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Films In 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 into any one of these forms. Since the film is about 'getting started again', the film finally ... Read more
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 Blows) Truffaut's career now spans nineteen feature films and four shorts, on his own count, as well as ... Read more
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
Further adventures with Quasi and Anita, and introducing Snozzy who looks like George Raft as a duck. ... Read more
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 performance. ... Read more
The theories of Karl Marx explained in simple terms for the common person. ... Read more
'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 monologues his own biography to him, illustrating it with flashbacks. The degenerate enthusiasm ... Read more
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, the film opens in a children's home, where Mr. Bridge, a sympathetic house-father, reluctantly lets ... Read more
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 brought an ugliness that killed the spirit; he dreamed of a classless, craftbased society which valued the ... Read more
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 character Ray Sorenson. ... Farming is a bleak prospect. The weather is harsh, and any temporary ... Read more
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 director. ... The story interweaves the situations of a number of prisoners doing time in a state ... Read more
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
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 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 apart from her role as Mrs. and Mother. ... Read more
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. ... Special Merit, ASIFA East. ... Read more
People will never be destroyed, not even when faced with insoluble problems — thanks to man. ... Read more
“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 creatures are released by mistake into the river flow. To the delight of the rabid fish, downstream ... Read more
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
A detailed study of the evolution of the celebrated portrait of Mary Gilmore. ... Read more
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 form of a drama-documentary set in present day England. ... Read more
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
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 Mountain, shot back to back over 15 months in Korea. ... Since their completion, King Hu's name is ... Read more
... ... 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 Powell and leading actor John Laurie are re-united with the places and people they had visited 40 ... Read more
'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 the notes of the diatonic scale. This film analyses the-painting and illustrates the artist's theory. ... Read more
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 Ritz. ... Read more
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