1981-1990

Helke Sander – Der Subjektive Faktor (1981)

“What were the beginnings of the new women’s movement like?”, “What was life like in a commune?”, “What were discussions like?” The Film reconstructs in 1980 events that took place between 1967 and 1970.
I was also always interested in what would have happened if certain people had acted differently, or not at all, at given points in time; that is to say, what influence do individuals, “the subjective factor”, actually have on historical events? Do people’s individualities encourage or inhibit each other? How do their activities affect the general public? In 1980 this was a very unpopular question. Read More »

Mike Ockrent & Noel Coward – Mrs. Capper’s Birthday (1985)

BBC One London, 17 November 1985 21.10
Synopsis
A series of stories by Noel Coward
Screenplay by Jack Rosenthal

starring Patricia Hayes, with Avis Bunnage, Paula Wilcox, Kathryn Pogson,
Gary Waldhorn and Max Wall

Mrs Capper’s birthday started early. After all time and the Nash’s washing-up wait for no man, or woman – even on a Sunday. Obviously it was going to be a day just like any other. At any rate that’s how it seemed at first… Read More »

Márta Mészáros – Napló szerelmeimnek AKA Diary for my lovers (1987)

Wikipedia wrote:
Diary for My Lovers (Hungarian: Napló szerelmeimnek) is a 1987 Hungarian drama film directed by Márta Mészáros. It was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement. Read More »

Márta Mészáros – Napló apámnak, anyámnak AKA Diary for My Parents AKA Diary for My Father and Mother (1990)

This story follows a young student, who is orphaned as she grows to adulthood in the shadow of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Coming from the Communist intelligentsia, she sees her friends and family react differently. Her lover, a married factory manager, supports the patriots and later assists fellow workers in staging a strike. Meanwhile her sister and others express anger at being forced from their homes during the revolution and continue to express a hatred for the rebels afterwards. But in the end they realize that for all people, real life is not possible after the revolt and its brutal suppression by the Soviets and their collaborators. Read More »

Jonas Mekas – He Stands in the Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1986)

Quote:
“The film consists of 124 brief sketches, each half-a-minute to about two minutes long. Portraits of people I have spent time with,places, seasons of the year, weather (storms, snow, blizzards etc…) many of my film-maker friends- streets and parks of New-York- brief escape in nature, out of town- nothing spectacular, unimportant celebrations of life that has gone, by now, and remains only as a record in these personal, brief sketches.” Jonas Mekas Read More »

David Hare – Paris by Night (1988)

Clara Bell is a busy Euro MP with a husband and child at home and a high powered career – but on a trip to Paris her ordered existence is overturned by a murder and a chance encounter.
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Alan Dossor – Star Quality (1985)

Part of the Noel Coward collection. In 1940’s England, a young playwright is getting his first play produced by an important director. But the director wants to get a temperamental actress for the lead. And when Lorraine Barry arrives at the first reading, the battle is begun between director and star, with the poor playwright caught in the middle. Read More »