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Films In 1991

A humorous account of the artisf s crummy-sut-high paymg jobs Utilizing repetitive edit-ng techniques and a rambling, ranting voiceover, the film takes a tongue-in-cheek ook at that daily phenomenon known as the 'character building pay cheque'. ... Read more
... ... In December 1985 two Nevada teenagers car­ried out a suicide pact in the playground of a local church. Ray Belknap succeeded in blow­ing his brains out, but James Vance survived with most of his face blown off, only to die three years later. The cause of death was given as Heavy ... Read more
Anyone who has followed with interest the films of Derek Jarman will find cause for dehght m Edward II It seems to be the culmina­tion of everything the bold British director has been toying with on screen over the last 17 years, since his debut with Sebastiane in 1975. ... This Edward is an ... Read more
A woman sells tickets in a seedy art-deco cine­ma, as voices from a passionate melodrama float through the foyer, disembodied. The clean­er, reflected and distorted in a mirror, becomes the focus of her romantic dreams. When the mirror shatters, the film moves to an inevitable tragic ... Read more
A farmhouse in New South Wales and a man and woman lie dead from gunshot wounds. Forensic scientists begin to reconstruct the crime, but somehow the clues don't add up. The time of death becomes crucial to solving the case. Forensic evidence from a most unlikely source eventually breaks the ... Read more
Last year's Grand Prix winner Su Friedrich (Sink or Swim), returns with something of a departure from her usual style First Comes Love uses footage shot at weddings, married with a soundtrack of pop-soul romantic clas­sics, to build a pungent comment on wedlock, with one killer punch. ... Read more
Flitters concerns the special quality of two brother's friendship as one of them is placed in an institution. ... Read more
Black and-white images show Kafka's world through the eyes of his childhood and sexual­ly-aware adolescence, up to his creative period (occasionally taking his viewpoint from that of an insect) This is achieved through brilliant draughtsmanship combined with an insightful interpretation of ... Read more
1898, a cold winter's night in Vienna. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, has finally arrived at his theory of dream analysis. ... Read more
Give AIDS the Freeze is an extremely entertaining scratchfilm animation. To the tune of Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night it provides some sober advice on how to stop the spread of the AIDS virus - get informed; choose your lovers carefully; don't forget the condoms and insist that he wear ... Read more
Gold is a precious commodity, it playfully transforms as it changes hands It falls like rain, enchants like music. The piece of gold which passeth all understanding be amongst you and remain with you always. A whimsical animation from Germany. (AS) ... Read more
When seen on screen this beach becomes something like lunar beach, yet film heightens the intensity of all the beach's separate sensations. The calm water has an even more unctious surface, the sun's glare throws up darker, more velvety shadows, and the grit is grittier. ... Read more
Veteran producer Irwin Winkler makes an assured writing - directing debut with this involving drama about Hollywood professionals affected by the insidious blacklists of the early 1950's, the infamous era of McCarthyism. ... One of Winkler's long-time associates, Robert DeNiro, is excellent in a ... Read more
Police detective Nishi (Takeshi) ditches stakeout duty with his partner and best friend Horibe to visit his wife in hospital. During the visit he is informed that his wife's condition is incurable and terminal. Distraught and overwhelmed by the news, Nishi's world is completely shattered when news ... Read more
The occupied west bank. Curfew has fallen. Hassan has not returned home. There are gun­shots in the streets... (JB) ... Read more
On Polish national day, 1968, Ryszard Siwiec self immolated in front of thousands of people in a Warsaw stadium. He was protesting the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces. The world remained silent; his name or deed received no front-page coverage. This moving documentary is the story ... Read more
Like Gone With The Wind, Cleopatra and Heaven's Gate, Apocalypse Now had one of the most troubled shoots in cinematic lore. Eleanor Coppola had been on most of her husband's previous shoots, but for Apocalypse, he asked her to make a documentary about the production for United Artists' publicity ... Read more
Early last year the filmmakers approached Greenpeace Australia with the idea of filming an inside look at how Greenpeace was undergoing a major resurgence and upping its profile as a watchdog on Australian industry. They eventually agreed and allowed Menkel and Marciniak unprecedented access to ... Read more
Leo Berkeley's debut feature is a leisurely tale, enlivened by its singular sense of humour and passages of technical brilliance which recall the best of the French New Wave. The film focuses on the emotional turmoil of Eddie (superbly played by young Craig Adams), a detached, naive adolescent ... Read more
The filmmaker in his apartment in New York awaits news of his family in Nazareth during the Persian Gulf War. Television reports the missile attacks from Iraq are landing in Israel. The filmmaker's hybrid state, a Palestinian whose parents are being bombed by Iraq, reveals the complexity of Middle ... Read more
An adept collage of footage culled from various Hollywood films of the early 1950's and 1960's (Sirk's melodramas, Hitchcock's psycho-sexual thrillers.) It provides an incisive commentary on this dominant cinema's depiction of women as both prisoners in the home and the instinc­tive prey of an ... Read more
This low-budget film, with English and Dutch dialogue, concerns a group of lovesick losers in a very unglamorous Amsterdam. Their 'hardboiled but tragicomic adventures' lend the film its raffish sense of humour and attractive characters, all neatly etched by director Paul Ruven. ... The underworld ... Read more
From the director of Hard Road and Doombeach comes the latest feature from the Children's Film and Television Unit in Britain. How stays busy making business deals and dodging bombs during the raids on London in 1942. But his mother decides the dangers are too great for How to remain in London and ... Read more
A tense triple murder tale straight from the Swedish newspaper headlines. ... Renowned Swedish director Jan Troell (Oscar-nominated for The Emigrants) examines the dark dynamic between a couple of killers in the psychological drama of Il Capitano. ... Reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and ... Read more
This sensitive study of the filmmaker's grand­mother who has Alzheimers disease, explores the nature of time and memory. The tyranny of memory loss means that she, an accomplished portrait artist, can draw her grandchild's face without recognizing it from one moment to the next. Without a short ... Read more
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