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Statue of Liberty: ‘Body of Iron . . . Soul of Fire' (Bill Jersey, 1974)
The film traces the history of the Statue of Liberty, from the artist's conception to its completion, and investigates America's changing attitudes towards the meaning of the statue. ... Read more

STILL LIFE (Sohrab Shahid-Saless, 1974)
An elderly railway signalman who watches an isolated crossing is about to retire. He receives the news without understanding what is to happen to him. He and his wife go about their daily chores, sle… Read more

SUGAR HILL (Paul Maslansky, 1974)
Smooth, sexy, sweet. Afrodesiac style oozes in every frame. Costume and production design are flagrantly fetishised. Shots usually start with a close-up on clothes, shoes, hats. Marki Bey is Sugar Hi… Read more

SWEET MOVIE (Dušan Makavejev, 1974)
This film follows Dusan Makavejev's origina! and successful comedy, WR: Mysteries of the Organism. He has since been prevented from making further films in Yugoslavia, and Sweef Movie is his first pi… Read more

Tennis (Zlatko Grgić, 1974)
Who is the wizard whom the cat tries to beat at tennis? ... Read more

THE BALANCE (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1974)
Krzysztof Zanussi's film explores an area of contemporary family and sexual life that has been opened up by Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage. Marta is forty, married with a son, and quietly unhappy w… Read more

The Bear's Christmas (Hugh Foulds, 1974)
A cartoon about a browned-off Bear, who, having just lost his job, has the Christmas blues. ... Read more

The Bearding of the President (Rip Torn, 1974)
An outrageous satirical broadside in which President Nixon interacts with speeches, plays, and killings on television, and with his own ego and guilt. Rip Torn, playing the part of Nixon, combines im… Read more

THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS (Peter Weir, 1974)
Peter Weir's first feature was a highly unusual black comedy. Misunderstood for years, The Cars That Ate Paris has overtones of J.G. Ballard's urban science fiction and Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend. In … Read more

The Castaway (Clive Pallant, 1974)
Robinson Crusoe with a difference. ... Read more

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (Ermanno Olmi, 1974)
Ermanno Olmi wrote, edited and directed this film about the problems of an upper middle class family. The husband, who is middie-aged. appears likely to lose his job as the company he works for strea… Read more

The Concert (Claude Chagrin, 1974)
A performing artist arrives at the Royal Albert hall. As he steps onto the black and white stripped pedestrian crossing, each footfall sounds piano notes. Taking up the challenge to his musicianship,… Read more

THE CONSCRIPT (Roland Verhavert, 1974)
This film is based on a novel by Hendrik Conscience and is set in 1833. Recruiting for the army is being carried out by drawing lots in the village square. This type of conscription was known as the … Read more

THE CYCLE (Dariush Mehrjui, 1974)
This is the first film released in Iran from director Dariush Mehrjui since his earlier films, The Cowand The Postman, The Cycle looks critically at corruption in the medical services provided by the… Read more

The Fire (Stole Popov, 1974)
An impressionistic account of the testing of a new blast furnace at the Titov Veles smelting works. ... Read more

The Inventor (Ted Rockley, 1974)
An animated film on the invention of ... inventions. ... Read more

The Legend of John Henry (Sam Weiss, 1974)
This is the story of John Henry, a black American folk hero. In the Big Ben Tunnel, he pitted his strength in competition with the new-fangled steam drill, driving the steel bit into rock with his hu… Read more

THE MAGIC FLUTE (Ingmar Bergman, 1974)
Bergman's interpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute spins a tale as ethereal and timeless as Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Tamino (Josef Kostlinger) is a knight of pure spirit, enticed by t… Read more

THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD (Alain Tanner, 1974)
The story is set in the valley of Moruz, which contains the town of Moruz and St. Claret, about 25 kilometres apart. Paul,34, is the director of a factory in St. Claret. His father is a small farmer … Read more

THE ODDBALLS (Eldar Shengelaya, 1974)
The Oddballs is set at the turn of the century, in a small Georgian town blessed with two eccentric individuals who upset the town's settled ways: Christofor and Ertaoz. ... Ertaoz's father dies and,… Read more

The Owl Who Married the Goose (Caroline Leaf, 1974)
This animated film illustrates the Eskimo fable about the tragicomical love story of an owl and a goose. ... Read more

The Party (Paul Brühwiler, Yosh Kashiwabara, 1974)
A toilet-eye view of a party. ... Read more

The Perlmutar Story (Paul Saltzman, 1974)
A warm portrait of a family bakery, which has been run for 65 years out of the same tiny shop in the middle of an old-fashioned looking street market which still exists in Toronto, Canada. The mixtur… Read more

The Picture (Radivoj Gvozdanović, 1974)
The consequences of hanging one's own portrait on the wall... ... Read more

THE SECRET (Robert Enrico, 1974)
The Secret, by Robert Enrico, features Jean-Louis Trintignant as an escapee from a police psychiatric ward. He has killed a guard during his escape, and makes for the country to hide in the mountains… Read more

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