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Films In 1984

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There are no naked women in Les Blank's film, but the music is equally good. It is a touching tribute to Appalachian culture in the form of a profile of the legendary mountain fiddler, Tommy Jarrell - “I eat when I'm hungry, I drink when I'm dry. If I get to feeling much better I'm going to ... Read more
A documentary about the 40,000 poor people of Philadelphia who "squat" illegally in abandoned buildings. The film concentrates upon Gloria Giles, a 22 year old mother of three children, who has become a leader of the squatters' attempts to improve the city's welfare program. ... In addition to ... Read more
Filmed in Vancouver and featuring young people who already have a history of several years of prostitution, this film offers a gritty realistic look at male and female prostitutes and their struggle to get off the streets. It avoids preaching and patronising, glamourising and sensationalising, by ... Read more
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This first feature directed by Gerard Depardieu is an elegant record of his successful stage interpretation of Le Tartuffe. This is no brisk updating of Mohere's classic satire on hypocrisy, but at 140 minutes a solidly faithful translation of Jacques Lassalle's production for the Theatre National ... Read more
Having been ill for the last five years with only a blurred image of his TV set to relay information from the outside world, Hugo, ... now recovered, sets forth. ... Read more
A party in a bar. Woman meets man... and slaps him. But things take an unexpected turn and a world-wide chain reaction begins... ... Read more
A non-narrative drama which establishes a link between "performance art" and film. Attic Year deals with the relationships between people and the consequence of their actions. ... Read more
A young man is hired out as a bodyguard to a man of unspecified -possibly criminal - business interests. It is his first experience of the body guarding profession, and he has a few thing to learn... ... Read more
The Boy Who Had Everything - the title of Stephen Wallace's second feature suggests a fairy tale, some sweet suburban variant of a fable of ideal youth. But it's also, of course, an omen - since to say that someone ... had everything is to hint at failure, disillusion and loss. ... Going as a ... Read more
A tour through the gaudy world of the television commercials With a blend of nostalgia and insight. Bob Rogers and crew take us from'48 to 84 and back again A melange of the wildest fancies of dream cars, special effects, impossible stunts and outrageous hype. ... Read more
"A look at the relationships between character, person. figure, star, persona and personality." Philip Brophy ... Remade from 1982 Super 8 original. ... Read more
Two films are intercut — one, a colour documentary in which an artist introduces us to his latest work in a major museum; the other, a B&W narrative about the person who might inhabit such an environment.. ... Read more
An absurdist comedy from the new wave of Japanese cinema by a young director, Sogo Ishii, who has acquired a national reputation in his own country for rock 'n roll and motorcycle movies. Here, he tells the somewhat bizarre story of a man who has worked all his life saving every penny to achieve ... Read more
A clip based on the Robert Graves mythology about the bird of the Globus. ... Read more
Tells of the ordeal and ascension of Father Keith Nink, a bibulous priest who becomes trapped in an unyielding fridge. ... Read more
Part comedy, part drama, this film is set in rural Quebec. The plot focuses on two warring groups of children who spend their Christmas holidays pelting one another with snowballs and trying to conquer a castle built of snow and ice. By holiday's end, it becomes apparent that neither side can or ... Read more
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The Australian myth of the ‘drover's wife' retold from a different perspective. ... Read more
In the suburbs of New Zealand's largest city is a cowboy club, whose members act out their Hollywood fantasies by dressing up and staging fist fights and shoot-outs. This film documents their activities without comment, but the macho posturing betrays a great deal about cultural insecurity and ... Read more
This debut feature from actor and essayist Juzo Itami has been universally acclaimed for its confident and sensitive satire on Japanese rituals and customs. ... Set in contemporary Japan, the film chronicles the chaos that besets a family over the three days following the death of the somewhat ... Read more
Isabelle, a film actress in her mid-thirties and at the pinnacle of her fame, returns from filming in Berlin to the small seaside French town where her parents care for her young daughter while she is away. Her co-star, with whom she is having an affair, follows her and moves into a nearby hotel ... Read more
"Most of the training we got was speeches." The 3,200 Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1936, who voluntarily put their lives at risk to defend the Spanish Republic against the combined might of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, were totally unprepared for the war they encountered. The Good ... Read more
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