Thursday night: YOUTH CENTRE, 111 Worcester Street.
Tuesday Night: Sociology Threatrette
ORIENTATION WEEK 26 FEBRUARY-S MARCH
All Orientation screenings at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury.
26 February 5.30 and 8pm BABY, ITS YOU
27 February 5.30pm only MY MAN GODFREY
27 February 8pm only DEMON POND
29 February 5.30 and 8pm THE GENERAL
1 March 5.30 and 8pm ANGEL
2 March 5.30 and 8pm BIG MEAT EATER
3 March 5.30 and 8pm
MEANTIME UK 1983.
Dlr: Mike Leigh. A brilliant, quirky portrait of a London working class family living in a sleazy East End apartment on their unemployment benefits. With a particularly fine performance by Tim Roth "who appears to be the most lost of this group of very lost folk, spending aimless hours doing nothing or arriving too late when there is something to do." - Ken Wlaschin, Filmex Programme.
4 March 5.30 and 8pm
DRY WOOD AND HOT PEPPER U.S.A., 1973.
Dlr: Les Blank with Maureen Gosling. DRY WOOD AND HOT PEPPER is a gentle two part documentary about the life and music of the French-speaking blacks in southwest Louisiana's cajun country. "The off-hand folk wisdom and random jive that Blank loves so much is here in bounteous profusion."~Goodwin, City Magazine. Also screened with this is Blank's BLUE'S ACCORDIN'TO LlGHTNIN' HOPKINS.
5 March 5.30 and 8pm
YELLOW SUBMARINE UK, 1968.
Dlr: George Dunning. John, Paul, George and Ringo in the happy animated kingdom of Pepperland.
8 March Sociology only
SHERMAN'S MARCH U.S.A., 1986.
Dir/Prod/Scr/Ph/Ed: Ross McElwee. Bertin, Sydney, Munich, London, U.S. (Best FIlm Award), Wellington, Auckland FIlm Festivals. GA Certificate. SHERMAN'S MARCH is a vastly entertaining documentary panorama of the American South as seen by a man who's trying to brighten up his love life at the same time as he makes a film. As densely populated and thematically rich as the best comic novel, SHERMAN'S MARCH is without doubt amongst the best American films of the year. It's certainly one of the most idiosyncratic. "The slyest, most entertaining documentary in years - an '80s anti-epic shot in the first person... It paints a casual, but telling portrait of the white middle class South, where prosperity is tinged with paranoia and religious fundamentalism, and the landscape dotted with statues commemorating past destruction and nuclear plants threatening future apocalypse... Irs hard to believe it's not a fiction film... How else to explain all the happy metaphors, the graceful coincidences that hold it together and make it soar?" - L.A. Weekly. "Exceptionally funny."' - N.Y. Times. "Surprisingly funny and ruefully uproarious... see it in a spirit of discovery; it'll put you in a pleased delirium and leave you with a happy daze."' - Michael Sragow.
10 March -14 March Youth Center. All screenings start at 7.30pm.
NEW CINEMA JAPAN
A Festival of Films from the Japanese New Wave. Presented in association with the Japan Foundation, Tokyo, and the Consular Office of Japan, Christchurch.
Thurs 10 March
THE NEW MORNING OF BILLY THE KID. BIRII ZA KIDDO NO ATARASHII YOAKE, 1986.
Dlr: Yamakawa Naoto. Scr: Yamakawa and Takashl Gen'lchiro. Edinburgh Film Festlval,1986.
Billy the Kid steps out of Monument Valley and into a saloon where he finds work as a waiter alongside various samurai, poets and archetypes from East and West (characters by the names of Charlotte Rampling, (Dirty) Harry Callahan, Bruce Springsteen and 104 - the Tokyo Information number). "A true original, a philosophical comedy that stirs together heroes and heroines from the East and West and lets them shoot it out in the ultimate saloon brawl. . . the main thing is the film's sheer, exhilirating originality. . . Nothing else this year comes near it."' - Tony Rayns. Supported by Yamakawa's A GIRL, SHE IS 100%, the most requested, Festival short of recent years.
Fri 11 March
DOUBLE FEATURE: A BOY CALLED THIRD BASE THIRD, 1978.
Dlr: Higashi Yolchi. Scr: Terayama Shuji, based on the novel SEPTEMBER TOWN by Kenju Haku. Edinburg Film Festival.
