SEASON OF FRENCH SHORTS
Not so much hands across the ocean as hands out of suitcases in Presence Femminine, the French short now confirmed as the winner of the recent season of films from the Brest Film Festival. Directed by Eric Bochant, Presence Feminine was a very popular winner, imaginatively exploring themes of prejudice, friendship, and regret through the surreal story of a young girl who arrives with two mysteriously noisy suitcases to stay with a reluctant friend of a friend. There after- after she opens the cases— events take an unexpected turn involving Synagogues, Rabbis and
Vito. Barbara Hershey. 112 mins. Baltimore 1963. A minor car accident is the beginning ofa major tit-for-tat feud between two aluminium siding salesmen. Returning to the territory he mined so well in Diner. Levinson has produced a thoroughly refreshing warm-hearted character comedy with top notch performances. A copper-bottomed pleasure. Glasgow: ()deon: Edinburgh; ()deon
0 To be or Not to Be (PG) (Alan Johnson. US. 1983) Mel Brooks. Anne Bancroft. Charles Durning. 108 mins. Unnecessary but generally inoffensive remake ofthe 1940s‘ Lubitsch classic of bad taste in which
. a troupe of Polish actors stand up to 1 the might of the Nazis. Glasgow Cannon Clarkston Road
0 Top Gun ( 15) (Tony Scott. US. 1986) Tom Cruise. Kelly MeGillis. 110 mins. Hunky Tom proves his worth on the ground and in the air in the patriotic twaddle redeemed by some splendid aerial scenes and the sexual potency of both stars. Edinburgh; Cameo
0 Union Maids (PG) (US, 1975) 45 mins. Three women union organisers talk about their experiences between the wars in the spread of unionisation and the struggle for rights for women workers. Part of the Political Cinema
hands of both sexes.
The judges, amongst them prestigious French critic Michel Ciment, actor Daniel Day Lewis and English critics like the Sunday Times’ George Perry, awarded second prize to La Tres Bonne Nouvelle, a newspapers version of the Adoration of the Magi, and gave high praise to Les Arcandiers and D’Apres Maria.
Now the winners are to be screened at BAFTA for possible awards in its short film section. The organisers, already in negotiations with the BBC and Channel Four are hoping that the extra exposure will help gain a wider
season. the film forms part ofa double-bill with Song OfThe Canary. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o The Untouchables ( 15) (Brian De Palma. US. 1987) Kevin Costner. Sean Connery. Robert De Niro. 119 mins. Chicago during Prohibition is a city in the pocket of bloated all-powerful gangster Al Capone but youthful. naive treasury officer Eliot Ness. inspired by the true grit of Connery‘s over-the-hill Irish cop. forms an elite squad of incorruptible law officers who vow to put him behind bars or see him in hell first.
A blood-drenched morality tale on a grand Shakespearean scale, The Untouchables is a film with the look and feel ofgreatness in every myth-celebrating frame Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Dominion. Strathclyde‘. Kelburne o Vagabonde (15) (Agnes Varda. France. 1985) Sandrine Bonnaire. Macha Me’ri1.Yolande Moreau. 106 mins. An Austere and lyrical portrait of Mona. a dropout from society wandering the wintry landscapes of the South of France in an aimless quest for freedom. but a freedom that involves only loneliness. hunger and hypothermia.
An uncompromising performance from Miss Bonnaire graces this unhurried. intense and affecting memorial to a troubled and
audience for the shorts either on television or in the cinema. (Stephanie Billen)
Presence Feminine is one of the films to be shown in the Glasgow screening on 12 Nov and D’Apres Maria and La Tres Bonne Nouvelle can both be seen in the 13 Nov screening. Screenings are at Studio 1 Cinema, Scottish Council for Educational Technology, 74 Victoria Crescent Road, Dowanhill. See listings for details. Films from Brest will also be seen next month in Edinburgh at the Institut Francais, 13 Randolph Crescent (031 225 5366).
