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Films In 1979

'A part of Italy, Trieste, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire in pre-World War I days serves as a classic backdrop for this tale of a handsome young man's initiation to life, sex and class ways of the times. Title character comes from a Jewish family. His mother had been abandoned by his Christian ... Read more
A film portrait of the life and work of Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erte, the artist who contributed greatly to the development and acceptance of "Art Deco", perhaps the most important design movement of the Twentieth Century. ... Read more
Everest has been climbed a number of times in the past but always with artificial oxygen. In May of last year, two climbers" dreams were fulfilled. They successfully climed to the highest point on earth without oxygen. This film records that first momentous ascent. ... Read more
A documentary on police enforced evictions in the Great Depression of the 30s, and the tactics of the organised unemployed of the time to combat the situation. Based on the memories of Noel Counihan and Tom Hills, it combines interviews with period reconstruction. ... Read more
Emma, vivacious but suicidal terrorist, is re-united with Cecily, her old school chum. They meet Stretch, bionic bike dyke, and break open the jelly beans. True Romance — a weepie. ... Read more
Staring into a fire brings on a certain mood. Feyers tries to capture this by intensely re-working some film of a fire (through hand-tinting, animation, editing, flicker-effects and re-filming), and placing a number of events, images and colors within that fire. The spectator, too, works at shaping ... Read more
"For One striving to see One striving not to be seen" was the sub-title to the first draft of Samuel Beckett's only screenplay so far — "Film". In it Beckett asks us to imagine that we may have existence only as constructs of the imagination of others, and so, if we wish to be free of the ... Read more
A reportage on the filming of the feature Don Giovanni" directed by Joseph Losey, from Mozart's Opera, with the Orchestra and Choir of the Opera de Paris conducted by Lorin Maazel. ... Read more
You can read more about this film in Senses of Cinema. ... Read more
The film examines the complexities in the friendship of two teenage boys: Joseph, who is thirteen, introspective, shy with girls and whose father owns a factory in Hythe; and Peter, who is fourteen, more extrovert, confident with girls and whose father is an employee and shop-steward in the factory ... Read more
"Four Questions about Art" is a film about Victorian attitudes to culture, and how these attitudes survive in the institutions of our own day. Its starting point is a lecture delivered by John Ruskin towards the end of the 1850s. Speaking before a well-to-do audience in a new industrial town ... Read more
"Frontline" is about Australian cameraman Neil Davis who survived the Vietnam War for eleven years. It combines his news footage, researched at length from various archives overseas, with interviews done with him on his reflections about the first television war... as seen from the frontline. ... Read more
Four commercials for television. ... Read more
George Segal, one of the most eloquent living American artists, supported himself with chicken farming before his career took off during his Pop Art days in the 1960s, still lives and works in the same modest buildings. ... This film was made during a period of two years, when Segal was at work on ... Read more
A road film about world-weariness and the quest for renewal, Get the Devil Out tells of a disgruntled, middle-aged Parisian who turns his back on the ruins of his life and takes to the southern roads in search of something else. ... That something turns out to be the errant life of an outlaw, as ... Read more
An animated film in a dry whimsical style about the problems of getting started. ... Read more
A dramatised documentary in which Tony recalls and experiences the frustrations and failures of his past caused by his illiteracy. The documentary shows the positive actions and attitudes through which he is taught to overcome this handicap. ... Read more
Two middle-aged people meet, correspond and come together one afternoon in the park... in which they briefly exchange the lost hopes and dreams of their youth, for a fleeting moment of happiness. ... Read more
Although his work is not widely known. James Benning occupies an important position in the American avant-garde Grand Opera is a very personal film for him. charting as it does a bridge from his own earlier structural films to a re-emergence of a narrative form. It is also a film which is rich in ... Read more
During an ordinary weekend. disconcerting things start to happen. Alfred. 37, employed as an electronic surveillance specialist with a big industrial concern, and his wife, Julia. who works at an ad agency, are both caught up in a vague feeling of unease which seems to be enveloping the country An ... Read more
A Director is under pressure. ... Read more
The handicapped experience the difficulties of living together in an extreme form. This film shows four of them in the attempt to overcome their greatest handicap: human isolation. Together with unhandicapped persons, they discuss their problems in a group, experience encounters and search together ... Read more
Jake Van Dorn, a deeply religious Midwestern businessman lives a happy life, until his daughter disappears on a trip to Los Angeles. ... He hires a seedy private detective, who finds a sex film in which the girl has participated, apparently against her will. When the father realizes that he can't ... Read more
This film is a ribald and bawdy tale. ... It tells of the marital difficulties of a young specialist in sex problems who discovers that his wife has a lover. He sets out to adjust himself to the situation. ... This leads to a broad sex comedy which proclaims itself as an examination of the male ... Read more
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