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Films In 1989

A funny tale of frenzied, pixillated puppet insects who smoke cigars, dance and wield power tools. The insects enter a juke box and prove they really know how to have a party, however, the juke box is not all that it seems. ... A film from the National Film Board of Canada which is mainly just a ... Read more
Essentially a compilation work made up of numerous short pieces, described by Cohen as: Where Documentary Collides. Music Video As Independent Film. Birds As Punctuation ... The project compiles short works and collaborations into a reflection on the grey areas between documentary, narrative and ... Read more
A film about the jewel of Australia's national parks, Kakadu, and about the teachings of Bill Niedjie (Kakadu Man). ... Kakadu Man is Bill Niedjie's story, a story of the land, looked after for thousands of years by the indigenous Australian aborigines, now abused. This theme is translated through ... Read more
An interview with Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski about his films, Short Film About Killing and Short Film About Love and the monumental Decalogue project. ... Read more
Kiki's Delivery Service is an allegorical tale of the joys and sadness of puberty told via a young witch's coming of age. Just the idea alone is intriguing: young witches have to learn about human existence by spending time with humans and living under their conditions. Its execution in the film is ... Read more
Far from the social realist domestic drama, this film is a wicked and witty shocker and teaser. With a mere 14 minutes of black and white footage, a New Zealander demonstrates how to hook and rivet an audience while simultaneously sparking off an explosive minefield of metaphors. Witness the demise ... Read more
William lives with his family on a Canadian farm in the 1950's, and shares a bed with Grandpa Jack, sometimes they even share the same dreams. ... When his parents decide to move to the big city for his father's new job, he is devastated. His last winter in Manitoba begins. Halloween, a mysterious ... Read more
"Video, ephemeral, erases memories and Man's life." A French satire on Godard, The Nouvelle Vague and Wenders, full of witty word play, and reflections on love, life and the months of the year. - (GWC) ... Read more
The Leningrad Cowboys do not enjoy a great deal of success or talent. The boys are used to playing Russian songs written for an all-male choir. What they lack in talent or marketability, is compensated for by their drive for success. Thus, when their manager suggests they leave the tundra for ... Read more
A daggy delight and refreshing antidote to Australian cinema's "rites of passage" sub-genre. Droll, unaffectedly deadpan narration accompanies some unexpected glimpses into the situation of a young woman moving into a group terraced house in Sydney's Newtown. As she readjusts to the new living ... Read more
... ... This first feature from Tony Buba, Pennsylvania's filmic poet laureate, is a delightful, unconventional, autobiographical tour de force. ... ... ... Called 'the Faulkner of Allegheny County the Flaherty of the frozen blast furnace,' Tony Buba has been making films about his hometown ... Read more
A critique of post 1979 Britain, Live From Britain explores the ideological construction of "the future" and of "tradition" in the maintanence of bourgeois hegemony. Rituals of popular culture, toys, adult games and so on come into play in this 'Benjaminian' essay film which deals in certain ... Read more
A challenging doco scanning the arena of lesbian S&M, offering glimpses into the professional and personal worlds of a club entertainer in London's Soho. Pungent and provocative. ... Read more
That question mark is no typographical error - Longshot is an eerie documentary style video that meshes fiction and reality so seamlessly you'll not be sure where one ends and the other begins. The resultant tension makes for a gripping and unsettling excursion into video-voyeurism. ... Longshot ... Read more
The life and wotk of Langston Hughes during the renaissance of jazz and blues in Harlem in the 1930s and 40s ... The poetry of Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent and Langston Hughes is featured with jazz and blues music. This and other texts weave through the stylised dramatic sequences and archive ... Read more
In Love In Progress, Giuseppe Bertolucci has drawn a delightfully amusing portrait of the young. As in his previous films, Bertolucci's facility in creating credible and fascinating women characters is in full swing. In his latest work, he has focused his attention exclusively on three young girls ... Read more
Vanity, veins and hopelessness, all mixed up in an Australian short about a young couple who are themselves mixed up in drugs, prostitution and jealousy. Stunning Wenders-inspired colour and black and white cinematography, an atmospheric soundtrack by Hugo Race, and strong performances by Deanna ... Read more
Part III of The Magnum Story brings Magnum into the 80s, a time when television and shrinking magazine markets had the agency, apparently, in a state of perpetual crisis. In particular, the film charts an assignment to China, which caught the beginning of protests leading to the Tianamen Square ... Read more
As the title suggests, St Clair Bourne's documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Spike Lee's acclaimed feature Do The Right Thing. ... While 'making of...' movies invariably serve merely as promotional tools, often made by the same producers as the movie in subject, this ... Read more
For her second feature film, Denis departed from the meditative tone of her debut, and plunged instead into the noise and energy of a band on the road. Acclaimed Cameroonian act Les Têtes Brulées (The Burning Heads) were embarking upon their debut tour of France, and her decision to join them ... Read more
Spike Lee directs a TV spot for "Air Jordans". ... Read more
“YOU WAKE UP ONE MORNING and you know you're lost." An expatriate German approaching middle age in the comfortable niche he has built as a London art critic, David Keller (Jeroen Krabbe), is already uneasily aware of a sense of self-betrayal when 1968 abruptly resurfaces through a telephone call ... Read more
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"Lost forever in the vortex of Eastern European anxiety, our puppet hero Hector languishes in scene after scene of contrived torment. Antiquity is thus his total realm, his self... ... This is the flipside of Perestroika; the solid weight of monuments and walls crashing down on waiting faceless ... Read more
Although Wim Wenders produced what are arguably amongst the most original and important films of the past two decades there has been no detailed study of his work on film until now. ... Paul Joyce and Chris Rodley, whose previous film biographies have covered the careers of Nic Roeg, Nagisa Oshima ... Read more
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