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Films In 1981

The film describes the life of Hokusai, the famous woodblock print artist well known for his "36 Views of Mt Fuji", who lived during the latter half of the Edo period of Japan Among all his woodblock prints, his artistic talent is most evident in his pornographic prints He called himself "picture ... Read more
This film depicts the tensions and frustrations facing a small, depressed and racially mixed community called Spitalfields Home from Home is a part of a series and this episode concentrates on the Bangladeshis, the latest group of immigrants They form a readily-available and willing form of cheap ... Read more
Home on the Range is a documentary in two parts, explaining firstly the role that U S bases such as Pine Gap, Nurrungar and North West Cape would play in a nuclear war, their strategic value as part of the nuclear deterrent and the effects on Australia as a nuclear target. ... The second part ... Read more
A documentary comedy on extras played by extras: Their dreams and American society is reflected in these dreams. ... The film takes place in "Hotel of the Stars", a hotel in the centre of Hollywood. It is an old hotel, but time has not been able to wipe out all traces of its previous elegance ... Read more
The film deals with the difficulties encountered by responsible, mature young men and women who are not married and have no children, yet decide to get sterilized ... Read more
South Brunswick, New Jersey; Spring, 1975. Frank Kaler and his family are convinced there is something wrong with their water: vegetables cooked in it change color, skin lesions appear after bathing in it. The health department claims that it is drinkable, but it is later determined to be some of ... Read more
A study of six handicapped individuals whose employers gave them the opportunity to become capable employees. ... Read more
Iron Horse is a film about public sculpture and its human impact The story concerns a steel sculpture that caused a not in 1954, when it was placed on a university campus It is a film about intolerance and the power of new and different ideas ... Read more
It's a Hobby for Harvey will take you from the carnival like atmosphere of Carson City, Nevada, the home of the World Whistling Championship, to the stage of the Winnipeg Convention Centre as Harvey performs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ... Read more
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“The last film of the 60s. So sincere it takes your breath away.” - film critic Kent Jones ... Ed Harris leads a carnival troupe whose specialty is medieval jousting on motorcycles. In Romero's armoury of parables, these knights on bikes are an alternative/utopian community in Reagan's America ... Read more
A fully-animated film on the history of music, hosted by a little female character called "Koko", who represents the muse of music. "Koko" dances and clowns her way through a breathlessly short history of music. ... Read more
A compendium of Los Angeles icons, from class to kitsch. Edward Ruscha's paintings, drawings and photographs are the point of departure for this impressionistic study of Los Angeles' buildings, apartment houses, palm trees, swimming pools, cars and signs, enhanced by the city's unique winter light. ... Read more
La Ferdinanda is a Medici villa in Tuscany near Pisa, inhabited by a group of people who have nothing in common, apart from being slightly crazy. A doctor who experiments with peacock eggs, a nurse with an inclination towards handstands on every occasion, a rich countess, and many more. ... Read more
A group of soldiers is locked up in a bunker, facing an unknown future. But it seems that the enemy comes from within. Jeunet and Caro actually play leading roles in this film, and fans will also recognise some of the retro-futuristic devices and effects they later revisited in The City of Lost ... Read more
Lonely Hearts is the irresistible story of an unlikely romance between a sexually repressed bank clerk and an eccentric, kleptomaniac, piano tuner who has recently escaped the clutches of a domineering mother. ... Meeting via a dating agency, the pair, played to perfection by Norman Kaye (Man of ... Read more
"Looks and Smiles is, quite simply, Ken Loach's best film since Kes — a marvellously sympathetic study of two Sheffield teenagers leaving school to face the spectre of unemployment. One of the boys joins the army and serves in Northern Ireland. The other itches to follow but is too young; his ... Read more
An off-beat comedy about how to survive the break-up of a love affair. ... Read more
A documentary about a woman who has been beaten constantly by her husband over the years until she finally decides to leave him. ... Read more
A child sleep walks into the forest. A black vastness inhabited by night creatures throbs and chirps, croaks and gurgles. The air is alive with magic. ... Read more
Eric Bana presents the action-packed Aussie thriller that had a profound impact on him as a youth - George Miller's Mad Max II. A Q&A session with Eric Bana follows the screening.---D George Miller P Byron Kennedy S Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannat WS Roadshow TD 35mm/1981/91mins ... Read more
Maeve has a multi-layered narrative structure because it moves through a series of flashbacks of Maeve, the heroine, as a young girl, a teenage schoolgirl and a young woman. This use of flashback is central to the film's examination of memory. Maeve returns to her native Belfast and remembers ... Read more
A parapsycomical look behind the scenes at the production of Australia's latest biggish-budget feature film. A film, in fact, which at last deals realistically with the power of the indigenous supernatural. ... Read more
A homage to Eisenstein utilising found library footage and original footage of "commutensed" Chicago today. ... Read more
“You've heard of a no-win situation? Vietnam. This. They're around. I think we're in one of them.” ... Comedian and filmmaker Albert Brooks - a comedic precursor to Larry David - directs, co-writes and stars in this 1981 romantic comedy. He plays Robert Cole, a neurotic Hollywood editor in the ... Read more
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