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Must end Thurs 15th
Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece BIRD (18) . 1.1 5 (not Sun), 4.30, 8.00pm
0 Rep Season From Friday 16th
Fri 16: ZANZIE DANs
LA METRO (15) &
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (PG)
Sat 17: DOGS IN SPACE(18) & WITHNAIL AND I (15)
Sun 18: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (15) & HADIO DAYS (PG) & SEPTEMDEMPG)
Mon 19: IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN (18) &
Tue 202THE FLY(18) &
Wed 21 : SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (18) & BLUE VELVET (18) Thurs 22:THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (18)
I Late Nights
Fri 9: BABY BOOM (PG) & ANNIE HALL (PG)
Sat 10: HELLRAISEH (18) 8. DAY OF THE DEAD (18)
Fri 16: SUSPECT (15) & JAOOEDEDOEnm
Sat 17: LAST TANGO IN PARIS (18) & DEcAIvIEnON (18)
O Sunday Mats
Sun 11 at 1 .45pm SCHOOL DAZE (15) Sun 18 at 2.00pm
THE WIZARD OF 02 (U)
TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
Tucker: The Man And His Dream (PG) «2*: (Francis Coppola, US, 1988) Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest. 110 mins. After a couple of disappointingly thin efforts as a mere hired hand with Peggy Sue Got Married and Gardens Of Stone, it’s a pleasure to see a Francis Coppola movie that the man actually seems involved in. Right from the opening moments, as a mock 1940s promotional film for auto manufacturer Preston Tucker flashes past, the resonances with Welles' fake newsreel in Citizen Kane signal the onset of a cinematic enterprise brimming with conﬁdence.
Based on a true story, the film charts Tucker’s progress from his first idea for ‘The Car 01 Tomorrow Today‘, an automotive revolution that would galvanise the 1948 motor industry with technical innovations like seat-belts and a rear-mounted engine. Unfortunately, Tucker (engagineg played by Jeff Bridges) turns out not to have really thought out his plans in detail, and although he and his friends create quite a stir with the prototype. they manage to knock up, when big- businessgets involved the process of mass-production turns out to be somewhat problematical. However, the very suggestion of change has frightened the major Detroit operations, and they conspire with the politicians to trump up a set of fraud
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charges that eventually sees Tucker‘s dream disappear in a welter of litigation.
For a start, all this is certainly an intriguing by-way of American cultural history, and although the interpretation offered veers towards the martyrdom of individual enterprise by the political muscle of the corporations, we see enough of Tucker as impractical dreamert‘o have our doubts. Needless to say, Jeff Bridges' enthusiastic arrogance, somehow likeable for its cussed insouciance, carries the day, with Martin Landau making quite an impression as the curmudgeonly old accountant carried away by Tucker’s
Yet it‘s really Coppola's movie. Revelling in the widescreen and the painterly tonal sensibility of lighting cameraman Vittorio Storaro, there are enough outrageous match-cuts and slinky camera movements to make the cinephile positively drool, while the narrative has a controlled impetus that recalls the sheer story-telling verve of
’ the classic Hollywood productions. He
even manages to pull off a tone of self-consciousness that undercuts the sentimentality. Wonderful. (Trevor Johnston)
92 mins. Romance between a shopgirl and a garage attendant is rekindled when they meet again after years apart. Delightful screen operetta using only sung dialogue, with deftness of camera movement and delicious production design which maintain the interest when the plot creaks (which it does). Edinburgh: Cameo. I VincenHPG) 12' (PaulCox. Australia Netherlands. 1987) 103 mins. Unusual film on Van (iogh. neither straight documentary nor fictionalised account. but a study ofthe artist's life using his famous letters as the soundtrack to visuals that merge the paintings with the places he lived and worked in. Ambitious attempt at varying an old rather staid form of film-making. but the pace isoften unbearably slow. (ilasgow: (if’l‘. I Les Visiteurs Du Soir ( P( i ) (Marcel Carne. France. 1942) Arlctty. Jules Berry. Alain Cluny. lltlmins. In medieval France the Devil attempts and fails to corrupt the hearts of two young lovers. and when he turn them to stone their hearts still beat. Portentous offering made during the Occupation as an obvious allegory for the situation facing the country. and very beautiful to behold it is too. (ilasgow: French Institute. I Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ( PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1988) Bob lloskins. Joanna (‘assidy. Christopher Lloyd. 92 mins. Los Angeles. 1949, and side by side with the human population live the Toons. the cartoon characters working in the movie business. Animated star Roger Rabbit is worried about his wife Jessica's faithfulness and hires private dick Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to keep tabs on her. but this is merelythe prelude to the unravelling of a conspiracy that is to threaten the lives of all involved. and the very future of Toontown itself.
