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Films Screened In 1986

A bizarre investigation of poetics juxtaposing the painful reality of dissection of the human body with the impassioned Imagery of Arthur Rimbaud's poem “Le Bateau Ivre” (The Drunken Boat). ... Read more
Austrian filmmaker, Valie Export, came to feature film production after carving a provocative reputation for herself in experimental video, super 8mm. and live art performances. Her involvement with the Dutch art movement known as "actionism" secured her infamy when she was jailed on a charge of ... Read more
A film about passion, commitment, art, politics, salsa music, and one man's search for America. Ruben Blades is more than just an exotic singer from Panama — an actor, lawyer, poet. musician and composer, his charismatic and energetic personality has made him not only a hero in his homeland ... Read more
Dramatisations of episodes from the long-running children s radio serial of the 40s performed with kitschy aplomb are juxtaposed with scene* of everyday life In early post-war urban Australia in such a way as to underline the racism and sexism of the time. An ambitious entertaining and original ... Read more
The film opens with an electrifying sequence of women attacking and shouting the kl-ai. Women black belts of world-class calibre describe how karate has transformed their lives Within the dole women instruct classes, spar, block, kick and punch. They practise the kata, a series of movements ... Read more
This is the ultimate subway experience Drawings etch The ragged outlines of bodies the sound track wails and throbs with elemental force. Hebert took photographs of people. superimposed drawings on their outlines and animated item They jiggle and Jerk to the cadence of the trains. Windows streak by ... Read more
An ethnographic film set In Niger. Chief Samna rules his province, governs palace life, arbitrates disputes. Today, colonial conquest, Islam and the birth of a nation make his power seem illusory. Between the Koran and the cult of the ancestors, Samna seeks an answer. ... Read more
A poetic documentary to music (no commentary) on Norwegian tapestry artist Torvald Moseid's embroidered frieze "Orpheus", which was exhibited at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. ... Read more
Jimmy Mullen tries to desert from the army but finds himself In the middle of a violent nightmare. Is this a punishment or a horrific military experiment? ... Read more
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This film perfectly embodies all the aesthetic imperatives manifested by the Cinema of Transgression, the secret underground movement which is currently on everyone's lips. ... Read more
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Recently discovered and restored by Australia's own National Film and Sound Archive, TIT FOR TAT is a rare example of hand-stencilled colouring, in common use before the introduction of the Technicolor process. An exquisite, delicately toned fantasia about nature reversing the tables on a woodland ... Read more
Taking images from daily surroundings a wonderful world is constructed with chromakey and digitiser - a world where the computer plays the role of a lover. ... Read more
Shot on location in northern Quebec, the film deals with the relationship between a widower and his teenage son. Their lives in the tiny community of Silver Creek are dominated by "mushing" or dog sled racing. Toby (Yannick Bisson) is alternately awkward and recklessly self-confident as he strives ... Read more
TOLL OF THE SEA complements the screening at this year's festival of BECKY SHARP, the cinema's first three-colour::.;..: Technicolor feature. TOLL OF THE SEA is the first two-colour Technicolor feature, and the latest restoration success from the Film Archives at the University of Southern ... Read more
Shot in New York City this film is a bizarre romp through a few minutes in the life of Pete's Bar and Grill The unassuming neighbourhood pub is the haven for lost souls and eccentric misfits, against whose frenetic activity the pollster-philosopher Tom quietly muses about the pitfalls of adjusting ... Read more
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A witty and lighthearted Investigation Into the amazing rise or the “amateur“ cinema. ... Read more
In attempting to meet a dark and mysterious woman on the streets of Lower Manhattan, a young urban professional is overwhelmed by his fantasies and fears. ... Read more
There's no point in claiming that this enjoyable film is, in its entirety, representative of any of the many trends of Indian cinema, be they of stylistic, linguistic or political foundations For this conscious avoidance of easy labels, one suspects, TRIKAL has been both unjustly treated at home ... Read more
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