Prelate is called in to resolve a territorial dispute. but his decision is dictated by the political climate in Europe and is to have ramifications for a mission run by Jesuit priests. An intelligent. operatic film of considerable depth and power. An Oscar winner for Chris Menges’ awesome photography. Glasgow;
0 The Mosquito Coast (PG) (Peter Weir. US. 1986) Harrison Ford. Helen Mirren. River Phoenix. 119 mins. A black-edged reworking of the Swiss Family Robinson as Ford’s know-it-all inventor forsakes the decline ofWestern civilisation for the jungles ofSouth America. Intermittently fascinating Utopian parable. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. Salon. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Odeon Hamilton.
0 The flame ofthe Rose ( 18) (Jean-Jacques Annaud. W. Germany/ltaly/France, 1986) Sean Connery. F. Murray Abraham. Christian Slater. 131 mins. Lovingly crafted film version of the Umberto Eco bestseller with Connery on top as the Sherlock Holmes-like monk investigating murder and mayhem in a medieval monastery. Edinburgh;
O Nanou ( 15) (Conny Templeman. UK-France. 1986) Imogen Stubbs. Jean-Philippe Ecoffey. Daniel Day-Lewis. 110 mins. An English teenager takes European time out before her college studies and finds ﬁrst love in France with a young political militant. However. the path of true love turns out to be a curly one.
Shrewd and unsentimental directorial debut from Templeman. carefully evoking the French provincial scene but a little lacking in the passion that would make the love story catch fire. Glasgow; GFT 0 Night of the Living Dead (18) (George A. Romero. US. 1986) Judith O‘Dea. Duane Jones. 98 mins. Romero‘s ground-breaking treatment of the flesh-craving undead may be a film with a lot to
answer for. but it works very well as a '
narrative (with the zombies closing in on a nuclear family). and one credits the film-maker with enough sophistication to read an element of political satire into the proceedings. Glasgow; GFT
0 1984 (15) (Michael Radford, UK. 1984) John Hurt. Richard Burton, Suzanne Hamilton. 110 mins. Winston Smith is a lonely. paranoid re-writer of history at the Ministry of Truth who rebels against the state by embarking on a forbidden love affair. Remarkably faithful to the novel, the film boasts impressive sets and laudable performances from Hurt and Burton as prisoner and interrogator. but fails to imbue the proceedings with any emotional resonance. The result shows that there is a fine line between bleakness and tedium. Edinburgh; Filmhouse O No Mercy (18) (Richard Pearce. US, 1987) Richard Gere. Kim Basinger. 95 mins. Chicago cop Gere in the backwaters of Louisiana to track down his buddy‘s murderer ﬁnds himself falling for La basinger. Formulaic stuff. lifted out of the rut
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Little Shop of Horrors (PG) (Frank 02, 1987) Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin. 94 mins. ‘An old-fasioned love story about a boy, a girl and a killer plant’, is how director Frank 01 describes his deliciously comic horror musical. Mushnik’s struggling skid row flower shop is transformed into a flourishing business when dork employee, Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) discovers an unusual plant in the basement following an eclipse of the sun. Seymour names the plant Audrey II, in honour of his fellow employee (Ellen Greene), a dizzy blonde who’s too busy fending off blows from her sadistic biker/dentist boyfriend (Steve Martin) to notice Seymour‘s unrequited love for her. What they don’t know, yet,
is that the plant is a mean green mutha from outa space and it’s baaad. And it ain’tvegetarian.
