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Films In 1986

A gritty portrayal of a young Polish couple's lifestyle. An alarm clock heralds their shift work and their inability to spend time with one another ... Read more
The urbane and almost mournful life of a Melbourne busker, Monty, is invaded by his country-cousin Ida. As she learns the rules of the often capricious lifestyle of Monty and his friends, she comes to contribute her earthy approach to the problems of a stifling bureaucracy. ... Read more
A cabby who wants to make movies! The result is an astonishing collage of miniature portraits of his customers, fellow cabbies and family. A quirky, often hilarious portrait of Califomian life reminiscent of Sherman's March. ... "This film belongs in a time capsule." T.R. Bergroth ... Read more
From the director of last year's Festival hit The Killer comes this earlier work, an ultraviolent, hyperkinetic gangster melodrama which virtually began a whole new stylistic trend in the loyal-to-the-last, macho buddy pic genre. ... A Better Tomorrow showcases three Hong Kong megastars (Chow Yun ... Read more
An imaginative, well-crafted and often hilarious first feature, apparently inspired by the misadventures surrounding the Latin American projects of Werner Herzog. A young director plans a film about an obscure French procurator Orelie Antoine, who in 1860 declared himself King of Araucania and ... Read more
... ... An imaginative, well-crafted and often hilarious first feature, apparently inspired by the misadventures surrounding the Latin American projects of Wemer Herzog. A young director plans a film about an obscure French procurator, Orelie Antoinc, who in 1860 declared himself King of Araucania ... Read more
A Name For Her Desire is the story of a woman with men's eyes upon her. Francesca. the central character, is the object of attempted male seduction - the object of male desire. The male fiction is created by her deliberate refusal to respond and the male fantasy continues to elaborate a history for ... Read more
The rise of Britain's most notorious cinema organist. ... Read more
Abattoirs is shot in black and white and has a very sparse sound-track. Its takes are stark there is hardly a camera movement sometimes pho­tographs are filmed. Furthermore, almost unique in the history of film the film has square pic tures which add to its intensity. ... Read more
After nuclear destruction all appears lost... but a new species of man emerges. Adam is technically accomplished, having been made up of over 15,000 individual drawings on plain paper. ... Zooms and dissolves were achieved through drawings in the tradition of primitive animation. ... Read more
Rome, July 1986 at the Villa Medici. Jacques Kerchache is dismantling the exhibition he organised in memory of Andre Malraux of 50 African masterpieces which belong to the 'Music Imaginaire'. ... Read more
At the Shwalik engineering factory, two rival trade union factions are competing for recognition. One is a Communist Party figure and established leader of the majority of the workforce. He is a pragmatist whose position is reinforced by his adherence to principles and his legitimate concern for ... Read more
A reactionary sauna boss whose boyfriend studies theology and sings in Bach choirs, a therapist who teaches death meditation and gymnastics to AIDS patients, a female reporter who dresses up as a male and snoops around the gay scene in search of a story, a woman professor (Dr Blood) who catches the ... Read more
An uncritical documentary view of an All-American high school through the eyes of a Finnish exchange student. The film is not so much a cultural portrait as insight into the social rituals of the high school kids which will deliver them into adulthood and the world of materialism and competition ... Read more
Micro, macro, micro, macro, let's call the whole thing off. ... Read more
Echoing the work of filmmakers such as Herzog (especially Kasper Hauser), Bunuel, Flaherty and Vincent Ward's Vigil, Alpine Fire takes place entirely on the high slopes of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and centres on the lives of a close-knit family, whose only neighbours are the wife's parents who ... Read more
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Paul Winkler, one of Australia's foremost stylistic and technical innovators devised 'The Matte-Box Image Shifter' to achieve in-camera effects usually achieved by optical printing. ... Still photos of animals are integrated into 'live' action shots of the Australian bush. ... "The Sentinels Are ... Read more
Slices of a real, then fictional, then real, then fictional jazz life held together by Herbie Hancock's music played by all-star combos - 'Round Midnight embodies the jazz myth of the outsider. In an Academy Award nominated per­formance, tenor sax great Dexter Gordon, a self-imposed exile in ... Read more
A meeting of arms dealers is brought to a bloody conclusion, observed by a diffident waiter. This was Aardman's disturbing contribution to a series of Channel 4 funded films on the apocalypse. ... Read more
An intriguing, often powerful drama set in rugged outback country. BACKLASH is an unusual attempt, for an Australian-made feature, to have its actors improvise dialogue,around a carefully plotted storyline. ... Two young police constables are assigned to transport a young Aboriginal woman, accused ... Read more
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