1980s

  • Daniel Schmid – Il Bacio di Tosca AKA Tosca’s Kiss (1984)

    Memoirs of the Italian Opera by the singers and musicians of the Casa Verdi, Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. This documentary, which has achieved cult-like status among opera and music lovers, features former singers who reminisce about their careers and their past operatic roles.
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  • Michael Blackwood – Stirling: Three Museums [Omnibus] (1986)

    James Stirling takes us from Germany, to London, to Boston, guiding us through three of his widely famed museums. Though the buildings designed and created by the established architect contain some of the world’s most notable works of art, Stirling reminds us that architecture serves as its very own long standing piece.Read More »

  • Jovan Acin – Bal na vodi AKA Hey Babu Riba (1985)

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    In 1985, four middle-aged Yugoslav emigres return to Belgrade for the funeral of Mariana, their beautiful compatriot. They called her Esther, for Esther Williams, she was the coxswain for their four-man rowing team, and they each loved her. They’d last seen her in 1953, when they rowed her across the Adriatic, pregnant, to join her exiled father in Italy. In flashbacks we learn the story of their youthful baptism into sex, smoking, rock and roll (Hey Ba-ba-re-bop), Hollywood and Swedish films, blue jeans on the black market, and their rivalry with Ristic, the Communist Party youth leader for whom they had instant antipathy.Read More »

  • Pupi Avati – Aiutami a sognare AKA Help Me Dream (1981)

    A raro video with a great interpretation of Mariangela Melato

    In the summer of 1943, during the war, Francesca, widow mother of three little girls, leaves Bologna to go to in a country house, where he finds an old love Guido and other friends, all displaced people like her.
    The young woman has a great passion for America and his music (she told to the daughters that their father lives in the States).
    One day an American man named Ray, pilot of reconnaissance aircraft, is forced by breakdown to land near the farmhouse.Read More »

  • David Greene – Guilty Conscience (1985)

    Criminal defense attorney Arthur Jamison wants to get a divorce from his wife Louise Jamison. He knows that the downside would be the hefty alimony payments his wife would receive from him. Instead of facing this monetary dilemma, he comes up with an imaginary alter ego to help him plan the perfect murder of his wife.Read More »

  • Mike Hodges – Missing Pieces (1983)

    A private detective has to deal with an unpleasant memory, a near-insoluble mystery, and a pursuing murderer inflicted with drugs and political corruption. The detective narrated throughout in this novel-based story by Karl Alexander.Read More »

  • Brian De Palma – Casualties of War (1989)

    During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.Read More »

  • Grzegorz Warchol – Lubie nietoperze AKA I Like Bats [+Commentary] (1986)

    Directed and co-written by Grzegorz Warchol – the Polish actor best known for his performance in THREE COLORS: WHITE, and Krystyna Kofta – this 1986 Perspektywa Film Group production combines splashes of absurdist black comedy with jolts of old-school gothic horror for a slyly contemporary take on the female bloodsucker mythos. Katarzyna Walter stars as a happily single young vampire who works in her aunt’s curio shop when not feeding on various suitors and sleazebags. But when she falls for a handsome psychiatrist, she’ll discover that no affliction is more horrific than love. Co-scripted by feminist writer/activist Krystyna Kofta and featuring poet, songwriter and cabaret icon Jonasz Kofta in his sole film role, I LIKE BATS is now scanned in 2K from the only 35mm print known to exist.Read More »

  • Pierre Schoendoerffer – L’honneur d’un capitaine AKA A Captain’s Honor (1982)

    During a televised debate on the Algerian war in the early 1980s, Professor Paulet denounced the methods of Captain Caron, killed in action in 1957. The widow of the captain, Patricia, decided to file a defamation suit.Read More »

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