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Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , on March 26, 2010 by Dean Mc
New Location for the final 3 screenings…
Patersons Building :  Level 2 – 181 Smith Street Fitzroy.

Press the door buzzer for the second floor

Its a BYO event and its a non-smoking venue (though there is a great verandah)

8.30pm start…..

1st April : Giants and Toys

Yasuzo Masumura  : 1958 (95 min)

Acerbic satire of the culture of consumerism, advertising, and the tyranny of little girls in Japan’s post-war marketing landscape.  Three top Candy companies are pitched in mortal combat via their respective advertising companies to ensure their prime position in the toffee marketplace.  A typical assessment of this film is that it decries the effect of 50’s American corporate culture on Japanese society, with the dearth of traditional honour and hierarchy etc etc.  Conversely, I cant help but see something of the feudal tradition , with its court intrigues, assassins and hari-kiri being merely converted to three-piece suits, industrial espionage and stomach ulcers.

Preceded by

Memory – Osamu Tezuka : 1964 (5 min)

Funny and bent treatment of the mind, memory and history by the beloved Inventor of Astroboy and Kimba the White Lion…

8th April : Colour of Pomegranates

Sergei Parajanov : 1968 (79 min)

One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov’s “Colour of Pomegranates”, a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet’s life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova’s life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but  from the actions of Sergei Parajanov’s visual imagination and Sayat Nova’s poems. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work void of any dialog or camera movement.

15th April : Three Penny Opera

Georg Wilhelm Pabst : 1931 (110 min)

One of the last “great” films of the Weimar era, and an adaptation of Berthold Brecht’s most famous musical stage-work. The music is less copious, and the overt Marxist critique somewhat downplayed; but the film still portrays endemic police and official corruption. Set in London at thebeginning  of the 20th century. The story follows Mack the “knife”‘ a criminal kingpin and his collaboration with the chief of police, in the traffic of stolen goods. The Nazi’s sincerely attempted to eradicate every print of the film when they came to power two years later, which caused it to become very obscure in the post-war period. This is the recently restored “Criterion” release.