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Films Screened In 1992

Jimmy owes some unfriendly guys $3000. He doesn't have it. Now is as good a time as any to visit Alice. But getting away is never as easy as that. (GM) ... Read more
... ... Visconti sketched out the Idea for Rocc e i suoi fratelli(Rocco and his Brothers) in spring 1958 producer Franco Cristaldi. He worked on a treatment with Vasco Pratolini the novelist and Suso Cecchi D' Amico his preferred scriptwriter, who had collaborated wilh him on Senso (1954) and later ... Read more
This film is compiled by Barbara Hammer from X-ray footage shot in the 1950's. The striking skeletal view we are shown allows the camera to rest on movement and gesture with-out covering the skin, seeing inside the body to the architectural frame. The movement and editing push the film further ... Read more
Inspired by Butoh choreography and rein­forced by pixilation; a dance film with a differ­ence. A young woman, isolated in her apartment with TV and cigarettes, observes her neighbour. An ambience of tension; hysteria is growing... ... Read more
Dougie has a habit. It is a very, very, annoying habit, especially for his dad: all day, every day, for twenty years, Dougie has scratched his head. Dad decides to take the matter out of Dougie's hands. But being bound, immobilized and itchy as hell makes Dougie very, very annoyed himself. (SB) ... Read more
Another outstanding entry in the burgeoning British Gothic School of animation led by the Brothers Quay. ... Read more
Coloured liquids travelling in reverse support a paper dog's head, happy to simulate an unearthed spermatozoa on its way to a silk pyjama party. Which side of silk is most tense and receptive to the coloured dye in the unseen jar? ... Read more
A comic and caustic pastiche of a B-grade 50's pornography. Visually delightful with a real eye for the colours and formal concerns of the era and genre! Serving up domesticity, roast dinners and sex with lashings of humour. (AH) ... Read more
The owner of a suburban delicatessen remi­nisces as he celebrates his 60th birthday and repels the invasion of a-new nearby conve­nience store. Clever, large-scale animation and colourful art direction faithful to the era. (RS) ... Read more
Vinu is a day dreamer, with an artistic temper­ament and few friends at his school. He spends his days dreaming of his grandfather's ances­tral home and the slow pace of village life there. Fed up with alarm clocks, homework and school, one day he runs away from home and after many ... Read more
... ... Shoot For The Contents, whose title plays on the meanings of an ancient Chinese guess­ing game, is an excursion into the maze of alle­gorical naming and story-telling in China. Weaving the points of view of both insiders and outsiders engaged in differing realms of social and ... Read more
A sound effects specialist meddles with the progress of a story. ... Read more
Based on a series of actual incidents, inter­views and interracial workshops conducted by Canadian television, Skin is a video about interracial relations and its effects on teenagers in North America. ... "Skin is a very effective way of heightening awareness among those who may be causing ... Read more
... ... Easily the year's most admirably eccentric movie is Richard Linklater's no-budget, college-town comedy Slacker. The 27-year-old Linklater shot the film over a couple of months last summer in and around his hometown Austin, Texas. Linklater, a college dropout who avoided the traps of film ... Read more
that's what little boys are made of. This imag­inative and polished film takes us mto one of the hundreds of women's beauty salons in London. Behind the scenes, appearance is an illusion. Discussion around the leg-waxing table focuses on whether men measure up to the beauty standard, and who ... Read more
When the atmosphere of colour/vibration simultaneously unifies and fragments, reality is merely perceptual. ... Read more
Beginning with the quote from Mary Shelley "Satan had his companions to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred", Steve Bade reworks footage from James Whale's classic 1931 film Frankenstein. The quote refers not only to Frankenstein's monster, but also to the chemically treated ... Read more
... ... Bill MacGillivray's first feature, little appre­ciated at the time of its release and previously unseen in Australia, is a small gem. Stations is a road-movie-on-rails that replaces the cliches of the genre with a choughtful gaze, as a seemingly successful man in his early thirties has ... Read more
... ... Set among the backroom bickering of the ballroom dancing world, Baz Luhnnann's debut film kicks off with a shaky-cam psuedo-documentary sequence introducing the gallery of larger than life characters, it's a bravura move, quickly establishing that we are in for a fun ride through a ... Read more
... ... Ten-year-old Nisse suffers a serious asthma attack that puts him into the hospital in the middle of summer. There, he meets Lelle, 12, a 'troublesome' patient and the hospital's enfant terrible. Lelle has a secret plan, a project, a dream. ... ... ... At first Lelle brusquely refuses to ... Read more
Tude (Martin Donovan) is an over-educated literature professor, totally oblivious to the bored students pelting him with books. He is obsessed with a single passage from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, all the while suspecting that he is an atheist undergoing a crisis of conscience. Meanwhile ... Read more
... ... This first feature by Tom Kalin is a styhsh, fanciful and challenging interpretation of the lives of Chicago's favourite lovers and murderers, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. ... ... ... In 1924, during the heady days of Prohibi­tion, suffragettes and newly-published works by Freud and ... Read more
... ... It's hard to imagine a more unlikely pairing than that of F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaher­ty. Mumau was a mystic, theoretician and fatalist; Flaherty, an optimist, a dreamer, an authentic naif who believed that man, to be free, must remain basic and simple. One thing they did share was ... Read more
... ... A world of B-girls and B-boys, browners, normals, thrashers, posers and posses. In this 'Canadian 35-Up', filmmakers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman document the day-to-day lives of five, fifteen-year-old girls over the course of one year. ... ... ... Talk 16 shows the unique conflicts ... Read more
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