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Films Screened In 1990

IN 1870, Michail Saltykow, under the pseudonym N. Schtschednn, wrote The Story of a City, a biting allegory on the history of Russia and its rulers Out of this historical source material, Serge; Owtscharow has fashioned an extremely topical satire on the writing of history today In the process, he ... Read more
"The title is a misnomer. Comden and Green's tart follow-up to On The Town, directed by the same team (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) is like a delayed hangover. The three buddies are now Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd; at war's end they swear an eternal friendship and promise to meet in ten ... Read more
An emotional portrait, a social critique and a passionate and eloquent plea for human equality, this documentary tells James Baldwin's story in his own words. Using interviews from many of Baldwin's close friends, colleagues and critics, Karen Thorsen has created one of the finest portraits of a ... Read more
JESUS OF MONTREAL is the eagerly anticipated new film by Denys Arcand, the gifted director of the hugely successful The Decline Of The American Empire. At last year's Cannes Film Festival, Jesus of Montreal won the Special Jury Prize and provoked the kind of passionate response that is typical of ... Read more
"My concern for poetic expression is reflected in this project throughout the different aspects of production." - Louise Bourgue ... Read more
A funny tale of frenzied, pixillated puppet insects who smoke cigars, dance and wield power tools. The insects enter a juke box and prove they really know how to have a party, however, the juke box is not all that it seems. ... A film from the National Film Board of Canada which is mainly just a ... Read more
Essentially a compilation work made up of numerous short pieces, described by Cohen as: Where Documentary Collides. Music Video As Independent Film. Birds As Punctuation ... The project compiles short works and collaborations into a reflection on the grey areas between documentary, narrative and ... Read more
A film about the jewel of Australia's national parks, Kakadu, and about the teachings of Bill Niedjie (Kakadu Man). ... Kakadu Man is Bill Niedjie's story, a story of the land, looked after for thousands of years by the indigenous Australian aborigines, now abused. This theme is translated through ... Read more
An interview with Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski about his films, Short Film About Killing and Short Film About Love and the monumental Decalogue project. ... Read more
A narrated advocacy documentary about the struggle of the indigenous people of Murray Island (Torres Straits) for land rights. It has been very recently completed by the Melbourne based team which produced Red Matildas and Painting the Town, and is premiered at this year's Festival. ... While ... Read more
A FULL 21 YEARS after it was made, Jiri Menzel's Larks on a String is finally off the shelf. Menzel's film, a courageous, bittersweet comedy of considerable charm and invention, is now being seen publicly for the first time and can be enjoyed at last. ... The film was made at the end of the Golden ... Read more
"Video, ephemeral, erases memories and Man's life." A French satire on Godard, The Nouvelle Vague and Wenders, full of witty word play, and reflections on love, life and the months of the year. - (GWC) ... Read more
The Leningrad Cowboys do not enjoy a great deal of success or talent. The boys are used to playing Russian songs written for an all-male choir. What they lack in talent or marketability, is compensated for by their drive for success. Thus, when their manager suggests they leave the tundra for ... Read more
A respectable public servant fantasizes himself as a hero, driven to save the soul of a woman from the claws of prostitution. At the suburban massage parlour however, it's business as usual. This is a quirky comedy on romantic love, AIDS, and working women.- (LS) ... Read more
Dario, a psychologist working in the public health system, lives an uneventful day-to-day routine comprising his work, his fiancee, his future inlaws. ... One day he meets Mario, his one-time high-school mate. They celebrate their meeting in a bar, but just as they are having a drink Mario suddenly ... Read more
A daggy delight and refreshing antidote to Australian cinema's "rites of passage" sub-genre. Droll, unaffectedly deadpan narration accompanies some unexpected glimpses into the situation of a young woman moving into a group terraced house in Sydney's Newtown. As she readjusts to the new living ... Read more
A critique of post 1979 Britain, Live From Britain explores the ideological construction of "the future" and of "tradition" in the maintanence of bourgeois hegemony. Rituals of popular culture, toys, adult games and so on come into play in this 'Benjaminian' essay film which deals in certain ... Read more
This short film develops a personal response to the deconstruction of the Berlin wall. Employing television newsreel imagery and stylized dramatic sequences, a kind of mirror image of the wall's demise is reflected through the filmmaker's poetic voiceover and artistic vision. - (JH) ... Read more
That question mark is no typographical error - Longshot is an eerie documentary style video that meshes fiction and reality so seamlessly you'll not be sure where one ends and the other begins. The resultant tension makes for a gripping and unsettling excursion into video-voyeurism. ... Longshot ... Read more
This new film from Tom Zubrycki (Kemira - Diary of a Strike, Friends and Enemies) was made for ABC and Channel Four television. Set in Broome the film is a study in the late '80s ambivalence over questions of development. The Lord of the Bush is Lord McAlpine, Treasurer of the British Conservative ... Read more
In Love In Progress, Giuseppe Bertolucci has drawn a delightfully amusing portrait of the young. As in his previous films, Bertolucci's facility in creating credible and fascinating women characters is in full swing. In his latest work, he has focused his attention exclusively on three young girls ... Read more
A quietly paced narrative film about Steven finding his way out of the cold. ... Read more
This film started as a series of still photographs that were used as the basis for the drawings. About 2,500 drawings are included in the 5 minutes of film. Although this film is animated it is experimental in style. The sound tracks push this non-traditional form further. ... Read more
The early sixteenth-century Japanese garden in the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto, is considered a masterpiece of the Karesansui or "dry landscape" style. Slow-moving images of the garden are intercut with readings from a text by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, accompanied by a music track ... Read more
Morning is that terrible part of the day when all thoughts run erratic, when all memories become confused and when the pillow, like a mother's loving arms, cradles your head and shelters you from another inevitable day. ... Read more
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