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Films Screened In 1986

Vivid reconstruction through interviews and dramatic sequences of the mass observation movement of the 1930s which conducted opinion surveys in Britain on everything from sex to the abdication the Munich crisis and World War II. By eavesdropping and candid camera photography. "observers" like ... Read more
Filmed in Vancouver and featuring young people who already have a history of several years of prostitution, this film offers a gritty realistic look at male and female prostitutes and their struggle to get off the streets. It avoids preaching and patronising, glamourising and sensationalising, by ... Read more
Fred, a punk-coiffed eccentric, gatecrashes Helena's classy birthday party, stealing some compromising documents that belong to her influential husband Pursued by the husband's henchmen. Fred finds refuge in the subway where he befriends a series of subterranean personalities — among them a ... Read more
A tomboy in Arkansas finds it hard going when she attempts to resist the socialising process. Set In the summer of 1948 the film introduces us to I l-year-old Kathy whose ambitions are to be a pirate captain, Tarzan or at least the marbles champion. Her mother wants her to cut off her pigtails and ... Read more
A portrait of the legendary jazz keyboardist, bandleader, poet and philosopher. Sun Ra. Ra and his avant-garde big band called the Arkestra are shown rehearsing, discussing their communal lifestyle, and performing many Sun Ra compositions including "Astro Black" and "We Travel the Spaceways". Ra ... Read more
SUNNY AND THE DARK HORSE is the story of a family in northern New South Wales and their gradually evolving passion for picnic horse-racing. The Bancrofts could be seen as a quintessential^ Australian family: Sunny, an Aboriginal man, hi; non-Aboriginal wife, Liz. their two daughters, and Liz's ... Read more
Animation which tells Story of a castaway on a desert island who gets lost In his dreams. Confusing fantasy with reality proves fatal. ... Read more
Here's another feather in the cap for Chinese cinema, this time from Edward Yang, a relatively new director (his second feature) who was born on the mainland, studied for a while in the US, and now lives and works in Taiwan TAIPEI STORY is a refreshing, intelligent study of a disintegrating ... Read more
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Once upon a time certain beings arose to speak. No one could tell they ... were being occluded. And so it came to pass that the plants were delighted. ... Read more
Television images are manipulated from colourful abstraction to unrecognisability. The barking dog and whining accordion add to the ... suggestion of the threat. ... Read more
Personal essay film on the life of a young woman working as a video technical director. ... Read more
This is not the first film about life on the grey proletarian fringes of Paris, but it is certainly one of the best Newcomer ... hdi Charef, who wrote and directed from his own quasi-autobiographlcal 1983 novel, is a 32-year-old Algerian immigrant who was a factory worker most of his life. Charef ... Read more
After a 10 year absence the filmmaker returns to her beloved country of birth - Cyprus. This film Is about a return to origins, memory expectations and realisations. ... Read more
A bizarre melodrama set on a tennis court stage with satire and song. It explores some of the modern pressures we live under. ... Read more
Film school graduation film on the grotesque rituals of family life The ... well-mannered children rebel ... against the adult regime. ... Read more
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THE BLIND DIRECTOR is conceived partly as a meditation on the closing years of this century. Writes Kluge: "There are times in this century which have the tendency to devour what has gone before as well as what is to come ... In my film, all the stories deal with the present, which is about to ... Read more
Beckoned by the seductive promise of the night a man leaves his hotel room only to be lured into a bizarre and frightening encounter, ... Read more
The manufacturing of wooden bowls in a Mossi village in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) a slow precise and beautiful work. ... Read more
A tour through the gaudy world of the television commercials With a blend of nostalgia and insight. Bob Rogers and crew take us from'48 to 84 and back again A melange of the wildest fancies of dream cars, special effects, impossible stunts and outrageous hype. ... Read more
Two films are intercut — one, a colour documentary in which an artist introduces us to his latest work in a major museum; the other, a B&W narrative about the person who might inhabit such an environment.. ... Read more
Short comedy. A young mother visits a strange psychoanalyst about a problem of incest and racial intolerance. Very funny. ... Read more
A clip based on the Robert Graves mythology about the bird of the Globus. ... Read more
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