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Films Screened In 1985

A calypso moon rises as does the thirst for this 'gold & brown' drink. ... Read more
Most of us imagine the Pacific as a place of idyllic tropical islands, beautiful palm-fringed beaches and sparkling azure seas, where carefree islanders live contentedly in Paradise. In the Nuclear Age, this is no longer the case. ... The Marshall Islands are a part of Micronesia; they are about ... Read more
A powerful and angry film about corruption in the Bombay police force, Half Truth is a major breakthrough for the Indian cinema, representing the first time an Indian filmmaker has dared a head-on confrontation with the forces of institutionalised corruption in that country's urban social structure. Read more
The setting is Cornwall, where an abandoned tin mine is about to be reopened. Old Captain Tregellis, whose boyhood friend was killed in a mining disaster there at the turn of the century, warns against reopening the "devil's mine". When the ghost-boy appears to one of the children he too warns of ... Read more
Heart Like A Wheel spans twenty-five years in the career of Shirley Muldowney - the first American professional female race car driver, and three time winner of the World Championship staged by the American National Hot Rod Association. Happily married to her mechanic husband, Shirley shows her ... Read more
Edgar Reitz' Heimat is more than just the longest film ever made, more even than the apex of the New German Cinema: It is a true landmark in the history of world cinema. At over 15 hours, Heimat covers two-thirds of a century of earth-shaking events as seen from the point of view of a few square ... Read more
Yorkshire miners and their supporters make a grass roots assessment of the 12 month British miners' strike. ... Read more
Shan Shan, a young businesswoman tired of the materialistic life in Hong Kong, returns to the small village in southern China to visit the grave of her recently deceased grandmother. She meets her childhood friends, Ah Zhen and Tsong, now happily married with a daughter. But her presence soon ... Read more
Documentary on German photographer A. Sander (1876-1964), which attempts to reconstruct the special relationship between Sander and the people he photographed, mainly in the country area of the Westerwald. ... Read more
A slightly off-handed way of reviewing Honky Tonk Man would be to write which is true anyway - that after having been taken for John Wayne, Clint Eastwood can now be taken for John Ford himself. One could list very quickly the telling signs, point to the exact quotations, recall the beginning of ... Read more
A tense drama about a terrorist group holed up in a remote farmhouse in the Irish Republic. Veronica Quilligan plays the odd woman out who gradually assumes control in the war of nerves that ensues when their hideout is discovered. ... Read more
I'll be Home for Christmas cuts through social taboos to explore the subculture of people commonly dismissed as ‘derelicts'. In its portrayal of five homeless men, the film challenges conventional views of alcoholism and homelessness by depicting these men as members of a social network with a ... Read more
A remarkable example of the 'Kulturfilme' - a series of general short subjects produced by the Nazis during the Third Reich and designed to foster and reinforce the correct ideological attitudes to sport, work, and race. ... "They pretend a certain populism, a close and understanding look at the ... Read more
An experimental film on the Franklin River Dam issue using visual manipulations to heighten the emotional and political involvement of those concerned. ... Read more
Improper Conduct has raised storms of controversy wherever it has been screened. The general thesis is quite simple: consolidating his power in Cuba, Castro systematically proceeded to stamp out political 'impurities' by charging many dissidents with 'moral impurity'. ... The film attempts to ... Read more
As versatile an ethno-musicologist as Mr Blank is, his approach to his material involves at least as much warmth as scholarship. The music, as depicted here, becomes a natural unfiltered reflection of people's lives and values, as well as something that fills them with delight In Heaven There Is No ... Read more
Ordinary city images of our daily city environment are photographically reshaped to produce a new set of seemingly incongruous images, revealing a black humour: after all, it's all just water off a duck's back. ... Read more
1953. New York hotel room. Sweaty summer night. A professor has been summoned to the Big Apple to testify in the communist witch hunt hearings. He meets a slightly daffy actress with an exceedingly daffy explanation of the theory of relativity. Her husband, a baseball player, tries to separate ... Read more
An animation in sheet and molten metal gives fuel to a searing indictment of Margaret Thatcher's policies during the Falklands War. ... Read more
This film considers the influence of George Seelaf, whose commitment to labor movement ideals has provided crucial support for radical artists and writers since the 1930's. ... Read more
"I'm Jack Johnson, ... I'm black, they never let me forget it ... I'm black alright ... I'll never let them forget it" ... A documentary biography, previously unscreened in Australia, of the first black heavyweight world boxing champion - a fascinating combination of stills, clips, newsreel ... Read more
This film was shot over four days during the making of Straub-Huillet's Class Relations, in which Farocki was involved as an actor. The Straubs' literary reference was Franz Kafka's Amerika and their pilot project towards It En Rachachant was shown in last year's Alternatives section. ... Given the ... Read more
The latest film from the great maverick of Greek cinema is both an affirmation of his tremendous talent and a marked development in his career. Still passionately concerned with the socio-political history of his native country, his style still wedded to measured and complex long takes, his ... Read more
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