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Films In 1970

”Fellini says: ‘Reality does not exist. The artist invents it.' I believe it exists. We must live in it. and interpret it. With this film I wanted to experiment: interpret while I was inventing. It is called Ciao, Federico! because I must say good-bye to this kind of film-making. For me, the ... Read more
The fifth of Eric Rohmer's projected cycle of "Six Moral Tales" (My Night with Maud being the fourth), this film is yet another variation upon the theme of love. ... Jerome, a handsome, worldly diplomat, who shortly before marrying Lucinde, the woman with whom he's been living on and off for six ... Read more
The work of Claude Chauvy, wood turner, who specialises in restoring or copying antiques. ... Read more
The film observes the life of Canadian wild life painter, Glen Loates, over two years, as he sketches and paints the flora and fauna of the North American wilderness. ... Read more
A vision of the future of man on a planet he has destroyed. ... Read more
The director of this film, a student of the London Film School, chose for his subject a short story by Marcel Proust, from his first book, "Les plaisirs et les jours". ... Read more
In an interesting amalgam of document and fiction, a student and a visiting professor search back into the lives of Melbourne's mass murderers. ... Silver Award, Alan Stout Award, Australian Film Awards 1970. ... Read more
An adolescent's initiation into the turmoils of love is expressed by the tragic pursuit of a woman by a young boy. ... A 15-year-old boy becomes obsessed with a girl several years older, with whom he works as an attendant at a rather seamy London swimming baths. His need for love aroused, he is ... Read more
A tank, into which a red liquid is dripping. A figure absorbed in an obscure and desperate battle against submersion. A little furry animal comes to disturb this strange world . . . ... Read more
The film presents a series of impressions of Derby Day 1970, when Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, gained his legendary victory. The Derby is also an enormous fair with merry-go-rounds, fire eaters, knife throwers, champagne and caviar, which provides a colourful background to the fabulous race. ... Read more
This is not the usual film about the idyllic existence of the Swiss peasants living in the snow-clad mountains, yodelling with carefree abandon. It is about those peasants who have lost their taste for singing, the real proletariat of Switzerland. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen 1970; Quality Prize ... Read more
Akira Kurosawa's first film in five years centres on the inhabitants of a shanty-town society. ... The town is little more than an ugly array of metal sheets and tar paper shacks resembling the city dump. Despite its appearance the inhabitants, albeit their hand to mouth existence, seek happiness ... Read more
The distinguished physician and author speaks against the war in Vietnam. ... Read more
Dubai, a tiny arid Sheikdom on the eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, has always looked outwards to the sea for its livelihood. First fish, then pearls, then commerce, and now, oil. ... The film explores the development of Dubai and, whilst following the construction of a unique underwater ... Read more
As in all his films, Olmi's interest is in ordinary people, and he observes them with equal sympathy and understanding. ... In During the Summer, the central character is a professor (we are not told what he teaches) who, out of love for his fellow men &ndash: and to make a little cash on the side ... Read more
A study of the early winter landscape of the hills and bush around Canberra, using multiple super impositions of images. ... Silver Award, Alan Stout Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
The gradual growth is shown, hour by hour, of a caterpillar larva inside its egg: then once the caterpillar emerges, we watch it slowly change into the brilliantly coloured butterfly called the Charaxes Jasus. ... Read more
The Goddess of Fertility endlessly sows the seeds of life, which brings her into direct conflict with the activities of her partner, Death. The two argue over the fate of the Planet Earth, until the inhabitants of Earth start taking matters into their own hands, and Fertility and Death are assigned ... Read more
Presented in a fully restored print, this visceral, quasi-Western is credited as starting the ‘midnight movies' phenomenon. El Topo tells of a black-clad gunslinger whose yearning for spiritual enlightenment leads him into the desert on an adventure that defies rational explanation. As the ... Read more
The film is based on the poem, in which a carpenter builds a cross and speaks of his pride in his work and his reluctance to be involved with the situations which bring men to die on crosses. ... Goldsmith shows a multiplicity of modern creations, any one of which might have evil effect in the ... Read more
The cast consists entirely of 27 dwarfs and midgets who act out an obscene parody of human life. ... Starting out as a revolt against authority, it details a destructive rampage by the inmates of an asylum for dwarfs, depicting their assorted and extended cruelties. The film aims at showing not the ... Read more
An immense crowd awaits the arrival of a distinguished guest at the airport… ... Read more
On one level the film is a parody of motorcycle-sex films, but Ex Machina is ultimately a statement about the destructive nature of the process of film making. ... Read more
This is from the first series of "mini mini" cartoons made as 'openers", by Dragic. ... Read more
A young man returns to his family home to discover that the life he left behind is still very much a pan of him, and not so easy to escape from. ... Wit, an engineer, the son of a once rich industrialist, receives a telegram that his father is seriously ill. A friend drives him to his father's ... Read more
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