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Blue-Beard (Olivier Gillon, 1978)
In this animated puppet film, Blue Beard's seventh bride is given the keys to the castle, and, while left alone, discovers marvellous, but tragic secrets. ... Prize for Best First Film: Annecy. ... Read more

Brussels Inferno (Marc Levie, 1978)
First, with fire and flame, silent witnesses of the history of Brussels recall the city's,turbulent past and tell of its growth from its legendary origins to its place today at the crossroads of Euro… Read more

CALLAS (Peter Weinberg, 1978)
Callas is a 90-minute documentary- ... performance film, which examines the ... artist as legend. A loving tribute in honour of her 55th birthday, the programme ... is the first full assessment of Ca… Read more

Caravaners (George Johnson, 1978)
The story of 300 caravan convoy's journey through British Columbia. Almost all the travellers are retired folk from the U.S.A Organised by a manufacturer of caravans, the trip is staged with the prec… Read more

CENTRE FORWARD (Kim Kil-in,Pak Chong-song, 1978)
"Utterly transfixing thanks to its quaint ability to take a seemingly innocent subject—a soccer player's drive toward becoming a striker—and elevate it to nigh-Olympian importance." … Read more

Chairmen (Jean-Thomas Bédard, 1978)
An animated allegory about contemporary society, in which man's development is presented in terms of changes in architectural styles, from the "age of stone" to the "age of the chair". Gold Hugo, Chi… Read more

MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush presents a film that had a formative experience on him, Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. A Q&A session featuring Geoffrey Rush and Fred Schepisi will follow th… Read more

Child's Play (Antonio Colacino, 1978)
An analysis of the contribution that play makes to the child's development. ... Read more

CINEMA DEAD OR ALIVE? (Urs Graf, 1978)
An analytical documentation on the making of Alain Tanner's Jonas. Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (seen in the 1977 Festival). The film shows how one of Tanner's sequences is developed, the director… Read more

Costumes from the Films of Visconti (Mario Andreacchio, 1978)
Luchino Visconti's meticulous concern for design and detail is demonstrated in this documentary record of an exhibition of some of the costumes especially made for his films. ... Read more

Dance Frame (Doris Chase, 1978)
Overlapping video images allow for the exploration of a number of opposites, the most interesting being that of the flowing movements of the dancer's body against the fixed geometric fields of the fr… Read more

Dancers (John Chesworth, Derek Hart, Yutaka Yamazaki, 1978)
A personal view of dancers at the Ballet Rambert. ... Read more

DAWN OF THE DEAD (R) (George Romero, 1978)
"Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made - and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying." - Chicago Sun-Times ... The second instalment in George A. Romero's ‘Dead' … Read more

DECLARATION OF LOVE (Ilya Averbach, 1978)
Filippok, an elderly writer, visits his wife, Zinochka, in hospital. He presents her with an edition of his new book, which is a collection of autobiographical reminiscences. The film then moves into… Read more

DESPAIR (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)
Fassbinder is the wonder-boy of the performing arts, turning out fully developed plays, films and television productions of his own with insistent regularity, and still finding time to appear in othe… Read more

DID SOMEBODY LAUGH? (Henning Carlsen, 1978)
Henning Carlsen's new film looks at first like a reprise of his best known film Hunger (1966) as it introduces us to a down and out in a cold Northern European winter. The film quickly departs into i… Read more

DOCUMENTARY (Herman J. Engel, Sonya Friedman, 1978)
"Documentary" is a compilation film which includes major sequences from the world's great documentaries. Each sequence offers an important example of documentary film style, content and construction.… Read more

Down and Out (Peter Lord, David Sproxton, 1978)
A homeless man struggles to cut through obstructive bureaucracy just to get a meal at a Salvation Army hostel. ... With the very first Aardman series Animated Conversations (from which this derives) … Read more

Early One Morning . . . (Hugh Miles, 1978)
A lyrical impression of the English countryside with its rich and varied wildlife. ... Read more

EMPIRE OF PASSION (Nagisa Oshima, 1978)
Nagisa Oshima, in his companion piece to his celebrated Empire of the Senses, once again turns to the subject of passion and death, and once again, to a real happening — this time taking place … Read more

Equals Zero (Paul Schneller, 1978)
The effects of the consumer society on an office worker are shown in four surreal episodes. ... Read more

Exposure (Kieran Hickey, 1978)
Winter on the West Coast of Ireland. A small and dreary hotel with a prying manageress. Four professional people on working assignments are the only guests — three surveyors from some State org… Read more

Fair Play (Géza Pál Varga, 1978)
A moral tale about a liberated bird. ... Read more

Fantasy For Every Day (Mojmir Jaroš, 1978)
Shows in humorous form the possibility ot using free time by cutting out pictures and making collages. ... Read more

Sitting at the moviola, Orson Welles runs through scenes from his 1951 film, Othello, gives his interpretation of the play, and tells of the difficulties he encountered in producing the film. ... He … Read more

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