Glasgow: Glasgow: OFT. I Help (PG) (Alain Resnais. France. 1986) Sabine Azema. Fanny Ardant. Pierre Arditi. 110 mins. Paris. 1926. The wife of a world renowned concert violinist embarks on an affair with one other husband's old friends which is to threaten her marriage and conclude in tragic circumstances. Resnais adapts. most improbably. a popular melodrama ofthe Twenties. and turns it into a stripped-down almost essential cinema whose brilliant performances and claustrophobic settings remind one ofthe powerful work sometimes accomplished by Altman. Initially rather cold but finally a mesmerising and rewarding experience. Edinburgh: French Institute. I Mtlleniurn (PG) (Michael Anderson. US. 1989) Kris Kristofferson. Cheryl Ladd. Daniel J Travanti. 108 mins. In the distant future the heavily polluted world is about to keel over. so time-travellers disguised as air hostesses nip back to the 20th century to spirit passengers away from planes that are about to crash. Enter airline investigator Kristofferson. enter futureperson Cheryl Ladd. and lo a potentially arresting sci-fi premise takes second place to dullsville romance. Veteran director Anderson is on his usual ponderous form. Glasgow: Odeon. I Mississippi Burning (18) (Alan Parker US. 1988) Willem Dafoe. Gene Hackman. Frances McDormand. Brad Dourif. 127 mins. The director stirred up a hornet‘s nest of controversy as well as gaining seven Oscar nominations. with this study of racial hatred in the deep South of America. The major criticism stemmed from the film's concentration on the two white FBI agents. However despite its mainstream commercial context it remains a powerful thriller full ofgood intentions and not too many film-makers working in such a context would be prepared even to try and bring such a flammable subject to the screen. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Modems ( 15) (Alan Rudolph. US. 1988) Keith Carradine. Linda Firoentino. John Lone. Genevieve Bujold. 126 mins. Paris. 1926 is the setting for Alan Rudolph‘s latest triumph. a playful expoloration of the fake and the genuine in art and love. Amidst the background of the expatriate American artistic circle of Hemingway and Stein. the consequences ofa series of tangled relationships reverberates around the boho art world. Excellent Altman/Rudolph rep company performances. an unpredictable directorial ﬂair. and the dramatic shaping of complex themes into a delirious drama. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Moonwalker (U) (Jerry Kramer & Colin Chilvers. US. 1988) Michael Jackson. Sean Lennon. Kellie Parker. Joe Pesci. 100 mins. The Jacko plan for complete world domination continues apacc with this ragbag of bits and pieces masquerading as a feature film. We get some old Jackson Five footage; an animated section by Jim And She Was Bashfiled; a song called Budder starring an eight year-old Jackson lookalike; and an extended video for the track Smooth Criminal. which has our Michael leading a double life as both clean-cut good guy and fedora-topped gangster figure. Criticism is pointless as the kiddies will flock to it anyway. but there‘s a lot to dislike about a movie which sets out to exploit our younger viewers‘ short attention spans. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Marielle Rendonee Deadly Run (18) (Claude Miller. France. 1984) Isabelle Adjani. Michel Serrault. 120 mins. British cinema premiere for Claude Miller‘s bizarre adaptation of a novel by twisted pulpmeister Marc Behm. Adjani stars as a bisexual serial murderess who traverses France to bump off a succession of rich partners. while Serrault is the disturbed cop on her trail who ends up protecting her so he can watch her kill. M.Miller will be Lmsmat the screening to discuss his
work. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I The Navigator (15) (Vincent Ward. NZ. 1988) Bruce Lyons. Chris Haywood. Hamish McFarlane. Marshall Napier. 92 mins. In medieval Cumbria. a lad named Griffin dreams up a mysterious mission to save his fellow villagers from the Plague. The answer is simple: dig a hole to New Zealand. On arrival on the other side of the world. the bewildered villagers find themselves in the present day. and must confront a nightmare world ofcars. televisions and post-industrial cynicism. Ward's extravagant imagination will not please everyone. but for those willing to suspend beliefand accept this film‘s ambiguity. it is a delightful tour de force. Central: MacRobcrt Arts Centre. I Nest In The Wind ( 15) (Olav Neuland. Estonia. 198(1) Evald Aavik. 95 mins. Neuland's examination of the experiences ofa remote farming family in the post-war years as the impact of Sovictization hits rural communities looks at the underlying tensions between the centralised bureaucracy and the straggling nationalists still fighting out in the woods. Glasgow: GF'I‘. I The Night is Young ( 18) ( Leos Carax. France. 1986) Denis Lavant. Juliette Binoche. Michel Piccoli. 109 mins. Never mind the rather assinine plot (rival gangs in pursuit of the serum to an AIDS-like virus) but delight in the young director‘s exuberant sense of cinema. His feeling for colour and movement. affection for his ragamuffin characters and sheer beliefin the power of visual imagery to captivate the audience are both exhilarating and intoxicating. Edinburgh University Film Society. I Once Upon A Time In The West(15) (Sergio Leone. US. 1968) Henry Fonda. Charles Bronson. Claudia Cardinalc. Jason Robards. 165 mins. Probably Leone's best film. this classic western details in operatic fashion the drive of crooked railroad magnate Fonda to cheat widow Cardinalc out of her land. until lone stranger Bronson comes to town that is. Brilliant Morricone score. achineg slow pacing. and an enthusiastic use ofthe wide screen mark this out as an
idiosyncratic gem. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Out Of Our Time ( l8) (Casi I’acillod’; l..M. Keys. US. 1988) 7(1mins. Intriguing debut feature follows two distinct threads of women's history. linking the efforts ofa prominent 193(1s Fashion writer attempting to get her novel published with the insecurities of a 198(1s heroine. who works on a small feminist newspaper but is anxious to bring her poetry to a wider audience. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Palsa (Roberto Rossellini. Italy. 1946) William Tubbs. Gar Moore. Mana Michi. 115 mins. An important historical account of six episodes from the Battle ofItaly between 1943 and 1945. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Une Partle de Campagne Jean Renoir. France. 1935) Sylvie Bataille. Georges Darnoul. Jane Markcn. 40 mins. Set around 1880. the unfinished film depictsa Parisian family picnic during the course of which one of the daughters falls in love. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Pathllnder(15) (Nils Gaup. Norway. 1987) Mikkel Gaup. lngvald Guttorm. Ellen Anne Bulljo. 86 mins. Set in the snowy wastes of Lapland. the first film shot in the Lapp language follows a teenage boy Aigin (Gaup) as he returns from a hunting trip to find his family slaughtered by a gang of marauding warriors and vows to avenge their deaths. Familiar reworking of Good vs Evil. fascinatineg filmed as something akin to a Scandinavian Kurosawa movie. Edinburgh Film Guild.
