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Films Screened In 1989

A cruel but hilarious document of Kuchar 'directing' a student actress in a monstrously melodramatic scene. Kuchar's own 'performance' talent is supreme as he forces the actress into the extreme hysterical reaches of over-acting — the ambivalence between emotional sincerity and a cynical ... Read more
With the sudden death of Sharon, Jim loses his wife and Maya loses her mother. This bleak tale of bereavement and drug dependency features a striking visual style with dramatic use of lighting and framing. ... Read more
... ... The place is Hollywood, lonely for scriptwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) who is suspected of murdering a young woman, until girl-next-door Laurel Gray (Grahame) supplies him with a false alibi. But is he the killer? Under pressure of police interrogation, their tentative relationship threatens ... Read more
The Independent Country party candidate for Wollondilly has a few words to the Australian public. ... Read more
Peripatetic travelogue, quasi documentary, a discourse on transience. Jackass Johnny crosses the boundaries of the banal and sentimental in pursuit of the Canadian psyche Timelapse sequences tum to industrial work floors; bland factory facades are intertwined with old people dancing and posing for ... Read more
An impoverished post-graduate student discovers the means whereby she can become financially independent, please her lover and impress her supervisor. This moral tale of a young woman's education unfolds obliquely at a slow, deliberate pace, employs a spare camera style, somewhat reminiscent of ... Read more
... ... Former actress Magali Clement's first film as director is a carefully observed picture of the interrelations between a family of women, and the men they surround themselves with. ... ... ... Central to the film, as the title implies, is the dynamic Jeanne, who runs a small restaurant/hotel ... Read more
One day Marcel and Leon, sixty-year-old twins, decided to go shooting in the woods It js to be a very special day. ... Read more
... ... Godard's latest cinematic adventure r is as playful as his last few films, alt shown at previous Melbourne Film. Festivals. Bound to infuriate audiences expecting a conventional, classic 'Godardian' experience, Soigne ta droite engages the viewer on its own modest level as the loquacious ... Read more
... ... Christmas Island, a speck in the Indian Ocean, is an Australian Territory which was not invaded by humans until 100 years ago. For most of that time, it was attacked by phosphate mining companies which destroyed a quarter of the island's rainforest covering, leaving it open to the ravages ... Read more
Far from the social realist domestic drama, this film is a wicked and witty shocker and teaser. With a mere 14 minutes of black and white footage, a New Zealander demonstrates how to hook and rivet an audience while simultaneously sparking off an explosive minefield of metaphors. Witness the demise ... Read more
A familiar thing such as a staircase can become nightmarish when its steps mysteriously give way under the feet of whoever ventures to mount it. ... Read more
The story of Daniel Desire, a clerk in a factory in the port town of Seyne-Sur-Mere. Married, with a young child, Daniel Desire' lives a simple, honest life and is liked by his fellow-workers. ... Then one day, Daniel Desire leams that he has only two years to live .. . Things change. ... Adapted ... Read more
An erotic dance. An act of love. A bodily confrontation. ... From Raul Ruiz's Maison de la Culture at Le Havre. ... Read more
A stylish frothy 'light read' of a film, La Lectrice recounts the adventures of a young woman who rents her services as a professional reader to to bourgeois clients ill-disposed to doing their own page-turning. Miou-Miou is the engaging heroine, a young woman who enjoys reading, has an attractive ... Read more
Can a reversal of traditional sex roles lay beneath the sea'? Can ballet metge with new-wave? A pristine, monochrome subterranean dance fantasy. - (CK) ... Read more
Made in the winter of 1896, and regarded as one of the 'films disparus' of Melies. The only surviving copy was recently discovered in Christchurch and preserved by the New Zealand Film Archive. The first vampire movie ever made. ... Read more
The humorous story of how the progress eludes an old man who has chosen to live in peace in his homely, old cabin in the woods. Directed by Susanne Angel. ... Read more
Everyone asks me why I made a film about Chet Baker. Why a film about about 'love and fascination' and jazz? It all started many years ago when I first meet Nan. After one bottle of wine during our first dinner together we started talking about how much we loved jazz. We discovered that our ... Read more
Ma runs a hamburger stall outside Melbourne's Flinders Street Station. Life at Ma's uses cinema verite with a personal touch from the filmmaker to depict one night at the hamburger stall. ... The camera situates itself with Ma looking out upon the passing customers who line up for both food and ... Read more
... ... This first feature from Tony Buba, Pennsylvania's filmic poet laureate, is a delightful, unconventional, autobiographical tour de force. ... ... ... Called 'the Faulkner of Allegheny County the Flaherty of the frozen blast furnace,' Tony Buba has been making films about his hometown ... Read more
An abstract film by McLaren and Evelyn Lambart in which a sheaf of lines gyrates, groups and re-groups in harmony to music. The musical accompaniment to Lines Vertical was composed and played by Maurice Blackburn; in Lines Horizontal, Pete Seeger plays the music on wind and string instruments ... Read more
Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor's documentary on singer Paul Anka is a remarkable study of pop-star adulation and a seminal work in this now commonplace field. ... Read more
The life and wotk of Langston Hughes during the renaissance of jazz and blues in Harlem in the 1930s and 40s ... The poetry of Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent and Langston Hughes is featured with jazz and blues music. This and other texts weave through the stylised dramatic sequences and archive ... Read more
A man tries to woo a woman. He holds a monologue, a lovesick tirade, he threatens, flatters and brags. But his efforts are in vain — the lady does not yield to him. He tries the same monologue — on another woman. ... Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival, 1988. ... Read more
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