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Films Screened In 1989

... ... The horror of El Salvador is often expressed in numbers of dead, tortured or disappeared which cannot easily be translated into the fates of individuals. Stories From Cuscatlan gives us a glimpse of what life is like for a group of three humble families from different backgrounds living in ... Read more
... ... Like Burden Of Dreams, Les Blank's documentary about the production of Werner Herzog"s epic Fitzcarraldo, Strangers In A Strange Land is a film about a film in the making. Forty years ago, scriptwriter Ted Allen (Lies My Father Told Me) began working on a script about legendary Canadian ... Read more
... ... ParadIse in Australia 1988, in multicoloured and multicultural party mood. The strangers are 12 passengets from a Qantas flight into paradise. They've come from America and Britain to explore the 'Wonder Down Under — one of the most exciting, unspoilt, and undiscovered destinations ... Read more
... ... Jesus Christ, suburban Melbourne and bum marks beside the Yarra River are related. Furthermore, we have been visited by Martians and there are some amongst us who will one day rise up, leading those who remain into that eternal heaven of extra-terrestrial bliss, from whence they need never ... Read more
Three sisters, whose father was an American Indian, who lived their lives in down town New York and converted to Judaism are sure to present their life stories with an air of theatricality. And that is exactly what they do ... They tell their stories using a vaguely disorganised song and dance ... Read more
As the above listing suggests, there's so much going on in Superstar's 43 minutes that it's difficult to know where to start a description. Suffice to say this is one of the most original films you're likely to see this year, and one of the few in recent memory to give semiotics a good name! ... Read more
... ... Tabataba is a film debut; not only for forty-year-old director Raymond Rajaonarivelo, but for his country, Madagascar. In his first feature film, Rajaonarivelo deals with the 1947 Insurrection against the French and subsequent struggle for independence, which was finally granted in 1960, by ... Read more
Made at a time when stodgy stage adaptions were the rule, The Bat Whispers is every bit a movie of great pictorial inventiveness. There are scenes which hark back Do the bravura gestures of silent melodrama — to Fritz Lang's Spies, for one — and others which look forward by nearly a ... Read more
... ... The four little children of Fred G. Sullivan, aka 'Adirondack Fred', do not want to starve. And they don't want to be sold to the gypsies either. They say as much, several times, during the course of Beer Drinker's Guide in hopes that this film will let their father strike it rich. But ... Read more
Don is a suburban hero who only wants to fix the big end on his Holden and take his girlfriend up North, but his dreams are upset by his pragmatism. He progressively loses everything, decides to sell out, even sells the Holden. A good, well-acted script, with concisely edited scenes, builds this ... Read more
... ... Sydney Boehm's solid, hard-nosed script might have been made into a routine cops-and-robbers thriller, but the director, Fritz Lang, gave it a formalised style. The movie is all a piece; it's designed in light and shadows, and its underworld atmosphere glistens with the possibilities of ... Read more
Life can get really boring if all you do is stand and wait for someone to come along and give you something to do. That's how it is for the things in a summer house in the country, who have been waiting for years for their master Rob to come by in the holidays, so they can do what they do best. The ... Read more
Breaking all the rules and employing almost every animation technique available from plasticine models to paper cut-outs, director Woodward has devised both a Gothic and witty film. ... Jumbling live action with animation and without subtitles or spoken word the film explores a romantic idea of ... Read more
A segment from the portmanteau film Fantastic Collection. Raymond Chandler writ small more wittily than anything since Gumshoe. Yamakawa won the MFF Grand Prix in 1987 for his short Attack On a Bakery. ... Read more
An enchanting tale from Africa about five children made of wax They are industrious, loving, and they feel no pain But because they are wax, they can only go outside in the cool of darkness One child, however, determines to see the world by day. African thumb pianos provide musical accompaniment to ... Read more
... ... In the rugged little Algerian village of El Kalaa, life is divided into male and female society. The men have as many wives as they can afford; the women have as many babies as they can, and also do all the cooking. The men have a good time playing chess all day, joking and hustling each ... Read more
... ... The very day the Argentine Armed Forces invaded the Falklands, Miguel Pereira graduated from the London Film School. 'I left England amid cries of war and a chauvinistic atmosphere and arrived back in Argentina to find the same. I heard political, economic and military analyses from both ... Read more
Made early in Leigh's career at the BBC, but not screened until the 1982 Mike Leigh Retrospective on BBC-2, this is a series of 5 short vignettes, each five minutes in length, each designed to capture and condense a fleeting idea. ... Read more
The not so funny topic of sexual harassment is attacked in a humorous fashion by this short cut-out animation from Germany. A woman is unsuccessful in defending herself from molestation by men until she discovers a wonderful solution An atypical treatment of this issue carried out and resolved with ... Read more
The conqueror is back to fight the good fight. 'Loving is caring', says the Great Rubber Man. ... Read more
An early sound-on-fiim experiment by Jack Welsh of Dunedin. ... Edwin Coubray was the first New Zealander to achieve sound-on-film talkies. His sound gear was sold to Jack Welsh and James Gault, who perfected a variable-density sound-on-film system. By 1933 Welsh was producing a weekly talkie ... Read more
This tale of young love focuses on the romantic ebb of love in the life of a rather shambling undertaker's assistant. ... Read more
An Italian family after a funeral Indifference, machismo and repressed sexuality lead to an unravelling of dreams which holds the key to an old woman's death A psychological detective story. - (CK) ... Read more
A Tati-esque study of a new office block, populated by three security guards, two business persons and the maintenance man Another from the BFl's 'New Directors' programme. ... Read more
A lonely bar. A girl, A country and western singer in the comer. Who needs anything more to relive the violent past? A post-modern black comedy. ... Read more
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