Lothian; Cannon. Strathclydc; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock. Kelburne. Odeon Hamilton. Rialto 0 Mary, Queen of Scots (PG) (Charles Jarrott. UK. 1971) Vanessa Redgrave. Glenda Jackson. Timothy Dalton. 128 mins. Sturdy traditional historical drama with Redgrave as Mary and a feisty Jackson as her jealous rival south of the Border. Divisive internal wraggling. nothing‘s changed in centuries. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Mon Uncle (U) (Jacques Tati, France. 1958) Jacques 'l‘ati. Jean-Pierre Zola. Adrienne Servatie. 116 mins. A small boy has more time for his clumsy uncle than his parents. Slow-burning. frequently hilarious 'I‘ati vehicle with some smart visual gags and moments of utter hilarity as M. llulot wreaks havoc almost everywhere he goes. A tad overlong. but lovable all the same. Edinburgh: (‘ameo 0 Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (U) (Jacques'l’ati. France. 1953) Jacques 'l’ati. Nathalie Pascaud. 91 mins. Easily the sharpest llulot movie. this comic masterpiece has 'I‘ati unwittingly creating chaos at a quiet seaside resort. Undoubtedly the film contains some of the most delightful timing since the days of Buster Keaton. with some unforgettany bits of funny business involving a ﬂat tyre. An absolute joy. and part ofa splendid 'l‘ati double-bill. Edinburgh: Cameo o The Morning After ( 15) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1986) Jane Fonda. Jeff Bridges. RaulJulia. 111-1 mins. Fading. alcoholic actress awakens one morning to find herself in a strange room with yet another unfamiliar male figure from the night before. The difference on this occasion is that the gent in question is dead 'l'raditional thriller mystery where the well-acted relationship between Fonda and disabled ex-cop Bridges is by far the most interesting element. (ilasgow: ()deon 0 My Life As A Dog (PG) (Lasse llalstrom. Sweden. 1985) Anton (ilanzelius. Manfred Serner. Anki 1.iden. 101 mins. Whollycaptivating rite of passage tale set in Sweden during the 195(ls. 'l'welve year-old lngemar copes with his mother’s terminal illness and his family's general indifference to his boisterous spirits by indulging in a high fantasy life. including the pretence that he is a dog. Sent to stay with his jolly aunt and uncle in the country his natural ebullience and sense ofironic humour help case his unconventional passage into adulthood. 'l‘erribletitle.wonderful film. Edinburgh; Filmhouse o The Name of the Rose ( 18) (Jean-Jacques Annaud. West (iermany-France-ltaly. 1986) Sean Connery. 15. Murray Abraham. 131 mins. Marvellous medieval mustery with the masterful Connery as a monk on the trail of a monastery murderer. Magnificent. Edinburgh: Dominion 0 Nanou(15)((‘onny'I‘empleman. [SK—France. 1986) lmogen Stubbs. Jean-Philippe Eeoffey. Daniel
— THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
The Living Daylights (PG) (John Glen, UK, 1987) Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé. 130 mins. 80, Bond is back for his fifteenth official assignment in twenty-five years. This silver anniversary production includes the familiar and by now obligatory ingredients of foreign intrigue, distressed damsels and the evil machinations of nefarious villains. The question then is what kind of impression does first timer Timothy Dalton make on the role of the world’s most durable and conspicuous screen agent and the answer is a highly creditable, ifslightly humourless one.
Underlhe lighweight influence of jolly Roger Moore, the Bond series had deteriorated into something of an arthriticjoke, heavily reliant on the expertise of the backtroom team and death-defying stuntmen. The introduction of Dalton has afforded the makers an opportunity to return to the drawing board and take Bond back to basics. The Dalton Bond is a more flavourful characterthan of late; a rugged, romantic hero, anti- authoritarian, tinged with a streak of self-disgust and brusque to the point of rudeness.
Dalton's interpretation of the character seeps through into every aspect ofthe production which displays
a similarly low key, no nonsense approach. The plot involves Bond‘s attempt to foil an unholy alliance between an American arms dealer, a hired killer and atop KGB general who has faked his detection to the West. Whilst convoluted, it retains a degree of plausibility. Bond's once Olympian sexual prowess is tamed to the level of one tentative romance and the ingenious gadgetry is largely kept at bay. This Bond is expected to use his wits and the available resources and does so with imagination; escaping down a snowy mountainside on the back of a Stradivarius cello.
Villains Joe Don Baker, Jeroen Krabbé and Andreas Wisniewski and Afghan freedom fighterArt Malik head a strong cast of actors who help compensate for the weak showing of the female team led by the vacant Maryam d’Abo and the insipid Caroline Bliss, hopelessly trying to fill the shoes of Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.
