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woman with a niece following in her hoof prints as a would-be Olympic competitor Decent horse opera and larnily entertainment. ignored in its time btrt given some distinction by the calibre ofthe cast. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Jean De Florette ( l’(i 1 (Claude Berri. France. 19i<bl(ierard1)epartlieu.\'yes .‘ylontand. Daniel Auteuil. 131mins Provence. during the 19211s. Depardieu's indomitable hunchback struggles against impossible odds to make a success of his inherited farmland unaware that his apparently friendly neighbours are secretly planning to drive him from his land.

Beautifully photographed with flaw less performances. this is a towering tribute to the highest aspirations of traditional French storytelling. A recent BAl’l A winner as the film of the year. Pdilll‘llfflll' Filmhouse.

I King Lear ( PG) (Peter Brook.

I'K Denmark. 197(1) Paul Scofield. lrene Worth. Patrick .‘ylagee. 137 rnins Stark. austere Brook interpretation of Shakespeare. Heay ygoing most of the time btrt Scofield offers a gritty directness in the title role. (ilasgow:(il"1'.

I King Lear I"? i 15) (Jean-Lire ( iticlartl. France. 1987) Burgess Meredith. Molly Ringwald. Woody Allen. 9(lmins (‘haracteristically unconventional approach to the Bard's classic by ( iodartl who has a character called William Shakespeare V trying to ascertain whether King Lear holds any significance or message for any of tis in the wake of (.‘hernobyl. A film about ‘humility. anguish and guilt'. Probably as unintelligible and impenetrable as the rest ofth director's recent oeuvre. (ilasgtm: (il’l‘.

I The Last Emperou IS ) ( Berrtardo Bertolucei. ltaly China. 1987) John l.one. Peter()"l'oole.JoanL‘hen. 102 mins. Peking. 19(18. a three year-old boy ascends


to the lrnperial Throne to become the lord of Ten '1 housand Years'. A mere 59 years later. however. he dies a humble gardener in a ('hina that is now the Maoist People's Republic.

intelligent epic. that has just swept the board at this year's ()scar ceremony. winning rune ofthern including best picture. following the self-delusion and re-cducation of a man shaped by a superseded power structure. A little cold perhaps. bill the production and cinernatography are of such exquisitncss that one only wishes the film were longer. (ilasgow ; (irosyenor. ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon Strathclyde' Kelburne. ()deon Ayr I Legal Eagles r PU ) (Ivan Reitnam. IS. 1980) Robert Redford. Debra Winger. Daryl Hannah 11'» mins. ()ver-plotted and sornew hat bland romantic thriller ernbroilingdislty assistant DA Redfordin a case of art lrattd.

I Little Dorrit ( I ') ((‘hristine Iidzard. I'K.

198“) Derek Jacobi. Alec (iuinncss. Sarah

Pickering. Part One: .\'obody's1~'ault( 176 nuns) Part 'th): little Dorrit's Story( 181 rnrns) Dickens complex novel about the gr irn social duplicity of his contemporary London is beautifully translated to the screen locusing on the central relationship between the tipright Arthur (flennam and little Dorrit. born in a debtor's prison. yet still conv ey ing the scope. detail and changing perspectives of the original. As their tentative romance slowly blossomsa vivid. scathing picture is gradually woven of scandalous landlords. impenetrable and inefficient bureaucracy and parasitic wealth. It is a two-nation society and the parallels with Britain today are startling. Derek Jacobi is outstanding asthc gentle. bew rldered (‘1ennam and is ably supported by a host of delicious character performances reflecting Dickens blend of the grotesque and the realistic as the film moves from pain to comedy. A classic film

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that pays eloquent testimony to Dickens sharp social documentation and unshakeable ability to tell a good story. Edinburgh: I‘ilmhouse.

I McCabe and Mrs Miller( 18) (Robert Altman. L'S. 1971 ) Warren Beatty.Julie Christie. 121mins.Ultra-realistic. downbeat western yarn that eschewsthe traditional dramatic approach of glamourising the era. Beatty is in good form as a bustling. two-bit braggart who opens a brothel in a turn of the century boom town. Edinburgh: (‘ameo

I Der Mann Aul Der Mauer( Reinhard llatiff. W Germany. 1982) 105 mins. The story ofone man‘s obsession with the Berlin Wall. Kabe lives in East Berlin and refuses to succumb to the frustrating truth that it is impossible to escape to the West. Ashe spends every waking moment plotting a means of departure he neglects his wife. lands in prison for a spell and winds tip in an insane asylum. However. eventually he manages to achieve his goal. However. the wall continues to dominate his life as. based in West Berlin. he is unable to communicate with his wife back home. (ilasgow: (ioethe lnstitut Iivent. I Mask (Peter Bogdanovich.1985) ('her. Sam Iilliott. Eric Stoltz. 12(lmins. Tear-jerking drama based on the true story of Rocky Dennis. a plucky teenager

whose face has been horribly disfigured by

a rare disease. (‘hcr excels as his biker mother trying to cope with her own emotional traumas. Glasgow; (iros‘vcnor. I Manon Des Sources (PG) ((‘Iaude Berri. France 1taly. 1986) Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. Iimmanuelle Beart. 114 mins. Ten years after the demise ofJean De Plorette. the Soubeyrans now run a prosperous carnation farm. However. Jean's daughter has now grown into an alluring young woman and. through the twists of unpredictable fate. is able to wreak her revenge.

Steering this epic rural saga towards the

realms of Greek tragedy. Manon is a full and satisfying second half that explores the suffering of the guilty as they paya crippling penance for man‘s greed and envy. The production values are as high as ever and Auteuil assumes Depardieu‘s

mantle as the human soul of this episode in

his tragi-comic development from glaikit idiot to broken-hearted suitor. A stirring achievement. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Man With Two Brains(15)((‘art Reiner. LFS. 1983) Steve Martin. Kathleen Turner. David Warner. 93 mins. Zany Martin-Reiner romp in which the great man plays a brilliant brain surgeon driven to the depths of despair when he weds Turner. a man-hungry murderess with a penchant for driving elderly husbands to early graves and pocketing their legacies. Deliriously delightful. Edinburgh: EUFS. I Messer im Kopl ( Reinhard Hauff. W. (iermany. 1978) 108 mins. A scientistis shot through the head during a police raid. Regaining consciousness in hospital he faces the task of reconstructing his past and discovering who he was and why he was there. ls he a terrorist. innocent bystander or lunatic‘.’ Glasgow: Goethe lnstitut Iivent.

I The Mission (PG) (Roland Joffe. UK. 198(ilJeremy lrons. Robert De Niro. Ray .‘ychnally. 125 mins. In 18th century Sotrth America a Papal Prelate is called in to resolve a territorial dispute between Spain and Portugal. His decision is dictated by the political climate in Europe and has harsh ramifications for a mission run by Jesuit priests. Both a study ofmale friendship and an exploration ofman's capacity for the noblest altruism and the most treacherous selfishness. The Mission is an operatic filrn of depth and considerable power. A must. Edinburgh: lil'li‘S.

I The Missionary ( 15) ( Richard Loncraine. UK. 1982) Michael Palin.







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