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House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 Nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed. These included Brecht, a foreigner about to return to Germany. The first ten witnesses refused to testify, became known as the "Hollywood Ten", and were later imprisoned In agreement with the Ten and their lawyers. Brecht answered the Committee's questions and was allowed to leave the country The film ... Read more
An abstract visualization of goon songs. ... Golden Pelican Award, Mamaia; First Prize, Wellesley; Prize, Harvard. ... Read more
A rising alt-right filmmaker and his family are found slaughtered, surrounded by Islamic totems. A conspiracy or something even more horrific? ... FEMA death squads, children implanted with RFID chips, a government crushing its citizenry. It's a haunting vision of the near future held by charismatic Iraq veteran David Crowley. In 2012, he posted a slick movie trailer for his planned opus, Gray Sta... Read more
25 year old Judith Helfand is crewing on a doc­umentary about the cancerous effects of DES (a drug supposed to prevent miscarriages which was widely prescribed in the 1960s) when she discovers that she is a 'DES Daughter'. Faced with a hysterectomy she agrees to participate in the film but questions the producer's approach, resulting in the crew jumping ship. Undeterred, Judith decides to carry on... Read more
One of a series of films on scenes from American history, this is a compilation of extracts from feature films and other sources, tracing the origins of the American Civil War, Lincoln's presidency, the major battles, Lincoln's assassination and the beginning of the reconstruction. ... Read more
Brendan Behan's life can be divided into 3 parts his youthful years in an English jail for his activities on hehalf of the I.R.A., his writing, drawn largely from his experiences as a prisoner, and his prodigious boozing, which resulted in his death in 1963 at the age of 41 ... Allan Miller's affecting documentary tells Behan's story through the people who knew him best - his wife, brothers, I.R.A... Read more
The film uses animation to explain what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, and the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the by-products of nuclear fission. ... Read more
A farm woman in 1905 rural America is accused of murdering her husband and arrested Two women, her neighbors, discover evidence that will incriminate her. They must decide whether or not to reveal it. ... "For me the most singular, surprising and rewarding film of this section of the festival was a short. A Jury of Her Peers directed by Sally Heckel. It is based on a short story written in 1917 by... Read more
"Claire Danes and Jim Parsons star as a Brooklyn couple facing the possibility that their four-year-old might be trans in Silas Howard’s simply lovely comedy-drama A Kid Like Jake." – Hollywood Reporter ... Claire Danes (Homeland) and Jim Parsons (leaving all traces of his The Big Bang Theory character behind) are remarkable as Alex and Greg, parents facing the daunting prospect of setting an educ... Read more
A Lady Named Baybie portrays the day-to-day lives of the Rev. Baybie Hoover, an ordained minister, and her long-time friend, Virginia Brown. Both are blind women who refuse to conform to the rigid rules imposed by society upon the so-called handicapped. Rejecting the suggestion that they weave baskets or make brooms in workshops for the blind, the elderly but energetic women are seen working the s... Read more
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A brief account of a village in Columbia, which builds its own houses by community effort. The frank com­mentary is given by James Blue, whose first feature film The Olive Trees Of Justice was screened in the Melbourne Film Festival in 1963. ... Read more
"A remarkable example of finding home movies in the attic that open a window on an entire world, A Letter Without Words provides a glimpse of Germany between the wars that is privileged in more than one sense of the word. Consisting mostly of footage taken by the present filmmaker's wealthy grandmother between 1914 and 1938, Lisa Lewenz's concise, highly evocative doco will fascinate anyone with a... Read more
Five Grammy nominations, ad jingles you grew up with and the first female composer of a major Hollywood film – meet Suzanne Ciani, one of the most innovative electronic artists of our times. ... In a career spanning almost 50 years, Suzanne Ciani has distinguished herself as one of electronic music's true pioneers. A woman who made the legendary Buchla synthesiser her own, she forwent the harsh dr... Read more
The manufacture of lights set to the music of Strauss. ... Read more
A stylistic and iconographic explanation of the twenty-six panels of the Hispano-Flemish retablo of Ciudad Rodrigo by Fernando Gallego. Blue Ribbon Award, American Film Festival. ... Read more
A film about a photographer who is questioning both his artistic choice of subject matter and his environment. ... Read more
A boy and a girl in love. A rare, striking fusion of movie imagery and choreography exemplified in a dreamlike pas dc deux. ... Read more
A Name For Her Desire is the story of a woman with men's eyes upon her. Francesca. the central character, is the object of attempted male seduction - the object of male desire. The male fiction is created by her deliberate refusal to respond and the male fantasy continues to elaborate a history for the protagonist. ... Read more
"Madam, I have seen many examples of perversion in my time, but your erotic obsession with your carpet is probably the most grotesque and certainly the most boring I have ever encountered." ... Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is an ageing trust-fund kid who has grown accustomed to a life of luxury but squandered all his savings. Desperate to remain a part of high society, he makes a plan to find a w... Read more
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