Scripted by the great Terayama, very much the doyen of the New Cinema movement, Higashi's film is set in a borstal but devolves back into the world outside and into a world of dreams and fantasy. "No sociology, no hints of documentary, no interest in 'realism'. Instead this film offers brilliantly original approach to the perennial subject of adolescent growing pains, and a very moving account of one young man learning to 'run at your own pace.'" - Tony Rayns Edinburgh Film Festival. with BUS 1987. DirlScr: Komatsu Takashl. Tokyo, London Film Festivals. Australasian Premiere. BUS takes place in a weird, underpopulated rural future that's actually a nostalgic compendium of the science-fiction of Takashi's childhood. A backwoods town becomes a mind-control police state, but a small group of friends hijack the town bus and head for the border. The frenetic ingenuity of this film may exhaust some viewers! 'The fastest, funniest and freshest Japanese independent film of 1987, it announces 25-year-old Komatsu as an ace talent. . . BUS knows what it means to be young." - Tony Rayns
Sat 12 March
PARADISE VIEW 1986,
Dir/Scr: Takamine Tsuyoshi. PIA, Edinburgh, Berlin, Hong King, Sydney Film Festivals. N.Z. Premiere
The most exotic concoction on our programme is the first authentically Okinawan film, written and directed by a native, but starring a pair of mainland singers in the lead roles. (They learnt Okinawan, as different from Japanese as Italian is from French.) The music is by "Harry" Hosono of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. "Takamine brings together a langorous tale of indolence, lust and frustration with a truly bizarre invented mythology that involves mutated animals known as "rainbow pigs", seas hashish and men who have "lost their souls". - Sydney Film Festival.
Sun 13 March
AND THEN SOREKARA, 1985.
Dir: Morita Yoshimitsu. With Matsuda Ysaku. Based on the novel by Natsume Soseki. Cannes, Montreal, Edinburgh, London Film Festivals.
AND THEN provides further surprising evidence as to the versatility and sheer unpredictability of Morita, best known outside Japan for the slyly subversive FAMILY GAME. AND THEN is formally the most conventional film in the season, a fragile tale of star-crossed lovers and a beautifully stylised portrait of the elegance of the Meiji era. "A profound portrait of intense emotion held in . . . its surface is exceptional even by the standards of a country where formal compositions of distinction are by no means rare." - Film. "A marvellously tender, elegaic love story". - John Gillett
Mon 14 March
A FAREWELL TO THE LAND SARABA ITOSHIKI DAICHI, 1982.
DirlScr: Yanagimachi Mitsuo. Berlin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sydney, San Francisco, London Film Festivals.
Two newspaper stories lie behind Yanagimachi's third feature; one about a farmer who left his wife but later stabbed his mistress, the other about the grief of a father who lost his sons in a drowning accident and tattooed their names on his back. Yanagimachi keeps a critical distance from his characters (his professed admiration for Bresson and Mizoguchi is put to good use) and lets his concerns emerge with a quiet force. "A film of luminous clarity, always arresting, ultimately devastating." - London Film Festival. "Gorgeously shot and crammed with sharp, disjunctive scenes. . . as rich a panorama of modern Japan as any I've seen." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice.
15 March Sociologv. 17 March Youth Centre
ADIEU, BONAPARTE (AL-WEDDA YA BONAPARTE) Egypt/france, 1985.
Dlr: Youssef Chahine. WIth Michel Piccoli, Mohsen Mohleddlne, Patrice Chereau. Cannes, Tokyo, Moscow, London FIlm Festivals. N.2. Premiere, 1988.
Youssef Chahine, the ebullient Egyptian director, has directed this spectacular evocation of Napoleon's 1798 invasion of Egypt. "Chahine's account of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign is idiosyncratic, sprawling, wicked and almost entirely wonderful. It offers an oblique comment on Egypt's place in the world today, but typically chooses to focus on affairs of the heart, seeing international relations in terms of emotional exploitation and sexual attraction... The film's strong gay interest is clinched by Patrice Chereau's brilliant performance as Napoleon."~Tony Rayns, Time Out.
22 March Sociology, 24 March Youth Centre
THE TROJAN WOMEN U.S.A., 1971.
Dlr: Michael Cacoyannis From the play by Eurlpedes. With Katharine Hepbum, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas.
"The Euripedes play is the greatest lament for the loss of freedom ever written; it is not just the first, but the one great anti-war play, and, despite the makeshift style of the film, the material catches you by the throat, and by the most legitimate of all means - its simplicity and its intensity. This is a cast that one could never hope to see on the stage..."' - Pauline Kael.
29 March Sociology, 31 March Youth Centre
GATES OF HEAVEN U.S.A., 1978. DirlProd/Ed/Scr: Errol Morris. New York, London Film Festivals. N.Z. Premiere, 1988.
Ever since Werner Herzog lost his bet that Errol Morris would never stop talking about making this film and make it, we've been trying to secure GATES OF HEAVEN for screening in New Zealand. It's taken ten years, but ironically the film reaches us at the crest of a trend it anticipated by a decade: BLUE VELVET, SOMETHING WILD, TRUE STORIES are all films that delve deep into American kitsch, but none delves deeper than this extraordinary documentary account of two of California's pet cemeteries, their owners, their enemies and their customers in all their pristine peculiarity... "Arguably the masterpiece of Americanarama... for bottom-line, defamiliarising weirdness, no film has ever surpassed this one." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice. "A stunning, inspired film."' - Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times.
Sat 2, Sun 3, Mon 4 April Youth Centre, 3.30-10pm Tea break between 6-7pm.
THE JOURNEY U.K./Sweden, 1987.
