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Films In 1980

Pierre, leader of an avant-garde theatre group that lives and works in a renovated loft in the So ho section of New York, acquires the manuscript of a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve … Read more

John Barleycorn (Nik Lever, 1980)
Using a new version of the traditional English folksong "John Barleycorn", the film uses a combination of animated and still artwork to convey the mood of 19th Century agriculture in England ... Read more

Joyce and Harry Go Dancing (David Taylor, 1980)
A couple go ballroom dancing We discover something surprising ... Read more

JUST OUT OF REACH (Linda Blagg, 1980)
In a world of alienation, against a background of computers, surveillance and paranoia, Peter has found a way to survive: he keeps moving. ... A contemporary drama portraying a young woman's conflict… Read more

JUSTOCOEUR (Mary Stephen, 1980)
Three friends — Paul, a conservative intellectual: Selena, a dancer who specialises in African dance: and Gabriel, an artist who manages to move with ease between the centres of their different… Read more

Keep Moving (Paul Schneller, 1980)
In a world of alienation, against a background of computers, surveillance and paranoia, Peter has found a way to survive: he keeps moving. ... Read more

KING AND THE BIRD, THE (Paul Grimault, 1980)
A classic touchstone of animation in Europe, this award-winning gem has rarely been seen by English-speaking audiences. ... The kingdom of Tachycardia is ruled over by the mean-tempered King Charles … Read more

L.A.X. (Fabrice Ziolkowski, 1980)
"L.A.X. can be classified as an essay on Los Angeles, an experimental documentary. If a fictional structure exists in the film, it is that of a journey through the city. ... Through a series of thirt… Read more

Like Two Mountaineers (Ross R. Campbell, 1980)
A film tracing the early influences of Seurat, Cezanne and primitive African art on the development of Cubism. Paintings of Picasso and Braque are shown in close detail from the period when they work… Read more

Little Pierre (Emmanuel Clot, 1980)
An old man who has worked all his life in the fields has built a wonderful merry-go-round in the heart of the forest. ... Read more

Long Ago Hurt (Henry Tefay, 1980)
A film about the trauma of womb-life and birth and a group of people who were able to reach a deeper understanding of their lives by re-living those early experiences. ... Read more

Looking in the Fridge for Feelings (Clare Calder-Marshall, 1980)
This film takes a look at an anti-diet way of coping with food problems. Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of Fat is A Feminist Issue, describes her approach: "If you throw away your diet shee… Read more

Madonna and Child (Terence Davies, 1980)
A film about the conflict between Catholicism and sexuality, illustrated by the overwhelming sense of guilt provoked in a middle-aged man trapped between his public and private personae. ... Read more

MALLACOOTA STAMPEDE (Peter Tammer, 1980)
An observation of life at an Australian seaside resort over the Christmas holiday period. The conflict between some young local boys and their short-term visitors. ... Read more

MARAVILLAS (Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, 1980)
Maria Maravillas is a fifteen-year-old girl whose ageing father, an unemployed photographer, steals her money for his little erotic vices. Fortunately, Maravillas — as she likes to be called &m… Read more

MEN AND NON-MEN (Valentino Orsini, 1980)
Valentino Orsini is one of the virtually unknown filmmakers of Italy whose work has rarely travelled outside his country. In fact Italian production is full of films that deserve screenings beyond th… Read more

Michael Hall: Sculptor (, 1980)
Large sheets of steel and I-beams, welded and braced and bolted, suggest images, provoke questions and become more understandable as Michael Hall speaks of his kind of constructivism, derived from hi… Read more

Microscope (Viktor Kubal, 1980)
An animated film ... Read more

Morning Star Painter (Curtis Levy, 1980)
A film about a bark painter, Jack Wunuwun, and his community. Jack Wunuwun has established his own bush settlement for his people on their own land at Gamedi, north-east of Maningrida in Arnhemland. … Read more

Mr. Ventriloquist (Zlatko Bourek, 1980)
A ventriloquist goes into an old people's home where he intends to live out his days. He is asked by the man in charge of the home to give a performance for some visitors, but in doing so he insults … Read more

"Ruy Guerra's Mueda deals with an incident on the Mozambique border with Tanzania twenty years ago: the villagers of Mueda demanded their rights from the Portuguese colonial magistrate in the area, w… Read more

Murder in a Mist (Lisa Gottlieb, 1980)
A gutsy and glamorous female detective solves a murder in Chicago, 1952. This film noir comedy at once parodies and pays homage to the genre. ... Read more

Neon (Alexander Proyas, Salik Silverstein, 1980)
A single frame time-lapse journey through Sydney, the surrealistic city. Figures dart in and out of the shadows of the night. A kaleidoscope of imagery flies by. The music drives the images to a tumu… Read more

Never Say Die! (Sandy Johnson, 1980)
A black comedy set against the grim backdrop of Glasgow in the 1940s. Alex discovers he has a terminal blood clot in his brain, and has only a month to live. He falls for Jean, who has already helped… Read more

New York Story (Jackie Raynal, 1980)
A surrealistic tale of a hotel in New York serves as a prologue to a more naturalistic story of a couple in Manhattan . where a wife sends her husband out to find her a young lover! ... Read more

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