Tag Archives: 1980s

Osamu Tezuka – Unico (1981)

This is a fantasy-animated film featuring the adventures of Unico, a Unicorn child. Unico uses magic to make whoever loves him happy. Nishikaze (“nymph of the west wind”) and the kitten named Chao, who wants to be a wizard, are eye-catching characters. “Cat on a broom” and “Lonely Unico” were chosen for this animated film from among many original stories. Read More »

Andrei Tarkovsky – Archives Cinéma Andrei Tarkovsky (1989)

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“Positif” a publié le premier entretien avec Tarkovski en France. Cette anthologie de textes parus dan la revue rassemble études, critiques, entretiens avec le cinéaste et témoignages de ses collaborateurs. Elle est illustrée de 70 photographies. Read More »

Bette Gordon – Variety (1983)

Quote:The sexually charged tale of a woman’s journey of self-discovery, Bette Gordon’s Variety is a fascinating independent film that challenges common notions about feminism and pornography. Emerging out of the underground NYC arts scene that produced the late 80s boom in American independent cinema, Variety contains the contributions of an impresive array of talent, including cinematographer Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion), actor Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights), a script by the late cult novelist Kathy Acker, and a score by actor and musician John Lurie (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law). Read More »

William Friedkin – Cruising (1980)

A 1980 psychological thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name, by New York Times reporter Gerald Walker, about a serial killer targeting gay men, in particular those associated with the S&M scene.
Poorly reviewed by critics, Cruising was a modest financial success, though the filming and promotion were dogged by gay rights protesters. The title is a play on words with a dual meaning, as “cruising” can describe police officers on patrol and also cruising for sex. Read More »

László Vitézy – Vörös föld AKA Red Earth (1982)

A miner finds bauxite near his village, close to the surface. He thinks he has found his fortune, but thanks to the Hungarian bureaucracy, he actually found nothing but trouble. Read More »

Giulio Questi – “I giochi del diavolo” L’uomo della sabbia AKA The Sandman (1981)

L’Uomo della sabbia (The Sandman) is the first episode of the 1981 RAI horror anthology series I Giochi del Diavolo (The Devil’s Games). It is based on the short story Der Sandmann (1816) by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Hotheaded, romantic student Nathaniel conceives a passion for the professor’s daughter, Olympia. Others, though, say she has no soul, even that her singing and dancing are mechanical. When he stumbles on the professor and his assistant fighting over the automaton’s disassembled body, Nathaniel becomes even more unhinged. Read More »

Wolf Gremm – Fabian (1980)

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The destructive nature of a rising Nazi menace is the subtext in this drama about a young man in Germany in the late ’20s. While he enjoys a certain immunity from hard times because of a rich friend and female companionship, he is not blind. He sees mounting injustices in the society around him and cannot always reconcile them with his own views. After his love life gets a jolt and he loses his job, he debates whether or not to work for a Nazi newspaper as the future seems to look worse each day. Read More »