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Films Screened In 1981

"When, on April 1 st, 1933,1 travelled for the last time on a sleeper to Paris, my sister and brother-in-law awaited me at the station. It was like an April-fool's joke. My brother-in-law said to me, 'You've really come here to take a vacation ...' And I said to him, 'Oh, Gene, this will be a long ... Read more
The film is a record of a Bunraku puppet theatre performance of the classic play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. In Bunraku, storytellers perform with elaborate human-scale puppets to give expression and sophistication to tales which are often compared to Shakespeare in their scope. It combines three ... Read more
The film is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, American master of Gothic horror tales Set in late 1 9th century Paris, Zann follows the efforts of Charles Dexter Ward, a young American student, to make the acquaintance of an ageing musician who lives a secluded life in the room above him at ... Read more
For a long time regarded as evidence of Holywood's communist conspiracy, Lillian Hellman`s film was drastically recut for its 195? American television release (as Armored Attack). and not reissued in its original form until 1976, The story is that of a Russian border village invaded by the Nazis ... Read more
Alexander Kluge is the leading polemicist of the German cinema and his searching examinations of modern German society which also seek to find new forms and methods of expression have placed his work at the forefront of the new German cinema, a loose movement which Kluge led off most strikingly in ... Read more
Le Fantorne du Moulin Rouge was notable for the various uses Clair made of the cameras resources, sometimes “giving objects a three-dimensional effect by moving round them" (J. Bourgeois). The story shows how the disembodied spirit of a man disappointed in love consoles himself by playing pranks ... Read more
The generation which lived through the protest movements of the sixties has been served up cinematically in a variety of films which rarely strike an authentic note Whether it was the heavy righteousness of Elliott Gould in Getting Straight, or the facile chic of the trio in the recent Small Circle ... Read more
Albert is not happy with his lot and decides to change it after a visit to the National Gallery His life changes all right, but into what? ... Read more
The work of mid-morning: we move closer to Lagari. ... Read more
A mime on the street is performing his usual show Some people stand watching him. some go by giving him a vacant look. A girl walks through the crowd and passes by without stopping not looking at him Has the mime seen her.. . ? ... Read more
This film is the classic tennis match, the Smash versus the Lob. Every tennis player in the world, and indeed the universe, prefers either to lob the ball or ruthlessly smash it. ... Read more
"Leonard Cohen is the city. He is the French and English Canadian. He is the searching youth. He is the confused Canadian He is the voice of loneliness. He is religion. He is a lyric. He is a sound He is the wandering Jew. He is ... many things. And the film must reflect this. The interweaving of ... Read more
"Every intellectual, every artist uses, sooner or later. Tchekhov's work, and looks for Arianna's thread in his own life, in his own work. Tchekhov's classical realism represents a good school. This realism could be a good school for a lot of characters in my films and screenplays." ... Vitautas ... Read more
Three inventors create attractively useful machines... but the public is uncomprehending and intolerant. ... Read more
A science fiction comedy. 100 years in the future. Tom is both bored and worried in the humdrum, violent times and. unable to remember what his job is. decides to leave. But everyone keeps telling him that is impossible ... ... Read more
Time: 1948. Place: U.S. Congress -House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Alger Hiss. president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former State Department officer, confronts his erstwhile friend Whittaker Chambers. former Communist become Time magazine editor Chambers ... Read more
The cinema of the People's Republic of China remains almost unknown in the west and it is only in the last year or two that efforts have begun to explore what may turn out to be the last great treasure trove of unknown cinema The recent season of Chinese films at the National Film Theatre in London ... Read more
Paul and Rene, two men in their forties. weary with life. One. a widower, has a 23 year-old daughter who hopes to become an actress The other is divorced and pays alimony to his ex-wife. ... They live together, go on vacations together. This last vacation has been a washout and so is their return ... Read more
Judith Ashe is in jail She has not been accused of any crime She has not been tried She has refused to testify before a federal grand jury, and she is in jail until she talks The film reveals the legal process that put her there, and the increasing test of her convictions, not only in the grand ... Read more
The film deals with close environmental spaces within the city limits of Sydney ... fragmentation of spaces between people and their immediate surroundings The filmic images create artificial spaces getting into a kind of surreal realism-claustrophobia. ... Read more
In 1978, with the help of the opponents of apartheid inside the country, Roeland Kerbosch made two secret visits to South Africa — with his camera The result is a film seen through the eyes of a white foreigner, someone who went to see and hear the realities which the South African government ... Read more
Warrah, a three-color separation film set in coastal bust: rock pools, movement of shadows, water, clouds and reflections. ... Read more
This film is about the history and politics of urban renewal in Australia Specifically, it is about the people of the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo and their nine-year battle to prevent theirsuburb being demolished for redevelopment by state housing authorities The Waterloo story is told in the ... Read more
Winning is about two mentally handicapped people who decide to get married Each small step we would take in solving our problems and coping with life is a major step for them Life is no bed of roses and while whether they "make it" together is important to them, what is more important is that they ... Read more
The print that is being sent to the Festival is the only one available and has French subtitles An English subtitled version is not yet obtainable. ... "At every festival, there is always one film which comes from nowhere to grab the attention of the audience and make it all worthwhile In Mannheim ... Read more
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