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Films In 1978

For close to three decades it seems that no film festival has been complete without a new film by Andrzej Wajda, Poland's greatest director and a film-maker with a seemingly inexhaustible capacity to renew his themes and styles. In recent years the rich historical tableau of Land of Promise was ... Read more
The Robin is better known to most of us as a carrier of Christmas messages than as a wild bird. But dispensing peace and goodwill is not part of the Robin's life — it spends most of its time arguing with the neighbours. ... Pugnacious defender of its garden territory, the Robin has a private ... Read more
Starting out from the music of Eric Satie, the film creates a whole world. ... Read more
The film is based on the music of Eric Satie. The animator conjures up the fauna of the megalopolis (its bars, hotels, markets) and of the countryside — all accompanied by the satirical and lyrical music of Satie. ... Read more
The film shows a year in the lives of three students: from high school graduation day to their first school re-union. ... Gosha and Zosya, in love for a long time, have become lovers. Both have serious plans for the future — he to become a volcanologist; she to enter University. When Zosya ... Read more
A young woman breaks into a television studio during a news transmission, and takes the newscaster hostage, demanding transmission time so that she can relay a message to the viewers. ... Read more
Shut Down, in a combination of documentary and fiction film techniques, covers two aspects of Drag Racing, the organised competitive races and the casual encounters on urban streets. ... Read more
A giant kelp forest beneath the surface of the ocean and a unique community of marine life it supports, are threatened by pollution. ... Read more
This film is the second feature by an Italian now living in Venezuela, whose former jobs include fashion photography for Vogue in Europe and America and a feature starring Verushka. ... Simplicio is poles apart from those worlds, offering as it does a tale about the tender relationship between a ... Read more
This is the story of an eight year old and an old man, both called "Simplicio". ... The old man ekes out a lonely, meagre existence, living in a sunken ship which has been washed ashore a short distance from a fishing village. His fine boat that had made him the envy of his fellows, was destroyed ... Read more
In the small town of Carlton, the Businessmen's Progressive Association is endeavouring to make the area more attractive to city people. Colourful events are held, such as an axeman's carnival and a runathon, to improve Carlton's media image. ... Conservative elements in the community are somewhat ... Read more
An exploration of I. T. Schumacher's approach to intermediate technology and its potential application in Canada. ... Read more
This dramatised story gives an insight into the problems a woman separated from her unstable husband has to face when put on welfare. The small community in which she lives has no sympathy for the wife who breaks up her family, however justified her case may be. ... Read more
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A documentary about the new currents of political and philosophical thought in France. The debate centres on people interviewed at the time of the French elections, which the Left was slated to win. The film features the so-called 'new philosophers', the children of '68 who have now turned against ... Read more
A probing documentary about the growing epidemic of occupational disease, told through the experiences of the workers themselves. The filmmakers play a unique role in uncovering a national scandal concerning the production of pesticides, then document the response of a spirited group of workers to ... Read more
Filmmaker and conservationist Bill Mason's lyrical account of his family's canoeing holiday. ... Read more
What happens if you don't clean the snow off your front steps . . . ... First Prize, Zagreb. ... Read more
Following the break-up of his marriage, a man finds solace in the cathedral security of a main line station. The noise of the station somehow expels the throbbing he feels in his head. His wife and friends discover him and try to lure him back to the normal world. Only his small son recognizes the ... Read more
On September 11, 1973 at about 7.30, Salvador Allende enters La Moneda, his seat of office. In the early afternoon he leaves it, wrapped in a blanket - dead. What happened in the intervening period is thoroughly covered here, with a montage of film and photo documents never before published ... Read more
An animated cartoon about Tarzan leaping. ... Read more
Alone in his studio a young craftsman makes a guitar. ... Read more
In 1975 articles appeared in the American and German press about psychiatrists who disguised themselves as patients to enter mental institutions in California and Illinois, to uncover evidence that some committed schizophrenic patients were, in fact, sane and healthy, but medically mistreated by ... Read more
The film highlights the baby's need for close communication with someone during the first few months of life. ... Read more
A brief, animated fantasy about an accident. ... Read more
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