Whilst nothing can tarnish cherished memories of Sean Connery’s animal magnetism and sardonic aplomb, this is one of the best Bonds for some time and promises well for the continuation of the series. Timothy Dalton is quite clearly set to become the Bond for the ’903. (Allan Hunter)
Day-Lewis. 111) mins. An English teenager takes European time out before her college studies and finds first love with a young political militant.
Shrewd and unsentirnental directorial debut from 'l'empleman. carefully evoking the French provincial scene but a little lacking in P11881011 Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Nightmare on Elm Street Part II: Freddy's Revenge (18) (Jack Sliolder. US. 1985) Mark Patton. Kim Myers. 85 mins. Unnecessary follow-up with new tenants in 1428 Elm Street once more prey to the long arm of Freddy‘s feelers. Strathclyde; Kelburnc o A Passage to India (PG) (David Lean. UK. 1984) Judy Davis. Peggy Ashcroft. James Fox. Victor Bannerjee. 163 mins. A young English girl. in search ofthe ‘real‘ India. finds her life in turmoil
Excellent performances by Ashcroft and Fox grace this ehararacteristically overblown
1atterdayl.ean epic Edinburgh; Cameo
o Passenger(18)(Andrzej Munk. Poland. 1963) Aleksandra Slaska. Anna('iepielewska. 63mins. A German woman on a cruise liner recognises one of her fellow-travellers as a survivor from the concentration camp where she served during the war. 'l‘ense exploration ofguilt. which was finished by other hands as its distinguished director died leaving it unfinished. Showing with limicu as part of a worthwhile Munk double. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o Passing Glory(P(i) (Gillies Mackinnon. UK. 1986)-1(1mins. Acclaimed student film and winner of the first Scottish Film Prize. this centres on the funeral arrangements fora Spanish Civil War veteran. Everything about the event is a betrayal of her beliefs and life’s work until her granddaughter intervenes and restores dignity to the proceedings. Part ofan excellent
double-bill. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Personal Services ( 18) (Terry Jones. UK. 1986) Julie Walters. Shirley Stelfox. Alex McCowen. 105 mins. Suggested by the life. times and exploits onynthia 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 naive Madam. Glasgow: Cannon (‘larkston Road
0 Pink Floyd —the Wall (15) (Alan Parker. UK. 1982) Bob Geldof. Bob Hoskins. 92 mins. l‘lysterically overwrought. plodding story ofa burnt-out rock star and his paranoid self-obsession as he sits in a Los Angeles hotel room watching The
I hurt Busters. A treat for the hard of hearing. Glasgow: Grosvenor
0 Play It Again Sam ( 15) (Herbert Ross. US. 1972) Woody Allen. Diane Keaton. 'l‘ony Roberts. 87 mins. Sharp. hilarious screen version ofAllen‘s play with the maestro a movie buff. schooled in the art of courtship by his long dead hero. trenchcoated Humphrey Bogart. Edinburgh; (‘ameo
0 Police Academy IV: Citizens on Patrol (PG) (Jim Drake. US. 1987) Steve Guttenberg. Bubba Smith. George (iaynes. 87 mins. The old lags ofthe academy rally to the aid of their former commandant when he initiates a neighbourhood watch Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. (‘annon Sauehiehall Street. Cinema. (irosvenor. Edinburgh: Cannon. Lothian; ('annon. Strathclyde: (‘annon Grecnock. (‘annon Kilmarnock. Kelburne. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. Rialto
o Raiders of the Lost Ark ( PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1981) Harrison Ford. Karen Allen. Denholm Elliott. 115 mins. Exhilarating gung-ho adventure with Ford‘s invincible hero taking on the might of the Third Reich and emerging victorious. Glasgow: GFl
0 Rate ltX ( 18) (Paula de Koenigsberg. US. 1985) 93 mins. Skilful feminist documentary comprising a series ofinterviews with men involved in the sexploitation industry. Glasgow; GFI’
o Repo Man ( 18) (Alex ('ox. US. 1984) Emilio Estevez. Harry Dean Stanton. 92mins. Bored [.A punk Estevez turns legit as a repo man (one who repossesses cars for finance companies). and an old hand shows him the ropes in this lovingly looney cult classic. Glasgow; GFI~
0 The Riveter (PG) (Michael (‘aton Jones. UK. 1986) «lllmins. Bittersweet. insightful drama about the relationship between a teenage boy and his father. an unemployed shipyard worker. Auspicious student work from the future director of Brand. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 RockylV (PG) (Sylvester Stallone. US. 1985) Sylvester Stallone. Dolph Lundgren. 91 mins. East meets West in the boxing ring as southpaw slugger Rocky Balboa faces Soviet Superman Ivan Drago. Predictably patriotic pugilism. Glasgow; Grosvenor
0 Room With A View ( PG) (James Ivory. UK. 1985) Helena Bonharn Carter. Maggie Smith. Denholm
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