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Films In 1979

It is most unusual for a Japanese director to be "discovered" from his first feature film. In general it seems that a director attracts attention only after several films, and henceforth sends the archivists scuttling back to earlier unknown work A break with this tradition has occurred with A ... Read more
A stream of demonstrators carrying placards and flags moves purposefully across the screen from right to left. There is only one man walking in the opposite direction carrying a flag. ... Read more
House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 Nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed. These included Brecht, a foreigner about to return to Germany. The first ten witnesses refused to testify, became known as the "Hollywood Ten", and were later imprisoned In agreement with the Ten and ... Read more
Iren Zemann is a 30 -year-old kindergarten teacher. Her senior post, her shared apartment, and a lover, a man with a family — these are the boundaries within which her life is following its course. Her daily routine is destroyed by the sudden death of her co-tenant, an old lady named Etelka ... Read more
"More than ten years ago I did a semi-documentary feature which was a big success in the cinemas and later on television, named They Call Us Misfits (Dom Kallar Oss Mods). The film followed two guys - Kenta and Stoffe - 17 years old, how they lived, their background, their views on life and about ... Read more
This second feature film by Anne Claire Poirier (her first Before the Time Comes, is a fine study of a woman's decision about whether to have an abortion), centres on a woman who is making a film about a rape. The woman sits with her editor discussing the scenes running through an editing machine ... Read more
Animated interpretation of Elvis Costello's song "Accidents Will Happen" in which a series of accidents are analysed and portrayed in a series of symbols in a clinical, remote, High Tech framework. ... Read more
Five years in the making, Agee chronicles in vivid, dramatic, and often humorous terms, the unfolding of a life dedicated to the written word. In his short, intense career, James Agee brought his passion, his integrity, and ... his reverence for life to all that he touched. His scrupulous honesty ... Read more
An ‘outsiders' view of the USA, dealing with the “institutions of immigration” and questions of nationalism. ... Read more
A short documentary which examines certain selected aspects of the personality, ideas and lifestyle of a young sculptor, with emphasis on his personal vision as a clue to understanding his creative process. ... Read more
The time is 1948: eighteen-year-old Vera is an uneducated, ingenuous assistant nurse in a hispital. A new social system is beginning to emerge and Vera's background identifies her with the rising new world. At a party meeting, she speaks her mind about irregular practices in the hospital. Party ... Read more
A new Australian comes to grips with his first PE swimming lesson, and makes some friends along the way to the deep end. ... Read more
The experience of a car journey in the form of abstract imagery. An attempt to blend animation, movement, colour and sound in order to emphasise the musical highlights of Kraftwerk's famous composition. ... Read more
Autumn Marathon tells of a gentle-souled English translator in Leningrad who can't keep his private affairs apart from his duties - that is, he has a mistress on the side and a wife he loves. In addition, his Danish neighbour likes to go jogging each morning and punctually rings his doorbell at ... Read more
Special adaptations and inter-relationships of the plants and animals of the Canadian Rockies are discussed. Unique shots of the Water Ouzel, Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, Western Toad, Black Bear and other animals explain hibernation, cryptic colouration, predator/prey and other relationships. ... Read more
Ira Wohl's Best Boy is an Oscar-winning new feature-length film, again by a committed young film-maker, which is very much a part of the finest spirit of doctmentary film-making. It examines an individual and his situation with love, affection and respect. ... Best Boy is about Ira's cousin ... Read more
Howard Spicer is known to thousands of schoolchildren throughout Australia as "Big H" - the operatic bikie. Dressed in leather, he rides his motorbike into classrooms and introduces young people to opera. Using Spicer's work as an example, the film illustrates the concept of innovative arts ... Read more
An experimental animated film on the idea of blood symbolising human passion. ... Read more
Stephen Frears made his remarkable feature film debut with the film Gumshoe starring Albert Finney as a would-be comedian with a Raymond Chandler addiction. Its artistic success was never paralleled at the box-office and Frears has worked exclusively in television ever since. His most notable work ... Read more
Made as a co-production between Short Film Prague and the United Nations, the film underlines the vital need for disarmament The film was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury for Short Films at Cannes in 1979. ... Read more
A song about a medium, about a way of life, videotism. ... Read more
A man is stranded on a lonely country road. The events which take place on the second day drive him from boredom to panic, to desperation. ... Read more
The film traces the work of the artist Bridget Riley as she organizes a painting in her studio, structuring simple elements which will release complex effects in response to the physical act of looking. ... Read more
Building shows a metamorphosis of the corner of 54th Street, from the demolition of a factory, the inevitable parking lot, then a new building. ... Read more
Set in New York in the Summer of 1931, Butch Minds the Baby tells the story of a safebreaker who cannot find a babysitter on the night he is asked to open a safe. ... Read more
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