Films Screened In 1990

A child tries to string meaningful phrases together. A young man finds no string to tie. A film where the cast of extras have remained long after the lead roles have left. ... Read more
One Halloween night, Jank Rottweiller asks his old friend Fred to drive him to his father's house in the country. As miles pass, Jank leaves all reason behind him, dragging Fred along. By the time they reach his father's house, Jank has become an unweildly child, trapped in the body of an adult. ... From rather ordinary beginnings, this film develops into an idiosyncratic tale with arguably one of... Read more
ALL BAR ONE of Hou Hsiao-hsien's films have screened at previous Melbourne Film Festivals. This year, the Festival is proud to present Hou's most recent film, winner of the Golden Lion at last year's Venice film Festival, and to welcome the director as a Festival guest. ... A City Of Sadness represents Hou's biggest film to date. It is a sprawling family saga that parallels the lives of members of... Read more
A Chinese artist comes to England after the massacre in Tiananmen Square full of hope for his new life in the West, but he finds it hard to come to terms with leaving China. Despite the efforts of his English girlfriend to help him, he finds the gestures of sympathy patronising and his art misunderstood. - (GWC) ... Read more
An impressive debut animation from Andrew Horne, adapted from a story by Olga Masters. ... Every Thursday, Maud plays hostess to her four friends from Every Street, Lilyfield - amongst them, Irene who has a passion for rats. Together, Irene, Maud, Vera and Mabel assert their geriatocracy as seen through Venetian blinds and polyester lace. ... Peter Boyd modified an industrial camera enlarger which... Read more
A female baseball fan examines her obsession with the game, along psycho-sexual lines. Vanalyne Green appropriates the all-male arena of pro baseball to create an hilarious visual essay about family, loss and sexuality. ... Confronted with such a wonderland, devoid of all women, Green is compelled to reinterpret baseball's symbolism - its womblike landscape, rituals and vocabulary, to construct an... Read more
PUPI AVATI SPECIALIZES IN COMEDIES, often with large groups of people. His latest, A Story of Boys And Girls, is one of his best: a wholly delightful film that engages the audience to join in the engagement celebrations of a city boy and a country girl in the winter of 1936. ... The traditional feast (a 20-course meal) has been prepared by the girl's extended family — and the local priest — in the... Read more
Has the 'greed is good' world of the eighties been replaced by a new spirit of cooperation? How is advertising, the most selfish and successful of eighties industries coping? We look at the new "caring, sharing" ads, and ask how you sell to the altruistic consumer? ... Read more
A cunning storyteller presents a curious tale of blackmail to two friends invited to lunch. As the story unwinds we realise that the blackmail plot is merely a cover-up for a far more sinister plot involving revenge and murder. This fast-paced, ironic black comedy provides the spectator with a challenging puzzle of events whose meaning always lies just beyond the frameline.- (TB) ... Read more
“BEING A NEW ZEALANDER, I grew up with Janet Frame's fiction - her chilling and poetic first novel Owls Do Cry and the prevailing legend of Janet as New Zealand's 'mad writer'. We all knew of her supposed schizophrenia. Many believed her writings were inspirations of her madness. But the autobiographies painfully and truthfully unravel this myth... Janet's fresh exploration of her childhood and li... Read more
Centered around Charlie Gaul's victory in the 1956 Tour de France this lyrical film explores mythologies, both personal and collective, that have grown up around this event and the nature of the myth itself.- (PH) ... Read more
Ariel is the second film in a trilogy of films depicting Finland 1986-1989 that began with Shadows in Paradise (1986), and was completed with The Match Factory Girl (1989). It is the story of a young man, Kasurinen, who arrives in an inhospitable southern town after the Lappland mine, where he and his father work, shuts down. Left with the car his father left him - a snow white Cadillac convertibl... Read more
Well known US comedian/actor Robin Williams is turned into an animated character who takes us on a tour Back To Neverland. Classic characters Peter Pan and Tinkerbell feature in this Walt Disney production which is as timeless as its characters. ... Back To Neverland is included in this program because it is a creative exploration of the art and science of animation. Told in a way easily accessibl... Read more
Five figures move upon a floating platform trying to maintain their balance. This breathtaking short won this year's Academy Award for Best Animation.- (TB) ... Read more
Behind The Mask is a unique collaborative production commenced in London, shot in Belfast and completed here in Melbourne. The film initially started life as a project to be made for British television. Frank Martin had gained the co-operation of several key former IRA members who agreed to discuss their lives and the legacy of their involvement with the Republican movement. ... Filming was underw... Read more
A report from London, Italy and America on the international controversy stirred up by two new posters in the immensely successful multi-racial Benetton advertising campaign. Accused of being both too reactionary and too progressive, and withdrawn at a cost of millions of pounds, we look at where Benetton went wrong. ... Read more
This film is one of the first comprehensive looks at the student movement of the 1960s as seen from the Berkeley campus. A small student movement becomes a cause celebré when the House Un-American Activities shows a film on campuses across the country about the "communist spies" on the Berkeley campus. Far from having the desired effect, students from all over the country flock to Berkeley to get ... Read more
A deceptively simple, poetic examination of conversations, class back-grounds, individual hopes and dreams, set in Melbourne suburbia. Rick, a young washing-machine repairman, bumps into an old school friend Monica, who's now the lead singer of a band on tour from Sydney. Soon infatuated, Rick questions the worth of his predicament. ... By focusing on ordinary characters, everyday events and almos... Read more
Bet you didn't know the Chinese had both newsreels and rock'n'roll bands! This example of a Chinese featurette (competently dubbed into English) chronicles the history of the country's leading power trio, Big Character Poster, (the true inventors of punk rock). ... Denounced in 1966 as decadent Western influenced Imperialist running-dogs, Big Character Poster were granted asylum at Max's Kansas Ci... Read more
The social maelstrom of possibly the century's most thoroughly revolutionary decade is divertingly depicted in a boy-meets-girl, girl-gets-pregnant scenario. What our beehive-crowned heroine has gestating inside her is no less than the epoch itself, causing the whole riotous barrage of the period's icons and mores to explode around her, inside and out. ... Elvis, Janis, Jimi, JFK, drive-ins, peace... Read more
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