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Films Screened In 1981

A documentary about technology and pain. Jacob, aged six. has his sixth gut operation in six years. He is alive because of our society's commitment to advanced medical technology and his parents' love. ... Read more
Pierre, leader of an avant-garde theatre group that lives and works in a renovated loft in the So ho section of New York, acquires the manuscript of a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old and titled Sir Charles Grandison. or The Happy Man A wealthy patron of the arts, George ... Read more
Hitchcock took O'Casey's great ... tragedy in his capable stride. His script kept closely tothe play and his casting of Sara Allgood as Juno was an inspiration. An almost unknown film actor, Edward Chapman, was excellent as the Paycock, and there were good performances by John Laurie, Maire ... Read more
Three friends — Paul, a conservative intellectual: Selena, a dancer who specialises in African dance: and Gabriel, an artist who manages to move with ease between the centres of their different worlds Paul maintains an ambiguous friendship with Gabriel, who goes through a series of homosexual ... Read more
A compendium of Los Angeles icons, from class to kitsch. Edward Ruscha's paintings, drawings and photographs are the point of departure for this impressionistic study of Los Angeles' buildings, apartment houses, palm trees, swimming pools, cars and signs, enhanced by the city's unique winter light. ... Read more
"L.A.X. can be classified as an essay on Los Angeles, an experimental documentary. If a fictional structure exists in the film, it is that of a journey through the city. ... Through a series of thirty-five shots, the camera travels to various locations, sometimes remaining fixed, sometimes tracking ... Read more
Liar's Dice rests on an intriguingly elliptical plot by lead actress, Terry Eubanks-Makdissy From this, director Issam Makdissy has woven a loosely-knit fabric of shifting focus and thickening relationships. Gradually, one separates the film's three major characters from other peripheral figures ... Read more
When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had undergone surgery for cancer. Ray's last completed feature was in 1 962, ending a tumultuous and extraordinarily productive career begun only in 1947. The two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation ... Read more
A film tracing the early influences of Seurat, Cezanne and primitive African art on the development of Cubism. Paintings of Picasso and Braque are shown in close detail from the period when they worked "like two mountaineers roped together", developing Cubism. ... Read more
An old man who has worked all his life in the fields has built a wonderful merry-go-round in the heart of the forest. ... Read more
A film about the trauma of womb-life and birth and a group of people who were able to reach a deeper understanding of their lives by re-living those early experiences. ... Read more
This film takes a look at an anti-diet way of coping with food problems. Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of Fat is A Feminist Issue, describes her approach: "If you throw away your diet sheets, you gradually become less greedy... if you're allowed to have a Mars Bar, you don't eat as many ... Read more
A social fresco set in Zizkov, a working-class suburb of Prague, between 1925 and 1939. The central idea of the narrative is the fate of the family of a small trader, Vincenc Bursik. He moved to Zizkov from the country. Already he had two sons and much hope that his cobbler's skill would sell ... Read more
A documentary about a woman who has been beaten constantly by her husband over the years until she finally decides to leave him. ... Read more
Fritz Lang's M (1931 ), is one of his most celebrated films, and its tale of a sadistic murderer who kills little girls, offered a portrait of the profound troubles that gripped Germany in the years immediately before Hitler came to power. Joseph Losey's remake is not an exact copy of the original ... Read more
A film about the conflict between Catholicism and sexuality, illustrated by the overwhelming sense of guilt provoked in a middle-aged man trapped between his public and private personae. ... Read more
A parapsycomical look behind the scenes at the production of Australia's latest biggish-budget feature film. A film, in fact, which at last deals realistically with the power of the indigenous supernatural. ... Read more
An observation of life at an Australian seaside resort over the Christmas holiday period. The conflict between some young local boys and their short-term visitors. ... Read more
In 1972 Carlos Saura made the film Ana and the Wolves. This story of a young woman's visit to a decaying household populated by a range of establishment figures (army, church, law) was, in its day, a virulent attack upon the Franco regime. It caused months of wrangling between the censors and ... Read more
Maria Maravillas is a fifteen-year-old girl whose ageing father, an unemployed photographer, steals her money for his little erotic vices. Fortunately, Maravillas — as she likes to be called — has some good old 'godfathers', all sephardic Jews, who visit and care about her as true ... Read more
Valentino Orsini is one of the virtually unknown filmmakers of Italy whose work has rarely travelled outside his country. In fact Italian production is full of films that deserve screenings beyond their borders, but which are never seen, even at festivals. ... Based on a novel by Elio Vittorini ... Read more
Large sheets of steel and I-beams, welded and braced and bolted, suggest images, provoke questions and become more understandable as Michael Hall speaks of his kind of constructivism, derived from his American and Mid-western roots. ... Read more
"Ruy Guerra's Mueda deals with an incident on the Mozambique border with Tanzania twenty years ago: the villagers of Mueda demanded their rights from the Portuguese colonial magistrate in the area, which led to a massacre of some 600 people when things got out of hand. Guerra, one of the founders ... Read more
A single frame time-lapse journey through Sydney, the surrealistic city. Figures dart in and out of the shadows of the night. A kaleidoscope of imagery flies by. The music drives the images to a tumultuous climax. ... Read more
A black comedy set against the grim backdrop of Glasgow in the 1940s. Alex discovers he has a terminal blood clot in his brain, and has only a month to live. He falls for Jean, who has already helped her own husband fake his own death to escape the law. ... Read more
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