Mary and Peter fall in love with each other and are about to get married, when Peter is asked to re-join his regiment to go to war. Shortly thereafter, he is missing, believed to be dead, leaving behind a devastated Mary who subsequently gives birth to twins, and leaves them on the doorsteps of two Goan households, and becomes a nun. Twenty four years later, India is a free country, while Goa is under the rule of the Portugese, Mary is the Mother Superior; Peter, who is still alive, is the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Goa, who has been entrusted the task of apprehending two revolutionaries by the name of Ram and Rahim – none other than his very own sons. Watch what happens when duo unleash a series of attacks against the oppressive Portugese regime, including robbing the Bank of Portugal, disrobing an arrogant Superindent of Police, Alburqueue, then setting his house on fire, joining hands with dreaded bandit Daler Singh, and abducting the daughter of the Goa’s Hakim, Rita. Continue reading
The misadventures of Anita G., who was born in 1937 of Jewish parents and who left the GDR for the West, are told in a style close to documentary that owes as much to Godard as to Brecht . They are the misadventures of a figure of a repressed past struggling to live in western society
Number 14 on the Association of German Cinémathèques’s best German films of all times.
Winner of the Venice Film Festival ‘s Special Jury Prize.
The circus artist Leni Peickert is planning the circus of the future. She wants to show the animals authentically, and not dressed up as people. In face of the inhuman situation, the artists are to increase the degree of difficulty in their work. But her plan goes awry. Leni Peickert approaches a television company, seeing a knowledge of this special technology as a more suitable basis for her attempt to change the world.
A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.
Alan Morris, distraught over the failure of his marriage, shoots his estranged wife, Nikki, a Las Vegas go-go dancer, and vows to kill Michele and Iris, Nikki’s dance partners, whom he blames for his marriage breakup. He seeks out Michele and Iris as they leave the hospital where Nikki has died and runs over Iris and the police officer assigned to protect the two women. Terrified, Michele leaps into her car and flees to Los Angeles. There she finds a job at the Loser’s Club and strikes up an acquaintance with Joe, the club’s parking lot attendant. Alan learns of Michele’s whereabouts, hitchhikes to Los Angeles, murders the man from whom he accepted the ride and steals his car, and begins stalking Michele, who, by now, has moved into Joe’s apartment. After a final narrow escape in which the police arrive as Alan corners Michele at the zoo, he confronts her in Joe’s apartment. His plan is to kill her after forcing her to witness Joe’s murder. Minutes before Joe arrives, Michele breaks free, douses Alan with kerosene, and sets him on fire. Continue reading
Profesor Zazul is a short Polish film, made for TV in 1965, and based on a Stanislaw Lem story. Ijon Tichy is driving in the country when he is forced to take refuge in a creepy house. Inside is the laboratory of Professor Zazul, where he finds something disturbing. Continue reading
The movie was banned from the Festival in 1968. The Festivalleitung refused showing the film and movie provided a scandal. Costard became one of the most prominent representatives of the German experimental film, but earned problems with financing projects in future.
Pornography in the service of politics. An outrageous provocation, this attack on reactionary German legislation discriminating against young film directors, features head-on, close-up shots of a penis ‘mouthing’ the parliamentary defence of the law by its author. This is followed by masturbation of the organ by an anonymous female hand, ending with ejaculation into the camera and a close-up of a nude behind ‘blowing’ out a candle (with appropriate sound). A landmark in political pamphleteering, the film was selected for the 1968 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival by a committee of leading German critics, and promptly banned by the (social-democratic!) city government, causing the withdrawal of almost all German directors from the festival and a national scandal. The title satirically refers to the official certificate of ‘Particularly Valuable’ given each year to the best film shorts by an Establishment selection committee.
- Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art