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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 years old and titled Sir Charles Grandison. or The Happy Man A wealthy patron of the arts, George ... Read more
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
A couple go ballroom dancing We discover something surprising ... Read more
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 conflicts with her parents; her love affair while still at school; her marriage to her former teacher; their ... Read more
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 worlds Paul maintains an ambiguous friendship with Gabriel, who goes through a series of homosexual ... Read more
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
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 - he hates everyone, and everyone hates him right back. So much so that when the king becomes ... Read more
"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 thirty-five shots, the camera travels to various locations, sometimes remaining fixed, sometimes tracking ... Read more
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 worked "like two mountaineers roped together", developing Cubism. ... Read more
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
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
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 sheets, you gradually become less greedy... if you're allowed to have a Mars Bar, you don't eat as many ... Read more
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
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
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 — has some good old 'godfathers', all sephardic Jews, who visit and care about her as true ... Read more
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 their borders, but which are never seen, even at festivals. ... Based on a novel by Elio Vittorini ... Read more
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 his American and Mid-western roots. ... Read more
An animated film ... Read more
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. In portraying the life and art of Jack Wunuwun, Morning Star Painter shows how the cultural life of ... Read more
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 all the guests as well as the administrators of the home. ... 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, which led to a massacre of some 600 people when things got out of hand. Guerra, one of the founders ... Read more
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
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 tumultuous climax. ... Read more
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 her own husband fake his own death to escape the law. ... Read more
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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