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Films Screened In 1985

Agent 003V4, a James Bond for the under tens, inspires awe in all those around him by drinking drinks made with "real fruit juices". Inspires all, that is, except "M". ... Read more
12 Views of Kensal House is a documentary portrait of a working class housing estate built in 1936 as a model of enlightened planning, and which now stands as an archetypal example of inner city decay. The estate's downward path since idealistic conception (under the influence of Le Corbusier, the ... Read more
In ten minutes on Antenne 2 (Paris) on the 29th March 1984 the CFDT (French Democratic Labourer's Confederation) tried to ... imagine where it had come from and where it was heading. ... On the occasion of its 100th anniversary the CFDT asked itself. . . about the future. ... Read more
21:12 Piano Bar is one of the most dazzling debut features to be seen in a long time. Dark, moody and menacing it is as innovative for the film noir genre as The Passenger was for Road Movies, and is similarly structured around one breath taking, brilliant sequence. ... The story is as follows ... Read more
The main character in this film, a modern Don Quixote, strives to right the wrongs of the world. However during his struggle he conforms to the deeds of both small and great men in history. Perhaps this is the cause of his fatal error. ... Read more
Zoltan Huszarik visited cemetries and other memorials in many countries, trying to get behind the meaning of death - which remains an incomprehensible phenomenon, even if it is accepted as fact. ... Read more
Lea Pool was born in Soglio, Switzerland in 1950. She emigrated to Canada in 1975 where she studied Communication Arts at Quebec University before directing numerous video productions, short fiction films, documentaries and television productions. For three years she also co-ordinated the German ... Read more
The man is asking: “What happened to the promise of love's great adventure and fulfilment?” (the myth of love). The woman is asking: “Why did I sacrifice the purity of self for the compromise of exchange?” (the myth of self). The film is asking: “Why do we persist in believing in either ... Read more
A wry investigation of a alleged sexual harassment. Flashbacks reveal the nature and circumstances of the assault, and powerful vignettes of the main characters deepen our appreciation of the background to the incident. ... Read more
Ah Ying is a 22-year-old woman, living in squalid conditions and working at the family fish stall at Hong Kong's bustling market. Eventually, through her attendance at drama classes, she is able to mentally break through the drudgery of her daily existence. Her progress is charted with a deft blend ... Read more
Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) was pioneer of social photography in the USA. From 1910-1940 he took about 15,000 photos, above all portraits of workers: his images of a steel worker on the Empire State Building, and of immigrants on Ellis Island, have become famous. He took poignant pictures of ... Read more
A quiet, literate, reflective film adapted from the journals of an Irish woman involved in Robert Emmetf s abortive uprising of 1803. The film follows her transformation from simple daughter of a peasant farmer, to her collaboration with the rebel leader.to her final ordeal in Kilmainham jail ... Read more
This is a film about the meaning of life, about why the human brain is the most extraordinary thing ever created Sit back and watch the exploding rockets, the eccentric animation (a Gothic church landing on a brain???), what it means to be a parent, Land Rights, the re-enactment of Archimedes and ... Read more
This documentary was shot in the spring of 1984, on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. Herzog does the voice-over himself. The film is set in a village on the north-east Atlantic coast which Herzog says he reached by travelling with an underground army while they carried out raids into ... Read more
"Bayan Ko" was a popular protest song of the 1930's used against US domination of the Philippines, but now converted to an anthem of the anti-Marcos movement. Although Brocka's international reputation rests on socially engaged docu-dramas such as lnsiang and Manila: In the Claws of Neon, he is ... Read more
All the women he gets to know finally drop out of his life. For the rest of his life. For the rest of his days, he is haunted by the image of Beatrice. ... Read more
"In this collaboration between one of Britain's leading performance artists and a major independent film-maker, records of Performance Art have been extensively manipulated; the images slowed down, fragmented, details isolated to construct a filmic 'memory' of the events. This process, combined ... Read more
Produced in a country with no film tradition at all, this experimental film, made by a theatre collective, is immensely political and firmly rooted in the local culture. ... Read more
This is a charming comedy on a favourite new theme for Cuban filmmakers - the challenge of the growing consciousness of Cuban women towards the "machismo" traditionally cultivated in the Latin male. In unfolding this theme, however, it also manages to make some barbed observation on the generation ... Read more
Birdy is a unique portrait of an unusual friendship, adapted from William Wharton's freewheeling and surreal novel which was lauded both for its strong anti-war statement and its male bonding drama between Birdy and his friend Al. Birdy, whose most frequent desire in life is to defy gravity and ... Read more
Marty, a brooding Texas bar owner, is estranged from his younger wife. She leaves him for a bartender. Marty hires a sleazy, onerous hit man to kill his wife, and her lover. . . ... This mid-West thriller has been described as the "Crime and Punishment" of the modern B-movie, and certainly, the ... Read more
Satirist Jules Feiffer makes a pungent comment of the US arms race and ... military build up. ... Read more
Leos Carax's feature debut is a moody, offbeat tale arousing considerable controversy wherever it has screened - a paradoxical film where innovation and tradition confront each other mercilessly from beginning to end. ... Alex is a 22 year old "enfant terrible", determined to leave his mark on art ... Read more
Night. A car on an embankment. It stops, a man gets out, and opens the boot He lifts out the body of a woman, takes a polaroid snap of it and rolls it down the embankment. ... It's early morning at the "Happy House" sex club. The charlady is cleaning up after the night before. Ellen, the Madame ... Read more
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