o This section aims to provide a review at every lilm to be seen in central Scotland over the next iortnight. For programme times see individual cinema listings.
U - Universal, suitable tor all ages.
PG - Parental Guidance suggested as some scenes may be unsuitable tor younger children.
15 - No-one under the age oi 15 admitted.
18 - Ho-one under the age 0118 admitted.
er - New Release. 0 Adorable Menteuse (Michel Deville. France. 1961) Marina Vlady. Macha Méril. Michel Vitold. 105 mins. A young woman is taken in by her own seductive games. Glasgow: French Cine-Club 0 American Warrior( 18) (Sam Firstenberg. US. 1985) Michael Dudikoff. Steve James. 95 mins. Noxious. Cheapskate martial arts adventure set among the US army in the Philippines. Strathclyde; La Scala o The Architecture oi Frank Lloyd Wright (U) (Murray Grigor. Uk. 1983) 74 mins. Comprehensive if conventional documentary covering the career ofsaid Mr Wright. creator of430 buildings in a career that spanned 75 years. Narration is provided by his granddaughter. the late actress Anne Baxter. Glasgow;GFT o The Assam Garden (U) 1:: (Mary McMurray. UK. 1985) Deborah Kerr. Madhur Jaffrey. Alec McCowen. 9(1mins. See caption review. Glasgow; GET 0 Baby it's You (15) (John Sayles. US. 1983) Vincent Spano. Rosanna Arquette. 104 mins. 1960‘s New Jersey and a tale of fraught romance. She’s a good student from a good family. he‘s a hip layabout from the wrong side of the tracks. By turns Streetwise and romantic without being slushy. the strength of Sayles‘ sharply observed writing lifts the material above standard teenager-in-love fare. Edinburgh; EU Filmsoc 0 Back to the Future (PG) (Robert
Zemeckis. US. 1985) Michael J. Fox. Chistopher Lloyd. Lea
Thompson. Crispin Glover. 116 mins. In the manner ofa certain Mark Twain hero a typical American teenager is transported thirty years back in time via a nuclear powered De Lorean. Apart from the
well-detailed culture shock he encounters there is the additional complication ofa blossoming romance with his future mother. Edinburgh; ABC. Dominion. Glasgow; ABC (Clarkston Road). ABC (Sauchiehall Street). Grosvenor. Rio. Lothian; ABC. Strathclyde; Kelburne. Odeon (Hamilton).
0 The Ballad ol Gregorio Cortez ( 15) (Robert M. Young. US. 1982) Edward James Olmos. James Gammon. Ned Beatty. 105 mins. In turn of the century Texas a homesteader abandons his wife and children following the murder ofthe local sheriff. The story follows his ﬂight and eventual confrontation with justice.
This detective puzzle of a western is slow to catch fire but holds the interest through its sharp tang of authenticity. Edinburgh; EU Filmsoc o Barbarella (18) (Roger Vadim. France/Italy. 1967) Jane Fonda. John Philip Law. Milo O‘Shea. 98 mins. In the 40th century a beautiful young spece adventuress saves the
appeared. which presumably explains her habit ofwearing transparent space-suits. This fun-filled farrago of interstellar naughtiness looks pretty mild today and remains watchable only for its incidentals. Camp is not the word for it. darlings. Edinburgh; EU Filmsoc 0 Les Bas Fonds (PG) (Jean Renoir. France. 1936) Jean Gabin. Louis Jouvet. 92 mins. A screen version of Maxim Gorky‘s play about conﬂict among the down-and-out inhabitants ofa doss-house. Outstanding performances from Gabin and Juvet outweigh the unconvincing Russian settings in this uneven adaptation. Edinburgh: French Institute
0 Belles de Huit (Rene Clair. France. , 1952) Gerard Philipe. Martine
l Carol. Gina Lollobrigida. 89 mins.
' Philipe is an aspiring composer with
universe. Jane Fonda was still a mere ' ‘sex-kitten‘ when this futuristic romp
The Assam Garden (U) (Mary
2 McMurray, UK, 1985) Deborah Kerr, MadhurJailrey, Alec McGowan. 92
mins. Taking the theme oi the British presence in India, The Assam Garden
is a modest but nonetheless eilective counterpart to such epic treatments as
Jewel in the Crown and A Passage to India.
