Adjani. 102 mins. A smooth, stylish thriller likened to Diva but with a drive, energy and exuberance of its own. Edinburgh; EUFS, Filmhouse
O Sugarbaby ( 15) (Percy Adlon. West Germany, 1985) Marianne Sagebrecht, Eisi Gulp. 86 mins. The unlikely romance between an overweight, middle-aged undertaker’s assistant and a young subway driver is the engaging focus of this quirky offering: a strange beguiling work at once warmly appealing and slightly repellent. that forces us to re-examine our notions of sensuality and desirability. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Target (15) (Arthur Penn, US. 1985) Gene Hackman. Matt Dillon. Gayle Hunnicutt. 118 mins. Hackneyed Sixties-style espionage yarn with middle-aged. middle-class Hackman forced to reveal his spying past when his wife is kidnapped in Europe. Glasgow; GET
0 Taxi Driver (18) (Martin Scorsese. US, 1976) Robert De Niro. Jodie Foster. Harvey Keitel. 114 mins. Scorsese‘s brutally realistic drama is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most truthful films ever made in America. Glasgow; GET 0 The Tin Drum ( 18) (Volker
Schlondorff. West Germany, 1979) David Bennent. Mario Adorf, Charles Aznavour. 141 mins. Compelling screen version of the Gunther Grass novel about a young boy who ceases to grow physically as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Top Gun (15) (Tony Scott. US. 1986) Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis. Anthony Edwards. 110 mins. Glossy, mindless American pap with hunky pilot Cruise proving his worth in the air and on the ground. Nauseatingly patriotic. but some aerial sequences are breathlessly effective. Glasgow: Cinema
0 Trouble in Mind (15) (Alan Rudolph. US. 1986) Kris
Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Genevieve Bujold. 112 mins. Rudolph‘s phantasmagorical blend ofgangster movie. fantasy melodrama and modern day western. with desperate characters trying to go straight in the moral ° playground of Rain City. far from being confusing. works with idiosyncratic logic to create a memorably allusive yet wholly unclassifiable experience.
For the way in which it continually avoids cliche whilst teasingly
The Name Of The Rose (18) (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1986) Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater. 129 mins. In a Benedictine abbey in 1327 the devil has apparently taken to hurling beautiful boys out of locked windows. With an important conference to unite the church looming, and a papal envoy en route to the abbey a swift solution must be found. It is up to the intellectual Franciscan, William of Baskerville and his youthful Watson, Adso of Melk, to determine the cause of the brutal deaths through logical deduction, before the lnquisition turns to more brutal and superstitious methods.
In the carefully reconstructed Abbey, Jean-Jacques Annaud has provided an unusual and richly atmospheric backdrop before which the mystery is enacted. A collection of bloated, withered or deformed monks shuffle ominously through dark corridors, exchanging enigmatic half-smiles and
THE NAME ROSE
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Umberto Eco’s novel, on which the film is based, claimed to be a tale of books, not of everyday worries, and books are not a subject easily examined by the camera. The literary allusions of the novel have been almost entirely dropped, the philosophical and metaphysical musings severely trimmed, to the point that what remains, on the lines of ‘in much knowledge is much grief‘, would not seem out of place in an episode of TV’s Kung Fu. Without the wider references, the course of William’s investigations is never really explained, and leaves much in question. But the film claims to be a palimpsest of the novel rather than a transcription and for all its faults it is a beautifully illuminated work and Sean Connery turns in a sterling performance as the languorous sleuth William.
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any genuine movie-goer.” -- .‘\iistair_;\-larshali, GLASGOW EVENING TIMES
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