Closest in style to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this original, imaginative and highly entertaining film differs from that over-rated cult movie in several crucial respects; it has good dialogue, great songs, well-developed characters, uniformly excellent performances, superbly designed sets and a sense of humour weird enough to encompass flesh- eating plants, romance, sexual sadism, a masochistic dental patient (Bill Murray) and a chorus of spectrettes (Crystal, Chiffon, and Ronette). Book now for this hilarious monster of a movie. (Nigel Floyd)
by director Pearce‘s stylish handling of the atmospherics. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon 0 0n the Waterfront (PG) (Elia Kazan. US. 1954) Marlon Brando. Eva Marie Saint. Rod Steiger. 108 mins. Winner ofeight Academy Awards this is a powerhouse drama ofcorruption among the labour unions of New York’s docklands with a brilliant. brutish Brando as the dim-witted. ex-boxer mercilessly exploited by the racketeers and eventually moved towards an act of atonement by the power of love. Glasgow; GFT o The Onion Field (18) (Harold Becker. US. 1980) James Woods. Treat Williams. 126 mins. Two detectives come under fire in the line of duty and one is fatally wounded. The other attempts to pursue the investigation, but is eventually forced to retire from the police by various accusations of cowardice. Woods‘ nervy performance has bee chosen by David Hayman as one of his favourites in a season at the GET. with Joseph Wambaugh’s penetrating script from his own novel serving the actor well. An uncomfortable yet ultimately compelling piece of work all round. Glasgow; OFF 0 Part De L’Autre (18) (Jeanne Labrune. France, 1985) 85 mins. A pair of twin brothers know each other‘s personalities inside out. then a woman enters upon the scene and their relationship is wrenched apart
forever. Another in the series of French films getting a well-deserved screening over here, and one which the director asserts as examining twinhood as the exemplar of the perfect couple. Sounds intriguing. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Peggy Sue Got Married (15) (Francis Coppola. US. 1986) Kathleen Turner. Nicholas Cage. 102 mins. Resistible romantic drama as Turner collapses at her high-school reunion to ﬁnd herselfback in 1959 with a chance to do it all over again - and maybe get her life right second time around. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Odeon Hamilton
0 Performance (18) (Nicolas Roeg. UK. 1970) Mick Jagger, Jamesw Fox, Anita Pallenberg. 105 mins. A hoodlum on the run moves into a suburban mansion with a rock star. and the initial antipathy between the two men eventually melts into a bizarre reversal of roles. Early Roeg exploration of the mysteries of personal identity, a theme that was to become central to his subsequent career, here given a superficially ﬂashy treatment that has dated a little. Edinburgh; EUFS
0 Personal Services (18) (Terry Jones. UK. 1987) Julie Walters, Shirley Stelfox. Alec McCowen. 105 mins. Suggested by the life. times and exploits of Cynthia Payne, this ribald and engaging commentary on the British way of sex features a top-notch performance by Julie Walters as the knowing yet somehow innocent Madam. Glasgow; Cannon
Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon 0 Pink Floyd —The Wall (15) (Alan Parker. US. 1982) Bob Geldof. Bob Hoskins. Hysterically overwrought story of a burnt-out rock star and his paranoid self-obsession in an LA hotel room. man. Glasgow; Grosvenor O Platoon (15) (Oliver Stone. US. 1987) Charlie Sheen. Willem Dafoe. Tom Berenger. Writer-veteran Oliver Stone's multiple Oscar winner seeks to portray as vividly as possible the experience of the ordinary infantryman on combat duty in Vietnam around the turn of 1967—68. Private Charlie Sheen is a university drop-out who soon finds his ideals of courage and honour trampled underfoot in the sweat and blood and fear ofpatrol.
an uncomfortable experience and an undoubtedly well-crafted one. with its genre connotations and lack of a genuine overview on the situation. this landmark in grimy authenticity remains a classic war film that just happens to be set in Vietnam, Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh;Odeon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock.
Cannon Kilmarnock 0 Le Pont Du Nord (18) (Jacques
Rivette, France. 1981) Bulle Ogier. Pascale Ogier. Pierre Clementi. 131 mins. Two women find their way through the labyrinth of Paris. and in decoding their path they discover the key to their own unresolved destinies. Engrossing stuff from Jacques Rivette, the doyen of post-structuralist cinema — pretentious bumph or exciting analysis of the maps and legends that govern our existence, according to your predilection. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o The Purple Rose of Cairo (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1985) Mia Farrow. Jeff Daniels. 82 mins. Unhappy Depression-era waitress Mia Farrow escapes her woes at the local fleapit and falls in love with a dashing fictional leading man who steps down from the screen. A shining gem of ingenious wit and dazzling invention. Who else can create so much from a one-joke scenario? Strathclyde; Haldane Film Society
0 Raging Bull (18) (Martin Scorsese, US. 1980) Robert De Niro. Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. 129 mins.
Savagely bleak monochrome chronic e of former middleweight
champJake La Motta‘s rise and fall with a stunningly physical performance from De Niro. Outstanding. Glasgow; Grosvenor
o Raider of the Lost Ark (PG) (Steven Spielberg, US. 1981) Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. Denhom Elliott. 115 mins. Exhilarating gung-ho adventure with Ford‘s invincible hero taking on the might of the Third Reich and emerging victorious. Edinburgh; Cameo
0 Red Tape Event Organised by the Scottish Association of Workshops in association with the Glasgow Film Theatre, this is a day-long programme of workshop productions which will examine new developments in this exciting area of the independent sector. See
The List 15 — 28 May 19