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Films In 1974

Winner of the 1974 AFI Best Film award, 27A is an electrifying film experience, led by a remarkable performance from Robert McDarra. This Australian classic, which has never before screened at MIFF, wtll be presented as a newly restored print. ... BiII Donald (McDarra) ts a middle-aged alcoholic ... Read more
A record of the production of a big-budget television commercial: a take-off on old Hollywood desert movies. ... Read more
A Bigger Splash is a feature film without professional actors. Rather, real people appear as themselves, and their relationships with each other are more or less as in reality. The film was made over a period of three and a half years, with the characters speaking in a vernacular of their own, but ... Read more
A thirteen year old girl on the verge of discovering her femininity, plays with fire when she lures a family friend into a compromising situation. ... Read more
Roberto Omegna was a pioneer of Italian cinema, whose work ranged from scientific films (he invented time lapse photography, amongst other things), to feature films. This documentary presents a collection of sequences from Omegna's work, and, by following the director's long career, it traces the ... Read more
An animated fable about a poor old woman who was spinning wool, but got so tired that she turned into yarn herself, and was wound onto a spool. . . She was knitted into a jacket, and then a very cold winter came . . ... Read more
A young Indian engineer, Shiv, attempts to achieve his ambition, despite family pressures and the limitations of his job as a foundry worker in the Midlands. A strike at the Birmingham factory where he works, gives him the opportunity to look for a site for the business he wants to set up: making ... Read more
A romantic reminiscence of the C38 class steam locomotive as it journeys from Sydney to the country in the west, from the present into times long past. ... Read more
This is the last film in David and Judith MacDougall's award-winning trilogy."Turkana Conversations". (The two earlier films were "The Wedding Camels" and "Lorang's Way"). It is an inquiry into how the semi-nomadic Turkana of northwestern Kenya view marriage, filmed through a dry and wet season ... Read more
The film depicts three traditional ways of life in West-Africa, each intimately linked to the demands of its physical environment (desert, savannah, and rain forest). It also concerns itself with the destructive impact of contact with the west (the city). In so doing, it questions widely-held ... Read more
German director Wim Wenders was represented at iast year's festival by The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty Kick. His later film, Alice in the Cities, is a chronologically ordered film about an extensive trip through America, Holland and Germany. Rudiger Vogeler plays a journalist, almost thirty ... Read more
Fulvio is a revolutionary in early nineteenth century Italy. He seeks refuge in his father's villa and he is joined there by his girl-friend, Charlotte. But his plans for a new life are frustrated by the arrival of a group of revolutionaries who involve him in a plot for an expedition in Southern ... Read more
The hero of this cartoon wants to have everything bigger than his fellow man. But his ambition leads to a rude awakening. ... Read more
An educational film designed to explain the process of making an animated film, with examples of student work. ... Read more
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This remarkable film (made in 1974 by one of Indonesia's most talented directors. Sjuman DJayal may have become a lost film if there had not been a project mounted to make internegatives and new copies from the single surviving print, a 16mm subtitled print owned by Sinematek Indonesia. Based on a ... Read more
"I hope your balls turn to bicycle wheels and backpedal up your arse!" - Barry McKenzie ... Beer guzzling and sheila chasing are the order of the day when Barry (Barry Crocker) and his aunt Edna (Barry Humphries) fly off to Paris. Mistaken for the Queen (of course), Edna is kidnapped and destined ... Read more
A dramatised version of the Hans Andersen tale about Charles, the crafty poor peasant, and how he revenged himself on Charles, the greedy rich peasant. ... Read more
A country cottage is bought for development, where the buildings just grow and grow to produce, eventually, a monster society. ... Read more
A story about a caretaker in an unusual boardinghouse. ... Read more
An investigation of the position of the Brazilian Amazon-Indians today. In their natural state, in their own surroundings, they enjoy the very things western men crave for -an unhurried and untroubled life, a relaxed and happy communal existence. But, by opening up the jungle, the Government forces ... Read more
This compilation documentary about the United States in the 1930s was written and directed by Philippe Mora, who earlier recreated scenes from the life of Hitler in Swastika. Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is an historical odyssey which takes the audience on a journey through the United States ... Read more
Based on Allan Marshall's short story, the film is set on an isolated dairy farm in the 1930's. A disturbing series of events develops from a young girl's relationship with her parents. disrupting the family's pattern of relationship. ... Read more
The singing frog leads the animals through the forest to join in the Butterfly Ball. ... Read more
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