FLICKS FILM AND VIDEO FILE : Road Movies : Films set in foreign locales enlighten viewers while, perhaps, satisfying their wanderlust.


OK, you're having regrets. You had so many wonderful travel plans for 1991, but somehow things just didn't go as planned. We understand. And so, apparently, do a handful of film groups around the county.

They have packaged several years' worth of traveling into several hours. This week, you can check out these distant locales:


The Ojai Film Society will kick of its 1992 season Sunday with a showing of "The Field" (1990) at the Ojai Playhouse. The film was produced by Noel Pearson and written and directed by Jim Sheridan, the duo that combined on the Academy Award-winning "My Left Foot."

"The Field" is set in 1930s Ireland. It stars Richard Harris as Bull McCabe, a man who has spent years caring for a green field only to have it put up for auction and threatened with development by an American businessman. Harris was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role, his first movie performance in eight years. Show time is 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6. The playhouse is at 145 E. Ojai Ave.


The Oxnard Civic Auditorium's Adventure-Travel Film Series will resume Sunday with "Bali: Life in the Balance" by UC Santa Barbara graduate Rick Ray.

Ray, his wife and their then-9-month-old daughter spent five months in Bali in 1990. They visited the tourist spots of Kuta Beach, which caters to Australian teen-agers on spring break, and Nusa Dua, a luxury resort, before settling down in the country.

"We explored (Kuta Beach and Nusa Dua) but kind of came to the conclusion that neither one is what we wanted. They both aren't real in a way," Ray said. "In the end we needed to go up and rent a house and live in a native village called Penestanan. It is a painters' village close to a region called Ubud, which caters to tourists, but only tourists who come up to study Bali."

Ray's film includes all of the family's various stops and also pays a lot of attention to the inhabitants of Bali. "There are perceptions of Bali being a polluted, dangerous world of dark criminals. That's about the farthest thing from what we found," he said. "The people who live in Bali are possibly the gentlest in the world that I've ever met."

The showing will begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $6.50. The auditorium is at 800 Hobson Way. For more information call the box office at 486-2424.

Trinidad and Tobago:

Ventura College will get its monthlong "1992 Sailing Adventure Series" off the ground Wednesday with the film "Hooked on Cruising." Herb and Nancy Payson will discuss their trip to Trinidad, Tobago, the Amazon delta, French Guiana, Venezuela and Devil's Island and also their run-in with Hurricane Hugo. The college is at 4667 Telegraph Road. Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Ventura College Theater. Admission is $7.50 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 654-6459.


Stan La Rue, a man whose name we've used many times when discussing travel films, will narrate his production "Germany's Timeless Treasures" next Thursday at the Ventura College Theater.

La Rue visited, among other places, Berlin, Frankfurt, Potsdam, Heidelberg, the Danube River, Leipzig (home of Johann Sebastian Bach) and Munich (during Oktoberfest).

Show times are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3.50 (general) and $3 (seniors) for the early presentation and $4 (general) and $3.50 (seniors) for the evening show. Call 654-6459.

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