I Accattone (15) (Pier Paulo Pasolini, Italy, 1961) Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Roberto Scaringella, Adriana Asti. 120 mins. Early Pasolini, set in the sleazy underworld of Rome, where Citti's Accattone struggles with the dilemma of poorly paid work or an easier life ofcrime. Intelligent and subtle exploration of a world the director knew all too well. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I All Dogs Go to Heaven (U) (Don Bluth. US, 1989) With the voices ofBurt Reynolds. Loni Anderson and Dom DeLuise. 84 mins. ln Bluth‘slatest animated feature. likeable Alsatian Charlie Barkin is killed by his partner in small-time crime. but manages to trick his way out of the Afterlife to face earthbound adventure with cute orphan Anne-Marie as he seeks revenge on his double-crossing buddy. Occasionally sloppy animation is more than made up for by the inventive story-line and an allusive sense ofhumour that should even have adults suppressing the odd guffaw. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.
I Alphaville (15) (Jean-Luc Godard. France. 1965) Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon. 98 mins. Enjoyable mid-60$ Godard caper which turns contemporary Paris into Alpha 60. a chilly city of the future from which such concepts as love and tenderness have been banned. Enter Constantine's grizzled gumshoe Lemmy Caution and we‘re set for an extended and highly idiosyncratic homage to comic strip heroism. Edinburgh University Film Society.
IAn American In Paris (U) (Vincente Minelli, US, 1951) Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron. Oscar Levant, Nina Foch. 113 mins. Splendid — if sometimes garish — romantic musical, with Kelly on top form as a would-be artist kicking up a storm in la belle cite. Edinburgh University Film Society.
I An Angel At My Table (PG) (Jane Campion, New Zealand. 1990) Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergussson. 158 mins. Campion‘s follow-up to her remarkable debut Sweetie is a lengthy treatment of her compatriot Janet Frame‘s autobiographical trilogy of novels. originally made for television. Following Frame‘s life from awkward childhood and teenage years, through university (where she was diagnosed as schizonphrenic) and bohemian travels in Europe. to her adult achievements as a writer, the film offers a more subtle depiction of mental illness than S weerie, and is superbly conceived and acted throughout. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Anita: Dances of Vice (Rosa Von Praunheim, W Ger. 1987) Lotti Huber. lna Blum, Mikael Honesseau. An old woman in Berlin begins stripping in front of a small crowd, and after showing off the
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‘most beautiful arse in Berlin' she is dragged off by a cop. Committed to an institution, she wreaks havoc with the staff and patients alike. insisting she is a famous dancer from the 205. The film then takes offinto the world ofher fantasies. A remarkable, imaginative and visually astounding film. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Apocalypse NOW ( 18) (Francis Coppola. US, 1980) Martin Sheen. Marlon Brando. Robert Duvall. Dennis Hopper. 153 mins. Vietnam as The Ultimate Trip. We follow US Army assassin Sheen downriver and deeper into the Heart of Darkness ruled over by Brando‘s mad Colonel Kurtz. Alternately pretentious and visually overpowering (the Valkyries helicopter attack, for example). its grandiloquent folly somehow pierces right to the bone of the conflict. Edinburgh Film Guild. I A Propos Be Nice (Jean Vigo. France. 1929) 40 mins. Vigo's debut is an ironic pseudo-documentary. articulating a strong vein of satire directed at the sun-seeking bourgeoisie on France's riviera. whose life of idle frittery is contrasted starkly with the squalid but vibrant society in the neighbouring slums. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Edinburgh University Film Society. I L'Atalante (PG) (Jean Vigo. France. 1934) Michel Simon. Jean Daste. Dita Parlo. 89 mins. Unmissablc reissue of brilliant French director Jean Vigo‘s only feature before his tragically early death now preserves the work in a form closer to the filmmaker‘s original intentions. A simple narrative follows the tangled passions of newlyweds Daste and Parlo as they spend their honeymoon on a barge trip with seedy old captain Michel Simon. but it's 1. 'A ralante’s rich cavalcade of ever-changing moods and unforgettably poetic moments of sensuality that make it a unique classic to be cherished. Glasgow: GFl‘. I Au Hevoir Les Enlants (PG) (Louis Malle, France/W. Germany. 1987) Gaspard Manesse. Raphael Fejito. Philippe Morier-Genoud. 113 mins. Low-key. cinema-verire inﬂuenced portrayal of incidents from Malle's own boyhood. Set during the German occupation. the film follows the developing friendship between two boys at a small school run by monks. one of whose secret Jewish identity proves dangerous to both boys as the Nazi presence looms. Simple. subtle. and very moving film, which avoids the cliches of the coming-of-age genre. and makes its larger political points firmly but unobtrusively. