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Films Screened In 1984

SUNSET STREET (Wang Haowei, )
Set against the background of today's Beijing, the film portrays the lives of ordinary people, living in three rather shabby, old-fashioned courtyards on Sunset Street. ... Twelve families, all cheri… Read more

TAKING A LINE FOR A WALK (Lesley Keen, 1983)
An experimental animation exploring the ideas of Paul Klee on colour and movement by the use of computer generated ... graphics. ... Read more

Thanks for the Ride (John Kent Harrison, 1983)
Set in Ontario's cottage country, this finely crafted drama traces the events of a Saturday night when two teenage boys pick up two local girls and take them for a ride. ... The turbulent emotions of… Read more

The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones (Gerald Potterton, 1983)
Young curate Melpomenus Jones was too polite and timid for his own good. On the first day of his six week vacation he called on friends for afternoon tea Responding literally to the victuals of polit… Read more

The Bodyguard (Leo Berkeley, 1984)
A young man is hired out as a bodyguard to a man of unspecified -possibly criminal - business interests. It is his first experience of the body guarding profession, and he has a few thing to learn... ... Read more

THE DEATH OF MARIO RICCI (Claude Goretta, 1983)
Euolaz—one of those comfortable, sprawling Swiss villages where the cattle trot home in the evening and the streets echo ... the sound of their bells. TV journalist Bernard Fontana arrives with… Read more

THE EIGHTIES (Chantal Akerman, 1983)
The Melbourne Him Festival has been showing Chantal Akerman's highly original and demanding films regularly over the years ("Jeanne Dielrnan", "Les Rendezvous D'Anna", "Toute Une Nuit",) with varying… Read more

THE FOURTH MAN (Paul Verhoeven, 1983)
In the hands of the successful Dutch film trio, producer Rob Houwer, Director Paul Verhoeven and scriptwriter Gerad Soetemna, Gerard Reve's spirited, ironical novel develops into and intriguing, atmo… Read more

THE GOLD DIGGERS (Sally Potter, 1983)
A philosophical musical exploring the mythical and economic transformation of women into gold: transferable ... wealth, to be alternately worshipped and plundered. The central characters are two wome… Read more

The Good Life (Gary Levy, Dan Lewk, 1983)
A country club member becomes a peculiar victim of circumstance; every attempt to make things better only worsens the situation. In quick succession, fifty other characters at the club become involve… Read more

The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983)
The surrealistic evocation of a young Jewish woman's alienation and spiritual search. She leaves her home in Jerusalem's religious quarters and embarks on a lonely Journey. Her personal odyssey, as m… Read more

THE HALF METRE INCIDENT (Samir Zikra, 1981)
The film tells of the everyday life of a young man employed in the taxation department who one day, while riding to work, ... falls in love with a young woman. Their love affair coincides with the be… Read more

THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING (Raul Ruiz, 1979)
This is the film that firlmy established Ruiz at the centre of debates on the avant-garde of the last ten years. It started off as A documentary on Parisian intellectual, Pierre Klossowski,who had ju… Read more

The Idiot (Mark Warren, 1983)
An innocent, imaginative young man becomes attracted an ... finally infatuated by a shop window dummy.Can it be that the dummy is conscious of him, and sending him subtle signals? ... Read more

The Impossible Dream (Dagmar Doubkova, 1983)
We see an average family with two school-age children and small baby. Both parents work at jobs outside of the house. The wife puts in the same hours as her husband, but makes much less in wages. In … Read more

THE IRON HORSE (John Ford, 1924)
The “Iron Horse", about the transcontinental track-laying ... race between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, is one of the finest of the epic westerns, and greatly influenced ... subsequen… Read more

THE LAST DIVA (Gian-Franco Mingozzi, 1983)
A fascinating documentary made for television, on the life and career of silent screen star Francesca Bertini, now a sprightly 90 years of age. We get an intriguing look into the early days of Italia… Read more

The Lean Machine (Bob Rogers, 1983)
An observation from nature leads a team of innovators to a radical new idea in commuter transportation, the film invites the audience to question traditional assumptions about cars-why four wheels, w… Read more

THE LEOPARD (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
Until the Risorgimento of 1839 Italy had been a cluster of feudal monarchies propped up by the crumbling Austrian Empire. Within a few years Garibaldi's vanguard of "Red Shuts" landed in Sicily and w… Read more

The Letter (Steven Harris, 1983)
An unexpected letter starts tugging at the threads of a neatly woven life. ... Read more

THE LIFT (Dick Maas, 1983)
When a party of drunks becomes trapped in a lift in a high rise office building and almost suffocates before being rescued, a maintenance man, Felix Adelaar,is called in to check the installation. He… Read more

THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)
"The Makioka Sisters" is based on one of the classics of Japanese literature, a family epic along the lines of "The ... Forsyte Saga" or, "The Magnificent Ambersons", by famous ... writer Junichiro T… Read more

THE MAN IN THE SILK HAT (Maud Linder, 1983)
The pictorial biography of Max Linder who died nearly 60 years ago, retrieved and restored by the daughter who never new him. Maude Linder was a baby when her parents ... committed suicide (for reaso… Read more

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
The first version of this thriller, produced in 1934 in England,was a critical and popular success which helped to establish ... Hitchcock's reputation. The storyline, based on a Bulldog Drummond boo… Read more

The Missing One (Razmik Grigorian, 1983)
It is he year 1922. A British solider who has been fighting on the Ottoman front, has been wounded, captured, imprisoned and tortured ...Has witnessed destruction, barbarism, massacres, inhumanity of… Read more

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