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Films In 1980

The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects ... Read more
In the vast, sparsely populated area of central Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, there is a small town where a young widow. Tamiko Kazami. is desperately trying to make a living by running a small dairy farm with only her small son to help her. ... Her life begins to change when a man ... Read more
A farm woman in 1905 rural America is accused of murdering her husband and arrested Two women, her neighbors, discover evidence that will incriminate her. They must decide whether or not to reveal it. ... "For me the most singular, surprising and rewarding film of this section of the festival was a ... Read more
One of the most graphic documentaries ever filmed, this records the efforts of squatters to draw attention to the chronic shortage of housing in Holland. The coronation of Queen Beatrix was used as the occasion for demonstrations against Government policy. ... "Made as a collaborative effort ... Read more
A Lady Named Baybie portrays the day-to-day lives of the Rev. Baybie Hoover, an ordained minister, and her long-time friend, Virginia Brown. Both are blind women who refuse to conform to the rigid rules imposed by society upon the so-called handicapped. Rejecting the suggestion that they weave ... Read more
Free fall through featherless flight. ... Read more
A stark black, white and red animation of an Iranian folk tale. ... Read more
Sudbury is the site of the world's largest nickel deposit, and 160,000 people live in this city whose life is determined by the rhythm of the world nickel market and one company, Inco. Inco Metals Company, a major operating unit of Inco Ltd, is the world's leading producer of primary nickel and a ... Read more
Adam develops a theory that erratic ant behavior signals impending earthquakes. In a brave new world that has gone sadly awry, he salvages what little is left of love and the vestiges of his sanity. ... Read more
An investigation of lightning as an arbitrary intervention in people's lives with devastating consequences. ... Read more
A new low-budget feature film set in the present, which links political terrorism in Australia with the world-wide development of nuclear power. The film seeks to expose attempts by the State and corporate apparatuses to provoke activists of the left into acts of individual terrorism. ... Read more
Kinetic artist Yaacov Agam uses the words "sharing", "participating", "dialoguing" in reference to his art. His aim is to have people communicate with one another, and with or through his art. ... Read more
Age Before Beauty presents a positive ... view of ageing and being old. It shows ... older women exercising and dancing, ... ageing before your eyes, in a sexual ... encounter in their seventies, choosing ... chiropractic and acupuncture ... treatments, reading their own poetry in ... a nursing ... Read more
Theo Angelopoulos' new film comes to us laden with international awards and honors. Its first screening at the 1980 Venice Festival threw almost the entire remaining offerings into sharp relief. Its sheer size and length demanded attention and as a film it proved riveting and engrossing. ... John ... Read more
"Amy, wonderful Amy, how can you blame me for loving you?" ... When the newspaper editor in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance gave the immortal advice, "When the fact becomes legend, print the legend", he could have asked what makes a legend and what is its basis? ... In 1930 Amy Johnson ... Read more
In the space of a few hours, an emigrant traveller is the butt of everyday racism and is placed in a state of psychological dependence. ... Read more
The confessions of an ex-stripper. A hilarious deadpan description of the life of a girl who worked in the clubs of Soho. ... Read more
The body of Annie Mae Aquash, a young American Indian woman who fought for social justice, was found in aravine on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1 976. Her death was attributed to exposure, her hands severed and sent to Washington, D.C.. ostensibly for identification, and she was buried in an ... Read more
The story of a night in Berlin. The story of an encounter. The story of a song. The meeting of two generations. The film opens with the group MC 5 playing Kick Out the Jams, one of the political hymns which in 1 968 symbolized the rebellion of a generation. The opening scene is black and white ... Read more
Aubrey is an inventor with his own approach to inventing, and in this film his peculiar logic leads him to some odd but thought-provoking conclusions. A beanstalk grows in Aubrey's garden. He climbs it and enters a world of music. But he upsets the boss. . .a gigantic tuba. ... Read more
A film about domestic violence. It questions the romanticized image of love and marriage and raises discussion of rape within marriage. ... Read more
The changing meaning of work for three generations of Appalachian coalminers is explored in this film. ... Read more
Bill has two children, Mandy aged 18 months, and Jamie, three years. He has been a single parent since Mandy was three months old. This film looks at an ordinary day with Bill and the children, while he talks about the problems and joy of his family life. ... Read more
In the Southern Highlands of Papua New ... Guinea the Wola people are preparing ... for a long awaited event which they call ... the “Sa”. Unlike the materialists of the ... West, the Wola accumulate wealth only ... to give it away as gifts. They have no ... formal laws or police , and this ... Read more
In Blind Spot, a woman historian ... fascinated by the diary kept by the ... nineteenth-century utopian socialist ... feminist, Flora Tristan, during the last ... few months of her life, refuses the ... traditional way of ‘looking' at history ... and gets caught up in a complex multi- ... layered ... Read more
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