Dir: Peter Watkins. Berlin Film Festival.
Peter Watkins' fourteen and a half hour film about the arms race is not an epic nor an endurance test. It's a film with subtle messages, a gripping plot and a stream of constantly luxurious visual and aural delights. Interviews with fifteen family groups from around the world that drive home the personal and human consequences of the arms race are intercut with footage of a top level summit meeting in Quebec, simulated nuclear evacuations, interviews with Hiroshima survivors, and many other things to produce a film that is richly textured, carefully argued, wonderful to look at and listen to, and always enthralling. While it focusses on Peace issues, THE JOURNEY is not just a film for the converted, but a major work by the director of EDVARD MUNCH, CULLODEN and THE WAR GAME. "... not simply to be stared at, not simply to be consumed like food in a fast food restaurant, but to be worked with and used in as many ways as people can dream up."' - Peter Watkins. "More of an event than a film."' - Sight and Sound. "A challenging film document... the most important and relevant film of our era."' - John Parker, Metro.
5 April Sociology, 7 April Youth Centre
GOD'S COUNTRY U.S.A., 1985. Dir/ScrIPh/Narrator: Louis Malle. Berlin, London, Melboume, Wellington, Auckland FIlm Festivals.
French director Louis Malle continually surprises with his intelligent mastery of such diverse projects as ATLANTIC CITY, MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and the epic documentary, PHANTOM INDIA. What's especially surprising about GOD'S COUNTRY is that it's a small-scale,low-budget, engagingly personal film from a man who's now accustomed to big Hollywood budgets. An encounter with the inhabitants of a tiny, white rural American town, it's a true TRUE STORIES; sympathetic, witty and frequently funny, it does not, however, ignore the intolerance that may lurk underneath the placid surface of its chosen community. Glencoe, Minnesota, pop. 5000. "Entirely engrossing... Glencoe is to Malle what Samoa was to Margaret Mead.' - N.Y. Times. "A fascinating, dramatic portrait, a Quiet, sagacious document that serves as a slice of cultural and social history.' - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian. "GOD'S COUNTRY was terrible. There wasn't even a shot of Main Street." - McLeod County Chronicle, Glencoe.
BROKEN NOSES U.S.A., 1987.
Dlr: Bruce Weber. Music by Chet Baker, Julie London, Jerry Mulligan, Robert Mitchum. Toronto Film Festival, 1987. N.z. Premiere, 1988.
The filmmaking debut of renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber, the man famous for his seductive Calvin Klein ads, is a beautifully conceived, imaginatively shot documentary on boxing! But this is no ordinary documentary as anybody who knows Weber's portfolio can imagine. At the centre of the film is 25-year-old Andy Minsker who coaches teenage boys in Portland, Oregon. Using 8mm and 16mm stock, and shooting in colour and black and white, Weber creates an effect like leafing through a scrapbook, underscoring scene after scene with the aching jazz of musicians such as Chet Baker. Weber describes the film as "an experimental film about being macho". It is an examination of childhood and male community, but is also an evocation of small-town Americana, a snap-shot of a set of attitudes, an ode to a young man who has found himself through discipline and effort. We're delighted to be presenting this arresting new film: we haven't heard the last of this new filmmaker.
12 April Sociology, 14 April Youth Centre
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR France, 1978.
Dlr: Maika Rlbowska, Josee Dayan. With Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Helene de Beauvolr, Colette AUdry, Jacques-Laurent Bost, Jean Pouillon, Alice Schwartzer. N.z. Premiere, 1988.
Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and their friends discuss the events and involvements that shaped her life and opinions - from the Spanish Civil War to the Paris riots of 1968. Her lucid, perceptive observations on the people and events of the last 50 years exhibit the formidable power of an exhilarating intelligence. Shot a few months before Sartre's death, this rarely seen film provides bracing insights into some of the most influential European minds of the century. Talking heads par excellence. "A precious document... the flawless discourse of a passionate, brilliant woman." - Le Monde. "A tantalising encounter with one of the finest minds of our time." - Le Figaro.
19 April Sociology, 21 April Youth Centre
HOUR OF THE STAR Brazil, 1985.
Dlr: Suzana Amaral. Scr: Suzana Amaral, Alfredo Oroz, based on the novel by Clarice Llspector. WIth Marcella Cartaxo as Macabea. Bertin (Best Actress Award), Montreal, Vancouver, London Film Festivals. N.z. Premiere, 1988.
HOUR OF THE STAR is the first full length feature from Suzana Amaral, who raised nine children before studying filmmaking in her late thirties. It's the story of Macabea, an uneducated, naive and trusting nineteen year old from the impoverished rural north of Brazil. Like many new immigrants to the big city, she is lost in her new world. Living without any real chance at success, she lives on hope and her fantasies. She briefly opens up to life, however, and finally achieves a single moment of happiness. HOUR OF THE STAR is a ChaplinesQue story filled with humour and sadness. "A witty, incandescent Brazilian film." - Molly Haskel, Vogue.