An incredible technical achievement for the credibility with which the cartoons interact with the human cast and stylised sets. this surefire box office winner
efficiently spoofs the film noir genre while milking its 'I‘cs Avery -stylcd highly physical sense of black comedy for all its worth. The stars cope remarkably well. but all praise is due to the learn behindthe cameras and on the animating boards. for they have returned a sense of wonder to the silver screen. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. ( irosvenor. ()deon. Edinburgh: ()deon. Central: Cannon. Slrathcly'de: AMC Clydcbank lll. Cannon. Kclburne. La Scala. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. Rialto.
I Willow (1’0) 2"." (Ron l loward. CS. 1988) Warwick Davis. Val Kilmer. Joanne Whalley'. Jean Marsh. 13(1mins. See caption review. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon Sauchichall Street. lidinburgh: Cannon. Central: Cannon. Strathcly'dc: .:\.\1(‘Clydebank ll). Cannon. ls'elburnc. 1a Scala. ()deon Ay‘r. ()deon Hamilton. WMR lrvinc.
I Witches of Eastwick ( ls) ((icorge Miller. L'S. 1987) Jack Nicholson. Cher. Strsan Sarandon. 118 mins. Suffocating in the prim tranquility of a small town in New England. three single women set their collective brains towards conjuring tip the perfect Mr Right. Next morninga mysterious stranger suddenly appears. as if in answer to their prayers. and beginsto charm the pants off them. But the ripe. randy and rakish Daryl van Home isthe devil in disguise. and there is a price topay fortheir pleasure . . . A joyous.diabolical romp. with Nicholson having the time of his life. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road.
I The Wizard 0101(1’0) (Victor Fleming. US. 1939) Judy Garland. Frank Morgan. Ray Bolger. Bert Lahr. Jack Haley. Margaret Hamilton. Toto. 1(12mins. Miserable Dorothy runs away from home but is soon whisked up into a magical land where her adventures teach her that happiness is to be found in her own back yard. Classic stuffindeed. just chockfulof great songs characterisation and garishly
memorable design. l’erhaps marginally less enjoyable for the curmudgeonly element rooting for the Wicked Witch ()1 '1‘heWcst though. lidinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.
I Withnail And If 15) ( Bruce Robinson. CK. 1087') Paul .\1c(iann. Richard Ii. (irant. Richard (irillilhs. 107 mins. 19(1‘). '1on out of work actors surviving through 1.ondon giro squalor take a break in a picturescquc Lake District cottage. where one of them suffers the attentions of the ageing homosexual owner.
Reasonably entertaining British comedy with a tendency to rely on the all-too-casy targets of drug-taking and gay stereotyping for much of its humour. [zdinbur‘gh Cameo.
I Year Of Living Dangerously ( P( i ) ( Peter Weir. Airstralia. 1982) Mel ( iibson. Sigour‘ney Weaver. Linda 1 lunt. 115 mins. Indonesia. 1905. Journalist ( iibson ison his first posting as a foreign correspondent. and an emotional involvement in the midst of the country's political upheavals leads to a tough set of personal choices. A fine balance of chararcterisation. action highlights and historical recreation in this impressive Peter Weir film. (ilasgow: (irosvenor.
I Yellow Submarine ( t ' ) ((ieorge 1)unning,lJK, 1‘)(17)'1'hc voices and music of the Beatles. 91) mins. 'l'hc Fab Four save Pcpperland from the Blue Meanies. A real period piece these days. this exercise in garish psychedelic animation still remains a colourful (and safely non-addictive ) trip for the kiddies. while everyone can sing along with the tunes. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Zanzie Dans La Metro ( 15) (Louis .‘vfalle. France. 1960) Catherine Demongeot. Philippe Noiret. Vittorio Caprioli. 88 mins. A naughty little girl wreaks a dayof l’arisien havoc. Crazed. refreshingly sherbety Gallic comedy from a then youthful and energetic young director. Edinburgh: Cameo.
22 The List 9 — 22 December 1988