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Films In 1991

... ... Garin Nugroho's directorial debut, Love on a Slice of Bread, is one of the most unusual films ever made in Indonesia; a modem love story which has a new psychological complexi­ty for Indonesian cinema, a progressive and positive approach to the representation of women, and an openness ... Read more
Obsessed with running faster than any man before him, Jack Lovelock came to the 1936 Berlin Olympics in pursuit of perfection. With powerful directorial understatement and lumi­nous black-and-white cinematography the him recreates the feel of those monumental times and allows the audience to ... Read more
This vivid, visceral journey through the vagabond experience is one of the classics of early 90s French cinema. ... Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, provides the setting for this alternative love story that comprises Leos Carax's third film. Indeed, the problems that plagued the director in ... Read more
James Herbert literally breathes life into this masterpiece, which is visually breathtaking, rich in hue and gracefully sensual. (If you have never seen work by him, don't miss this one.) ... Read more
Orchestrated chaos, as the interviewee of this mock documentary struggles to tell her story in the face of continual interruptions by children, neighbours, social security inspectors, debt collectors, repairmen, et al. A funny, sad, exasperating and delightful film which parodies cinema verite and ... Read more
Worlds collide as this wordless visual delight leads the audience on a journey of discovery through the breathtaking landscape of the Aus­tralian night. (AH) ... Read more
A season in Elwood. Looking back on 1991. This is my scrapbook. This is not my home but it's where I live. These are not my words but they're what I say. You see there are all these connections but i don't want to think about it. I must get out of the flat and go down the beach. What's going on ... Read more
Love, ambition, violence, food. Enter the mis­directed life of Mikey — Montreal pizzamaker extraordinaire. Explosive, unsettling, fimmaking from a French-Canadian-Greek Scorsese. ... Read more
Manipulation is about repression in society The minority, or in this case 'the small man syn­drome', fights against the machinery of life, which physically and mentally humiliates, crushing out all hope and individuality, manu­facturing and destroying and subsequently depositing piles of ... Read more
Les Blank's Flower Films presents the latest m a series of films on Louisiana and Caj'un cul­ture by filmmakers Les Blank, Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon. "It bit me and got a hold of me and I never could get it out of my blood" is how Marc Savoy describes the begin­ning, at age seven, of ... Read more
Combining painterly images, literary prose, ponderous timing and dry humour, William Jones renders his impressions of grow­ing up gay in a small Ohio city. Moving from the personal to the political, Jones reveals how homophobia and ignorance are embedded in our very language, how the man-made ... Read more
... ... The Caucasus mountains in southern Rus­sia, sites of memory, history, imagination, longing, mysticism. In Memories of the Caucasus, the work of Sergei Paradjanov, the director of such films as The Colour of Pomegranates and The Legend of the Suram Fortress, is explored uti­lizing ... Read more
Why has the notion of time become so central to our lives? How did the days of the week and the months of the year get their names? Mirrors of Time takes a light-hearted look at these questions, beginning with the earliest concepts of time in Antiquity. This cleverly animated film is both ... Read more
Helene has been admitted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music. But there is an obsta­cle: she is the mother of a four-month-old baby. A heart-breaking audition must be taken. Sarah and Samuel, a Hassidic couple, long for a child. So when a baby boy mysteriously appears at their door one ... Read more
... ... This is a film. This is no ordinary film. Mon­ster In A Box is like no other film you've ever seen — unless you saw Swimming To Cam­bodia at the 1988 Melbourne Film Festival. ... ... ... Right from the start, you know where you are. You're in the theatre; you're watching and ... Read more
This dramatized documentary about the life of the controversial High Court Judge Lionel Murphy (1922-88) comprises reenactments, interviews and archival footage. The film doc­uments Murphy's role in introducing many radical legal and political reforms and the forces within the Australian ... Read more
Years after the event, the narrator recalls being five-years-old when his family gathered for the wake after his father died. Now he is at a cemetery, picnicking with his girlfriend. Flat, home movie images of these two events cut frantically across each other in a bizarre but powerful commentary ... Read more
A celebration of the short essay film. It's just hard to stop making short films. ... Read more
A tonal poem that rejects conventional narra­tive in order to express the thoughts of an abused woman. Four 'found' images and a woman's voice alternate between thoughts of a battered wife who denies her abuse, and the horrific poetry of the abuse. The images, at first evidently racist and ... Read more
... ... The documentary form is under review. Audiences do not need to accept the tired formulae which television imposes on docu­mentary filmmakers. The tyranny is powerful, and well established in Australia. ... ... ... This documentary from the Black Audio Film Collective in London, with its ... Read more
Considering all the norms from which Nargess departs, it may seem surprising that the film was made at all. It honestly and sympathetically represents people who live out­side strict Islamic law, giving profound com­plexity and humanity to its portrait of two very different women. Nargess ... Read more
The filmmaker moves into a studio flat in Jerusalem, and finds herself embroiled in an ongoing battle between the neighbours on either side of her. One is a hostile, bitter per­vert, glorifying in his (dubious) past army career. The other is an extreme right-wing radi­cal, who claims to be ... Read more
... ... Considering that she is one of the most con­sistently original filmmakers of our time, ifs difficult to explain the under-currency of Chantal Akerman's work. Put it down to the vagaries of film distribution, and settle back for her latest offering, a bracingly tender and sen­suous ... Read more
A delightful French comedy of manners (dedi­cated to Herge, the creator of Tin Tin comics), where a dinner party, designed to seduce, steadily escalates into an evening of farcical food-for-thought. ... Read more
... ... The films of Jim Jarmusch invariably locate themselves in what one might call the 'poetry of the everyday'. His characters are constantly on the move, geographically and domestically uprooted, ramblin' through unre­markable towns and cities, accompanied by tape recorders to give the ... Read more
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