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Films Screened In 1983

In the Southern Highlands of Papua New ... Guinea the Wola people are preparing ... for a long awaited event which they call ... the “Sa”. Unlike the materialists of the ... West, the Wola accumulate wealth only ... to give it away as gifts. They have no ... formal laws or police , and this ... Read more
Callas is a 90-minute documentary- ... performance film, which examines the ... artist as legend. A loving tribute in honour of her 55th birthday, the programme ... is the first full assessment of Callas' life ... and work. Hosted by her long time ... friend and professional associate, ... Franco ... Read more
The ballet portrays a game of love and ... death, played according to the rules of ... the game of chess. it is finally won by ... the Black Queen, who captures the Red ... Knight and finally delivers the Red King ... to her warriors. We watch Ninette de ... Valois rehearsing the Royal Ballet ... Read more
Chicken Ranch is a documentary film about the women oft he best known brothel in America. Situated in the barren ... desert 60 miles outside of Las Vegas, the ... Chicken Ranch is one of 38 legal houses ... of prostitution in Nevada, the only state ... in which prostitution is condoned. ... The ... Read more
Allard K. Lowenstein, a former Congressman, who was described as the ... Pied Piper of three generations of student activists and the organiser of the ... “Dump Johnson” movement, was shot ... in his New York law office in March ... 1980. This documentary is about his activities and his tragic ... Read more
The Royal Wedding, and Darth Fraser's attempts to maintain the monarchy's grip over Australia. ... Read more
The traditional methods of making building materials are compared to the new ones introduced since the Revolution. ... Read more
A musical celebration of the most exquisite food in the world - from E. A .T., New York's famous food emporium. ... Read more
An imaginative abstract film using a pattern of coloured forms over a blue evening scene with four bare trees. ... Read more
Daisy feels she needs a facelift. ... The film follows her through all the stages, from the preliminary visit with the surgeon, to the actual operation. Interspersed with Daisy's story is an examination of other aspects of cosmetic surgery and the value system that has created this industry. ... Read more
Little Sally Roberts loves television violence-particularly her favourite variety show: "Dance of Death". ... Read more
The film is set in Budapest, during the first days of December 1956. ... The fighting is over, but hundreds of people are leaving the country every day. One of them is Gyuri, 20, an ex-soldier, who fought on the side of the revolutionaries, and therefore has to flee. His friend, Daniel, is not ... Read more
Andrzej Wajda's latest film, a French and Polish co-production, is based on a Polish play of the 1930s by Stanislawa Przybyszewska,' 'The Danton Affair'', which attempts to dramatise the emotional, intellectual and political differences between the two titans of the French Revolution, Georges ... Read more
Dark Circle is a contemporary portrait of the nuclear age told through the lives of those directly affected by it. Shot on location at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility near Denver, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in central California, and in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Dark ... Read more
The possibilities, and the impossibility, of dialogue are explored in this brilliant animated film. ... Read more
An animated short expressing the difficulties of communication. ... Read more
A documentary about the destruction of consumer goods. Still serviceable television sets are withdrawn from the market in order to sell new ones... ... Read more
Australia owes its claim of 40% of Antarctic territory to Douglas Mawson, who led scientific expeditions to the Antarctic and was the first to identify uranium in Australia. ... During an expedition to Antarctica in 1912, his two companions perished, leaving an ill and weak Mawson to struggle back ... Read more
An animated student film about a small boy who is roused from his dreams by a train whistle. ... Read more
Ernie Newman and Rose Washington are two older people facing the greatest challenge of all—how to die with dignity. ... Read more
Life in remote Arnhem Land, and an observation of Aborigines under the increasing impact of European "civilisation". ... Read more
Old fairy tales are reworked, new jokes added, in this compilation of assorted animated snippets from Cuba. ... Read more
Fire on the Water is an exploration of the confrontation between Texas fishermen and industrious Vietnamese refugees ... who have moved in on their fishing grounds. Jim Craig, an extremely sympathetic shrimp wholesaler, tries to give the Vietnamese a helping hand, only to come to grief from all ... Read more
In Glen Tetley's newly choreographed version of the classical story, the Firebird, a beautiful girl, is kept in an enchanted garden and is guarded by a Victorian family. Gradually, she liberates herself from the strict traditions and loosens her bonds: each pas-de-deux she dances with her lover ... Read more
First Contact is a documentary about the experiences of initial contact between white explorers and the people of the New Guinea highlands in the 1930' s. ... Read more
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