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Films Screened In 1988

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'When Krzysztof Kieslowski finished the film in 1982, the curtain of martial law had already descended on Poland - so Blind Chance was immediately resigned to the shelves for the duration. ... The story is constructed on three possible episodes in the life of young Witek, beginning with a train he ... Read more
A white woman puts her plate of cutlets and chips on the table, goes back for the mineral water, comes back to the table, and finds a stranger, a black woman, sitting there The white woman feels robbed and demands her property back. ... Read more
Another curiously withheld Soviet film dating from 1967, this hitherto unknown work is one of the most sought-after Soviet entries on the festival circuit this year Made when she was 35, Muratova directs, co-writes and stars in this charming, light-hearted study of a female bureaucrat and her maid ... Read more
Says Bruce Weber, “In the summer of 1983 at the Colorado Sports Festival, I was photographing all the young athletes who had a chance to go to the Olympics. ... One day a light weight boxer, Andy Minsker, came to he photographed. He looked like a young Chet Baker when he was playing his trumpet ... Read more
This British working-class drama is not only an impressive debut feature from first time director (and festival guest) Barrett but also a trenchant account of sexual discrimination with the marketplace, on the plain-speaking arena of the job floor. ... Glenda Jackson (twenty years after her first ... Read more
While attempting to utilise the conventions of cabaret, Cabaret juxtaposes the social and economic conditions of Germany under the Third Reich, and the stylistics of popular cultures at the time. ... Read more
This stylised off-heat documentary is thought provoking as well as entertaining because of its unusual mix of biological fact and off-the-cuff comment We see that as cane toads have spread geographically they have also crawled through all social milieu - from old timers who keep them as pets to ... Read more
A pointed story of a man estranged from life by his wife and some ear wax. ... Read more
Set in the dog eat dog world of Los Angeles' yuppies Che's Revenge is a tragi-comic story about dinner parties and Central America ... Jack and Candy (the yuppies) tell a tale that wags just once too often for Lola (the Guatemalan maid with the 'mysterious' past- "We say 'housekeeper' here - it ... Read more
A personal essay that entwines the filmmaker's conflicting sense of birthplace Calcutta and home, England The paradoxes of memory, personal and political history are synthesised by a complex montage of stunning images and the personal revelation which forms the narrative, in a style reminiscent of ... Read more
A gospel legend from her work with the 'Sweet Inspirations', this film traces Cissy Houston's career - from smokey clubs to gospel choir rehearsals, from a 'Sweet Inspirations' re-union concert to a waiting Sunday morning service, from a nostalgic Gospel sing in the living room with The Drunkard ... Read more
The city presented and represented with its geometry divided and rotated to yield new structures from the old ... Read more
In 1915 a group of men from the small town of Gilgandra in mid west NSW organised a march to Sydney, 550km away, recruiting volunteers enroute to sign up and fight for their country at Gallipoli. This novel campaign was a great success with 263 volunteers arriving in Sydney, in what became known as ... Read more
Seven photocopied stories Quick Inventory (Inventaire Rapide), SB's Been at it Again (Superbiscoto Fait des Siennes), The Fly (La Mouche de Chez Jean), The Long Wait (Une Longue Attente), A Real Punch-Up (Une Bonne Bagarre), Decisions, Decisions (II Fam Choisir), Two in the Shower (A Deux Sous La ... Read more
Scripted by director Verhoeff and Jean van de Velde from an ironic, satirical bestseller, this is a formally adventurous gamble that has paid off. Essentially a study of life in an apartment block in one of Amsterdam's more impoverished areas, the film observes the building's inhabitants with a ... Read more
From the analyst's couch, the terminally tragedy-prone Chip Dexter tries to find the root of his grown up insecurities in his childhood horrors. Meanwhile, his analyst, played by Ann Magnuson, Doyen of the infamous Club 57, doodles and cracks walnuts. ... Read more
The argument continues... two hybrid characters pursue... the crust ... Read more
Which dress addresses the occasion for this damsel? ... Read more
In the last few years Hou Hsiao-hsien's films, (A Summer at Grandpa's '84, A Time to Live and a Time to Die '85 and Dust in the Wind '87) have reflected the considerable critical attention coming to, and the changes taking place, in Taiwanese cinema Though these features have been well received in ... Read more
Inspired by several events which occurred in January 1986 one particular event was the death of six people travelling in a car from Darwin to Elliott in the N.T, who died of dehydration after the car broke down in the desert In the heat they became delirious ... What is delirium? Fragmentation ... Read more
From the pen of Alexei Sayle, and no doubt inspired by his hit 'tune' of the same name, this is a radical remake of Bicycle Thieves, with Sayle playing both lead parts - a pair of twins ... Sterling Moss is had and ignorant, his brother Carl is good and prison-educated Carl makes bikes with the ... Read more
The follow up to Huang Jianxm's very successful first feature Black Cannon Incident, is a decidedly different type of film, that even those familiar with the new developments in Chinese cinema may not expect, let alone a new audience. However all should be pleasantly surprised by China's first ... Read more
Matthew's evening bath is interrupted by a visit from the water wizard, 'Dr Plughole'. Combining animation and live action into a comic adventure, 'Dr Plughole' shows young Matthew how exciting the water cycle is and how important it is for our everyday lives. ... Read more
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