despairing representative of Eighties‘ youth. Glasgow; GFT. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
0 Who’s That Girl? (PG) (James Foley. US. 1987) Madonna. Griffin Dunne. John Mills. 97 mins. Plodding screwball comedy with Miss M as a dippy parolee determined to clear her name and Dunne in familiar guise as the yuppie bridegroom assigned to ensure she leaves town but charmed into assisting her quest. A sloppy. inert. dog‘s dinner ofa film. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Strathclyde; Odeon Hamilton
0 The Witches of Eastwick ( 18) (George Miller. US. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Susan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocating in the prim tranquility ofa small town in New England. three single women set their collective brian power towards conjuring up the perfect Mr Right. Next morning a mysterious stranger suddenly appears. as if in answer to their prayers. and begins to charm the pants off ofthem. But. the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl Van Home is the devil in disguise and there is a price to pay for their pleasure . . .
A joyous. diabolical romp with a superb cast and Nicholson having the time ofhis life as the ‘horny little devil‘. Glasgow; Grosvenor. Edinburgh; Cameo
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Friday 13—Thursday 19
This section gives details of programmes showing at cinemas in central Scotland over the next week. Readers are advised that programmes may be subject to late change at any time.
Cinemas operating a family discount scheme allow an adult accompanying a child to ‘U’ and ‘PG' certificate programmes to gain admission for the same price as the child up to 6pm.
G ASGOW CINEMAS
O CANNON Clarkston Road. Muirend. 637 2641 . £2.00 OAP£1. Family discount scheme operates.
1. Beverly Hills Cop ll (15) 5.50pm. 8.20pm; Sat 2.45pm.
2. Street Smart ( 18) 5.30pm. 8.20pm; Sat 2.45pm.
3. To Be or Not to Be (PG) 6.45pm: Sat 2.30pm.
Big Trouble in Little China (PG) 8.45pm; Sat 4.30pm.
0 CANNON Sauchiehall Street. 332 1592. £2.50(£1.30).
1. Beverly Hills Cop ll ( 15) 1.10pm. 3.30pm. 5.50pm. 8.30pm.
2. The Untouchables ( 15) 1.20pm. 4.30pm.8.10pm.
3. Roxanne (PG) 1.30pm, 4.30pm. 8.20pm.
4. Dirty Dancing (15) 1.30pm. 4.30pm. 8.30pm.
5. Who'sThatGirl? (PG) Fri/Mon—Thurs 5.45pmon1y: Sat and Sun 1.30pm.
Street Smart ( 18) Fri/Mon—Thurs 1.15pm. 3.25pm. 8.30pm; Sat and Sun 4.30pm. 8.30pm.
0 CANNON GRAND 18 Jamaica Street. 2484620. £2 (£1).
Adult movies. Phone for details.
0 CINEMA Southgate. East Kilbride. 03552 31020. [D] cinema 1. £2 Child/UB40/OAP£1. Closed Mon.’1‘ue.
Beverly Hills Cop ll ( 15) 7.40pm. Cinemaclosed 16and 17 Nov.
0 GBOSVENOH Ashton Lane. Hillhead. 339 4298. [D] with prior notification. £2 Child/UB40/Student/OAP £1.20. 1. The Witches of Eastwick ( 18)
2. 15pm. 4.55pm. 8pm; Sun 8pm. 2. Beverly Hills Cop If ( 15) 2. 15pm. 5.30pm. 8.30pm; Sun 8.30pm. See also Glasgow Lates.
0 OOEON FILM CENTRE Renfield Street. 332 8701. Bar open from 5.30pm, Mon—Sat. £2.75 OAP /Child £1.50 UB40/Student cones £1 .50 available as advertised. 1.AngelHeart(18)1pm.3.20pm. 5.40pm. 8.30pm.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 3: Dream Warriors (18) 1.35pm, 3.20pm. 6pm. 8.55pm.
16 The List 13 — 26 November 1987