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Films Screened In 1992

The filmmaker in his apartment in New York awaits news of his family in Nazareth during the Persian Gulf War. Television reports the missile attacks from Iraq are landing in Israel. The filmmaker's hybrid state, a Palestinian whose parents are being bombed by Iraq, reveals the complexity of Middle ... Read more
An adept collage of footage culled from various Hollywood films of the early 1950's and 1960's (Sirk's melodramas, Hitchcock's psycho-sexual thrillers.) It provides an incisive commentary on this dominant cinema's depiction of women as both prisoners in the home and the instinc­tive prey of an ... Read more
... ... This latest offering by one of Mexico's most prolific and outrageous commentators is a single shot — one angle, one com­position. The result is anything but one note; rather, the elimination of traditional film form impels us to focus on every gesture, every word, every sigh ... Read more
Detective Black Ford is pursuing Lazy Dick, who meanwhile, is havin' one hootin'-tootin' time at the Hoodoo Nightspot. A morality tale? ... Read more
... ... In the Nitassinan forests of Quebec it is illegal for the Innu Indians to set foot on their tradi­tional land. An area that once provided them with food and shelter is now a bombing range for the Canadian, American, British and Netherland air forces. ... ... ... For hundreds of years ... Read more
This sensitive study of the filmmaker's grand­mother who has Alzheimers disease, explores the nature of time and memory. The tyranny of memory loss means that she, an accomplished portrait artist, can draw her grandchild's face without recognizing it from one moment to the next. Without a short ... Read more
This latest film from Sankofa Film & Video is an extraordinary search for self-identity. An 'exploration-of-my-parents' film, it develops into a deconstruction of the classic polarities of our society. Exploring the position of displace­ment of a Dutch-descended Sri Lankan with an obsession for ... Read more
Using close-up and extreme close-up images in black-and-white. In Loving Memory romanti­cizes S & M icons in a manner similar to Ken­neth Anger's works. However, by an ambiguous use of gender — which sex is the uniformed character, which sex is the bondaged figure? — the film ... Read more
In the 1950's, the French leftwing political artists-philosophers known as the Situationists invented a raw (and illegal) form of the 'com­pilation film' — gathering fragments from mainstream cinema, while somehow altering or twisting their meaning. Introduction To The End Of An Argument ... Read more
Once upon a time there was a place in Europe where poets and hustlers, scholars and shlemiels lived side by side. Now, that place exists only in memory. It might be called the Invisible City because, like countless other places and communities, it has been erased from the map of history. This is ... Read more
A modern day nightmare. A pregnant woman is too busy to have her baby. A humorous observation of pregnancy. ... Read more
A cool, cool, cool, finger-snapping, bebopping, scat-singing stroll along a Black bar to the White boys blowing unbelievably hot in the corner. (RR) ... Read more
The star of Julie is Julie Jarrell Lyons, who was born in 1903 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In telling the stories of her life, Julie evokes in an inimitable way a world gone by, the memories that lie behind a patchwork quilt or a yellowed daguerreotype. ... Read more
Experimental-Student Inspired by Samuel Beckett's Not I, the film intercuts archival images with a giant mouth reading excerpts of the play. By means of the intimate portrait it offers, Just Words addresses the alienation with which women of many dif­ferent generations have been faced socially ... Read more
A mad scientist, a techno-nerd and a deadly computer virus form an ultra vivid hyper-reali­ty in this computer generated comic strip. ... Read more
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... ... No description will ever do justice to this magnificent film, a masterpiece in any­one's terms, a work which could only be a piece of cinema and nothing else, and which is one of the most intelligent glances into the artistic process ever committed to celluloid. Rivette has always been ... Read more
... ... Aki Kaurismaki (subject of a 1990 MFF Spotlight) returns with a deadpan remake of La Boheme, which seems to owe as much to the comic bonhomie of Lubitsch's Design For Living, or the romantic black-and-white Paris of the Nouvelle Vague, as it does to the triple-hanky Puccini opera adapted ... Read more
Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline," we hear Sylvia Plath say it was not as tough on her, perhaps, as her own inner life Plath's readings of her most personal works, such as 'Daddy* and 'Lady Lazarus' are here counter-pointed by a nch shimmer of images, but it is her voice, rasping and ... Read more
William lives with his family on a Canadian farm in the 1950's, and shares a bed with Grandpa Jack, sometimes they even share the same dreams. ... When his parents decide to move to the big city for his father's new job, he is devastated. His last winter in Manitoba begins. Halloween, a mysterious ... Read more
... ... Life Classes stands as the definitive 'life-trans-formed-by-art movie, and MacGillivray's most fully realized film to date, a gently satirical yet deeply moving portrait of self-discovery. ... ... ... Mary, a young woman from the Gaelic region of Nova Scotia, decides to leave her hometown ... Read more
... ... Based on a short story by Shi Tiesheng, Chen Kaige's latest film is a fable that explores the chasm between faith and magic, authority and disobedience, sacrifice and con­summation. Far more epic and grandly pictori­al than any of Kaige's previous works (King of Children, Yellow ... Read more
Danny and Donald have decided they don't care for the world and stay in their caravan They are happy to smoke, drink, eat junk-food, fart and philosophize. One day even the thought of the world outside is too much and they must drive "until the tank runs dry " (GM) ... Read more
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