Films Screened In 1992

... ... From Errol Morris, the director of the daz­zling The Thin Blue Line, comes this won­drous and wonder-filled joumey into the life and work of Professor Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist and popular author. ... ... ... Like in the earlier film, Morris rejects the traditional orthodoxies of documentary film­making for an approach that is highly stylized, mediated and interpretative.... Read more
... ... Edward Yang's long-awaited fourth feature is an independent production on an epic scale, a picture of Taiwan in 1960/61 as reflect­ed in the story of a teenage boy who kills a schoolgirl. For many, this is a Taiwan caught between the pull of Mainland China and the lure of the US, the land of milk and honey where Elvis Presley sings (or does he?) of "a brighter summer day." It's also a Taiw... Read more
Sonny, the only son in a perverse family, is ready to move on, but a series of uncontrol­lable circumstances leads him straight back to his mother's arms. Progressing at a hypnotic pace, fantasy and reality become indistinguish­able, producing results both frightening and hilarious An absurd, contemporary treatment of the Freudian Oedipal myth. ... Read more
Take a thousand-and-one images and double them, layer them one over the other, add ani­mation, pixillation, shock and tenderness. Refer to red. Analyze the subliminal and sub­limely forget the analysis. Refer to red. Add a sound for each image, and.mix well. A herd lost in the red wood. Or the red wood hiding the herd? Who is the hunter? Which is the herd? (IB) ... Read more
Using as its source the words, music and draw­ings of autistic people, this film explores the feeling of autism from the inside Constructed to reflect an idiosyncratic and obsessive world, it is both visually striking and disquietingly insightful (AS) ... Read more
... ... Glen Murray is a city councillor in Win­nipeg. He's a popular community figure, a tireless worker for charities and a highly-respected gay role model. He lives his life in a hurry; 15 of his closest friends are dead or dying of AIDS. Now, Glen has taken the bold step of taking in a foster child. But this is no ordinary foster child; this is Mike. Mike Curtis is 18, straight, a drug user an... Read more
This first film (the only Australian short film to be invited to Cannes this year) by visual artist Tony Twigg, is a highly structured piece which uses basic animation techniques to set up a change in its structure. A tryptic of images is creatively played off against a chant which uses repetitive key phrases in which the voice becomes increasingly more urgent, then fades away invoking a sense of ... Read more
... ... Part history lesson, part inspiration, part call to action, A Place Of Rage is an engaging portrait of Black activists Angela Davis and June Jordan. Focusing on the role of women in the revolutionary movements, the film traces the beginnings of the civil rights movement from Rosa Parks to the radicalization of women within the Black church. ... ... ... Reading from her poetry, Jordan poign... Read more
Set to a poem, this animation maps out the emotional impact of a failed relationship in the animator's life. (AA) ... Read more
... ... The expectations set by Takeshi's previous two films were purposefully undone when he moved past American action films and com­pletely wrote out of the script his own distinc­tive persona. The result of his new-found independence is both surprising and consis­tent, and an unmistakable vindication of his versatility and command as a director. ... ... ... The story here concerns the teenager... Read more
Here is a classroom full of quiet, attentive and brilliant children every teacher's dream. But Madame finds herself m the midst of a night­mare when she tries to outwit them m a series of Eco-esque verbal puzzles The blackboard jungle returns with a very curly twist of French theory (SB) ... Read more
The world is a ball and the first human being is called Adam He's standing there now and looks as if he might fall down, so the creator plants him a little more firmly m the ground He has to learn all the rules, for instance, if you throw clay around then you'll get clay thrown back at you. ... Read more
Adam's Rib is a jewel of a film whose charm sneaks up on you. Soon you find yourself wanting to spend hours and hours in the com­pany of the people that the director exposes with such delicate and refined touches. Soviet cinema is not known for its intimate human insights, yet Krichtofovitch has returned to a vein mined with such success by the great Rus­sian novelists, and has told a story with u... Read more
Amelia Rose Towers — whose initials spell ART — faces off against an adversary whose initials spell MAN, after passmg through sur­realist chambers and screens offering images of a personal identity that can never be recon­ciled Camp, baroque, decadently theatrical, with a distinctly Warhohan rap on the sound­track, Amelia Rose Toivers is filled also with an acute atmosphere of fear and Ioathmg, an... Read more
Memories, betrayals and secrets emerge from the past when Katina's mother comes from Greece to visit the family The bitter embrace between mother and daughter is observed by Katina's own daughter Sophia (played with grave innocence by Xarts Miller) who must play her own role in this moving drama of estrangement (RR) ... Read more
An evocation of the life and work of composer Anton Webern Poetry as a way of life Winner 1st Prize Brussels International Film Festival. ... Read more
Suburban Melbourne area 1966 Antonio loves Anna, is passionate about Doctor Zlnvago and, despite religious guilt, tempted by opportuni­ties for infidelity Strange happenings are a-foot' The film, full of irony and comic mischief, is a cross between a contemporary folktale and a medieval morality play — with just a dash of the occult (AH) ... Read more
On a journey into central Victoria we discover that a decent holiday is not beyond the reach of the average family. ... Read more
Tommy and Ruth are friends living in a fishing town. Tommy's dad wants him to be a fisher­man, Tommy wants to be a painter. An old painter arrives in the area and his presence exerts a strong influence on Tommy. ... Read more
... ... Three years in the making, Atlantis is Luc Besson's labour of love — a rhapsodic, exotic journey through the wonder-filled world of marine life. "I wanted Atlantis to be an underwater opera, a tribute to the sea, con­sisting only of pictures and music," says Besson. "If it contains any message at all, I hope it comes across in another way — in the pure, immediate splendour of sensation."... Read more
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