Deborah Kerr returns to the screen as Helen, a recently widowed woman living in South-West England alter
years abroad. When an opportunity arises tor the inclusion at her late
husband's exotic garden in the book
Great British Gardens she sets about
; slngie-handedly hacking her way
j through the growth and preparing the . vast expanse oi lush vegetation ior an ; inspection.
When Buxmanl (MadhurJatlrev). an Indian woman living on a nearby estate, asks to use her phone she is reluctantly introduced to a new lrlend
who shares her task. Their individual memories oi lndla place them cultures apart but their current situation reveals a common bond. Helen has resented her abandonment oi England, stale marriage and role as a dutilul memsahib, whilst Buxmani is alienated by lite in England and longs to return home. Both, in theirway, are victims at the bonds ol marriage and the servile role designated to women oi thelrgeneration.
This delicate siory personalises much greater issues but remains allectlng on a human level. Jatirey and Kerr are both wonderiul, the iorrner lull oi benign good grace and perseverance, the latter deltly blending the tetchiness and reserve oi an older Brit with the yeamlng at a lonely woman tor a sympathetic ear. Their perlormances make a simple drama a memorable one. (Allan Hunter)
a penchant for daydreaming that transports him to other times and other places where he meets his ideal woman in this diverting fantasy. Glasgow; French Cine-Club
0 Bicycle Thieves (PG) (Vittorio De Sica. Italy. 1948) Lamberto Maggiorani. Lianella Carell, Enzo Staiola. 90mins. Simple story ofa billposter and the week of torment he spends when his bicycle is stolen and livelihood threatened.
Seminal classic ofpost-war Italian neo-realist cinema. An Oscar-winner for Best Foregin Language film. Edinburgh; EU Filmsoc
O Birdy(15) (Alan Parker. US. 1985)
Matthew Modine. Nicholas Cage. 1le mins. A glowing portrayal of male friendship surviving the traumas ofVietnam. Glasgow; (irosvenor
0 Blade Runner( 15) (Ridley Scott. UK. 1982) Harrison Ford.Rutger Bauer. 117 mins. Iii-tech. futuristic film noir as detective Ford tracks down a group of homicidal androids. Glasgow; (irosvenor
0 Blood Wedding (U) (Carlos Saura. Spain. 1982) Antonio Gades. 72 mins. In a Madrid dance studio rehearsals take place for a ﬂamenco staging of Lorca‘s drama. Confined to a stark studio and without any reliance on props. the mesmerising physical presence ofdancer Antonio Gades and his expressively choreographed company make this compellingly and unexpectedly absorbing. Edinburgh; EU Filmsoc. Filmhouse
0 Broadway Danny Bose (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1984) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Nick Apollo Forte. 84 mins. Allen is one oflife‘s born losers; a theatircal agent with prime specialities like a one-legged tap dancer and a stuttering ventriloquist. Acting as a minder to a crooner‘s temperamental girlfriend he innocently incurs the jealous wrath of the Mafia and the chase is on. But. romance is in the air.
Expressively shot in black and
white. hilarious and touching this film finds Allen combining humour and pathos in an irresistible manner. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
0 Cal(15)(Pai()‘("onnor. UK. 198-1) Helen Mirren. John Lynch. “)2 mins. Impossible love in sectarian Ireland with an award-winning performance by Mirren. Glasgow: Grosvenor
0 Can This Be Love? (15) (Yuli Raizman. USSR. I961) Zhanna Prokhorenko. Igor Prohkarev. 92 mins. A relationship between a teenage boy and girl is broken up by their neighbours‘ false sense of moral righteousness. Raizman confidently exploits the cinematic expanses ofthe tenement yard. the centre stage of the conﬂict. as events surge inexorably towards a controversial climax. Part ofa Raizman retrospective at the Filmhouse this month (see panel for further details). Edinburgh; Filmhouse
O The Caretaker(PG) (Clive Donner, UK, 1963) Donald Pleasence. Robert Shaw. Alan Bates. 105 mins. Unsavoury tramp Pleasence is
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