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Films In 1981

“This is one of the best Australian films ever made: a gripping, frightening, rollicking ride.” - In Film Australia ... The late Richard Franklin proudly wears his genre influences on his sleeve in this lively road slasher movie, which shifts gears between Hitchcock's Rear Window and ... Read more
Gunnel Lindblom's second feature is about women and for women. ... To free herself from his domination, 30-year-old Sally, a social worker, decides to leave her husband, Jonas, and sets out to create a life of her own. ... Their six-year-old daughter, Mia, is going to live with her. Soon, however ... Read more
The opera tells the story of the Israelites and their oppression by the Philistines, and is set in ancient Gaza. Samson, the victorious hero of the Israelites, has killed the overseer, Abimelech, at the temple of Dagon. The High Priest wants revenge and sends out Delilah, a Philistine woman, to ... Read more
Michal Szmanda, a sick young man, is haunted by nightmares. He recalls a Christmas that he spent at a sanatorium being treated for asthma; then, flashes of a visit paid by Korean children. The night is coming. Michal eavesdrops on his mother and sister talking about a retirement money cheque cut up ... Read more
The film ambitiously, humorously and precisely attempts to convey a day in the life of each member of the pop group, Echo and the Bunnymen, culminating in their coming together for the evening's performance. ... Read more
A parable about spiritual corruption and insanity, told entirely through images and music. ... Read more
During World War 2, the most ominous ending to the broadcast reports on raids on the enemy was “Some of our aircraft are missing". And during the War, Holland was for ... military aircraft, German and Allied alike, what the Sargos Sea was for ancient sailing ships. Between 1940 and 45, more than ... Read more
The relationship between Anna and Robert, and Vietnam. Love and war are two points in a system of coordinates. Vietnam is seemingly very distant. Through pictures and their work, Anna and Robert let the war once again draw near: Vietnam in Berlin. ... In their relationship and in their work, they ... Read more
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For a million years rainwater has eroded the limestone of the Yorkshire Dales. Forever penetrating crevices in the rock, it has created an underground world — a realm of darkness. This is the dark journey of Speleogenesis. ... Read more
Stagefright is an essay-film which examines the nature of theatre, of language, of magic and of 'acting'. Through purely cinematic means it moves, step-by-step, through the layers of human expression to unveil the central human story: Cain and Abel. ... "What are we going to do about Jost? One ... Read more
In Stiletto, a woman, Nadja Vidal, searches for the murderer of her sister. This search goes through differing moments of reality, or unreality, that are imbricated within each other in facets of a broken-up time sense. ... The investigative structure does not create suspense; the dialectic ... Read more
A study of dance movement and the movement qualities special to film, in relation to a theme of highly stylized. unnatural movement, moving towards a freer sequence in real time. Uses re-photography, multiple images and experimental film processing techniques. ... Read more
Stoney Knows How is a sensitive portrayal of the life of Leonard “Stoney" St. Clair, West Virginia-born master tattoo artist. Stoney is a unique representative of at least two subcultures: hillbilly overlaid by carny. ... Read more
An animated ballet concerning love, war, pain and ecstasy. ... Read more
T. G. Psychic Rally in Heaven marries abstract images of a performance by Throbbing Gristle with the ferocity and intensity of their music to brilliant effect on both eyes and ears. ... Read more
The film tells the story of an Algerian immigrant family that decides to return to Algeria after the promulgation of a new law offering 10,000 francs to immigrants who agree to return to their country of origin. ... The plot develops around three main problems: the clash between two cultures, the ... Read more
Juan comes home late one evening and must listen to his parents' accusations of always being late. Nobody believes his excuse that he had stayed late at school. In fact, his uncle immediately grabs the telephone; Juan will have to tell the same story to the principal. He meekly admits he has been ... Read more
Made over a period of two years, in the U.S. and Britain, The Animals Film is the first film to examine society's mass exploitation of animals — in factory farms, on the streets, in the wild and in the research laboratory. It is also the first film about those people opposed to the ... Read more
A young boy, Francois, working during the night, loves Anne who works in daytime. They never see one another. He gets into a fight with Anne because he saw her going out one morning with an aviator. Francois is sad. Instead of going to bed in the afternoon, he wanders about the streets and suddenly ... Read more
Shot in 1981, The Big Race was understandably shelved during martial law, being an extremely frank criticism of Communism in Poland in the early 50s. As scripted by Feliks Falk, it's a relentless and very witty catalogue of corruption, cosmetics and ineptitude. The scene is a Peace Run. Under ... Read more
The Casablanca Circus is a story about three people's drive for happiness. Laila, Charles and Sylvester belong to the proletariat of the streets. In a happy-go-lucky way they move from town to town, providing sensations from real life, dreaming of a box-office success. They are willing to pay the ... Read more
The story of a petty clerk in the Veteran Administration who was fired in 1948 because of his membership in the Socialist Workers' Party. James Kutcher, who left his legs on a World War 2 battlefield, decided to make a principled fight against the Federal Employee Loyalty Program's decision, a ... Read more
Technology is breaking down. Is it just a temporary disturbance caused by unusual solar activity? A man struggles to come to terms with his fear and anxiety. A medium length narrative filled with cataclysmic foreboding and a nicely judged sense of something -who knows what? — about to happen. ... Read more
The Easter Rebellion began in Dublin on Sunday, April 24th, 1916. The following evening, Francis Sheehy Skeffington, journalist, nationalist, pacifist was arrested in the street. This action by an officer of the 3rd Royal Irish Rifles, set in motion a chain of events that were brutal, bizarre, and ... Read more
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