26 April Sociology, 28 April Youth Centre
UNKNOWN CHAPLIN U.K./U.S.A., 1983.
Dlr/Prod/Scr: KevIn Brownlow and DavId Gill. WIth VIrginia Cherrill, Georgia Hale, Sydney Chaplin, Alistair Cooke, Lita Grey Chaplin, Robert Parrish and films by Chartle Chaplin. N.z. Premiere, 1988.
The makers of Thames television's marvellous HOLLYWOOD series here focus their attention on the king of comedy, the great Charlie Chaplin. Their research - and the cooperation of Lady Chaplin - unearthed a treasure trove of previously unseen material; completed short films Chaplin had deemed unworthy of release, jettisoned sequences from his features and hours of takes, rejected, but never destroyed. Needless to say some of the 'unworthy' material is brilliant in its own right, but it's also an opportunity to observe the master's ingenuity and tirelessness as we see him build and perfect some of his most famous material. "Rare and wonderful... a chest of treasures... the kind of event that serves history, scholarship, films and entertainment." - Vincent Canby, New York Times. "Enchantment... a brilliant evocation of an extraordinary period of film history." - Sunday Times. "Priceless." - The Times.
3 May Sociology,S May Youth Centre
YELLOW EARTH (HUANG TUDI) China, 1984.
Dlr: Chen Kalge. Montreal, Venice, London, Edinburgh, Wellington, Auckland Film Festivals. GA Certificate.
Widely recognised as a major breakthrough in Chinese cinema, YELLOW EARTH was the surprise audience hit of the 1987 Film Festivals in New Zealand. We're delighted to have secured the return of this magnificent and moving film. "One of the most original and imaginative pictures to emerge from anywhere these past few years... always ravishing to look at." - New Musical Express. "Chen Kaige and his cinematographer have invented a new language of colours, shadows, glances, spaces and unspoken thoughts and implications. The summit of their achievement is that they've made their new language sing." - Tony Rayns, Time Out.
10 May Sociology, 12 May Youth Centre
TEA IN ARCHIMEDES' HAREM (LE THE AU HAREM D'ARCHIMEDE) France, 1985.
Dlr/Sc: Mehdl Charef. Produced by Michele Ray-Gavras. Cannes, Montreal, London, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland Film Festivals. French Academy Award: Best FIrst Feature, 1985. R16 Certificate.
Based on an award-winning autobiographical novel by its first-time director, this film provides a stirring and gritty account of life on the margins of French Scoiety for a new generation of Arab youth in Paris. Charef, guided by his "technical adviser" Costa-Gavras has created an indelible portrait of the bond between an Arab boy and his French friend. These boys may be (almost abrasively) straight, but comparisons with MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE are inevitable and interesting. "Strikingly good... a phenomenal piece of work." - Stanley Kauffman, New Republic. "Very well directed... must call to mind Francois Truffaut's 400 BLOWS." - New York Times. "Poignant... a provocative, astonishingly accurate depiction." - N.Y. Daily News
17 May Sociology, 19 May Youth Centre
THE PERFUMED NIGHTMARE (MABABANGONG BANGUNGOT) Philippines, 1975-6,
Dir/Prod/Scr/Ed: Kldlat Tahlmik. Bertin (International Crttlcs' Prize), Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tellurtde Film Festivals. GY CertIfIcate.
This poignant, funny and exuberantly original protest against American cultural imperialism is already a classic. Produced single-handedly for an astonishing $10,000 it's a rich concoction of dazzling images, outlandish ideas and surreal cultural dislocations. Tahimik takes the influences pouring into his tiny village from the Voice of America, movies, the soldiers of the Occupation and turns them on their heads. "A witty portrait of the Third World Artist as a Young Man Growing Up Fast... delightfully original." - Judy Stone. "One of the most original and poetic works of cinema made anywhere in the seventies." - Werner Herzog. "THE PERFUMED NIGHTMARE makes one forget months of dreary moviegoing, for it reminds one that invention, insolence, enchantment - even innocence - are still available on film." - Susan Sontag.
24 May Sociology, 26 May Youth Centre
PAULINE A LA PLAGE (PAULINE AT THE BEACH) France, 1982.
Dlr/Scr: Eric Rohmer. With Amanda Langlet, Arlelle Dombasle. Berlin (Best Director Award), Auckland, Wellington Film Festivals. GY Certificate.
Eric Rohmer's wise and witting comedy of lovestruck, talkative and self-deceiving adult characters whirls breathlessly round the clearsighted young Pauline. "Delightful... a film of summer, sunlight, bare skin and escalating amorous misunderstandings. Wit and irony abound. An erotic round that can only lead to those wonderful Rohmer insights about the mind and the heart." - David Ansen, Newsweek. "Delicious... It is cerebral and sensual as only Rohmer can combine the two... no lover of intelligent entertainment should miss it." - Molly Haskell, Vogue.
31 May Sociology, 2 June Youth Centre
L'AMOUR PAR TERRE (LOVE LAID LOW) France, 1984.