I Patti Rocks ( 18) 1?: (David Burton Morris. US. 1987) Chris Mulkey. John Jenkins. Karen Landry. 87 mins. See review. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Peking Opera Blues (15) (Tsui Hark. Hong Kong. 1986) 104 mins. The Fourth London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on
Tour presents a real treat in directorTsui (The Butterﬂy Murders) Hark’s outrageous costume swashbuckler. Set in 1913 Peking. it follows the adventures of three roistering heroines. one ofwhom
dresses in men‘s clothing and plays the sort
of role usually associated with Errol Flynn. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I La Petite Voleuse The Lirrle Thief ( 15) (Claude Miller. France. 1989) Charlotte
Gainsbourg. Didier Bezace. Simon De La
Brosse. 110 mins. Provincial France in the Fifties and Janine (Gainsbourg) is an awkward sixteen year-old being brought up by an uncaring aunt. Desperate to enter adult life. she leads a life ofpetty theft and gets involved with a married man. before finding love with a boyish young biker and furthering her criminal record. A familiar adolescent odyssey is given new freshness by the perky performance of the wonderful Ms Gainsbourg. and by director Miller‘s typically wise and sympathetic approach to all his characters. Adapted from a screenplay written (but never filmed) by the late Francois Truffaut. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Le Petlt Theatre de Jean Renotr(PG) (Jean Renoir. France. 1969) Jeanne Moreau. Fernand Sardou. 100 mins. Renoir‘s farewell to the cinema isa portmanteau of four separate stories. an uneven diverrissenwnr from an old man. Originally made for French television. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Pet Sematary ( 18) ﬁr (Mary Lambert. US. 1989) Dale Midkiff. Denise Crosby. Fred Gwynne. 102 mins. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street.
I Plan 9 From Outer Space ( 18) (Edward
D. Wood Jnr. US. 1956) Gregory Walcott. Bela Lugosi. Tor Johnson. 79 mins. This is
the worst film ever made. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I Powaqqatsi (PG) (Godfrey Reggio. US. 1988) 97 mins. Follow-up to Koyaanisqatsi
is another visual collage. this time examining how Third World societies
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have been exploited. Once more the result is beautifully photographed. and Philip Glass again provides the impressive soundtrack. but somehow the impact of the original has been lost. Edinburgh University Film Society. I Rain Man (15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1988) Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise. Valeria Golino. 114 mins. lmpecunious smalltime hustler Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) ends up kidnapping his previously unknown autistic savant brother Raymond (Hoffman). when their late father leaves his 53 million fortune to the latter. However. as the two cross America by road genuine feelings offraternal affection well up between them. The 1989 major Oscar winner is a warmhearted and touching buddy movie that scrupulously avoids sentimentality. and boasts a detailed performance from Hoffman that skilfully elicits both compassion and frustration. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I The Rachel Papers (18) a (Damien Harris. UK. 1989) Dexter Fletcher. lone Skye. Jonathan Pryce. James Spader. 95 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. I Rachomon (Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1951)Toshio Mifune. Machiko Kyo. Masayuki Mori. Responible for introducing Japanese films to the world market. Kurosawa's extraordinary film recounts four people‘s versions ofa violent incident involving a nobleman and a bandit. Edinburgh Film Guild. I The Return Ot The Jedi (PG) (Richard Marquand. US. 1983) Mark Hamill. Carrie Fisher. Harrison Ford. 133 mins. The final chapter in the Star Wars chapter sees Luke Skywalker learn the secrets of his family tree. before settling down for a final set-to between Good and Evil. Expansive special effects make this splendid entertainment. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Return Of The Living Dead Part II( 18) (Ken Wicderhorn. US. 1988)James Karen. Thom Matthews. Marsha Dietlcin. 89 mins. Not much to do withthe
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