Australian Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit (1953-58) with the empathy of one generation of independent filmmakers in dialogue with the ... Read more
Ranging in age from 66 to 1 00. active older people discuss their views on life. death, sex love, on being active, and on age itself We learn what good things are in store for us as we grow older ... Read more
The life and times of three 18 year-old Adelaide girls today is compared with their lives four years ago, using film shot when they were 14. Their 14 year-old expectations have been altered by the experiences of marriage, parenthood, employment, low incomes and insecurity. But they remain ... Read more
A storm forces a flying fox to take shelter in a cave, something he regrets when cave spirits attempt to capture him ... Read more
This film paints a dramatic portrait of immigrant life in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. as seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish anarchist movement Through interviews with actual participants in the Jewish anarchist movement, the film documents ... Read more
A short animated work which examines the gift of fire ... Read more
An animated film in a dry whimsical style about the problems of getting started. ... Read more
The famous French film director Jean-Luc Godard is interviewed by British film theorist Peter Wollen and the editor of Framework Don Ranveaud He talks of the developments in his work, the change in style epitomized by his most recent film. Sauve Qui Peut his work with Francis Ford Coppola and the ... Read more
Although his work is not widely known. James Benning occupies an important position in the American avant-garde Grand Opera is a very personal film for him. charting as it does a bridge from his own earlier structural films to a re-emergence of a narrative form. It is also a film which is rich in ... Read more
During an ordinary weekend. disconcerting things start to happen. Alfred. 37, employed as an electronic surveillance specialist with a big industrial concern, and his wife, Julia. who works at an ad agency, are both caught up in a vague feeling of unease which seems to be enveloping the country An ... Read more
"Waiting, we were waiting, as the traffic moved through our heart and mind, but things were different then for the quiet man." - Ultravox ... Read more
Nicky Hamlyn's Guesswork explores the meaning and space as implied through juxtaposition and editing Saturated colors and snatches of images are punctuated by darkness. whilst silence is punctuated by mysterious sounds. ... Read more
Another film in the series whose starting point of the film is the sound track, made by pinning a radio microphone to the central character The resulting "natural conversation was edited to five minutes and the animator allowed free visual interpretation. This one is about the conversations in a ... Read more
A documentary about a dairy farm intended to explode some of the myths about the pace and texture of country life. In particular the haymaking season is a period of frantic energy when the farmer relies totally on his mechanical aids and lives in constant unspoken fear of the weather. ... Read more
Health is Robert Altman in one of his broad fresco satires of American conventions. And here his subject is a convention — a health food convention in Florida. The script was written by Frank Barhydt. a freelance journalist who developed the idea while working for a health magazine. Barhydt ... Read more
The lifestyle of Jo. a new wave singer. is compared and contrasted with that of Teresa, a would-be mothercraft worker. This is viewed against the background of an uncomprehending society s resistance to anything new and different. ... Read more
Flat uses vignettes from the past and animators' licence to provide a humorous account of history as seen through the eyes of "The Creator" ... Read more
Image Before My Eyes is a uniquely intelligent and sensitive portrayal of the vitality and diversity of Jewish life in pre-World War Two Poland. Through the use of rare documentary footage. "home movies". music, photographs and interviews with survivors, the film recreates the full texture of a way ... Read more
An Australian businessman hopes to increase his exports to Japan if only he can master the enigmas of the oriental mind. ... Read more
Set designer, art director and maker of the highly successful Sebastiane. Jubilee and The Tempest. Derek Jarman has recently returned to Super 8 to produce his new films. Using a combination of old and new footage. the films have been expertly blown up to 1 6mm Working closely with Throbbing ... Read more
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