Dlr: Jacques Rivette. WIth Geraldine Chaplin, Jane Blrkln, Andra Dussoller. Cannes, Venice, New York, London, Sydney, Melbourne FIlm Festivals.
"L'AMOUR PAR TERRE is Jacques Rivette in his most entertaining, Celine-and-Julie-vein. His two leading actresses are Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Birkin. An inspired if surprising choice, they make a great team in this witty story of two actresses who specialise in "apartment theatre". Sophisticated, amusing and thoughtful, this film was the treat of Cannes." - Richard Roud, N.Y. Film Festival. "Typical Rivette with its elegance, nonchalant wit and ambiguity... The film is beautiful to look at, the feel of France is brilliantly achieved, the performances are polished, intelligent and very disciplined; I enjoyed it prodigiously.' - Maryvonne Boucher,
Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5, Mon 6 June Youth Centre. All screenings start at 7.30pm.
HEIMAT West Germany, 1984.
Dlr: Edgar Reitz. With Marlta Breuer as Marla. Venice (International Critics Prize), Melbourne Film Festivals. N.Z. Premiere, 1988.
"One - possibly several- of the finest movies of our time... Edgar Reitz's HElMA T lasts for more than 15 hours. At no point did I wish it shorter. You can see the film in four parts during the week or take in the lot at the weekend. I don't think you'll feel exhausted afterwards - exhilarated and spiritually enhanced rather, having shared an experience with the people you have come to know on the screen and those other strangers sitting around you in the cinema. The film covers 63 years - from 1919 to 1982 - in the lives of two intersecting family circles centred on the fictional village of Schabbach... Reitz's film is a family saga, an oblique portrait of the twentieth century experience, and a profound meditation on the universal themes bound up in the resonant German word 'homeland'... There are no contrived climaxes, no simple oppositions, no attempts to ingratiate... Maria (superbly played by Marita Breuer) is the film's emotional and dramatic fulcrum..." - Philip French, The Observer.
7 June Sociology, 9 June Youth Centre
GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS U.S.A.,1980.
Dlr/Prod/Ph/Scr: Las Blank. Berlin, London, Edinburgh, Wellington FIlm Festivals.
Nobody films food better than Les Blank; his legendary celebration of garlic has been much requested since its all-toa-brief appearance in the Wellington Film Festival of 1981. "A joyous, nose-tweaking, ear-tingling, mouth-watering tribute to a Life Force... the facts and fancies of garlic lore are explored with dazzling energy and imagination.' - Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle. "Rhythmic and sensuous... Blank can't help but provoke pangs of hunger and desire in his audience. Gastro blissl"Carrie Rickey, Village Voice. "It's hard to talk aboutwithout sounding like a hippie dipshit." - Michael Goodwin in the movie. Also screening: CHICKEN REAL; Blank's documentary for an automated chickengrowing plant. Vampires Beware! GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS will be presented in glorious AROMAROUND.
VAMPYR (The Strange Adventure of David Gray) Germany/France, 1931.
Dlr: Carl Theodor Dreyer. With Baron Nicholas de Gunsberg, Henriette Gerard. GY Certificate.
"This strange unique film is the supreme example of horror sensed rather than seen, evil suggested rather than exposed." - Horror Film. "The films of Dreyer, so vigorous, so chaste, so austere seem to me to come from a distant, mythical land, and their creator is a kind of artistic saint. . . where an artistic vocation has been completely lived, experienced and expressed." - Frederico Fellini.
14 June Sociology, 16 June Youth Centre
DOUBLE FEATURE: BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN USSR, 1925, silent
Dlr: Sergei Eisenstein.
On the lists of the "Greatest Ever" films BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. is the one that most consistently appears. It concerns the mutiny of the crew of the battleship and its effects upon the people of the nearby Port of Odessa. Beautifully photographed it uses bold imagery, stylised composition and dynamic rhythmic editing to achieve its extraordinary emotional power. Eisenstein's structurally flawless, revolutionary film remains as effective today as when it was made.
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI Germany, 1919, silent
Dlr: Robert Wlene.
"Classic horror film . . . A film of immense influence on the dramatic art of cinema, with its odd angles, stylised sets and hypnotic acting, not to mention the string in the tail of the story. Still has the power to thrill." - Leslie Halliwell.
21 June Sociology, 23 June Youth Centre
L'ATALANTE and A PROPOS DE NICE France, 1934 and 1929/30.
Dlr: Jean Vlgo.
Two films from the influential surrealist film director Jean Vigo. L'ATALANTE is the story of the frayed relationship of a barge captain and his wife. "The chief thing about the film is the quality of Vigo as a director. He tells the right story; he tells it in a style peculiar to himself. It is an exciting style." James Agee. A PROPOS DE NICE is a documentary with a point-of-view. In Vi go's words, "Nice is, above all, a town living a game: the great hotels, the tourists, the roulette, the paupers. Everything is doomed to die."
28 June Sociology, 30 June Youth Centre
ROME OPEN CITY Italy, 1946.
