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I I‘ve Heard the Mermaids Singing( 15) (Patricia Rozema. Canada.‘1‘)S7 ) Sheila McCarthy. Paula Baillargeon. Ann-Marie McDonald. 81 mins. The slightly scatterlu'ained. socially maladroit Polly lands a secre tarial job in a fashionable art gallery and tumbles into a platoniccrush on her employer (iabrielle. Although intimidated by the woman and her surroundings. l’olly eventually is made to see that judging yourself by other people's standards is worthless.

Funny and touching feminist fantasy which admirably displays the way in which good writing. w it and imagination can make tip for a lack of finance. lidinburgh: l-‘ilmliouse.

I Jean De Florette ( Pt 1 ) ((‘Iautte Berri. France. 108M ( ierard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 121 mins. Provence. during the l‘)3(ls.1)epardieu's indomitable hunehback struggles against impossible odds to make a success of his inherited farmland unaware that his apparently friendly neighboursare secretly planning to drive him from his land.

Beautifully photographed with flawless 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. lidinburgh: lidinburgh l'niversity Film Society.

I The Last Battle ( l .uc Besson. France.

1983) l’icrre .lolivet. .lean Bouise. 92 ruins.

[it the aftermath of an unspecified catastrophe. survivors scramble to surv iv e in the devastated city . and one of them constructs a flying machine to make his escape.

Shot in magnificent black and white cinemascope1.ucBesson’s debut film is still his most impressiv e. dispensing with dialogtie in favour of a cartoonish visual style that takes advantage of convincing production design. and some quirky humour. (ilasgow : (i171.

I Les Patterson Saves The World ( 15) ((ieorge Miller. Anstralia. 1938) Sir 1 .es Patterson. Dame lidna liverage. l’amela Stephenson. 'I'haao l’enghlis Ullmins. Absolutely dreadful comic farrago with the normally excellent Barry 1 lumphries floundering in a large pool of sick bad taste. The so-called plot is one ofthosc efforts involving middle eastern terrorists. arabian potcntates. and lots of foreigners with funny names.

Sir might well rescue the world. but a script like this one is way. way beyond salvation. (ilasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall St. lidinburgh: Cannon. Strathclyde: AMCClydebank 111.

I Manon Des Sources ( l’( i ) (Claude Berri. France Italy, 1986) Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. limmanuelle Beart. 11-1 mins. 'I‘en years after the demise oflean De Florette. 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 ( ireek tragedy. Manon is a full and satisfying second half that explores the suffering of the guilty as they pay a 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-eomic development from glaikit idiot to broken-hearted suitor. A stirring achievement. lidinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society.

I Masters Of The Universe (PG) ((iary (ioddard. US. 1987) Dolph l.undgren. Frank Langella. Meg Foster. llemins. Deadly dull Star Wars-style rip-off as the forces ofgood and evil battle it out for world domination. Disappointinglead debut for Lundgren. but what do you expect from a product designed to shift more toys'.’ Edinburgh: ()deon.

I Midnight Run ( 15) (Martin Brest. US. 1988) Robert De.\'iro. Charles(irodin. Yaphet Kotto. John Ashton. 132 mins. De Niro is charming and surprisingly straightforward as an honest es-cop turned bounty hunter. crossing the country to bring crooked accountant (irodin back form New York to l..A. so that he can face charges of embezzling Mafia money. The only problem being that the FBI. the mob. the cops. and another bounty hunter all \v ant their hands on the suspect too. l-‘ocusingon the growing friendship

between the tvv o leads as they become reliant on each other in their effortsto escape their pursuers. this is an amiable buddy mov ie that‘s also a consistently unpredictable road movie. that Just ' happens to be a quite smart cop mov ie. Superior 1 lollywood entertainment. verv capany serv ed up and performed. . (ilasgow : Cannon Sauehiehall St. lidinburgh: Cannon. Clydebank: ltl. Falkirk: Cannon. Kilmarnock: Cannon I The Name of the HOSEl18)(Jean-Jacques Annaud. W. Ciermany France ltaly. 1980) Sean Connery . F. Murray Abraham. Christian Slater. 131mins. Marvellous medieval mystery with the masterful Connery asaSherlock Holmes-like sleuth on the trail ofa murderer in the monastery. A convincing historical atmosphere and a BAl’lA winning performance from Sean. (ilasgow : (irosv enor.

I9‘/2Week8( lh’l (Adrian 1.yne. CS. 1985) Mickey Rourke. Kim Basinger. 113 mins. Div orcee Basingcr becomes a slay e to love when she succumbs to the stubbly charms of commodities broker Rourke.

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l'S l-rancc. 1951 l ( )rson \Velles. Michael MacLiammoir. l-ay Compton. ‘)1 mins. Shakespeare's moor as rearranged by Orson Welles working on a miniature budget on various liuropean locations. 'l‘echnical quality very variable. but set-pieces like the murder in the ’l‘urkish bath show flashesof brilliance. lidinburgh: lidinburgh l'niversity' Film Society.

I Parting Glancest 15) 1 Bill Sherwood. CS. 1985) Richard (ianoung. John Bolger. Steve Bliscemi. 01) mins. Yuppie lov e amongst the homosexual community in .‘vlanhattan. with a triangular relationship disrupted by the fact that one of the trio has contracted AIDS. \‘v'ell-observed film-making on a

low -budget. with director Sherwood more interested in the psychology of his characters than producing a moralising piece on the effects of the disease. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Pather Panchali ( l? ) (Satyajit Ray. India. 1955) Kanu Banneriee. Karuna Banneriee. 115 mins. In a small Bengali village the son ofa would-be writer lives through poverty and domestic tragedy before setting off to the city to make his fortune. Slow-moving but engrossing family drama on a small-scale. the debut feature of India‘s most famous film-maker. lzdinburgh: lidinburgh Film (iuild.

I Paths Of Glory t 1’( i ) (Stanley Kubrick. CS. 1957) Kirk Douglas. Adolphe Menjou. (ieorge MacCready. Timothy Carey. so mins. Amidst the horrorsof WWl's trench warfare. Douglas is the counsel attempting to defend a trioof soldiers set to be court-martialled for cowardice. and finding that the incompetence of high command is mostly to blame for their unhappy plight.

Brilliant evocation of the (ireat War.

with the top brass scenes filmed in actual French chateaus. and Kubrick's camera relentlessly prowling through the mud of the memorable battle scenes. (ilasgow: (iF'l‘. I Pink Floyd The Wall (.4 Ian Parker. UK. [982) Bob (iv/(10f. Christine Hargreaves,

16 The List 14 27 October 1988