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SPRING 2009 → AUTUMN 2010 Season (Part.1)

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8.45pm THURSDAY NIGHTS

October 29 → December 10; 2009


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127 Campbell Street
Collingwood

The emphasis this season is on animation and experimentation with a dose of social criticism.. Three areas of film culture will be given a reasonable amount of exploration. Eastern European film (especially Animation), Post-WWII Hollywood Melodrama and experimental works of the time. Otherwise its the sprawling grab-bag of cinema you have come to expect.



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October 29th
Baron Prasil – Karel Zeman
1961 : 83min

A sumptuous treatment of the “Legend of Baron Munchausen”, by Czechoslovakia’s most beloved master of the fantastic. Using Gustave Dore’s original illustrations as a basis for his own boggling compositions, Zeman’s ability to unite live action and illustration through matting and elaborate staging is truly astounding. Of all filmic versions of this story, only Zemans’ truly captures the Romanticism and delirious spirit of the original book and its implicit relation to the “Age of Discovery”. Though possibly intended for children, the films “fine-art sensibility” and sophistication is ageless…

preceded by…

The Special Effects of Karel Zeman : 17mins – A short British documentary about Karel Zeman and his inventive film-making methods. Revealing tricks behind the production of the underwater sequences in “The Diabolical Invention”


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November 5th
Lunacy – Jan Svankmajer
2008 : 123min

The lunatics have taken over the Asylum, or have they? Svankmajer’s latest live action feature puts his animation in the background, and is his most satisfying drama to date. Inspired by Poe (once again) Lunacy is akin to Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, in which the Marquis DeSade presides over a revolutionary Sanatorium, where the inmates are free to express their manias unrestrained. A relatively sensible man suffering from night terrors finds himself drawn into a web of secrets that lie underneath the surface of the Institute. Secrets with monstrous repercussions.

preceded by The Castle of Ortranto : 1977 / 15min

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November 12th
Lady in a Cage – Walter Grauman
1964 : 94min

Olivia De Havilland plays Mrs Cornelia Hilyard a wealthy but debilitated and isolated poetess, house bound in the affluent suburbs of Los Angeles and attended by her devoted yet suffocated son Malcolm . Having been pushed to the brink of suicide by their creepy sub-incestuous relationship, he leaves her alone for the weekend. A series of accidents leaves our Lady trapped in a badly designed elevator in the middle of her home. Misfortune and brutality escalates as a succession of social detritus and criminal opportunists invade her home (including a debut for James Caan as a young sociopath). Whilst being theatrical and wielding a heavy hand, the film brilliantly presents a biting portrayal of the social isolation of middle America and the nations overall trend towards everyday barbarism and disregard. Prescient of the shape of things to come… Like “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” it deserves equal title to the status of the “Great Californian Gothic” .

preceded by Motor Mania – Jack Kinney 1950 / 6.40mins – Goofy suffers from acute road rage and becomes the “Road Demon”

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November 19th
Animation and Ideology
1933-1977 : 119min

A program of Animations largely state and corporate propaganda from the USSR and USA, that range from idealist self-portraits of both Communism and Capitalism, through to wholesale mud-slinging. Even ideological manipulation can have its artistic merit, and all the films in this program display a great deal of creativity and mastery of the animation medium.

Black and White – I. Ivanov, I.Vano & L.Almarik:1933 : 2.27m
Alls Fair at the Fair – Max Fleischer 1954 : 8.20m
Forward March Time – V Tarasov :1977 : 17.47min
Going Places – J. Sutherland:1948 : 8.33m
The Millionaire – V Bordzilovsky & Y. Prytkov :1963 :10m
Destination EarthJ. Sutherland:1948 : 8.33m
Make Mine Freedom – J. Sutherland:1948 : 9.33m :
We Can Do It L. Atamanov : 1970 : 9.24m :
It’s Everybodys Business – J. Sutherland:1954 : 19.53m
Shooting Range – V. Tarasov 1979 : 19.15m
200 – Vincent Collins :1976 : 3.15m


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November 26th
Classics of Animation Review Part 1

La Joie de Vivre – Hector Hoppin & Anthony Gross : 1934 / 9min

Frisky, naughty and bursting with raw power: this is one of the most technically adept animations ever made, and represents a milestone in the development of an international style of animation on par with the Art Deco movement. Two long-legged nymphs are doggedly pursued by a horny young man through myriad landscapes

The Idea – Berthold Bartosch : 1932 / 30min

Bartosch was one of the essential three people who made Lotte Reinneger’s “Adventure of Prince Achmed”.. A man contemplates the eternal stars and miraculously gives birth to a utopian dream, an “Idea” in the form of a naked angelic woman. She leads him to spread her message to the people, which results ultimately in his execution by firing squad. The “Idea” continues to spread, leading to revolt, then recrimination, then revolt again.. its message being unstoppable.

