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Films Screened In 1987

God's Country starts as it doesn't mean to go on. We see a typical American small-town community going about its cheerful business, mowing the grass, raising children and singing hymns. Has, one asks oneself, Louis Malle taken leave of his critical senses? But of course he hasn't. As the film ... Read more
Refilming off the editor viewer Super 8 images from my travels overseas and Standard 8 images my parents filmed of me and my brothers and sisters when we were very young. The soundtrack is a recording I made on the Edithvale beach when I spent a sunny day there with a friend from high school and ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's Golden Eighties is an exuberant witty tongue-in-cheek musical for the modern age. The inescapable comparison is with the light-opera musicals of Jacques Demy, but Akerman's touch is distinctly more vicious. The theme may be love, but the song lyrics (which she wrote herself) are ... Read more
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TV stars, news personalities and screen presenters Bryant Gumble and Jane Pauley arrive in Melbourne, Australia. ... Read more
A narrative that explores the relationship between a talented intellectual mother (who is self-sufficient in all areas of her life) and her daughter. Her daughter has a wish to explore the passionate, emotional side of her nature which she cannot express to her mother. Instead she looks for what is ... Read more
Half Of The Sky, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon (Demons In The Garden), is one of the most highly praised Spanish films of recent years. It blends a tale of working class ambitions with old world mystery and superstition. ... The film focuses on Rosa (Angela Molina), the daughter of a ... Read more
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Alchemy in the medieval ages attempted to create medicine for an eternal life by chemical reaction. This work is the first attempt to creat alchemy today through an electrical reaction with time. ... Read more
A promotional video of a miniature band called the G.I. Joe Robot Band. The dolls' movements are produced by graphic computers, rather than traditional pixilation. ... Read more
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A computer graphic work based upon the theme of Japan's symbolic Mt. Fuji. An experimental treatment of a traditional Japanese icon. Mt. Fuji is a common element in traditional woodprinting, sumi-e painting and now in contemporary computer graphic art. ... Read more
This is a fascinating documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, made for Italian television. Some interviews deal with Hitchcock's intellectual approach to the creative process, but more revealing and intriguing are those covering his relationship with actors (and especially actresses) and his methods of ... Read more
Two friends from the same village meet again after a long separation and recall their childhood, the village, the town. the traditions and the emigration to the cities. One of them has remained in the village, the other has travelled and studied. The dialogue lulls and leads us maliciously into the ... Read more
Just as papier mache buildings are similar to the face of a familiar city, so there is a moment when a lie becomes a reality more than a truth. ... Read more
Based on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Jacques Rivette sets a drama laced with hatred, love, revenge and depravity. Although Catherine is in love with Roch, a foundling brought up by adoptive parents, she chooses to marry Olivier while Roch is away. When Roch returns his hatred is as strong as ... Read more
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'Mother, ... The book that you have already read, ... I now begin to read ... Newly, on the first page ' ... (epigraph to Ibunda from a poem by Rik A. Sakri) ... Ibunda [Mother] is the most recent film by Teguh Karya, foremost contemporary Indonesian director, and co-founder of the Jakarta-based ... Read more
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A modern ethnological documentary of a journey through Africa with commentaries by psychiatrist Dr Nakang Na Nbog and traditional healer Yol Yol. The ontological and imperial conflicts of western intellectualism and traditional cultures are brought into sharp focus. ... Read more
Insatiable is a stylised, musical narrative working around ideas of 'performance'. It deals with four singers who arrive at an old theatre for an audition. It explores how they have prepared themselves for the audition. They each wait their turn to be called to perform. As they wait, the singers ... Read more
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