Ftrathclyde; ABC Greenock, La
Scala . l O Cal-de-Sac (15) (Roman Polanski, ‘ UK, 1966) Donald Pleasence, i Francois Dorleac, Lionel Stander. ? 110 mins. A wounded gangster takes ! refuge in a mansion on a Northumbrian island. Very strange, , very bleak comedy by Polanski out 5 of Beckett and Ionesco and all the better for it. Edinburgh; Filmhouse . 0 Dance With A Stranger (15) (Mike Newell, UK, 1985) Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian
Holm. 102 mins. The true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman in Britain to be hanged for murder.
A brilliantly acted. atmospheric
production that captures a snapshot of 1955 and a society wrought by L social and sexual hypocrisies. Glasgow; GFT 0 Day of the Dead ( 18) fr (George A. Romero, US, 1985) Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander. Joseph Pilato. 100 3 mins. See Caption Review. Glasgow; ABC Clarkston Road. Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon. Lothian; ABC. Strathclyde; ABC Greenock, ABC Kilmarnock. Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton 0 Desperately Seeking Susan ( 15) (Susan Seidelman. US. 1985) Rosanna Arquette. Madonna. Aidan Quinn. 103 mins. Delightful feminist fantasy concerning ‘ mistaken identity in the Big Apple. Edinbur h; Filmhouse 0 Les En ants Du Paradis (PG) (Marcel Carne. France, 1945) l Arlette, Jean-Louis Barrault. Pierre Brasseur. 195 mins. Paris in the 18405. Amid the seething milieu of the French capital’s ‘theatre street’ a mime falls in love with the delicious but ﬂirtatious Garance. One of the cinema’s most extravagantly enjoyable productions, this gorgeous, elephantine wallow of a film is crammed with incident and compellineg curious Gallic comic characters Glasgow; GET 0 Fire Festival (18) (Mitsuo Yanagamachi, Japan, 1984) Kinya Kitaoji, Ryota Nakamoto. 118 mins. A lumberjack in a coastal town feels a so strong a relationship with the gods 2 3 of the landscape around him that its 2 gradual destruction by the forces of , modern society drive him to an act of g terrible violence. Edinburgh? 1 Edinburgh Film Guild I O Fool For Love ( 15) (Robert Altman, . US. 1985) Sam Shepard. Kim ; Basinger, Harry Dean Stanton, 108 mins. Unsatisfactury stage-to-screen i 9 translation of Shepard‘s own - i ferociously claustrophobic theatrical i i two-hander. Shepard plays the not too bright hick cowboy irresistibly drawn to re-opening the wounds of a } forbidden love with his half sister. , Glasgow; GFT O Fords on Water (15) (Barry Bliss, Uk, 1983) Mark Wingett. Elvis Payne. 83 mins. Two unemployed ? youths drift into a life of crime and . j soon have the police chasing them all 5 over the country. A British attempt l at a contemporary study of alienation in the manner of Wim Wenders Edinburgh; EUFS o Fx-Murder by Illusion (15) (Robert Mandel, US, 1985) Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy. 109 mins.
Special-effects wizard Rolie Tyler is to The List“. 31-Oct — 13 Nov “ '
i An impudent Girl (L’Eflrontee) (15)
— AN IMPUDENT GIRL
(Claude Miller, France, 1985) Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bernadette Lalont, Jean-Claude Brialy. 97 mins. An unofficial remake of Carson McCuller’s The Member Of The Wedding, Claude Miller's An lmpudent Girl is an evocatively rounded portrait
9 of all the awkwardness and
sell-inflicted agonies of female adolescence.
Charlotte is tall, skinny and thirteen years old, living with her widowed lather and elderly brother. The long,
: lazy summer vacation stretches out
ahead but Charlotte is farirom overjoyed at the prospect. She has nothing planned, her friends are few in number and her days are spent in dangerous sell-absorption. Laceralingly self-critical, as only the young can be, she finds no sense of belonging to the world of other mortals. 0n the brink of adulthood she is a mass of yeamings, desires and ambitions
that are, as yet, unfocused. Reality and § fantasy are worlds apart and nothing in - her humdrum life has the magic orthe
& allure of what she n imagine in her head. Consequently, everything and
everyone appears to fail her and she
ends up hurting those she loves the 3 most.
contacted by Justice Department agents to fake the assassination of a star witness in a Mafia trial (purely for his own safety) and becomes an unwitting pawn in a high-powered political conspiracy.
A thriller worthy of the moniker: ingenious. humorous, and intriguing Strathclyde; Rialto
o The Good Father (15) it (Mike Newell, Uk. 1986) Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Miriam Margolyes. 90 mins. See Caption Review. Glasgow; GET
0 Heaven’s Gate (18) (Michael Cimino, US, 1980. Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Huppert. 219 mins (?) An epic western saga of the conﬂict between the immigrant settlers and the ruthless capitalist businessmen in 19th century Wyoming.
