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Films In 1981

Sexuality and teenage pregnancy, as ... seen through the eyes of 11-year-old ... Karen and her 16-year-old sister, ... Michelle, who thinks she is pregnant. In the course of the film everyone begins to learn how to communicate about sexuality and ... how to act responsibly on sexual ... issues. ... Read more
It is 1956, 11 years after the war and Japan is, in some respects, still a poor and struggling country. On the other hand, Japan is also becoming relatively prosperous because of the Korean War. Near the mouth of the muddy Aji River in Osaka, there is a small riverbank restaurant run by Shimpei and ... Read more
Neon City contains five episodes, each made by a young director, taking as its topic an aspect of life in the city of Munich. Inevitably, in enterprises like this, the various episodes have marked differences in quality and impact. But the best episodes, probably those by Gisela Weilemann and ... Read more
Featuring the 'legendary' Ken Campbell during rehearsals of The Rainbow's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the world's longest play, the 24-hour The Warp, and extracts from the plays. Members of the casts and, of course, Ken humorously reveal something of this unique theatre director's working ... Read more
Rhina, a small German town, for centuries as known as “the Jewish town” because more than 60% of its population was Jewish. When the Nazis came to power, the entire Jewish community vanished, mostly in concentration camps. Today, all that is left of the Jewish majority is a vandalised graveyard. Read more
In a society plagued with decay and political chaos, a woman is arrested for the murder of her lover. Bearing a resemblance to a long-sought political criminal, she is interrogated by the authorities. Did she or didn't she? Who is she? ... Read more
The film chronicles the misadventures of a young man, frustrated in love, who seeks solace in a shopping mall amusement arcade where vicarious, but more accessible, thrills abound. ... Read more
To love and to be loved is a need we all share. On N'est Pas Des Anges is a film about love and how we express it, about desire, frustration and fulfilment. ... In this film, men and women who are physically handicapped speak of their personal experiences and feelings. They remind us that a ... Read more
The Irish Christian Brothers have had more than a little influence on Irish education during the past century. Cathal Black's film captures the essence of their influence, good and bad, on generations of Irish boys. ... Read more
Freddy and Myra. a homicidal husband and wife team, go about despatching their latest yearly victim, an overworked graphic designer, who lives in a high-rise apartment. For Freddy and Myra, killing is a pleasurable pastime. ... Read more
The year is 1862, one of those periods, rare in Italian history, without any wars. The young Kingdom of Italy does not pay its officers to fight, but merely to train others to do so, and at the first possible opportunity. ... In a Piedmontese town, Giorgio Bacchetti, captain in a cavalry regiment ... Read more
With the widespread publicity accorded his last two films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, almost everybody knows the name of Spain's campy enfant terrible, Pedro Almodóvar. ... This is Almodóvar's first feature, undertaken after making a ... Read more
The opera is set in a small fishing town on the East Anglian coast of England about 1830. ... Peter Grimes, a difficult and irrascible fisherman, alienated by temperament and character from the village community, is accused of ill-treating his apprentices. Ellen Orford, a widow and the village ... Read more
The portrait of the painter, Philip Guston, filmed during the last 10 years of his life. Guston's words and images speak frankly about his evolution as an artist who abandoned the hard-won success and public image of an Abstract Expressionist for that of an unorthodox figurative painter. ... Read more
Filmed on location among the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, and set in the 1920s. Pioneers Of Freedom is scripted and directed by Asrul Sani, an Islamic intellectual and poet born in West Sumatra, and adapted from a novel by an influential Islamic thinker of Minangkabau origin named Hamka ... Read more
Oliviero, a Milanese 13 year-old, is the son of two mixed-up parents, who live out a child-like regression. Oliviero, however, has a clear idea of his future and wants to become a nuclear scientist. One evening, an American girl ends up in Oliviero's bed. The next day she disappears only to return ... Read more
More than 50 per cent of the population of Brazil is under 21, including more than three million homeless children — children who wander the teeming slums of principal cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; children who are the prey of older criminals and each other because Brazilian laws ... Read more
Martin, a young man doing his military service, has to face his first confrontation with a crucial dilemma: a military shooting range has been installed on the common grazing grounds of the village. When a sheep is shot dead, the farmers take legal action against the Ministry of Defence. Martin is ... Read more
The film tells the story of a woman and her nuclear nightmares; points out the links between peaceful nuclear energy and the arms race; exposes the absurdity of civil defence in the face of nuclear weapons; and shows the consequences of nuclear madness. ... Read more
A superb animated film commenting on modern architecture. ... Read more
The story of a mentally-retarded boy who falls in love with the girl next door. ... Read more
Russia shortly after the October Revolution: Lenin has just announced "the new economic phase". A partial reversion to capitalist economic methods is permitted. The love story of Wassilissa and Vladimir is set in these times. They have known each other since pre-revolutionary days, but they have ... Read more
It is not easy living in New York these days, especially if your wife has left you for a cosmetician, your child is roaming Canada in a camper, girls turn you down in rapid succession and you are a writer without inspiration. And if you don't have an apartment, you might as well give up &mdash ... Read more
Resurgence is the story of the recent rise in Ku Klux Klan terror and the growth of the movement for social and economic justice. Dramatic events and characters emerge to tell two sides of a political conflict raging in the U.S. today. ... In Mississippi, one follows a strike, already two years in ... Read more
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