1981-1990

Seijirô Kôyama – Hachikô monogatari AKA Hachi-ko (1987)

Synopsis:
A puppy was born in Akita Prefecture and sent as a gift to Professor Ueno of Tokyo University. Although professor’s wife does not want keep the dog. Professor Ueno loves the puppy so much and names it Hachi. Professor goes to work by railways everyday. Hachi walks to Shibuya Station with Professor each morning and greets him in the evening, no matter what the weather is. One day, Professor Ueno has a stroke and passed away. His family sold the house and moved to another city, but Hachi keeps visiting the house and waiting at the Shibuya station, believing his master. Read More »

Youssef Chahine – Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman AKA Alexandria Again and Forever (1989)

The last film in Youssef Chahine’s autobiographical Alexandria Trilogy stars Chahine himself as his cinematic alter ego, Yehia Mourad, completing his merging of fiction with real life and drama with psychodrama. Opening with Chahine’s triumph at the Berlin Film Festival, where he took home the Silver Bear for Alexandria…Why? (the first film in the trilogy–this is layered stuff), the film explores Yehia’s obsession with his young star, Amir (Amr Abdel-Guelil), while participating in the general strike of 1987. As Yehia fantasizes about the films they would make together (one of them looks like a loony take on Jesus Christ Superstar), he elevates Amir from a kind of adopted son to cinematic messiah. But while caught up in the strike, Yehia becomes enchanted by a former actress, Nadia (Yousra), turned dedicated revolutionary, and he decides to cast her in his next feature. Read More »

John Antonelli – Kerouac, the Movie AKA Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats (1985)

Synopsis:
Jack Kerouac was a Beat Generation writer who took the nation by storm upon the publication of his novel On the Road. Kerouac’s legacy and influence are explained via interviews with Kerouac’s friends and contemporaries such as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and Edie Parker. Narrator Peter Coyote reads sections of Kerouac’s (mostly autobiographical) books as an actor recreates scenes from Kerouac’s life. Read More »

Rob Nilsson – Signal 7 (1986)

A day in the life of two middle-aged San Francisco cab drivers, Marty and Speed, both who are living in a state of turmoil, unable to shake the anguish of the lives they didn’t live. Read More »

Lamberto Bava – Morirai a mezzanotte AKA Midnight Ripper (1986)

Quote:
After finding out that his wife is secrectly seeing someone else, Nicola storms out of the family home. His wife decides to have a shower to cool off and is hacked to death by an unseen assailant. Inspector Pierro Terzi is brought in to handle the case and it seems the crime is an open and shut case – a crime of passion. A psychologist (Valeria D’Obici) is brought in to evaluate the case and she thinks there’s more to it. Read More »

Sergio Martino – 2019 – Dopo la caduta di New York AKA 2019 After The Fall Of New York (1983)

Synopsis:
After the holocaust, a mercenary must infiltrate New York City and rescue the only fertile woman left on Earth. But with the obstacles ahead, he will need the help of Big Ape and Ratchet to accomplish the mission and save the human race from extinction. Read More »

Ingmar Bergman – Efter repetitionen AKA After the Rehearsal (1984)

Quote:
With this spare chamber piece, set in an empty theater, Ingmar Bergman returned to his perennial theme of the permeability of life and art. Lingering after a rehearsal for August Strindberg’s A Dream Play (a touchstone for the filmmaker throughout his career), eminent director Henrik (Erland Josephson) enters into a frank and flirtatious conversation with his up-and-coming star, Anna (Lena Olin), leading him to recall his affair with Anna’s late mother, the self-destructive actress Rakel (Ingrid Thulin). The sharply written and impeccably performed After the Rehearsal, originally made for television, pares away all artifice to examine both the allure and the cost of a life in the theater. Read More »