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Babar. The Movie (U) (Alan Buncc. Canada/France. 1990) With the voices of Gordon Pinsent. Elizabeth Hanna. Sarah Polley. 70mins. Jean de Brunhost lovable elephant graces the screen in animated form for the first time as the long-running children's favourite is called into action to save Elephantland from the clutches of Lord Rataxes and his Rhino Hordes. Undemanding and likeable children‘s fare for the school holidays. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride. I Back To The Future Part 3 (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1990) Michael J. Fox. Christopher Lloyd. Mary Steenburgen. 119 mins. After the elongated trailerof BTIQ we‘re back in 1885 for the third and absolutely final instalment of the series. in which Michael has to face up to longstanding enemy Biff and save the Doc from certain death, except that the latteris much more interested in falling for Mary Steenburgen. The end result is not quite a bad film. but. as with almost every other sequel of a sequel there‘s an overall slackness which prevents it from lifting off in the way that it should. in almost every sense. we've been here before. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Beneath The Valley Of The Ultravixens (18) (Russ Meyer. US. 1971)) Dolly Read. Cynthia Myers. Marcia McBroom.John LaZar. 109 mins. Mad Meyer‘s first dip
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Bullseye! (15) (Michael Winner, UK/US, 1990) Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Sally Kirkland, Derren Nesbitt. 102 mins. Con men Moore and Caine decide to impersonate two atomic scientists- remarkably enough Moore and Caine again -who’ve discovered the ‘fusion’ process for making cheap electricity. A few pratlalls and shoddy complications later and the two confusing sets of characters are heading up to Scotland on the Orient Express while a desperately happy Michael keeps coming in with a voice-overto untangle a junk-pile of a plot which was always a non-starter from the word go. Hilarious thinbgs happen like a bomb inside a haggis, Caine throwing a dart, Moore saying ‘Something’s come up’ and our two heroes dressed up in kilts.
Courtesy of ex-Cannon supremo Menahem Golan, this is a wholly successful bid to produce the kind of headphones optional, laughs non-existent garbage screened midway over the Atlantic, it’s difficult
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to find terms low enough to describe Bullseye! without resorting to ! lour-letterwords. imagine the worst ever Peter Sellers film, add strong helpings of Reg Varney, Bob Monkhouse and Charlie Drake and you’ve still something much betterthan , this insufferable twaddle which makes i Nuns on the Hun look like a model of sophistication.
A very brave man, Michael Winner makes a point of attending the press showings of his movies. Unfortunately this courtesy doesn’t extend to supplying baseball bats to the assembled hacks; otherwise,
20/9/90 would have seen a bloody mess on the floor of London‘s 113 Wardour Street and your usually mild-mannered correspondent pleading a fully justifiable homicide. (Tom Tunney)
From Fri 16 Nov. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr, Odeon Hamilton.
into tinseltown‘s big bucks allowed him a surprisingly free hand with the big breasts. and the resultant romp through all-girl pop-star mania is as irrepressibly full of sleaze and wildness as his earlier oeuvre. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Betsy's Wedding (PG) (Alan Alda. US. 199(1) Alan Alda. Molly Ringwald. Madeleine Kahn. Ally Sheedy. Burt Young. 96 mins. The marriage plans of Eddie (Alda)'s daughter Betsy (Ringwald) take on a significance similar to the assassination ofArchdukc Ferdinand. plunging two quirkily mismatched families into a social war. which Alda — as writer. director and actor — exploits to entertaining and gently satirical effect. Yes. the wedding comedy movie's been done before. and probably better. but the wisecracks work and the well-observed New York stereotypes are charmingly portrayed. Glasgow: ()deon. I Bigfoot And The Hendersons (PG) (William Dear. US. 1987) John Lithgow. Melinda Dillon. Don Amcche. lllmins. Disneyesque family adventure in which
the all-American Henderson family crash into the legendary Bigfoot and adopt the suprisingly genial beastie as a domestic pet. Predictable complications ensue. l involving the neighbours and ,‘ blood-hungry hunters. Strathclyde: WMR! Film Centre. I Bird OnAWire ( 12) (John Badham. 175. 1990) Mel Gibson. Goldie llawn. David Carradine. 107 mins. Formula film-making at its most bloated and least inventive has Gibson on the run front a couple of crooked drug-smuggling cops he turned in a few years back and llawn as the old girlfriend about to blow his cover. Less-than-enthralling chase ﬂick will probably pass a couple of hours ifthe alternative is having your toenails pulled out. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCl. Central: Caledonian. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.
I Blade Runner( 15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982) Harrison Ford. Rutger llauer. Sean Young. 117 mins. A tough coptracks