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Films In 1989

Anna, George, Berta and Edward live in a world of bureaucracy. An animated fantasy, inspired by the famous painting by Manet. ... Multi-award winner from Estonia., including Grand Prix and Critics Prize, Zagreb Animation Festival, 1988. ... Read more
Both the Scottish-born director, Bill Forsyth, and the quintessentiatly American John Sayles (who wrote the original screenplay for Breaking In), have spent a lot of love and care on this project. They have created a comedy that seems to be an old-fashioned buddy movie, though it never behaves in ... Read more
... ... Buried Alive is a very apt title for a film about a country whose population has been sealed off from the rest of the world for the last 13 years. It is now almost 14 years since the invasion of East Timor and we still know very little about what really happened when Indonesia took the ... Read more
A witty and incisive non-narrative exercise that suggests the links, both obvious and unexpected, between actions and events in people's lives and seemingly disparate tales and images.- (TB) ... Read more
An interview with the Australian director of Celia about her film, on the eve of its British release. (Of particular interest due to the film's poor reception in Australia which has resulted in it passing largely unnoticed by the Australian public). ... Read more
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt is impressive as a singularly moving and sympathetic account of people whose lives have been profoundly altered, or cut short, by AIDS. ... The 75 minute documentary slams through stereotypes to tell the stories of several individuals - a one time Olympic ... Read more
Men and women offer us an unknown view of World War II. The quality of the 'head shots' approaches the vivacity of Rosie the Riveter. Using in addition archival footage and enacted segments, we are presented with the stories of gay Britons as they lived during WWII. One interviewee, a young student ... Read more
This multi-panelled moving fresco provides the opportunity to contemplate the Crucifixion of Christ from various perspectives. For example, in the fourth of seven major sequences, which comprise the work, we see the blood flowing from the wound made by the Centurion soldier, blood that merges with ... Read more
A peeping-Torn gets more than he has bargained for when the students of an elite girls boarding school decide to chase a few vicarious thrills of their own. ... Originally 25 minutes in length, the ftiin svas subsequently re-cut for consideration by the Cannes Film Festival. The resultant ... Read more
Even pumas need their 'personal space'! Meet the polar bears, chickens and other zoo occupants whose complaints and comments about their climate, diet and accommodation seem uncannily human. ... The inspiration for a much-lauded and universally imitated series of TV commercials (originally made for ... Read more
This is an expressive, reflective film that strings together seemingly dislocated stories and events in a provocative, and personalised treatment of the media and its impact on human rights. Arlyck considers the effect of the news on the general population of the privileged world. Nowadays ... Read more
Jeremy Irons, who stars in Danny The Champion Of The World, describes it as "that rare film I think parents will enjoy as much as children". Irons works in this film for the first time with his son (Samuel) and father-in law (Cyril Cusack). ... The film is based on the best-selling children's ... Read more
The latest offering from the great Czech animator proves that the original is always the best. ... "With this body, senses and existence, a being fills an empty room, but this existence is unsteady and temporary. We will immerse into darkness again, in the same way we have emerged from it." ... Read more
When 110,000 Japanese people and Americans of Japanese origin were interned in the United States in 1942, painter Estelle Peck Ishigo decided to follow her husband. She recorded with great sensitivity through her painting the great suffering of these people at the hands of their own countrymen, a ... Read more
A sparse glimpse surrounding the deportation of a man set on the Arab/Israeli border. - (JS) ... Read more
VIP death on a highway — corporate world gone mad. Real estate developer drowns on the Chicago Skyway. The powerful and controversial Charles Smith was found dead today in the back seat of his limousine. Drowning is a poetic science fiction narrative that explores a traditional question ... Read more
On the launch of a new government antidrug campaign, The Media Show asks if it is possible to raise the issue without ending up "advertising" drugs. ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
This is a child's eye view of death. Emmy's Grandmother dies and we watch her deal with it. Emmy does not seem sad, she is as interested in her grandmother in death as she was when she was alive. ... It is an interesting film because of the matter of fact outlook on death, its acceptance of death ... Read more
WITH HIS LATEST FILM, Jiri Menzel takes us to a time not so long ago but worlds away, to a beautifully appointed country estate in Southern Bohemia after the First World War. ... The End Of Old Times recounts the sudden arrival and fortuitous adventures of the myste¬rious Duke Alexey ... Read more
The Filminuto series are designed to screen before a feature in Cuban cinemas (often with local newsreels). ... Each Filminuto is a collection of brief cartoon-strip-like comic animations of no more than one minute, usually written by the father of Cuban animation Juan Padron.- (TB) ... Read more
A commuter steals an intriguing photo-strip on a station platform, then comes face to face with the young doctor it depicts. ... This pocket-sized re-working restores the melodramatic tradition of yesteryear with an emotive music score and a steamy railway station setting a la Brief Encounter ... Read more
A hypnotic film. At first, one wonders why people of every age would be prepared to spend a day, repeating the same simple steps of a traditional dance. Slowly, the compelling beat of the local band begins to penetrate down to your bone marrow, and possibly you hope that somewhere there exists a ... Read more
Ernie has such severe problems with short term memory that his reality is totally confused. This short fiction from Swinburne touches on themes like those in the "documentary" The Man Wlio Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Sound and visual montage recreate a distorted world where wives, lovers, old dogs ... Read more
The title, which is French slang for "nonsense" or "twaddle", belies the neat, pithy structure and smartly edited pace of this laterally linked series of the filmmaker's pet peeves and passions. The hilarious list of likes and dislikes forms a sensational palette. Tres agreable, tres amusant. ... Read more
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