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Films In 1990

A child tries to string meaningful phrases together. A young man finds no string to tie. A film where the cast of extras have remained long after the lead roles have left. ... Read more
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One Halloween night, Jank Rottweiller asks his old friend Fred to drive him to his father's house in the country. As miles pass, Jank leaves all reason behind him, dragging Fred along. By the time they reach his father's house, Jank has become an unweildly child, trapped in the body of an adult ... Read more
The second chapter of A Chinese Ghost Story has all the same ingredients as the first: high style, low comedy, explosive special effects, rap renditions of classical Taoist poetry and so on. But the huge international success of the first film has given producer Tsui Hark, director Ching Siu-Tung ... Read more
According to the filmmaker, "A Film About Film". More visual gymnastics from Paul De Nooijer. Can you spot Atom Egoyan? (See At One View) (HK) ... Read more
A delightful children's animation illustrating the traditional poem, "A Frog he would a wooing go, whether his mother would let him or no..." ... Read more
Set in the West Indies with an all-Jamaican cast, an offbeat and hilarious fairy tale about an unhappy middle class "princess" and how she is made to laugh again. ... An exceptionally endearing performance from Nelson, her "prince", and a general roughness, add to the fresh simplicity of this ... Read more
This wacky picaresque film approaches dream, memory, desire and allegedly objective reality on equal terms. Campy stylisation and intuitive association tell a romantic tale of a journey lost. ... Read more
Set in the North London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, A Nice Arrangement explores with wit and a keen eye, the subtle complexities of a young woman's decision to go into a traditional marriage despite her apparent independence. ... Read more
John Maybury, rock clip maestro and assistant to Derek Jarman, embellishes an aromatic New Wave lyric with a ribbon of suggestive icons linking minotaurs, supermarket punks and jock strapped angels. (P.K) ... Read more
Adam's Rib is a jewel of a film whose charm sneaks up on you. Soon you find yourself wanting to spend hours and hours in the com­pany of the people that the director exposes with such delicate and refined touches. Soviet cinema is not known for its intimate human insights, yet Krichtofovitch ... Read more
Prolific, political and peripatetic Jon Jost is a genuine cinema maverick. He works not so much against the system as out of it, with an independence that is both exhilarating and harsh. This is his most lavish film yet and possibly the most accessible. It seems to signal a new direction for Jost ... Read more
“BEING A NEW ZEALANDER, I grew up with Janet Frame's fiction - her chilling and poetic first novel Owls Do Cry and the prevailing legend of Janet as New Zealand's 'mad writer'. We all knew of her supposed schizophrenia. Many believed her writings were inspirations of her madness. But the ... Read more
Thomas, embarking on a new life, collides with Elizabeth - a 'woman in red'. Together they discover something about themselves and each other. ... Read more
In any future book on the history of space exploration this century, the Voyager mission will undoubtedly form the main chapter. The launch of Voyager in 1977 was the highpoint of the US space program, before the later disasters of Challenger and the Hubble telescope. After its scheduled encounters ... Read more
Lauded young New York playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote and directed this allegorical mood piece about a blind bodybuilder and the handsome merman that inhabits the ocean near his African American family's home on the coast of Maine. ... Read more
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At a time when Australia has again followed the United States into a nilitary adventure in a part of the world of which neither Australia nor the US has much comprehension, As The Mirror Burns is particularly timely. A film about contemporary Vietnam which shows an aspect of that country which is ... Read more
Vibrating and rhythmic as life itself, Astral Plane bridges time, space and love. ... Read more
"Two men in chairs by the open hearth; photos move in front of their heads." Accurate enough, though hardly preparation for this combination of pixilation, micromesh mixing, photography and film. The filmmakers' concerns are with the world of art " as an artificial world", and "when the ... Read more
Featuring "Take 5" Dave Brubeck and sax Paul Desmond, a playful look at the Soviet economy - the inefficiency, repetitiveness and futility. ... Read more
Working backwards, the distinctive red stripes of Sydney's Coca Cola sign and Reagan's Star Wars policy must have inspired that original star-spangled banner worked out by Betsy Ross and George Washington on a clear Philadelphia night in 1776 ... Read more
Sibling rivalry has rarely been represented with such gusto, humour or unashamed violence as a young Mexican American girl finally decides to teach her brother - a cruel youth suffering from an irrepresible case of Texan bedhead - a lesson. (L.A.) ... Read more
Behind The Mask is a unique collaborative production commenced in London, shot in Belfast and completed here in Melbourne. The film initially started life as a project to be made for British television. Frank Martin had gained the co-operation of several key former IRA members who agreed to discuss ... Read more
This film is one of the first comprehensive looks at the student movement of the 1960s as seen from the Berkeley campus. A small student movement becomes a cause celebré when the House Un-American Activities shows a film on campuses across the country about the "communist spies" on the Berkeley ... Read more
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