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Films In 1989

Breakfast on the Grass (Priit Pärn, 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 Pr… Read more

BREAKING IN (Bill Forsyth, 1989)
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. Th… Read more

BURIED ALIVE - THE STORY OF EAST TIMOR (Gil Scrine, 1989)
... ... 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… Read more

Cause and Effect (Susan Delson, 1989)
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

Celia (, 1989)
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 pa… Read more

COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, 1989)
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 docume… Read more

COMRADES IN ARMS (Stuart Marshall, 1989)
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 p… Read more

Contemplation of the Cross (Michael Lee, 1989)
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 … Read more

Crack in the Curtains (Jinks Dulhunty, 1989)
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 f… Read more

Creature Comforts (Nick Park, 1989)
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 … Read more

CURRENT EVENTS (Ralph Arlyck, 1989)
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 c… Read more

DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD (Gavin Millar, 1989)
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 (… Read more

Darkness, Light, Darkness (Jan Svankmajer, 1989)
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 a… Read more

Days of Waiting (Steven Okazaki, 1989)
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 sensitivit… Read more

Deportation (Avi Uograbi, 1989)
A sparse glimpse surrounding the deportation of a man set on the Arab/Israeli border. - (JS) ... Read more

Drowning (Juan Valdivia, 1989)
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 … Read more

Drug Ads (, 1989)
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

Elefanti (Jeremiah J. Hayes, 1989)
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 in… Read more

Emmy (Rudd Schuitemaker, 1989)
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. ...… Read more

END OF OLD TIMES (Jiri Menzel, 1989)
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… Read more

Filminuto #16 and #18 (Juan Padron, 1989)
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 … Read more

Flames of Passion (Richard Kwientniowski, 1989)
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 ye… Read more

Flora, Faddy Furry Dance Day (Richard Philpott, 1989)
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 … Read more

Forget Me Not (Polly Watkins, 1989)
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 Hi… Read more

Foutaises (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1989)
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 … Read more

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