Dlr: Roberto Rossellini.
Filmed even while the war continued, this is an uncompromisingly direct film of the Italian resistance to Nazi occupation. Difficulties caused by wartime shortages and budget restrictions meant that real locations had to be used and this consequently contributed to the film's intense realism. With this picture Rossellini made his name and launched Italian nea-realism as a major force in world cinema.
7 July Youth Centre Only
THE WALL (Le Mur) France, 1983.
Dlr: Yllmaz Guney.
"THE WALL is a political film. I wanted to show the violation of human rights in Turkey and have these discussed on a European platform. Some people say I've exaggerated the prison conditions. On the contrary, the reality is much worse. If I'd shown the true conditions in prison it would have been incomprehensible to Europeans." Yilmaz Guney.
12 July Sociology, 14 July Youth Centre
RAGGEDY MAN. U.S.A., 1981.
Dlr: Jack FIsk. With Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepherd, Eric Roberts. Music perf. by The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman.
Sissy Spacek is excellent as usual in husband Jack Fisk's first feature film. The setting is wartime Texas and former At Director Fisk has done a superb job in recreating the environment. Spacek's a divorcee struggling to raise two young boys and her chance romance with a sailor on leave (Eric Roberts) fairly sparkles - they're a terrific match. But always in the distance there's Sam Shepherd - the mysterious 'Raggedy Man'...
19 July Sociology, 21 July Youth Centre
BROKEN RAINBOW U.S.A., 1985.
Dlr.: VIctoria Mudd. Narrated by Martin Sheen. ACADEMY AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, 1986. Wellington, Auckland FIlm Festivals, 1987. GA CertIfIc
This Oscar-winning documentary recounts the appalling history of the white man's cruel, greedy and ignorant treatment of the American Indian since the arrival of Columbus. It concentrates on the contemporary plight of Navajo and Hopi Indians being "relocated" by the Federal government to make way for mining development. "A passionate, dramatic accomplishment... the filmmakers present the bloody, complex history meticulously and compellingly.' - Village Voice. "The screen is filled with visual pleasures... BROKEN RAINBOW compels us to see experience through Indian eyes." - N.Y. Times.
FIRST CONTACT Australia, 1982.
Dlr: Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson.
Remarkable archival footage of the first contact in the 1930s between 'old colonial' Australian prospectors and one million previously unknown 'savages' of highland Papua New Guinea. "The real stars of their film, the highland people, are completely uninhibited in their powers of recall and story telling." - National Times. 'We thought they must be our ancestors from the dead. We believed our dead went over there, turned white and came back as spirits." - Kirupano.
22 July Youth Centre, 8pm
BABY, IT'S YOU. U.S.A., 1983
Dir.: John Sayles
26 July Sociology, 28 July Youth Centre
A compilation of the work of lIam Film School students over the last year.
FIRST TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST
THE CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
This is a joint venture by Kerridge Odeon and Amalgamated Theatres and the NZ Federation of Film Societies to which we are affiliated. As a member of our society you will be entitled to a discount on festival tickets.
16 August Sociology, 18 August Youth Centre
PRENOM CARMEN (FIRST NAME; CARMEN) France/Swttz., 1983.
Dlr: Jean-Luc Godard. WIth Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe. Venice (Grand Prtz), London, Sydney, Wellington FIlm Festivals. R18 Certific
In Godard's version of the Carmen story the music is by Beethoven and Tom Waits, the setting is contemporary and Carmen is the director's niece. She's a bank robber and her Jacques is a bank security guard. Godard plays "Uncle Jean", a demented film director lured back to his craft by Carmen who's seeking a cover for her latest crime. The narrative is fragmented and the images are exquisite. "For Godard the Carmen story - with its voracious sexuality and inevitable betrayal- is a natural and he invests it with a haunting eroticism... the old movie-maker and storyteller is back, his romantic agony gloriously intact." - Newsweek. "One of the rare serious, erotic films."~ - David Denby, New York magazine.
23 August Sociology, 25 August Youth Centre
MAIS QU ET DONC ORNICAR France, 1979.
Dir/Scr: Bertrand van Effenterre. WIth Geraldine Chaplin, Brigitte Fossey, Jean-Francois Stevenln. N.Z. Premiere, 1988.
The title is untranslatable, a mnemonic device used by French school children to recall conjunctions. The film is concerned with the problems of two couples, and particularly the women of two households who encounter hostility ad incomprehension when they wish to assert themselves professionally. "Intelligent and affecting... the film is rich in its performances." - Variety. "Wry and sensitive... a fine, well performed film about the ironies of both feminist freedom and conservative oppression, the difficulties of changing relationships between men and women."Anna Maria Dell'Oso, Sydney Morning Herald.
30 August Sociology, 1 September Youth Centre
THREE CROWNS OF THE SAILOR (LES TROIS COURONNES DU MATELOT) France, 1982.
Dlr: Raul Rulz. London, Cannes, Rotterdam, New York, Wellington, Auckland FIlm Festivals.
