Tag Archives: 1980s

Dino Risi – Sesso e volentieri (1982)

Director Dino Risi helmed this episodic Italian erotic comedy. The main point of interest in this one is the incredible cast of Eurosploitation starlets in various stages of undress: Laura Antonelli, Gloria Guida and Margaret Lee, with Johnny Dorelli in all ten of the episodes.
Most definitely, not Risi’s best film, but still Risi. Read More »

Mohsen Makhmalbaf – Bicycleran AKA The Cyclist (1989)

Summary
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim’s strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won’t finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion? Read More »

Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Quote:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made over thirty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Mammame (1986)

Capsule by Jonathan Rosenbaum
From the Chicago Reader

Except for The Red Shoes, this shot-by-shot rethinking of a dance performance by the Emile Dubois Dance Group, choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta and directed by Raul Ruiz, could be the greatest dance film ever made. Running only 65 minutes, the 1986 film is as much a sensual workout as Ruiz’s Life Is a Dream is an intellectual one; its celebration of pure physicality and movement is as exciting for film lovers as it is for dance enthusiasts. Read More »

John Huston – The Dead (1987)

Synopsis:
John Huston’s last film is a labor of love at several levels: an adaptation of perhaps one of the greatest pieces of English-language literature by one of Huston’s favorite authors, James Joyce; a love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up; and the chance to work with his screenwriter son Tony and his actress daughter Anjelica. The film is delicate and unhurried, detailing an early January dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland, attended by friends and family. Read More »

Jean-Claude Lauzon – Un Zoo la Nuit aka Night Zoo (1987)

Marcel, recently released from prison, attempts to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he’s been away on a long trip abroad) while being pursued by two corrupt cops (one of whom bears a longstanding grudge against him) for drug money he’s alleged to possess… Read More »

Jørgen Leth – Det legende menneske AKA Moments of Play (1986)

A personal essay on the play of children and grown-ups all over the world. The director has shot the film in different countries and cultures: Bali, Brazil, China, Denmark, UK, Haiti, Spain and the USA. Read More »