The Nose – Alexieff : 1963 / 11min

An adaptation of a Gogol short story, a man wakes to discover that his nose has disappeared from his face, only to rediscover it later in a loaf of bread. An absurdist tale that prefigures Kafka’s style of indiscriminate misfortune. Alexieff’s pin-board technique was a prefiguring of digital imaging, using thousand of retractable pins on a large board surface. Incredible.

The Hand – Jiri Trinka : 1965 / 18min

A simple potter who wishes to do nothing other than make flower pots is continuously harassed by a giant all pervading hand. Cajoling the poor artisan to make a likeness of itself, its tactics becoming increasingly aggressive. Trnka was most famous for his puppet animation for children, “The Hand” was made with Stalin in mind, and it was banned until recent times.

The Tell Tale Heart – Ted Parmelee : 1953 / 7.40min

Vincent Price narrates this beautifully rendered UPA studio animation of the classic tale by Edgar Allen Poe., Stylish 50’s graphics and sublime menace.

and more!!!


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December 3rd
Werner Herzog Documentary Double Feature
Two Portraits of Women.

When one thinks of Herzog, one usually thinks of tales of deranged “men of action” trying to conquer nature and subsequently destroying themselves. Whether dragging boats up mountains or trying to find communion with wild bears. These two stories on the other hand are about women, people of sound mind, overcoming the unsolicited catastrophes of life with an uncommon courage. They are my current favourites of his Documentary oeuvre.

Lands of Silence and Darkness ; 1971 : 85min

Emotionally powerful journey into the work of deaf/blind spokeswoman and advocate Fini Straubinger and her crusade to save other deaf/blind people from their solitary prisons. We learn of the agony faced by those, ignored and shunned, and left alone in their abyss, and experience the liberating effects of a shared language and community.

Wings of Hope ; 2000 : 60min

In 1972 LANSA flight 508 disintegrated in midair, scattering its bulk and human cargo for miles through the Peruvian Amazon. Only one teenage girl, Juliane Koepcke, survived the crash, and was left to fend for herself through the jungle, into eventual safety. During that exact time Herzog was travelling a parallel path through the jungle in his filming of “Aguirre; the Wrath of God”. 30 years later, Herzog brings Juliane back to the scene of the crash, to trace her path through the jungle, and to discover the crumbling remains of the craft. A courageous and moving journey into the painful process of remembering.


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December 10th
The Cremator – Juraj Herz
1969 / 100min

Beginning in a Zoo and ending in a Mausoleum. We are led, lectured and dominated by Kopfrkingl , the manipulative, and increasingly menacing Master Cremator in a town during the first phase of the Nazi occupation Whilst being guided through the finer points of the death rites, the film explores the complicity of sympathisers and opportunists with the new regime. More incisively though, our protagonist slides into a murderous and delusional state, imagining himself as the Dalai Lama, expounding a philosophy of death as liberation, whilst being groomed as the architect of the ovens of Dachau. A key film of the Czech “New Wave” and key peer of Jan Svankmajer. If you missed this film during the Melbourne Cinemateques Czech New Wave retrospective, don’t miss this film again.

Manager / Curator :
Dean McInerney
Contributing Researchers :
Lucien Spector
Nikolai Gladanac
Patrick O’Brien


STAY TUNED FOR THE OTHER “TWO-THIRDS” OF THE SEASON

COMING SOON

A focus on Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren and Oskar Fishinger ,  Roger Corman’s “The  Intruder”, “Ace in the Hole”, a Survey of East European Animation,  Silent Comedy shorts,  ‘Hellzapoppin”, Jean Painleve and other Scientific film marvels. Pabst’s “Three Penny Opera”, Berlin 80’s Super-8 retrospective. Post Punk / New Wave revisited, and a special screening of films presented by “Sunshine and Grease”…. etc etc

Shadows @ ABC

For those who don’t know, or haven’t been to ABC Gallery, its a great cinema venue which is open for anybody who wishes to organise film launches, or even a programme of Screenings. Timecapsules is neighbours with SHADOWS which is another programme of films.  Doors open at 7.30 every friday til the 27th November. I can personally vouch for every film on the programme as deserving your loving eyeballs.

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