the enormous proboscis copes with life and Iovestruck romance. Huge liberties have been taken with the original but this IS a delightfully liberating film that should finally guarantee Martin the shoal of British fans he has long deserved. Edinburgh; Odeon. Lothian: Cannon
I Santa Claus-The Movie (U) (Jeannot Szwarc. UK. 1985) Dudley Moore. David
Huddletson. John Lithgow. 108 mins. With Christmas under threat from the unscrupulous scheming of evil toy manufacturer B.Z. . Santa and his reindeer must ride to the rescue ofall the children in the world.
Cruelly misjudged seasonal story with as much charm as plastic snow. A good panto seems infinitely preferable.
I Snow White and the Seven Dwans(U) (Walt Disney Productions. US. 1937) With the voices of Adriana Caselotti. Harry Stockwell. Lucille La Verne. 83 mins. Fiftieth anniversary reissue ofone of the most enchanting and inﬂuential of animated features. The central character is a mite wet but the individualistic dwarfs. wicked witch. memorable songs and superbly crafted backdrops and incidents make this an essential cinematic experience that the passage oftime merely enhances. Crucial. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon
I Something Wicked This Way Comes ( PU) (Jack Clayton. US. 1982) Jason Robards. Jonathan Pryce. Dianne Ladd. 95 mins. The Hallowe‘en visit of a mysterious carnival to a small town is a front for much more sinister goings-on as two young boys are to find out. Not unenjoyable screen translation of Ray Bradbury. but facile special effects and a too-Disneyish atmosphere tend to undercut any sense of menace. Edinburgh: REUFS I Something Wild ( 18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1986) Jeff Daniels. Melanie Griffith. Ray Liotta. 113 mins. Another yuppie-in-peril laff fest to top After Hours and Desperately Seeking Susan with its adroit blend of kooky komedy and emotional resonance all floating around in the most eclectically non-stoppingest soundtrack in years. Not to be missed. Glasgow; GET I Spaceballs (PG) w (Mel Brooks. US. 1987) Mel Brooks. Rick Noranis.John Candy. 97 mins. See panel.
Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon. Strathclyde; ()deon Ayr I Starchaser—The Legend of Orin ( PG) (Steven Hahn. US. 1985) With the voices ofJoe Colligan. Carmen Argenziano. Noelle North. 100 mins. Orin livcsonthe planet ofTrinia. working in the mines digging crystals that provide spaceship fuel for the wicked robots who rule over his people. When he discovers a sword with magical properties a spectral old man tells him to escape and use its powersto free his people. The first feature cartoon in 3—D. .S'tarehaser is an average and overlong Star Wars-inspired good guysv. bad guys saga. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I Stop Making Sense (PG) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1984) 88 mins. Dynamic footage ofTalking Heads in concert. from 1983. Edinburgh: Cameo I A Streetcar Named Desire (18) (Elia Kazan. US. 1951) Marlon Brando. Vivien Leigh. Kim Hunter. 121 mins. Brando's bellowing. animalistic Stanley Kowalski squares off against Leigh‘s fluttering. fading Southern belle in this electrifying version of Tennessee Williams‘ play set in an imaginatively unreal New Orleans tenement. A passionate. complex Beauty and the Beast nightmare of repression and desire. Edinburgh: EUFS
I Strictement Personnel (Pierre Jolivct. France. 1985) Pierre Arditi. 95 mins. A policeman who is also a writer investigates his own family. Edinburgh; French Institute
IThree Men and ACradle (PG) (Corrine Serreau. France. 1985) Roland Giraud.
Michel Boujenah. Andre’ Dussollier. 106 mins. Three middle-class male idlers find their existence turned upside-down when they have to look after a child left on their doorstep. Amiable role reversal comedy. now the subject of an American remake. Edinburgh: Filmhouse I Under the Cherry Moon ( 15) (Prince. US. 1986) Prince. Steven Berkoff. 10()mins. Stylish but very silly tale of His Purpleness wowing the ladies in the South of France as a gigolo-adventurer. The filmic equivalent of vanity-publishing. Edinburgh; Filmhouse I An Unsuitable Job for a Woman ( 15) (Chris Petit. UK. 1981) Billie Whitelaw. Pippa Guard. Paul Freeman. 94mins. Woman detective Cordelia Grey clears up the mystery that ensues when there‘sa death at the manor house. the victim found hanged and wearing Iadies‘ underwear. Former critic Petit bringsthe doubts and dilemmas of film noir to this highly watchable if patchy rereading ofthe classic English whodunnit. Edinburgh; EUFS I 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 elitist squad of incorruptible officers who vow to put him behind bars or see him in hell first.
A blood-drenched morality talc on a grand Shakespearean scale. The Untouchables is a film with the look and feel of greatness in every myth-celebrating frame. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Dominion I Vivre Sa Vie ( l8) (Jean-Luc Godard. France. 1963) Anna Karina. 93 mins. Documentary-ish treatment of the harsh existence of a Parisian prostitute. living her life at the sharp end of the free market economy. Characteristic early Sixties‘ Godard blends fragmentary editing. a loose narrative structure. and complete infatuation with his then wife Anna Karina. Glasgow; GET I When the Wind Blows (PG) (J immyT. Murakami. UK. 1986) With the voices of Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills. 85 mins. Five-star animation enlivens this otherwise monotonous and talkative version of the Raymond Briggs‘ book in which the impossibly naive elderly couple face the challenge of the nuclear age with the same spirit that brought them happily through the blitz. Edinburgh; EUFS I The Witches of Eastwick ( 18) (George Miller. US. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Susan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocatingin the prim tranquility of a small town in New England. three single women set their collective brains towards conjuring up the perfect Mr Right. Next morninga mysterious stranger suddenly appears, as ifin answer to their prayers. and beginsto charm the pants off them. But the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl Van Horne isthe 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 of his life as the ‘horny little devil‘.
Glasgow; Grosvenor. Edinburgh; Dominion
I WR: Mysteries of the Organism ( 18) (Dusan Makavejev. Yugoslavia/W. Ger. 1971 ) 86 mins. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dusan Makavejev. the meanest cinematic collagist of them all. where documentary footage of psychologist Wilhelm Reich and his orgone accumulator. old Soviet propaganda film. scenes from the American sexual underground. and erotic Yugoslav comedy all fuse together in a bewildering essay on social repression and sexual frustration. Not the sort ofthing you see every day. so grab your chance. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
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