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Films Screened In 1983

THE AUTHENTIC MESSIAH (Roy Tipping, 1982)
Handel specifically arranged his oratorio as a triptych of three major sections, Part One dealing with the Prophecy and Christ's Nativity , Part Two the Passion, culminating in the ‘Hallelujah Chor… Read more

THE BACK OF BEYOND (John Heyer, 1954)
An impression of inland Australia ... through the fortnightly 600 Km delivery ... trip by the mailman from Marree in ... South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland. ... Read more

THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ (M. Young, 1982)
Texas 1901 ... Robert M. Young's film is based on a ... popular ballad, commemorating the true ... story of a Mexican who outsmarted the ... Texas Rangers. ... In a gunfight caused by a misunderstand… Read more

THE BALLET RUSSE IN MELBOURNE (Ringland Anderson, 1940)
The Ballet Russo, under the direction of ... the legendary Colonel de Basil , visited ... Melbourne several times during the ... period of 1936 to 1940. ... Dr. Ringland Anderson, a ballet lover ... … Read more

THE BEEHIVE (Mario Camus, 1982)
Madrid, shortly after the war. The cafe ... “La Delicia” is always crowded with ... people who want shelter from the cold, ... or company; people who are hungry and ... tired, but have a strong d… Read more

The Bird (Kevin Blond, 1982)
A gothic tale about a woman's obsession with teaching a cockatoo to speak. ... Read more

THE CASE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT (Stephen Talbot, 1982)
This is the first television biography of ... San Francisco's most famous and enigmatic mystery writer. It combines ... original research, interviews, literary ... criticism, and dramatic readings of… Read more

THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US (Vittorio de Sica, 1943)
The Children Are Watching Us was de Sica's first serious attempt at realism. ... An adaptation of a novel by Cesare Giulio Viola, the literary and elaborate ... script provides a vivid illustration o… Read more

The Coaster (Cecil Holmes, 1948)
An impression of a small coastal steamer going around New Zealand picking up and delivering cargo. Made in the early English documentary tradition, with a verse commentary by Denis Glover. ... Read more

The Cowherd's Flute (Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, )
An animated fairytale about a cowherd. ... Read more

THE CRIME OF CAPTAIN COLTHURST (Bruce Norman, 1981)
The Easter Rebellion began in Dublin on Sunday, April 24th, 1916. The following evening, Francis Sheehy Skeffington, journalist, nationalist, pacifist was arrested in the street. This action by an of… Read more

The Day I Stopped Smoking (Nedeljko Dragić, 1983)
The title of this film is merely an excuse to speak of the loneliness, alienation, fear and neurosis of contemporary man. ... Read more

The Devil Called (Stephen Radic, 1982)
Karl, a factory worker, is pursued by the sound of the machines he works with. ... Read more

THE DEVIL PROBABLY (Robert Bresson, 1977)
Our civilization is moving towards its end, and fast - this is one possible message of Bresson's film. ... Charles, a sensitive young man, wanders about in Paris, lost and desperate: there is no solu… Read more

The Devotee (Brian Gilbert, 1982)
Martin Dresher is a lover of English painting of the early Nineteenth Century —scraping a living by writing articles for art magazines. He collects paintings in a small way, with a sharp eye fo… Read more

The Diary (Will Vinton, 1981)
Subtle clay animation brings to life Mark Twain's classic, "The Diary of Adam and Eve". ... Read more

THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
A beautifully written and acted drama and yet a highly intellectual film, The Draughtsman's Contract combines the English tradition of film making with a murder story set in the 1690's. ... At the en… Read more

The Dreamer (Hartmann Schmige, 1982)
Herr Hoffman often dreams that he just ... woke up and saw something strange before really waking up... Then, one day, he mistakes reality for a dream. ... Read more

The End of the Line (Jon Guilbert, 1982)
A mill railway in Lancashire is closing down. The steam engine driver relates the story of his last days running the line. ... Read more

The Extinct World of Gloves (Jiři Barta, 1982)
A witty parallel demonstrating the fate of mankind through the individual fates of puppet gloves. ... Read more

THE FINAL COMBAT (Luc Besson, 1983)
A fantasy about the survival of the fittest, the film follows the adventures of one young survivor of cataclysm in a devasted world-especially lacking in women. Anxious to find a mate, he manufacture… Read more

THE FIRE OF A CITY (Carlo di Carlo, 1981)
This film runs along two parallel lines: the "signs" of the city deciphered by the music, determining the rhythms and the editing, and the musician's "signs'' while elaborating sounds in counterpoint… Read more

The Forerunner (John Heyer, 1955)
The tragedy of flood and drought and consequent need for bold water conservation such as the Snowy Mountain Scheme. (An excerpt of 20 mins. will be screened,). ... Read more

The Franklin Adventure (Joe Connor, 1983)
A documentary of the journey that six rafters, in single rafts, take along the course of the Franklin River in South West Tasmania, showing the World Heritage area from the viewpoint of the ordinary … Read more

The Gordon Splits (Michael Cordell, 1982)
A look at two spectacular gorges on the Gordon River in South West Tasmania, filmed for the first time. ... Read more

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