Forget the production troubles, the miscasting et al and enjoy a wonderfully detailed, expansive slab
Over the holidays she becomes fasinated by Clara Baumann, a child prodigy and gifted pianist who seems to represent everything that Charlotte is not-she is happy, lamous, wealthy and loved by all. Clara is also thirteen and, when the two girls accidentally meet, Charlotte latches onto a fantasy that she can run away with Clara and begin living a life of her own. Her outpouring are sceptically received by her housekeeper but to Charlotte they are everything. The anticipated come-uppance that she receives is just one more growing pain in her summer of self-realisation.
Miller’s film is a work of many deceptively casual strengths. Acuter observant, it accumulates many tender moments and pointed scenes into a totally convincing emotional picture of a specific era in the human time scale. A sympathetic glow permeates one’s view of every character, flaws and all. In the title role Charlotte Gainsbourg, rarely absent from the screen, is required to capture all the jagged edges of internal turmoil. Her performance is as near perfect as one would wish. Modest, disannlng and rather beguiling, An lmpudent Girl proves to be a real charmer. (Allan Hunter)
of exciting cinema with many ﬁne moments and some hauntingly
_ ravishing photography from Vilmos
Zsigmond. Much (and unjustly) maligned. Edinburgh; Filmhouse o Heavenly Pursuits (15) (Charles Gormley, UK, 1986) Tom Conti, Helen Mirren, David Hayman. 92 mins. Conti is the caring teacher caught up in his remedial school’s miracle fever who must determine the plausibility of divine intervention in contemporary Glasgow. Glasgow; ABC Sauchiehall Street,
Grosvenor O Highlander (15) (Russell Mulcahy,
UK, 1986) Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney. 116 mins. A handful of immortals battle through the centuries to win a mythical prize. Inelegant, often ludicrous, but enjoyable daffy fantasy adventure Glasgow;
ABC Sauchiehall Street.
a The Hitcher (18) (Robert Harmon, US, 1986) Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas
Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh. 98 mins. A tense, skilful tale of cross-country motorised combat ensues when drowsy driver Howell stops to pick up the refreshing company of Hauer, a deranged killer with a penchant for in-car slayings. Glasgow; Grosvenor. Edinburgh;
Filmhouse O Imitation of life (PG) (Douglas
Sirk, US, 1959) Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee. 124 mins. Soap queen Turner suffers in style as a ritzy actress forced to weigh career against personal happiness in this plush and persuasive remake of the Fannie Hearst novel that also focuses on a young black girl trying to pass as white. Opulent, glossy and seductive. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Impulse (18) fr (Graham Baker, US, 1984) Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn. 91 mins (cut from 99 mins) The aftermath of an earthquake causes the unknown contents of subterranean storage tanks to leak into the local milk supply causing the inhabitants of a small farming community to act completely on impulse and provoking the breakdown of civilised society as we know it. Reputedly rather subtle, wickedly funny and well-acted variation on ‘end of the world is nigh’ theme. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 An lmpudent Girl (L’Effrontée) (15) in (Claude Miller, France, 1985) Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bernadette Lafont. 97 mins. See Caption Review. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Into the Nighi(15) (John Landis, US, 1984) Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer. 115 mins. The amiable Goldblum is bored with his humdrum existence until one day he finds the delightful Ms Pfeiffer on his bonnet as a filthy rich heiress on the ' run from dastardly Iranian hitmen.
E inb r2h°EUﬁS o nva ersirom ars (PG) (Tobe
Hooper, US, 1986) Hunter Carson, Karen Black, Timothy Bottoms. 99 mins. An imaginative and intelligent eleven year-old spots a UFO landing on the other side of the hill in his parents’ back garden but they, as usual, refuse to believe him.
Tobe Hooper’s remake of William Cameron-Menzies’ 1953 cult/camp sci-ﬂ classic retains several of the masterly sets from the original but, of course, benefits from much greater expertise in the special
Glasgow; ABC Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; ABC. Lothian; ABC. Strathclyde; ABC Greenock, ABC Kilmamock, La Scala
0 Kings of the Road (15) (Wim Wenders, Germany, 1976) 176 mins. An oddly-matched platonic male pair travel round Germany in a large van repairing cinema equipment. A deeply impressive road movie by Wenders, still his finest work, which touches on the death of the cinema and the breakdown of emotional communication. Beautiful, languid, elegiac, unmissable. Glasgow; GET“ 0 Legal Eagles (PG) (Ivan Reitman, US, 1986) Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Darryl Hannah. 116 mins. Over-plotted and somewhat bland romantic comedy thriller embroiling dishy assistant-DA Redford in a case of art fraud. Glaszow;ABC