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100 mins. The cult film of our times. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The film has its moments. and Tim Curry is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. Central: Regal. I A Room With A View (PG) (James Ivory. UK.1985)IlelenaBonham Carter. Maggie Smith. Simon Callow. 117 mins. Crisply realised. near perfect evocation of the E.M. Forster novel in which an apparently delicate English rose blossoms into a passionate young woman after a romantic encounter in Florence. Sheer delight. Glasgow: GFI‘. I Rouge Baiser ( 15) (Vera Belmont. France/W. Germany. 1985) Charlotte Valandrey. Lambert Wilson. Marthe Keller. 112 mins. Paris. 1952. 15year-o1d Nadia divides her time between the movies and the Communist Party. But an affair with a hunky Paris Match photographer incurs the party's wrath. whilst the arrival of an old friend ofher mother‘s from a Russian labour camp forces her to question the Stalinist legacy.

Wonderful recreation of period ambience (clothes. jazz clubs etc) in this likeable tale of adolescence. which is not unlike the earlier Diane Kurys picture Diabolo Menihe and none the worse for it. Valandrey does make an attractive heroine. Glasgow: GF'I‘.

I Scroogetl (PG) (Richard Donner. L'S. 1988) Bill Murray. Karen Allen. Robert Mitchum. John Forsythe. 101 mins. Returning in his first comedy role after the mega-successful (ihostbusrers. Bill Murray is the focal point ofthisumpteenth screen version of the Dickens classic. here playing a miserly television exec determined to exploit the yuletide schedules for all they are worth. but who is shown the error of his ways in time fora cringe-inducing finale demanding peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

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humour seems at odds with the spirit ofthe original material. Alistair Sim. where are you now‘.’ Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: AMC‘ (‘lydebank 1(1.

IThe Shining ( 18) (Stanley Kubrick. L'S. 198(1) Jack Nicholson. Shelly Duvall. Philip Stone. 125 mins. Kubrick‘s overwrought horror film dispenses with much of the psychic apparatus ofStephen King's novel to concentrate on the deeper horror ofa famin turning in on itself. Nicholson. with all the stops out. is bug-eyed and demonic as the father bringing much aggression to bear against his son. and the final scenes are . literally. chilling. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Silent Comedies This special programme ofsilent comedy classics includes (‘haplin's 'l‘he Immigrant. Harold Lloyd's thrilling stunt-based humour in Never ll'eaken. and perhaps Stan and ()llie's finest short Big Business. where they take on a few (‘hristmas trees in July as a nice little earner. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Short Films From The Brest Festival ( 15) Three programmes select the best short films from the prestigious Brest Festival. including Boleros 12‘! Mann/[es by 1 lilton McC‘onnico. the brilliant designer who works with Jean-Jacques Beneix. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Something Wild ( 18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1986) Jeff Daniels. Melanie Griffith. Ray Liotta. 113 mins. Best ofthe burgeoning yuppie-in-peril genre as business executive Daniels is willingly led astray by the irresistible charms ofGriffith only to find himself involved with genuine love and the frightening possessivenessof a psychotic ex-beau. Kooky comedy and genuine thrills are artfully blended with a non-stop soundtrack of eclectic treats. .\'ot to be missed. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Stakeouti 15) (John Badham. US. 198/) Richard Dreyfuss. Emilio Estevez. Madeleine Stowe. Aidan Quinn. 1111) mins. Dreyfuss and Estevez are two unconventional cops given the task of setting up a stakeout on the ex-girlfriend

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of escaped convict Quinn. but romance strikes and the routine assignment becomes more than just a job.

Bland. formulaic cop stuff with moral dilemmas. well-mounted action highlights and a comic dog. A pertormance o1 hard-working charisma from Dreyfuss saves it. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Subway ( l5) (Luc Besson. France. 1985) (‘hristophe Lambert. Isabelle Adjani. Richard Bohringer. 104 mins. Would-be stylish thriller set in the Paris Metrowith jewel thief Lambert courting the attractive Ms Adjani while trying to stay out ofthe way ofcop Bohringer. Far too pleased with itself. this is plain irritating. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Tartufle (PG) (Jean Meyer. France. 1963) Jean Paredes. Anne Vernon. 111) mins. I lighly-regarded screen version of Moliere’s famous comedy. Edinburgh: French Institute.

I ATaxing Woman ( 18) (Juzo ltami. Japan. 1987) Nobuko Niyanoto. 'I'sutomo Yamazaki. 127 mins. This follow-up to the international success of 'I'umpopo again stars Nobuko Miyamoto. this time as a female tax inspector obsessively on the trail of a wealthy businessman who is similarly concerned to hide his earnings from the inland revenue services.

The ltami mix as before really. a one-idea movie (the tax inspector as film noir gumshoe) strethed out to allow all manner of comic vignettes. cinematic references and gratuitous sex. to fill out a blackly entertaining whole. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Testimony (PG) (Tony Palmer. LR. 1987) Ben Kingsley. 'l'erence Rigby. Sherry Baines. 157 mins. The life and turbulent times ofcomposer Dmitri Shostakovich set in the context of an examination of the forces behind the emergence of the Soviet Union under Stalin's crushing rule. Shot in atmospheric black and white. Palmer‘s best film isa series of highly imaginative tableaux made on location in this country togreat metaphorical and visual effect. The music. in Dolby stereo. is wonderful as are the

performances from Kingsley and lerence Rigby as an uncannin chilling Stalin. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society. Filmhouse.

I There Was A Lad (PG) (VasilyShuksin . USSR. 1964) Rare sereeningofthe debut feature by Siberian born Shukshin. regarded by many as one of the modern Soviet masters. Ilere he follows a city hitchhiker through a remote rural area. concentrating on the odd assortment of characters he meets to satirise peasant innocence and so-called urban sophistication. Glasgow: G1’I‘.

I Thomas The Impostor ( PU) (Georges I-‘ranju. l-‘rance. 19M) Emmanuelle Riva. Jean Scrvais. l’abrice Ronlcau. 93mins. For small town boy 'l'homas ( Ronlcau). WW1 offers a chance to escape from his surroundings by assuming a new identity. Jean (‘octeau specifically released the rights to his own novel to Georges Franju. and the latter repaid the compliment by creating a masterpiece of hallucinatory wartime unreality that captures the flavour of the book admirably. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Through A Glass Darkly ( 15) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. l9h1 ) I larrict Andersson. (iunnar Bjornstrand. Max Von Sydow. 91 mins. ()n a remotcand desolate island four unfulfilled people are unable to communicate with each otheror to find the spiritual truths that they are so desperately seeking. Anguished Bergman piece of quite haunting seriousness. part of a trilogy that also comprised ll'inler Light and The Silence. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Tin Men ( 15) ( Barrv I.evinson. LS. 1987) Richard Dreyfuss. Danny de Vito. Barbara Hershey. 112 mins. Baltimore. 1963. A minor car accident is the beginning of a major tit-for-tat feud between two aluminium siding salesmen. returning to the gently autobiographical territory that he mined so well in Diner. Levinson has produced a thoroughly refreshing warmheartcd character comedy with top notch performances. Edinburgh: (‘ameo

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