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Films In 1978

Look! We Have Come Through! (R. Bruce Elder, 1978)
"The film begins with a section that refuses to successfully come together. A number of forms traditional to the experimental cinema appear to be developing, but the film seems to refuse to settle in… Read more

LOVE ON THE RUN (François Truffaut, 1978)
Francois Truffaut first came to the attention of the filmworld and filmgoing public when, in his first feature, he told the story of the childhood and early adolescence of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blo… Read more

Maidens (Jeni Thornley, 1978)
A documentary of the filmmaker's maternal family, using old photographs, slides, home movies, and excerpts from some historical Australian women's films. ... Read more

Make Me Psychic (Sally Cruikshank, 1978)
Further adventures with Quasi and Anita, and introducing Snozzy who looks like George Raft as a duck. ... Read more

Margaret Barr (Ross R. Campbell, 1978)
A study of the techniques used by Margaret Barr, a teacher of drama and movement in Sydney. The film shows the genesis of a dance drama, 'Judith Wright — Australian Poet', from conception to pe… Read more

Marx for Beginners (Bob Godfrey, Clive Morton, 1978)
The theories of Karl Marx explained in simple terms for the common person. ... Read more

Mongreloid (George Kuchar, 1978)
'Kuchar mothers his dog as if it were an autistic child, white he reminisces in their San Francisco living room about their past in the Bronx. Since the massive animal cannot talk back, the filmmaker… Read more

MY WAY HOME (Bill Douglas, 1978)
My Way Home is the third and final part of Bill Douglas' autobiographical trilogy. The first two parts, My Childhood and My Ain Folk, have both been shown in earlier Festivals. ... Set in the 1950's,… Read more

NEWS FROM NOWHERE (Alister Hallum, 1978)
By the 1880's, William Morris had gained fame as a writer, poet, and designer, but his success drew him increasingly towards the ideas of socialism. For Morris the process of industrialisation brough… Read more

NORTHERN LIGHTS (John Hanson, Rob Nilsson, 1978)
Northern Lights begins in the present, as 95 year old Henry Martinson recalls his life as a North Dakotan farmer in 1915. The film then becomes a reconstruction of that time, with its fictional main … Read more

ON THE YARD (Raphael D. Silver, 1978)
Raphael D. Silver is the husband of Joan Micklin Silver, who directed Hester Street and Bernice Bobs Her Hair (shown in the 1977 Festival), and produced On the Yard. It is his first film as a directo… Read more

Outtakes (Barry Healey, 1978)
Outtakes pretends to be a collection of discarded takes of a hapless leading man who ruins a lot of footage by doing all the wrong things during the shooting of his scenes. ... Read more

Panic (James Dearden, 1978)
A girl driving home late at night after a row with her boyfriend, stops to give an old lady a lift. . . ... Read more

Patricia's Moving Picture (Bonnie Sherr Klein, 1978)
Patricia's Moving Picture is the story of one 'extraordinary-ordinary' woman, who at the age of 40, with a good marriage of 20 years and seven children, questions what to do with the rest of her life… Read more

Pencil Booklings (Kathy Rose, 1978)
This experimental film explores the interaction between the artist and his creation: Kathy Rose, the maker of the film confronts her animated characters in a mixture of live action and animation. ...… Read more

Perpetuo (Joško Marušić, 1978)
People will never be destroyed, not even when faced with insoluble problems — thanks to man. ... Read more

PIRANHA (1978) (Joe Dante, 1978)
“What about the goddamn piranhas?” ... “They are eating the guests, sir.” ... A secret government plan involving flesh-eating fish causes havoc when, from a secluded secret pool, the leathal … Read more

Playtime (Petar Krelja, 1978)
In the big cities, many working parents leave their small children at home alone This documentary shows the effects of their abandonment on the little people. ... Read more

Portrait of Dame Mary Gilmore (David Muir, 1978)
A detailed study of the evolution of the celebrated portrait of Mary Gilmore. ... Read more

PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE (Maurice Kanareck, 1978)
This human rights film looks at the plight of Russian Jews who apply for visas for Israel and are refused. Because of the impossibility of filming it as a documentary in Russia, the film is in the fo… Read more

Private History (Gábor Body, 1978)
This film probes a new sphere of study - microhistory or the images people's minds preserve of the past. He uses, as his raw material, amateur films that were made - rather poorly - for family use. ... Read more

RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (King Hu, 1978)
King Hu is already known to Festival audiences for his brilliant film The Valiant Ones (MFF, 1975), and since that film he has now completed two productions, Legend of the Mountain and Raining in the… Read more

Return to the Edge of the World (Michael Powell, Frixos Constantine, 1978)
... ... In 1978, Frixos Constantine helped Powell revisit Foula with members of the original cast and crew for material to accompany a BBC presentation of the film. In Return To The Edge Of The World… Read more

Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor (David Muir, 1978)
'Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor' was one of the first abstract paintings produced in Australia. Roy de Maistre, who was very interested in music, related the colours of the spectrum to th… Read more

Ritz: Putting it on (Karin Altmann, 1978)
Ritz uses the techniques of observational documentary to examine the style makers' — in this case a group of rather obnoxious trendies who publish a highly influential fashion magazine called R… Read more

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