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Films In 1989

Jean-Pierre Jeunet created a gem of a film that was so successful that it became an inspiration for the opening scenes of Amelie. In it, their muse Dominic Pinon plays a young man who makes an inventory of all that he likes and does not like in everyday life. Utiliising all of the formal ... Read more
LIKE MANY of the Gorbachev era films, Freedom is Paradise poses some trenchant social criticism, but what distinguishes it from many others is the quiet power of its emotional identification with the resilient, wary child at its centre. Thirteen-year-old Sasha, whose mother is dead and whose father ... Read more
Regaiado's surprisingly direct attack on the abuse of power and privilege by Cuba's bourgeouise is one of several similar films coming from young Cuban filmmakers. - (TB) ... Read more
Inspired by ghost stories of Nova Scotia, this is the tale of George, an orphan, who lives with his grandfather, a grumpy and sometimes tipsy old sea captain, who dreams of discovering hidden treasure. Miss Birdwood, George's frustrated school teacher, conspires with the local welfare department to ... Read more
Pixillated witches on broomsticks run riot in a futuristic city. ... Read more
An interview with an articulate ex-con, who speaks with a good deal of humour about his crim past. Made for the Lip Synch series. ... Read more
This funny, fantastical personal fable traces a woman's relationship with Italian film director Federico Fellini and her desire to change her life. The film tells the real and imagined tale of Eileen, who has been writing letters to Fellini, a figure who has become her friend, mentor and means of ... Read more
A look at the genesis of a new Friends of the Earth advertisment. Do shock tactics work for environmental groups? How are advertising companies working alongside the environmentalists? ... Read more
"Is being Jewish and a feminist mutually exclusive?" asks Francine Zuckerman, co-director of this thought-provoking and engrossing enquiry into the role of women in the patriarchal traditions of Judaism. ... The film takes its title from The Scroll Of Esther, one of the rare books in the Hebrew ... Read more
The Media Show goes on location with the making of the film version of A Brief History Of Time, Stephen Hawking's best-seller about the origins of the universe. Directed by Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line) and produced by Stephen Spielberg, the film is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious ... Read more
"Uh oh - Davey's talking to the dog again." Davey sees a bear on the way home from the movies. Dave's dad spanks him for telling tales. Only Goliath, the headless doggy-footstool with exceptional talents, can save the day. ... The legacies of Red Grooms and Gumby inform this nutty live-action ... Read more
Extraordinarily detailed and beautifully drawn animation of a bizarre and surreal world; the domestic life of a fatman, his wife, a sort of oversized obese chicken and their child/pet, a slug-like creature with a human head. This expressionistic interior vison of Soviet animator Kovalyov is like an ... Read more
Extaordinarily detailed and beautifully drawn animation of a bizarre and surreal world; the domestic life of a fat man, his wife, a sort of oversized obese chicken, and their child/pet, a slug-like creature with a human head. This expressionistic and interior vision of Soviet animator Kovalyov is ... Read more
Holding Margie's Hand is an intimate, comic look at the expectations and disappointments of friendship. What really goes on when two girls hang out? La La drops in unexpectedly on her friend, Margie. They agree to a night out together but La La sets up a double date with Doug and Dougy at a trendy ... Read more
Shot in 1987, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Homework is an extraordinary snapshot of an Iranian primary school and the children who know the meaning of the word 'punishment' but few have heard of 'encouragement'. ... Kiarostami 'plays director', interviewing the children, whose school yard ... Read more
In the run-up to the hand-over of Hong Kong (the last British colony) to China, The Media Show examines political censorship of the media by the Hong Kong government. ... Read more
Several films have been made on , the infectious Cajun and Zydeco music of South West Louisiana (including Spend It All, Hot Pepper and Dry Wood by Les Blank), but until now, none has tackled the task of putting the most important musicians of the past and present into a historical context. We're ... Read more
Pump up the Bhangra! Using Bhangra music and the testimonies of sons and daughters of Asian Brits, the film uncovers a defiant popular culture - a synthesis - part Asian, part British. ... "We cannot be fully British until the idea of British acknowledges redefinition from other cultures. Only then ... Read more
There are no individual identities amongst the mirrors and mazes of this futuristic world. Made for the Lip Synch series. ... Read more
BASED IN NEWCASTLE, Amber is a unique collective involved m film and photographic projects aimed at documenting the lives of working-class people in Britain's North East Their work has traditionally combined documentary and drama in unusual situations In Fading Light represents their most ambitious ... Read more
Is a chemical bomb ticking away in the inner-west? Could Footscray become our very own Bhopal? In The Shadow Of The Chimney examines the interaction of residents and potentially hazardous industries in Melbourne's inner-west. Through interviews the residents are able to voice their anger, their ... Read more
IN 1870, Michail Saltykow, under the pseudonym N. Schtschednn, wrote The Story of a City, a biting allegory on the history of Russia and its rulers Out of this historical source material, Serge; Owtscharow has fashioned an extremely topical satire on the writing of history today In the process, he ... Read more
An emotional portrait, a social critique and a passionate and eloquent plea for human equality, this documentary tells James Baldwin's story in his own words. Using interviews from many of Baldwin's close friends, colleagues and critics, Karen Thorsen has created one of the finest portraits of a ... Read more
JESUS OF MONTREAL is the eagerly anticipated new film by Denys Arcand, the gifted director of the hugely successful The Decline Of The American Empire. At last year's Cannes Film Festival, Jesus of Montreal won the Special Jury Prize and provoked the kind of passionate response that is typical of ... Read more
"My concern for poetic expression is reflected in this project throughout the different aspects of production." - Louise Bourgue ... Read more
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