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Films In 1983

In his third feature writer/director Adoor Gopalakrishan has established a stylised study of paranoia. ... An indolent, selfish landowner expects his family to wait on him hand and foot. When he has to face a changing future, he is unable to cope and feels trapped like the rats his younger sister ... Read more
President Raygun has a terrible nightmare in which America is invaded by a huge Japanese electronic monster. ... Read more
A Kafkaesque nightmare about a lonely man whose life is gradually taken over by a noisy intractable ice box. ... Read more
This documentary is a singularly unique history of the fortress and prison town of Terezin, which the Nazis converted into a concentration camp. ... Read more
A satirical look at the role of secret agents in Australia and how they cope with the new ASIO, the Australian Space and ... Intelligence Organisation. ... Read more
This exquisitely designed and photographed film is set in the 17th century kingdom of Mataram in Central Java. It is based on a legend that has been reworked many times in traditional performances, songs and narratives, and more recently has appeared in Ketoprak popular drama and novel form. ... In ... Read more
A stylish, fast-moving, gut-wrenching melodrama of hell-bent youth: a loose knit company of teenage crazies in the milieu of ... motorcycles, heroin, mean streets and pool rooms of Tulsa,Oklahoma. ... They are alienated from society at large, family,peers, lovers, siblings—yet needing them ... Read more
There are women of Hatoma Island, Okinawa, who have a kind of divinity: they follow dreams and search for places in the landscape which are of spiritual significance. The island is becoming depopulated in modern times; the coming and going of these women is seen by some other inhabitants as ... Read more
Secondary Currents is a romp through the worlds of language, conducted by an improbable narrator speaking an assortment of nonsense, It is an imageless film in which the shifting relationships between subtitled narration and spoken utterance constitute a duet for voice, thought, speech and sound. ... Read more
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When its Communist Party Dissolution Bill was rejected by the High Court in 1951, the Menzies government put the ... question of banning the Communist Party to a national referendum, held in September of that year. ... It was rejected by a relatively narrow margin after a fiercely fought campaign ... Read more
The film is concerned with politics and the production of history, sexual difference, and "national identity". Using a variety of formal devices, it marks a break with the documentary tradition of political film making in Australia. ... Read more
An extraordinary filmic record of the lives of a group of teenagers during their final year of High School. They are residents of Muncie, Indiana, the site of the oft-consulted ... "Middletown USA" sociological studies. ... The two-person team of DeMott (female) and Kreines (male) designed their ... Read more
This is a cinematographic journey through the photographic atmospheres of Bill Brandt, Britain's master photographer, who was born in 1904 and died in 1983. Bill Brandt, who first worked with Man Ray, the Surrealists, ... and the Dadaists in the 1920s, documented life in England in the 1930s, and ... Read more
Steve to his teachers and mates, Stefan to his parents, Steve Popovski is sixteen and wants to leave school. His father, Vasel, came to Australia to find a better life for his children. Vasel sees passing secondary school as the key to a "good job" and an assured future for his eldest son. ... Read more
Christopher Roberts, a young musician from the Julliard School, plays Bach and Mozart for villagers in a remote corner of Papua New Guinea on a string bass which he carries on his back through the jungles. ... The villagers in exchange share their songs with Christopher, who records and translates ... Read more
A story about the differences between reality and dreams. Dora falls in love with Dick and imagines that it will be just as movies and magazines told her it would be. But real life in Queensland 1953 is quite different. ... Read more
... ... Bill MacGillivray's first feature, little appre­ciated at the time of its release and previously unseen in Australia, is a small gem. Stations is a road-movie-on-rails that replaces the cliches of the genre with a choughtful gaze, as a seemingly successful man in his early thirties has ... Read more
At 16, West Australian ballerina, Sian Stokes, was offered a scholarship to the prestigious Princess Grace Academy of Classic Dance in Monaco. ... The film follows Sian to Monte Carlo where she studies under Manka Besobrasova whose career began under Fokine and whose pupils included Rudolph ... Read more
Teresa Stratas is one of the great singing actresses of today, having appeared on all the great opera stages in all the great roles. ... Now, in her mid-forties, she is still the centre of attention around the world. The story of her life is determined by extreme emotions, by torment and triumph ... Read more
The first feature film by young fashion photographer Mazzucco is a charming and fragile work of atmosphere and sincerity. ... Made on a shoestring budget, the film takes us on a trip to New York City with Italian tourist Marco, who tries to find his way through the jungle of a giant foreign city ... Read more
A freelance cameraman travels around the world and wonders about the role of the images he creates. These images,as manifestations of his memories, are being commented upon by a woman friend, who reads his letters, and by a Japanese computer maniac, who rearranges the images on his synthesizer ... Read more
An experimental animation exploring the ideas of Paul Klee on colour and movement by the use of computer generated ... graphics. ... Read more
Ron Tandberg is Australia's best known political cartoonist. This film follows through Tandberg's work on the front page of the Melbourne' 'Age" on one particular night's edition. ... Read more
Set in Ontario's cottage country, this finely crafted drama traces the events of a Saturday night when two teenage boys pick up two local girls and take them for a ride. ... The turbulent emotions of their first sexual encounter are entangled with values, expectations, class differences, peer ... Read more
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