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Films In 1981

A satirical look at where Australian Rules football is going in the year 2001. ... Read more
21:12 Piano Bar is one of the most dazzling debut features to be seen in a long time. Dark, moody and menacing it is as innovative for the film noir genre as The Passenger was for Road Movies, and is similarly structured around one breath taking, brilliant sequence. ... The story is as follows ... Read more
A young man jogs before going to work. One day, during the 4 km jog, his monotonous life astonishingly changes and curious things start happening. ... Read more
He is a young man, about 20, who lives with his widowed mother in one of the innumerable nondescript apartments lost in the great concrete jungle which Athens has become. He wants to study astronomy at the University, and spends most of his time scrutinizing the stars and the surrounding world ... Read more
Kafka's harsh, cold, pathetic narrative Ein Brudermord (A Fraticide, 1917) rendered as a "melodrama for marionettes" in which the assassin and the assassinated are viewed entomologically as two insects. ... Read more
Frances and Dorian play out the last few weeks of a lopsided relationship with wry humor, and some bitterness. Frances, a single mother with three children, copes with everything but her libido. Dorian, basking in her affection, exploits her needs and avoids paying her his share of the rent. ... Read more
In 1950, Michael Blakemore left Australia for London and a career in the theatre. A Personal History of the Australian Surf describes his life up to that point. It is probably the story of innumerable boys who grew up along the coast of Australia under the spell of the Pacific Ocean. The film tells ... Read more
Pressure from farm owners traditionally ... excluded farm workers from labour legislation regulating their pay or working ... conditions. Farm workers eventually ... formed the Canadian Farm Workers' ... Union, and this documentary records ... their struggles to achieve their working ... rights ... Read more
The first feature film to be made in Vietnam since the end of the war, it is a story about a couple and their baby living in a no-man's land. ... By day, the couple eke out a subsistence living; by night, the husband joins Vietcong patrols. Their wild field is regularly strafed by U.S. helicopters ... Read more
An animated version of the complete fifth act of Shakespeare's Hamlet ... Read more
How would Aubrey Beardsley have viewed our world? In this film, contemporary or near contemporary figures like Lenny Bruce and John Lennon help demonstrate a hypothetical Beardsley picture of the 1980s. ... Read more
Whitey wants to be Charlie Parker, but lives in Hammersmith, can't play the saxophone and is white. ... Read more
A short film which begins with a village ... family reunion... ... Read more
A Vietnam veteran turns up in a small town in Kansas. Instead of just passing through, he hangs around. He starts to restore a broken-down merry-go-round and, gradually, the town's people become fascinated, then ignore him and, finally, turn on him. ... Americana is the first feature film to be ... Read more
Americas in Transition is a 29 ... minute documentary tracing U.S. involvement in Latin American affairs during the past 50 years. ... Read more
A filmmaker's personal look at the notion of success — that obsession with 'making if built so deeply into 20th Century culture that one can barely distinguish it from breathing. This journey winds through slogans, murmurings, high school, advertisements, sports, admonitions, dreams and home ... Read more
A documentary about the experiences of the people of Papua New Guinea during World War 2. The film uses archival footage from Australian, Japanese and American sources, plus new footage filmed in Papua New Guinea in 1980-81. ... Read more
Artists at Work is a documentary on a unique period in American culture: the ... widespread government support for artists during the Depression of the 1930s. ... The film includes statements by several ... artists as archival film footage and a ... wide spectrum of the artwork produced ... under ... Read more
A beautiful bionic woman enters a man's miserable marriage via a washing machine, but after he accidentally kills his wife he cannot recover his bio-mistress, now returned to foam. Re-loading the machine with bio powder, however, brings unfortunate results, ... Read more
Carlos Saura is best known for his intense dramas. His decision to film a ballet was very much based on the desire to ensure that there remains a record of this astonishing and very Spanish work — a dance version of a Garcia Lorca play, choreographed by Antonio Gades. ... "The combination of ... Read more
A comedy with a hard edge to it. A 12-hour shift in a bread factory has different effects on different people. Eventually, it has the same effect on almost everyone. ... Read more
A comedy with a hard edge to it. A 12-hour shift in a bread factory has different effects on different people. Eventually, it has the same effect on almost everyone. ... Read more
The film traces the transformation of the Brooklyn Bridge, from a spectacular and heroic engineering feat to a symbol in American culture of strength, vitality, ingenuity and promise. ... Read more
A young British-born black woman comes of age and begins to question her attitude to life previously influenced by middle-class aspirations and security through marriage. She gains a greater awareness of herself and her identity and position in contemporary British society. Realization of her ... Read more
An animated film describing, with movement and sound, the night in a city for all its lonely inhabitants. ... Read more
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