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Films Screened In 1990

Something's been done to the signs along the passageways of the Parisian Metro and three million passengers get lost within the confusing network of corridors, that constitute this twentieth century labyrinth. Through stylized movement and music (courtesy of rock star Suzanne Vega and Betty Blue's ... Read more
ALTHOUGH IT WAS SHOT in 1969, The Plot Against Harry was publicly premiered at last year's New York Film Festival, from where it has gone on to become one of the greatest 'discoveries' of the past decade or two ... The film is a satiric comedy set in a frantic Jewish milieu to which Harry, a ... Read more
Art, life, myth and landscape are skillfully blended in this fine film portrait of Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike. Using a journey as narrative device and metaphor, the film takes us into the West Australian desert and offers a glimpse of the natural and spiritual world from which Pike draws his ... Read more
The filmmaker describes this as "five cryptic vignettes influenced by community service announcements and educational shorts. Neo-moral interludes for the impatiently nostalgic generation". ... Great to look at and lightly irreverent. More than a touch of Jane Campion's influence here. - (HK) ... Read more
Uli Schüppel was still a student at the Berlin Film Academy (DFFB) when he conceived this project - the documentation of a US tour by internationally recognised Australian cult figure, Nick Cave and his band of underground legends, The Bad Seeds. Schüppel's plan was to record the routines behind ... Read more
Hal Hartley's feature debut takes us back to his native Long Island, where the lovely, 17-year-old Audry Hugo, a nuclearphobic high school senior falls madly in love with a perfectly chiselled auto mechanic, who works for her maniacal father. Will the sensuous Audry explode her green ideals in the ... Read more
How could it be resolved? There is no solution, no answer - no conflict. It is here, it is here. A facile facade of indifference looks back and asks: Are these faces? Are these faces? ... Read more
Students invariably love this tale of a young Australian boy who, in drought conditions, saves the day after his father's horrific accident. ... Because this is based on the popular novel by Colin Thiele, many students are drawn in immediately as they remember his writing and how much they enjoy ... Read more
A "history" of New York City from Prehistoric Times through the Space Age, illustrated entirely with documentary street footage. ... The filmmaker made a wide-ranging study of radically different worlds within the five boroughs. Divided into seven sections, the film/video concentrates on the ... Read more
The film is based on documentary footage (of the now extinct Tasmaman Tiger) shot in Hobart in the 1930s. It shows the last Tasmaman tiger in captivity pacing up and down in its cage in the zoo. From this archival footage, the filmmaker has built a beautiful and radiating coloured animation which ... Read more
TJOET NYA' DHIEN was the wife of the Acehnese rebel leader, Teuku Umar, she was also his chief strategist and political mentor. Teuku Umar was killed in battle in February 1899. For eight years after her husband's death, Tjoet Nya' Dhien led a band of Acehnese guerillas in the mountains of Aceh at ... Read more
In collaboration with the black gay poet Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs has produced what is sure to become a landmark film in the history of gay cinema, eschewing traditional documentary forms with a fascinating combination of elements poetry, personal testimony, rap, dance and drama. ... Tongues ... Read more
An essay film which explores questions of national identity as constructed by critical views of Irish history on one hand, and the new formulations of national identity for Ireland in the interests of multinational capital on the other. The film works around an observation sequence at a business ... Read more
Allegedly, David Lynch and Mark Frost approached television with the proposal of making a series for television when it became difficult to raise money for a theatrical feature following Lynch's acclaimed Blue Velvet. This is the open-ended pilot to what is to be a seven part series, only one of ... Read more
What would you wish for if you were a twelve year old locked in your room on Christmas Eve? What about a remote controlled toy space craft that could fly, hover and fire missiles right through your bedroom door. This wonderfully extreme short film from France should fulfill every nasty kid's dreams. Read more
Years ago, the Owens Valley (260 miles north of Los Angeles) was a flourishing country of farms and ranches. Today it is a dusty, dying and nearly deserted stretch of parched land. Pat O'Neill's Water and Power is not about the Owens Valley, nor even the events surrounding its death at the hands of ... Read more
Memories of a 1940s girlhood are evocatively captured in this crisply matter-of-fact recollection of things past. A British working-class family, ruled by a domineering, hard-drinking patriarch, gets splintered into episodic bits and pieces which are recalled in plain-speaking voice over and photo ... Read more
An older woman is preparing the body of a younger woman for burial. For a moment she stares bitterly at the corpse, then slaps it violently across the face. ... The reason for this outburst? All is revealed in the extended flashback which is the core of this lovely chamberwork of a film about ... Read more
In which Cohen bears witness to the dark intensity of the American band Butthole Surfers filmed at a particularly exuberant show. Brooding and unsettling - an anti-music video??? ... Read more
What's worse than Christmas? Easter, that's what, when Angela's relationship with Dan is thrashing out its death throes, amidst the flying bullets of verbal abuse and the occasional hurtled chocolate egg. He flees and she's left to hide under the bedclothes and face the fact that life goes on. A ... Read more
Yaaba means grandmother in Moorea. It is the name given by Bila, a wide-eyed 12 year old boy to the wizened Sana, an old woman who is treated as an outcast by the rest of the village. Yaaba is a delightful and beautifully crafted film depicting life in a dusty village on the barren, flat plains of ... Read more
An impressive and provocative dance film, featuring the Ballet Teatro de la Habana. ... Read more
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