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Films In 1976

This is the twenty-ninth film made by German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. ... Chance brings together an unhappy family for a long weekend at their country retreat The parents have indulged in affairs for years, blaming their infidelities on their crippled daughter but the sickness of the ... Read more
Rainer Werner Fassbinder embraces psychological melodrama in this blackly comedic domestic pressure cooker, laden with moral conflict and hypocrisy. ... An affluent couple turns a blind eye to each other's adulterous liaisons, but find themselves confronted with their infidelities when their ... Read more
The complex problems of staging a large opera are shown in considerable detail, with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, among others, rehearsing the Delibes work at the Sydney Opera House. ... Read more
A satirical look at the procedure of recording a slogan for a soap powder commercial. ... Read more
Iranian director, Sohrab Shahid Saless, whose memorable Still Life was shown at the 1975 Melbourne Film Festival, and who is now working in Germany, traces the painful maturing of a ten year old boy living in Berlin The film concentrates on detailed observation of the small routines and rituals of ... Read more
Jiří Menzel, director of Closely Watched Trams, returns with this study of the world-wide trend for suburban dwellers to move out to the country, buying up weekenders and holiday houses. ... A middle-class, reasonably weil-to-do family, Mr and Mrs Lavicka and their two children, decide to buy ... Read more
A personal account of life in Cuba, investigating the earnings, eating habits, working and social life of the ordinary Cubans. ... Read more
In a plea for the use of solar energy, this film shows a solar air structure operating entirely on atmospheric energy—inflating, forming, flying—then explores its use for producing water, food, shelter and transport. ... Read more
This animated film is based on an ancient tale about a young widow who falls In love with a monk who shuns her attentions. She sets out in pursuit, and finally, in the guise of a big white snake catches up with him in Dojoii temple. ... Read more
This is the third feature film from Danish director, Hans Kristensen, following his earlier films. The Escape and Per. Per, a small-time hoodlum, reappears in this film, trying to make a respectable existence for himself. He has moved in with a single mother who lives next door to two off-beat ... Read more
The Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch (1863-1944), was one of the pioneers of modern art, who, along with van Gogh, is regarded as the founder of Expressionism Through his paintings, he intended to change the way people looked at art He said, 'Instead of painting pictures of men reading and women ... Read more
A sociological study about equality from the points of view of sex, race, ethnic origin, economics, and age. ... Gold Hugo, Chicago. ... Read more
In Evening Land, British film-maker, Peter Watkins, projects a frightening future for the welfare state. The film, which was provisionally titled Denmark 1980, chronicles the disintegration of the welfare society. The democratic parliamentary system is menaced by mass unemployment, inflation ... Read more
Study of a face: a man rediscovers his youth through music. When he stops playing his flute, his face becomes that of an old man. ... Jury Prize, Cannes. Jury Prize, Oberhausen. ... Read more
A beautiful series of still photographs—all faces—gently merge into each other. ... Read more
Bogey, a Warsaw delinquent, is graduating from petty crime into the big-time, with plans for an elaborate raid on a jewellery store in order to test his accomplices before the raid, Bogey stages a fake hold-up, and discovers that one of his boys has squealed on him. ... While he is tracking down ... Read more
A montage of sporting activities, all involving a 'free ride', cut to music. ... Read more
Greek director, Pantelis Voulgaris, who made The Engagement of Anna in 1972, was afterwards imprisoned by the military junta on the island of Makronissos. During the Civil War following the Second World War, the island was used as a prison camp, holding eighty thousand Greeks. Nearly all of them ... Read more
Harvest is set in Norway in the immediate future. Political upheaval in the Third World has led to a complete break-down in the export of raw materials, causing an economic crisis in the industrialised Western countries. ... In Norway thousands of workers are ... put out of work, and food supplies ... Read more
Haile Genma, an Ethiopian-born director, returned to his country to make this film in 1974, just before the fall of Haile Selassie Harvest is a dramatised documentary account of the struggle for survival of a peasant family on a rich landowner s farm The story painstakingly mirrors the bleak lives ... Read more
A girl in search of a dream the dancing man in tails and top hat. ... Read more
A folk-tale-type story acted out by honey-cake figurines. ... Read more
Based on a 1936 Polish best-seller, Hotel Pacific is set in a large European hotel in the 1930s. Roman Boryczko. a teenage boy, has a job as a dish-washer. He works his way up to errand boy, waiter's mate, and eventually, waiter. But his attempted romantic liaisons present difficulties. His first ... Read more
"One of my favourite giallo films." – Eli Roth ... A young painter named Stefano is sent to a rural Italian village to restore a fresco in a local church. The picture, which depicts the murder of St Sebastian, was painted by a mysterious man who disappeared years ago. As soon as Stefano ... Read more
Legend has it that Ibrahim, great-grandfather of the Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, was the son of a petty Ethiopian prince, who, as a child, was sold to Constantinople. At Peter the Great's request the child was sent to St. Petersburg, where he became the Tzar's "black valet". Peter became fond ... Read more
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