Richard Corliss. TIME MAGAZINE

66 Kaufman has triumphed. THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING is an awesome accomplishment.

Binoche and Olin give staggering performances.” John Powers. I-.A.WEEKI.Y

A cast that could not be bettered. Daniel Day-Lewis

earns star stature with his finely shaded acting...9, Peter 'I'ravei‘s. PEOPLE MAGAZINE

6‘ Great films are seldom made from great novels but THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING stands as a stunning and surprising exception.”

Todd McCarthy. VARIETY

‘éfilled with delicious eroticism and cheeky intelligence.” Dawd Ansen. NEWSWEEK

“The most erotjc serious film since last Tango In Paris.” Roger Ebert. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES



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Moonstruck (PG) (Norman Jewison. US, 1987) Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis.100 mins. Norman Jewison’s romantic comedy Moonstruck centres on the Italian/American Castorini family. Three generations of slightly eccentric New Yorkers sharing a predictable, if slightly off-beat existence in their comfortable brownstone home. Until, that is, they are thrown into amorous turmoil underthe influence of a mischievous moon.

The patriarchal plumber, Cosmo, is fleeing old age via an extra-marital affair. His wile Rose is searching for a reason for his infidelity and a course of acfion.

But, centre-stage is Cher as their daughter Loretta. A rather dowdy young widow, she has decided to opt for the cautious life by eliciting a promise of marriage from the dull but reliable Johnny Cammareri, before he returns to Sicily to comfort his dying mother.

But then she meets Johnny‘s

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estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage). A grunting and tempestuous soul, sweltering in the heat of the family bakery, his first meeting with Loretta leads to one wild moment of abandoned passion.

From there Cher gives a convincingly natural performance as the woman torn between the conflicting demands of her head and her heart.

Director Norman Jewison manages to combines several fine performances while deftly weaving the various strands of the family’s life to their final resolution around the communal breakfast table. Beautifully paced, the action flows to a lush and eclectic sound track, ranging from La Boheme to Vicky Carr, while John Patrick Shanley’s script evokes the rich atmosphere of the ethnic Italian community.

Combining humour and poignancy with a charming eccentricity, Moonstruck is a delightful story, engagineg told. (Richard Reece)

arresting and stirring slice of cinema to boot, that more than confirms the promise of Yellow [fart/i. Edinburgh: I-‘ilmhouse. I Blind Date ( 15) (Blake Iidwards. LS. 1987) Bruce Willis. Kim Basinger. 95 mins. Iixcruciatingly contrived screwball farce with yuppie Willis coming a cropper when he stupidly plies blind date Basinger with champagne. Flat and insulting with TV star Willis displaying all the charisma ofa 1980s George Lazenby. Iidinburgh: Cameo.

l Blue Mountains ( l’(i ) ( Iildar Shengelaya. L'SSR. 1983) R.(iiorgobiani. V. Kakhniashvili. 'I‘. (‘hirgadze ()7 mins. Engaging if laboured Georgian farce of gentle humour and obvious metaphor set in a crumbling publishing house where a promising writer finds his manuscript clogged in a system ofbureaucratic inefficiency. red tape and sloth as the seasons casually float by and no progress is made. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Blue Velvet ( 18) (David Lynch. US. 1986) Kyle Macl.achlan. Dennisllopper. Isabella Rossellini. 120 mins. Lumberton. middle-America. Would-be boy detective Jeffrey Beaumont finds a severed car on some waste ground and when the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of hisown.

A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare. B-movie detection and brutal sexual perversion to deconstruct our complacent Vision of what passes for normal society. This is filmmaking of remarkable imagination and skill that places its director in the front rank of

contemporary American cinemaIidinburgh: Ir‘ilmhouse.

I Body Heat( 18) (Lawrence Kasdan. US, 1981 ) William Hurt. Kathleen Turner. Richard ('renna. 116 mins. Ilurt hasthe hots for Turner so her hubby Crenna is set for an early grave and the insurance company for a big pay-off. Splendid update of Double Indemnity with a drenchineg sweaty atmosphere (the sex has a lot to do with it ) and a script that leaves teethmarks. (ilasgow; (irosvenor. I Broadcast News ( 15) (James L. Brooks. LS. 1987) William Hurt. Holly Hunter. Albert Brooks. 132 mins. Ilurt isTom (irunick. a blandly charismatic presenter whose face is his fortune. Brooks is Aaron Altman. a hard-edged newshound who still retains a belief in the paramouncy ofa story‘s content rather than its presentation. Hunter is the work-obsessed Jane Craig. a high-flying producer torn between her respect for Aaron and her lust for Tom.

IIighly entertaining romantic comedy set against a convincingly evoked milieu of television network news production and a generation of achievers whose private and professional worlds acknowledge no boundaries. Fast-paced. farcical. brilliantly acted with a sly cameo from Jack Nicholson as a revered network anchorman. Probably the best mainstream American comedy you’ll see this year. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Odeon Ayr. I The Brood ( 18) ( David Cronenberg. Canada. 1979) Samantha Eggar. Oliver Reed. 91 mins. Eggar‘s maternalinstincts