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Films Screened In 1995

... ... Exploitation, in its many guises, is at the heart of this gritty, often heartbreakingly humor­ous documentary (an accusation that the film itself is not immune from) about the somewhat deluded aspirations of four desperados trying to make it in (or is that out of) the economically ... Read more
Tezuka's work can loosely be divided into three distinct modes of production: his manga—where he could elaborate his ideas with total control, his TV series and manga derived features-which often transformed his manga ideas, and shorts designed for international film festivals-where he could ... Read more
An animated exploration of twentieth century abstraction and architectural icons as devel­oped in Russian Constructivism and at the Bauhaus before its closure by the Nazis 1933. Of particular interest to students of modern archi­tecture this little gem seems to be speaking for Moholy-Nagy ... Read more
Ngal, a 19 year old Koorie boy, is caught between cultures. He lives in the city but yearns for reconnection with his ancestral heritage. Ngal was named after his dreaming, Ngalyod meaning rainbow serpent. As he seeks to reconnect he faces a turbulent journey as Western culture impacts on his ... Read more
From the streets of Manhattan to the edge of the Sahara, the story of Alpha Gassama and his family is the story of Africa and the world at the end of the 20th Century. "Where are you from?"asks a fare sitting in the back of the taxi Alpha drives. "M-A-L-I... thats Mali. The country is very poor and ... Read more
A visual and musical celebration of contempo­rary Victorian teenagers in their social tribes. From all works of life, the country, coastal surfies, independents, private school students, mul­ticultural and koories face up and act out for the camera. Seeing must suffice. ... Read more
... ... The first adaptation of Tim Winton's work to be made for the screen translates the evoca­tive poetry of his exquisite writing with great faith and subtlety. Amidst shades of Shane The Rainmaker and even Close Encounters comes this fascinating transplanting of the Western mythol­ogy ... Read more
The film is meant as a warning against the mod­ern dependencies of people, very often the obiects of our daily life which surround us will change their characteristics and turn on us. ... Read more
Set amidst the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd, The Bear takes us into the backstage world of a struggling actor the man who plays the bear of the title in a top drawer production of A Winter's Tale. The unwanted anonymity afforded him by his rote is reflected in his life ... Read more
A black-and-white model animation involving three Kirk Douglases! A scenario of old movie archetypes and cliches is set Douglas as the tough newspaper editor, the brash young reporter and old hack-each caricatured figure given dialogue lines Douglas has possibly used in various movie roles. "Big ... Read more
A young woman (Tyson) breaks into a morgue to steal a corpse. Beautifully paced and veiled in a visual symphony of shadowy blues, this understated mystery shrouds a modern adaptation of Antigone in its contemporary filmic fabric . ... Read more
... ... Little Samaneh lives with her mother in a one-room apartment and frequently must accom­pany her to her job in a garment factory, where she acts like the wilful pre-schooler she is. Moth­er fulfils a dream by buying Samaneh a pair of shiny red boots, one of which is immediately lost ... Read more
Another one shot wonder in the style of Rope pick the cuts if you can. Elegantly crafted decep­tively simple a friendship is dissected on the way to work. But has someone missed the bus? ... Read more
Unanimously considered Ghatak's master­piece The Cloud-Capped Star, full of deeply-felt passion and an amazing music/sound track, is the first of three films on the director's very per­sonal interest in the theme of refugees Ghatak made films that are almost all veiled autobiogra­phy ... Read more
... ... At the beginning of an era of trashy B-horror and sci-fi, Wise attached himself to sound features with intellectually satisfying metaphoric bases, remarkable visual aesthetics and intrigu­ing narratives. In this fine Val Lewton produced sequel to Jacques Tourneur's Cat People. Wise ... Read more
... ... A pivotal science fiction film, the themes explored in The Day The Earth Stood Still have been recurrent since Wise depicted visiting alien diplomat Michael Rennie and his mono­lithic robot sidekick, parking on the Whitehouse lawn. Cold War anticipation, anti-fascist senti­ments ... Read more
... ... From the director of Homecoming (MIFF 84) and Red Dust (I990)-Yim Ho one of the leaders of the 80s Hong Kong resurgence-comes a grip­ping Chabrol-esque thriller, winner of the top prize at the Tokyo Film Festival last September. ... ... ... "When Guan Jian tries to report a suspected ... Read more
It all begins when Luli's favourite uncle Oscar dies under mysterious circumstances in Mexi­co. Luli, aka writer-director Lourdes Portillo heads south in search of some answers. What we get is a 'documystery', an ever-so-slightly fic­tionalised account of a death in the family. ... Under ... Read more
The Devil's account ledger is a record of damned and captured souls. An animated film of varied (Ray-O-Grams to etchings) and unusual techniques. ... Read more
A rabid psychedelic mix of 'found' images and sounds often processed through complex optical printing techniques which takes its tone and lundness from the late sixties 'head' or 'trip' movie. From this playful obtuse and at times refreshingly juvenile melange of cultural marginalia, Miron fashions ... Read more
From the imaginative and ever popular brilliance of Tezuka comes an endearing animation told akin to a fable. Unico the young Unicorn discov­ers life, friendship and loyalty, fights against the forces of evil and of course triumphs. He faces the evil magic powers of the satanic prince ... Read more
Acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep With Anger) focuses his unique directorial vision on a new genre for him, the policier/action film, creat­ing a powerful moral drama that loses none of its uncompromising anger for being his most mainstream ... Read more
The original manga on which the Green Cat has been regarded as a pioneering science fiction work. The resultant anime is a typically quirky mix of Disney-esque character stylings with involving and ponderous narrative thread. Once again, Tezuka clashes generic traits and iconography to produce ... Read more
... ... After seating the ambitious heights of West Side Story (1961) and steering star vehicles like Two For The Seesaw (1962), Robert Wise's 1963 version of Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House offers a pleasing reminder that Wise served his apprenticeship under Val Lewton at RKO ... Read more
In the late 1800s Paul Schraber an eminent German civil law judge was to become plagued by attacks of insanity. Case-studied by both lung and Freud Schraber's own memoirs of his latter experiences are the basis for The Holly Time (Shraber's own name for this period of his life). Astonishing visuals ... Read more
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