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Films Screened In 1985

The film follows the dance group of Pina Bausch in Germany, Italy and Avignon in France during her most recent European tour. It shows the working atmosphere, the presentation, the intense rehearsals, before and after each performance. An attempt is also made to talk privately to Bausch about her ... Read more
This film has been described in Variety as an Indonesian melodrama that harks back to Hollywood of the 40s, and by Jerry Liu as a family drama that possesses a rigour and a stylised structure. The film does indeed have a melodramatic denouement, and shares some structural characteristics of ... Read more
This enjoyable film follows the adventures of a gifted schoolboy pop group called "The Pirates". After entering a talent competition the group find themselves enmeshed in the shady activities of the group's leader who is assisting his uncle in pirating promotional videos and smuggling them ... Read more
Prenom Carmen is quintessential Godard, but more immediately enjoyable than either Every Man for Himself or Passion. Godard credits Prosper Merimee as his source material, and this Carmen is as far removed from Bizet as it is from the recent films by Saura and Rosi. Most of the music is, in fact ... Read more
Catchwords and foreign words form the titles for short episodes in which the hackneyed words take on a malicious, sometimes macabre meaning. ... Read more
In February of this year Erich Von Slmlieim's 1929 masterpiece was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in a version which, for the first time, approximated the director's original intention. Planned as another in a long series of costume dramas for Gloria Swanson, the film begins in a mythical ... Read more
Rapunzel in Suburbia is a portrait of Dorothy Hewett, Australian poet and playwright. The film explores the links between the artist, her work and the major influences on her writing as well as her philosophy on life. ... Read more
Stories of three women who grew to adulthood in the 1930s, a decade of depression, the rise of fascism and the threat of war. In these years the three, like many Australians, developed beliefs which were to determine the shape of their lives. ... Read more
A series of role plays that examine the rights of residents in institutions. ... Read more
In a remarkable feature debut, Alex Cox has delivered a dazzlingly comic amalgam of gritty urban neo-realism, grotty punkish send ups and D-grade sci-fi movies. Here the hero is Otto, a self-styled "white suburban punk", who has trouble fitting in. . . anywhere.” ... Reluctantly, he starts a job ... Read more
This documentary is a singularly unique history of the fortress and prison town of Terezin, which the Nazis converted into a concentration camp. ... Read more
Rita is a black trade unionist .She talks about her life and the struggle for freedom in South Africa that has led to her frequent arrest. ... Read more
One of the delights of this year's Berlin Festival and winner of a special award for imagination, Ronja, The Robber's Daughter is fun. ... Written by noted children's author Astrid Lindgren and directed by veteran Tage Danielsson, the film tells its story with a tongue-in cheek enthusiasm. On the ... Read more
Starting out from the music of Eric Satie, the film creates a whole world. ... Read more
Boyd Webb is usually classified as a sculptor although he does not exhibit three-dimensional objects. His art works are extremely large photographs. In the studio, he constructs elaborate sculptural sets in which figures are photographed. These fictional photographs look as they might be stills ... Read more
Fictional scenes from everyday life, based on newspaper articles by Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt, pinpoint forms of human communication, creating a sometimes strange mixture of tragedy and comedy. ... Read more
One can, if one has an appetite, eat a bowl of pea soup, and a sausage. One can, if one has an appetite for a really sad, funny, everyday story, watch how an old lady has an appetite for a bowl of pea soup, and a sausage. One does have to be prepared for a crazy story, for a dispute between two ... Read more
Contrary to the public stereotype of a youthful homosexual community, gay men and lesbians do grow old. Silent Pioneers creates a portrait of strong and active women and men who face not only issues of ageing, but also concerns related to sexual orientation. The film explores how the support ... Read more
There are no naked women in Les Blank's film, but the music is equally good. It is a touching tribute to Appalachian culture in the form of a profile of the legendary mountain fiddler, Tommy Jarrell - “I eat when I'm hungry, I drink when I'm dry. If I get to feeling much better I'm going to ... Read more
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This first feature directed by Gerard Depardieu is an elegant record of his successful stage interpretation of Le Tartuffe. This is no brisk updating of Mohere's classic satire on hypocrisy, but at 140 minutes a solidly faithful translation of Jacques Lassalle's production for the Theatre National ... Read more
Having been ill for the last five years with only a blurred image of his TV set to relay information from the outside world, Hugo, ... now recovered, sets forth. ... Read more
Derek Jarman is best known in Australia for his more "mainstream" features (Sebastiane, Jubilee, and The Tempest) and as production designer on Ken Russell's Savage Messiah and The Devils. He has also worked extensively as a painter, stage designer, and producer of more experimental works (often ... Read more
A party in a bar. Woman meets man... and slaps him. But things take an unexpected turn and a world-wide chain reaction begins... ... Read more
A non-narrative drama which establishes a link between "performance art" and film. Attic Year deals with the relationships between people and the consequence of their actions. ... Read more
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