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Films In 1970

Tony Underhill, the Australian painter, talks about abstract painting. The film shows the opening of his one-man show, also the artist at work and at home. ... Read more
Paddington is one of Sydney's oldest suburbs, which has developed somewhat along the lines of New York's Greenwich Village, or London's Chelsea, and has become Sydney's artist colony. This fully dramatised film captures the essence of Paddington, not only with striking visuals of the area,but by ... Read more
Like Hold Me While I'm Naked, Rhapsody is as much about the difficulty of staging the drama as drama itself. Grand pianist Edgar is trying to recount his memoirs for biographer Camillo: they are both seeking someone to play Edgar's old flame who died in a sudden skiing accident. Eva appears and its ... Read more
Bright, animated cut-outs epitomise the threat that hangs over all creatures of the wild, as a result of the chemical interference by man with the delicately balanced harmony of nature. ... Read more
As with The Pied Piper which Jacques Demy made in 1971, Peau d'ane is an attempt to bring a fairytale narrative to the screen in as faithful a way to the original as possible, yet subtly reinterpreted and reworked from a modern point of view. ... A beautiful Queen dies. The King makes a vow that he ... Read more
Performance is the result of the combination of the talents of Nicolas Roeg (who made Walkabout) and Donald Cammell. It is a film which has troubled distributors, censors and critics throughout the world. Whatever else it may be, it is controversial, and at this festival it will be screened uncut ... Read more
The simple agrarian life of the descendants of the Incas. living today in the Peruvian Andes, is played against the backdrop of the ruins of Cuzco and Machu Picchu. ... Read more
A film on the dramatic initiation rites at Queen's University— primarily about the ritual where "fresh" attempt to climb a greased pole amidst the abuse and rotten tomatoes of their seniors. ... Read more
A report on the life at a US Army fire-post - code name Snuffy - 100 miles from Saigon. Talks to the 'Grunts', the 18-year-old conscripts who walk out of the base on 28 day patrols of the jungle. The interviews yield frank, disenchanted views about the war. ... Read more
John Betjeman reminisces in a poem, especially written for the film, about the great trains of old, and looks forward to railways for ever. ... Read more
Lone is a 16-year old girl who runs away from an institution for wayward girls. Determined to strike out on her own, Lone succeeds only in compounding her problems. ... The theme of the film is escape. Whenever Lone faces a problem, she runs. She escapes from home after an encounter with ... Read more
Angelopoulos' first feature, shot in just 27 days in the tiny village of Thalia with a crew of five and a budget of just over US$10,000. Though lacking the pictorial elegance of his sub­sequent work, many of his later themes are already evident in this account of the murder of a Greek worker by ... Read more
This is a film on the other Saigon, where bombs seldom fall and blood seldom flows. It shows what some of the ordinary people who have grown up on the fringe of perpetual war, do and feel: the children, quickly grown old in the ways of wartime living; the "bar-girls" at home; the pedal-car driver ... Read more
In a political attack on the clergy, this cartoon satirises cant and hypocrisy, and culminates in Satan himself appearing in church. ... Read more
Two girls nestle beside each other on a couch and try desperately to conceal their mutual craving. Sexuality is suggested through the weird rhythm of the film's editing and the tactile quality of the images. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen ... Read more
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Using hidden camera techniques and synchronous sound recording, the film presents an Australian Rules football game exclusively in terms of the reactions of the watching crowd. ... Bronze Award, Alan Stout Award. Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
The moods, images, sounds of sheep. ... Read more
Alexander Mitta, who was a cartoonist before he began making films, is known for his fantasy features that are equally suited for children or adults. Shine Brightly, My Star is set in the Civil War following the Russian Revolution of 1917. ... An itinerant actor, who quaintly takes the name ... Read more
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A scathing satire of the news coverage of the murder of a topless go-go dancer, Candy Parabola. ... Read more
Norman McLaren continues his investigations into the possibilities of animated film with his latest film. Spheres, his first film since Pas de deux, is set to music of Bach fugues. The illusion of three dimensionality is obtained by the use of animated cut-outs and pastel backgrounds. ... Read more
A drunken subway rider is haunted by a toy train, a horde of little people, and the spectre of his drunken grandeur. ... Read more
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