"The hot European modernist these days is Raul Rulz, a 43-year-old Chilean who has worked In France since the 1943 military coup... THREE CROWNS OF THE SAiLOR Is a generally marvellous entertainment, an Infinitely duplicitous film of endless talking in which stories double beck across each other to suggest fantastic conspiracies. The premise is a baroque mixture of THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER... The European commercial avant-garde Is typically concerned with the nature of narrative. Ruiz revltalises the tradition with Latin American fabulism." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice. . A spellbinding version of THE FLYING DUTCHMAN myth that manages to evoke the full sweep of sea-faring lore from Robert Louis Stevenson and Conrad to Orson Welles." - Sight and Sound. "The revelation of a singular major talent.' - Film Comment.
6 September Sociology, 8 September Youth Centre
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC France, 1928.
Dlr: Carl Theodor Dreyer.
This classic of the silent era depicts the final day of Joan's trial and her subsequent execution. The film consists almost entirely of gigantic close-ups of the actors, of weapons, religious symbols and other objects. "By keeping the camera this close to his principals and his surroundings, Dreyer magnified them beyond human dimension, suggesting the monumentality first of his characters and, ultimately, of the trial itself. . . Dreyer seems to have pushed the silent film to the very edge of its limitations." Arthur Knight.
13 September Sociology, 15 September Youth Centre
OSSESSIONE (OBSESSION) Italy, 1942.
Dlr: Luchlno VIsconti.
Based on the novel THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. CaIn. N.Z. Premiere, Complete, reconstructed version, 1988. For his first feature film, Luchlno Visconti chose to direct, at the suggestion of Jean Renoir, James M. Cain's enormously successful novel of the destructive power of sexual passion. Encountering censorship difficulties In Mussolinl's Italy, the film received limited distribution in a badly cut version. The producer's failure to clear rights on the Cain novel led to further restrictions on the film's availability after the war. The complete and uncut version is only now available and has enjoyed considerable acclaim from the critics on its long overdue appearance. To the gritty toughness and brutal edge of Cain's narrative, Visconti brought his own richness of style and operatic intensity that later found full expression in such films as THE LEOPARD and DEATH IN VENICE. Ironically, OSSESSIONE Is also considered by some historians to mark the first appearance of Italian neo-realism.
20 August Sociology, 22 August Youth Centre
THE BLOOD OF A POET (Le Sang D'Un Poete) France, 1930.
Dlr: Jean Cocteau.
" I could tell you that the snowball fight is the Poet's childhood, and that when he plays a game of cards with his Fame, or his Fate, he cheats by taking from his childhood what he should be taking from himself. Then I could tell you that having tried to create his earthly fame, he falls into that 'mortal weariness of immortality' inspired by every illustrious tomb. And I would be right to tell you these things, but I would be wrong too, for it would be a text written after the fact, after the images. . . if each of us finds in this film a meaning of his own, I consider that I have achieved my purpose." Cocteau.
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES France 1949.
Dlr: Jean-Pierre Melville. Script Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau.
Based on the novel by Jean Cocteau. A nursery room becomes an enclosed, self-contained world for a brother and sister, which they recreate even after they have moved into another house with other people. The two cannot cope with relationships beyond each other and the nursery becomes a symbol of their emotionallimits.
27 September Sociology, 29 September Youth Centre
MADAME DE... (THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE...) France, 1953.
Dlr: Max OphuIs. Based on the novel by louise de Vilmorin. WIth Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer. French Classic GY Certificate. Ophuls' lush, romantic treatment of this tale of destructive passion is a classic evocation of a vanished aristocracy and a classic love story. "A dazzling visual symphony and a remarkable portrait of the vanity and frivolity of the main characters/' - Georges Sadoul. "Perfection,"~Pauline Kael.
4 October Sociology, 6 October Youth Centre
LE DESTIN DE JULIETTE JULIET'S FATE. France, 1983.
Dlr.: Allne Isserman. With Laure Duthilleul, Richard Bohringer, Veronlque Silver. Cannes, Berlin, London Film Festivals. NZ Premiere, 1988.
Aline Isserman, former journalist and cartoonist made her feature film debut with this engrossing and perceptively observed tale of an arranged marriage in contemporary rural France. Her striking and exacting film is based on a true story. "An excellent first feature: seventeen year old Juliette Is the eldest daughter of an impoverished family in rural France. When her father is made bankrupt a rich, older man offers her family aid, in return for Juliette's services as wife. His slow decline into violent madness drags Juliette into a world of silent horror. Curiously, for a film with such depressing subject matter, the result is not a downer as the performances are excellent, as is the uncompromising direction,"'Saskia Baron, City Limits.
11 October Sociology, 13 October Youth Centre
DEATHWATCH France/West Gemany, 1979.
Dlr: Bertrand Tavernier. WIth Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Max von Sydow. Baaed on the novel by David Compton. Berlin, London, Sydney, Wellington FIlm Festivals. R16 CERTIFICATE.
