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Films In 1977

A history of Japan, from 8000 B.C. to the present day. ... Read more
The film was shot in the slums of Bogota, Colombia. It shows the daily struggle of the slum-dwellers, the forced evictions by the army, the resistance organised by the priests, and the official church, which sides with the establishment. The slum-dwellers talk about oppression by the church in ... Read more
Marta Meszaros, in her latest work, takes up themes from her earlier films, Adoption and Nine Months. The story involves a relationship between two women, Mari and Juli. For twenty years Mari has been living with her husband Feri, a shop foreman who is about to be sent overseas on business. ... Read more
A documentary which sets the writings and poems of Dylan Thomas against the background of South Wales where he was born and spent much of his working life. ... Read more
A documentary about the work of biologists towards the preservation of the white-tailed deer in Quebec. ... Read more
A dramatised documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy. Presented by the contemporary poet, Charles Causley, the film takes a close look at Hardy's background and the beautiful poetry he wrote after the death of his first wife. ... Read more
Robert Altman based the story of Three Women on a dream he had, ... and the film, the central theme of which is psychological dependency, retains certain elements of dreamlike elusiveness. ... The setting is the desert: a Palm Springs spa for old people, where Millie (Shelley Duvall) and her ... Read more
A central aspect of Tom Phillip's approach to painting is a concern for process, reflected not only in the structure of individual paintings, but in a meticulous documentation of the development of each work. ... This film is true to the spirit of that concern in its overall shape and the way ... Read more
A room: empty except for a chair and a clock on the wall. There is one other object in the room: a small wooden box on the floor beside the chair. A succession of people enter the room, each seeing and reacting to the things in the room according to his character or condition. ... Read more
The film is based on Chekhov's early play, 'Platonov', and on some of his short stories. Director Nikita Mikhalkov has changed the ending of the play, in order to bring it more in line with the spirit of Chekhov's mature works. (He was seventeen when he wrote the play.) ... Provincial society ... Read more
Through the varied genres of filmmaking that Claude Chabrol has attempted in his prolific career — thriller, melodrama, fantasy — one concern has remained constant, his exploration of family relations and the way they act against a wider social context. In Violette Noziere, Chabrol ... Read more
An animated burlesque about man's increasing demands on Nature. ... Read more
In Wild Night, Kuchar indulges his other passion — for the weather. In a motel on the Southern plains, through an open window, a shirt flaps on a washline in the breeze: a furious dramatic storm lights the night skies and party noises are heard from a neighbouring cabin. Superbly shot, it is ... Read more
From the classical period to the present, the film traces prejudice against the physically active woman, shows the rise of women's participation in sports and the growing awareness of their rights. ... Read more
Hungarian wooden grave-posts are of ancient origin — some survived from pre-Christian times. Originally, the posts had no inscriptions; the personal details of the deceased were revealed by the size, shape and the paintings on the carved, symbolic grave marks. Later, the carvings grew more ... Read more
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