An English-language film, based on an American science-fiction novel, performed by an international cast and shot in Scotland, DEATHWATCH remains distinctively the work of its French director. In a future society science has virtually banished disease. A TV producer hits on the idea of filming the last days of an individual who has managed to contract a terminal disease... 'Takes TV culture's insatiable taste for voyeurism to a chilling extreme in one unforgettable scene after another,"' - Chicago Film Festival. "Bizarre, ingenious and demanding... Harvey Keitel and Romy Schneider are dazzling,"' - Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times.
THE NEW ZEALAND FILM ARCHIVE
NGA KAITIAKI 0 NGA TA0NGA WHITIAHUA
THE CANTERBURY MAORI STUDIES ASSOCIATION and the CANTERBURY FILM SOCIETY present
A SHORT SEASON OF MAORI FILMS
He pi to whakaatu a nga iwi Maori
Saturday 15 October - 7. 30pm (2 1/2 hours):
** SPECIAL SCREENING **
FILMS BY JAMES McDONALD (1919 - 1923)
Unique among this country's films, these taonga are the most extensive and important record of traditional Maori life and activities from this period. The 5 year preservation project on the surviving unedited nitrate negatives was completed in 1986. This included, besides the restoration work, the assembling of the fragmentary scenes, preparation of intertitles, the translation of these into Maori by tribal experts, and the return of the films for screening amongst local people.
TE HUI AROHA KI TURANGA
/ GISBORNE HUI AROHA (1919)
HE PITO WHAKAATU I TE HUI I ROTORUA/
SCENES AT THE ROTORUA HUI (1920)
HE PITO WHAKAATU I TE NOHO A TE MAORI I TE AKA O WHANGANUI/
SCENES OF MAORI LIFE 0N THE WHANGANU RIVER (1921)
HE PITO WHAAKATU I TE NOHO A TE MAORI I TE TAIRAWHITI/
SCENES OF MAORI LIFE 0N THE EAST COAST (1923)
+ MAORI BATTALION RETURNS (1946)
"Part of the films' enormous appeaL.. is the wonderfully warm, vibrant humour that flows over and out of the screen" - Listener
"Show a side to Aotearoa few have been privileged to see" - Auckland Star
"The film event of the week...a queue stretching half a block.. . attested to the interest in the films - NZ Herald
"A moving reminder.. .which offers.. . another opportunity to come to terms with a shared section of our history" - Evening Post editorial
Sunday 16 October - 2pm (90 mins):
Films of Waikato and Tuhoe
TE PUEA FARM (1937) - Princess Te Puea Herangi
WAIKATO (1974) - a Kingitanga Poukai
TUHOE RINGATU ( 1974) - Tuhoetanga
HE MURIMURI AROHA KI NGA MOREHU 0 MAUNGAPOHATU/ Journey into Rua' s Stronghold ( 1928)
- rare fragments showing Princess Te Puea and the prophetic leader Rua Kenana, with 2 films from the acclaimed Tanqata Whenua series made by Barry Barclay (Ngati)
Sunday 16 October - 7. 30pm (2 hours)
** SPECIAL SCREEHDf CLASSIC HZ FEATURE **
TANGI & FUNERAL OF TE RAUPARAHA' S NIECE (1921)
ROMANCE OF HINE-MOA ( 1927)
BROKEN BARRIER (1952)
"The proof of our need to preserve our film culture is here for all to see" - 1988 Wellington Film Festival
"John 0' Shea's pioneering film... was re-released at Festival time after being reconstructed by the Film Archive... I was amazed.. .fascinated.. . surprised" - North & South
Monday 17 October - 7. 30pm (2 hours):
The Land and the People
MAORIS DEMONSTRATE THEIR GOODWILL & LOYALTY AT WAITANGI 1934
THE SPIRITS & TIMES WILL TEACH (1974)
BASTION POINT - DAY 507 (1980)
MAORI BATTALION RETURNS (1946)
- The finest of the Tanqata Whenua films (Spirits & Times), an acclaimed political documentary (Bastion Point) and the most poignant of all NZ films (the return of the Maori Battalion)
Tuesday 18 October - 7. 30pm (2 hours):
The Maori Documentary of our Time ..
TE UTU - THE BATTLE OF THE GODS ( 1980)
- animated legend
- The most controversial, and the most contested, event in recent NZ History, the 1981 Springbok rugby tour. "As impressive technically as it is effective emotionally" - London Film Festival
Wednesday 19 October - 7. 30pm (2 hours)
'The System Sux
BIG BROTHER LITTLE SISTER (1976)
- the Ihimaera story
KINGPIN ( 1985)
- "A moving, compelling story... It's authentic, honest and gutsy. The raw energy of the film is charged by the spirit of the kids" - Listener
all screenings at CHRISTCHURCH YOUTH CENTRE 109 - III Worcester street Christchurch (ex: Cinerama)
There will be a token charge for admission to cover costs Inquiries: Canterbury Maori Studies Association xxx Presented by: The New Zealand Film Archive, Canterbury Maori Studies Association, Canterbury Film Society: