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by Nicholson and Polanski. though. the

nose-slitting scene was faked. Edinburgh University Film Society.

I Cinema Paradiso (PG) (Giuseppe Tornatorc. Italy/’FranCC.l988) Phillipe Noirct. Jacques Perrin. Salvatore Cascio. 123 mins. Tornatore's vision ofhis movie-mad childhood is a wonderful love letter to the cinema itself. Told largely in flashback. it traces the young Salvatore's infatuation with his village cinema. and his growing friendship with its projectionist (played to perfection by Noiret). Essentially. it‘s Tornatore's lament forthc joyous movie-going experience ofhis vouth and a recognition of the price we pay forour maturity. 199(1()scar winner for Best Foreign Film. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland.

I Clean And Sober ( 15) (Glenn Gordon Caron. CS. 1989) Michael Keaton. Kathy Baker. Morgan Freeman. M. Emmet Walsh. 12-1mins. A strongperforntance from Keaton as the coke 'n' booze hooked real-estate agent who‘s convinced his problems are purely financial. ()n the run from the boys in blue. he takes refuge in a dependency clinic. where he entersa depressing decline. Sensitive and painfully intelligent drama. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I The Cook. The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover( 18) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1989) Richard Bohringer. Michael Gatnbon. Helen Mirren. Alan Howard. Tim Roth. 120 mins. Greenaway has made a film guaranteed to offend everybody. Though beautifully art-directed. photographed. produced and acted. it deals with the kind ofsubject matter normally only found under the counter at video nastystorcs. Compulsive and unforgettable but you'd be hard pressed to like the thing. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

ICDD ( 181(James B. Harris. US. 1987) James Woods. Lesley Anne Warren. Charles Durning. 11(1mins. Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins is obsessed with tracking down the serial sex killer ofa ntimberof women. a quest that leads to marital tension and conflict with his superiors. Former Kubrick associate Harris has produced a fine genre thriller with some excellent setpicces. which is also an investigation of mth in sexual relationships. Worth seeing. and ofcourse Woods is compulsive and edgy as always. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Crimes And Misdemeanours ( 15) (Woody Allen. US. 1989) Martin Landau. Anjelica Huston. Woody Allen. Alan Alda. 104 mins. Two stories are interwoven in this accomplished Allen offering which effortlessly blends the Big Questions side of his art with the one-line wit we've taken for granted from him. In the first strand. opthalmologist Martin Landau has a hit man bump offhis unsettled mistress lest she alert his wife of their affair. while the second thread has worthy documentary filmmaker Allen clashing with smug media tycoon Alda.


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The two narratives work towards a wise affirmation of life‘s impenetrable moral

Cameo. I Cyrano De Bergerac (U) (Jean-Paul Rappeneau. France. 199(1) Gerard Depardieu. Jacques Weber. Anne Brochet. Vincent Perez. 135 mins. The most-tipped movie for the European Film Awards. Rappeneau‘s stirring. poetic adaptation of Rostand's romantic tragi-comedy came out with a disappointing single Felix for Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino‘s production design. Nonetheless. Depardieu is superb as the large-nosed hero. and the film‘s dramaticand cinematic qualities are outstanding. Glasgow: GET. I Dangerous Liaisons (15) (Stephen Frears. CS. 1988) Glenn Close.John Malkovich. Michelle Pfeiffcr. Keanu Reeves. 12(1mins. Madame de Tourvel and the Vicomte de Valmont (Close and Malkovich) are treacherous 18th century aristocrats weaving a web oferotic duplicity around one another. Frears makes a notable Hollywood debut. guiding his east through a difficult set of narrative pirouettes. Yet for all the pent-up emotion on screen. little fervour seeps through. and the result is rather cold and calculating. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Dead Poets Society (PO) (Peter Weir. US. 1989) Robin Williams. Robert Sean Leonard. Ethan Hawke. 129 mins. lna staid private boys‘ school in Fifties New England. an unconventional teacher (Williams) interests his charges in literature and philosophy to such an extent that they form a secret club to investigate them (along with booze and girls) further. Though Williams is on good form. the filn' focuses mainly on the boys' emotional development and crises. and on the mystery and beauty surrounding their midnight meetings. A sensitive. tense and moving study of the conflict between passion and authority. even ifthc plot is something ofa cliche. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Death Warrant ( 18) (Deran Saraflan. US. 199(1) Jean-Claude Van Damme. Robert Guillaume. Cynthia Gibb. George Dickinson. Patrick Kilpatrick. 11(1mins. ()ur Jean-Claude plays a hardened cop who's just busted mad. mental psycho-killer The Sandman (Kilpatrick). and who is just recovering from his wounds when he‘s assigned to undercover work. posing as a convict to investigate a series of prison murders. Before long. he‘s defying death threats to uncoverthe sinister racket thriving in Harrison Penitentiary. And he's on the point of solving the mystery. when a nasty shock appears in the shape ofa new inmate . .. Formulaic tough-guy antics. with Van Damme and his bulging shirts on regular form. Edinburgh: UCl. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I Dirty Dancing ( 15) (Emile Ardolino. US. 1987) Jennifer Grey. Patrick Swayze. Jerry Orbach. 100 mins. Remarkably ordinary but staggeringly popular gir1—meets-boy-from-the-wrong- sidc-of—the—tracks musical set in an American summer camp in the year 1963. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Don Giovanni (PG) (Joseph Losey. ltaly/Francex'West Germany. 1979) Ruggero Raimondi. John Macurdy. Edda More. Kiri Te Kawana. Kenneth Riegel. 176 mins. Radical and colourful interpretation of Mozart's great opera. with Raimondi's Don presented in an overw rought and highly unattractive light. indulging himselfofthc fruits ofothers' labour. Glasgow: (if-'1'. I Do The Right Thing ( i8) (Spike Lee. (78. 1989) Spike Lee. Danny Aiello. ()ssie Davis. John Turturro. 119 mins. New York‘s deprived Bcdford-Siuyvcsztnt district on the hottest day of the summer. and racial tension escalates between ltalian-.-\merican Sal (Aiello). his two

sons and the mainly black local community who make up the bulk ofhis customers. As the situation worsens and violence looks a possibility. Sal's black delivery boy Mookie (Lee) ponders how to do the right thing. A forceful exploration of the socio-economic and cultural causes behind white racism. Lee‘s film also operates as a tightly controlled multi-character drama. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Dougal And The Blue Cat (U) (France. 197(1) Dougal. Zebedec. Brian. Florence. Buxton the cat et al. 90mins. Feature-length weirdness in the garden as your favourite sugarcube-eating scrubbing brush finds himself playing host to an unexpected guest. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Down By Law (15) (Jim Jarmusch. US. 1986). John Lurie. Roberto Benigni. Tom Waits. Three petty crooks in New Orleans find themselves framed (‘down by law') and imprisoned in the heart ofthe Louisiana swamps. They escape. but the jailbreak is hardly relevant (and hardly explained either) the crux ofthe film lies in the relationship between the three men as they make their hazardous way through an alien environment. Benigni just steals the honours from his better-known comrades in Jarmusch's splendidly off-beat. monochrome comedy. Edinburgh University Film Society.

I Eating Raoul ( 18) (Paul Bartel. US. 1982) Paul Bartel. Mary Woronov. Robert Beltran. Susan Saiger. Ed Begley Jnr. 83 mins. Excellent. deadpan black comedy. incorporating a wide range of themes to do with materialism. sex and bourgeois fastidiousness. as ordinary Paul and Mary Bland (Bartel and Wornonov) are distracted from their plans to escape L.A.’s madness by a scheme which combines catering with homicide. Edinburgh University Film Society.

I The Enchantment (18) (Nagasaki Shunichi. Japan. 1989) Akiyoshi Kumiko. Harada Kiwako. Naito Takeshi. Kusakari Masao. 1(19 mins. Tokyo psychiatrist Dr Sotomura becomes obsessed with the mysterious past of a beautiful patient. Miyako. whose unhealthy relationship with her flatmate is just the beginning. What follows is a dreamy and constantly surprising suspense mystery involving murder. serious injury. sexual intrigue and outrageously improbable twists ofthe plot. Subtle and subversive. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Les Eniants Terribles (PG) (Jean-Pierre Melville. France. 195(1) Nicole Stephanc. Edouard Dermithe. 1(1(1mins. The intense relationship between an adolescent brother and sister eventually produces tragic results. Committed performances from the two young leads achieve moments of real power in this sure-footed adaptation ofJean Cocteau. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn ( 18) (Sam Riami. US. 1987) Bruce Campbell. Sarah Berry. Dan Hicks. 84 mins. Bruce ‘fastest axe in the West’ Campbell and another selection of hardy citizens gird their loins and set their chainsaws running for another ding-dong battle with the evil forces in the woods. Less gruellingly relentless than the original. this was the smart trash hip hit of the year. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride. I Exorcist 3 ( 18) (William Peter Blatty. US. 199(1) George C. Scott. Jason Miller. Brad Dourif. 11(1 mins. The ‘official' sequel to the first film. written and directed by its screenwriter. is a superfluous and disappointing effort with nothing new to offer and far too much long-winded dialogue. The events are discussed rather than shown forth. and as

i a result the terror factor is pretty feeble.at

least until the climactic exorcism itself. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Salon. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCl. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. UCl Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride.

I Felix The Cat: The Movie (U) (Tibor 7 Hernadi. US. 199(1)90mins. From his 1 1919 debut onwards. Felix the Cat became l a cartoon superstar before Mickey Mouse had even been thought of. Now at the age of over seventy. but still in peak condition. Felix limbers up for his first feature length adventure when he‘s called in to helpthe ' Princess of the happy kingdom ofOriana fend off a malevolent attack from the unscrupulous Duke of Zill. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. I Flatliners ( 18) (Joel Schumacher. US. 199(1) Keifer Sutherland. Julia Roberts. Kevin Bacon. 111 mins. An arresting new adventure flick in which the bankable Julia Pretty Woman Roberts plus Messrs Sutherland Jnr and Bacon play a band of medical students exploring the fine line between life and death. By tampering with life support machines they 're able to reach the moment when all the vital signs have stopped and the monitors are showing flat lines (hence the title). before being brought back by their associates but the side-effects of the process are to prove dangerously unexpected. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCl. Strathclyde: Cannon. Odeon Ayr.UC1Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre. I Frame To Frame: New Scottish Films'I‘he tenth and final instalment ofthisspecial 1990 season subtitled Film and tlteArt School .S‘ensibz'lity. This screening presents new work by students and ex-stttdents of Glasgow School of Art. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and the National Film and Television School. including Malcolm Dixon. Evelyn Jardinc. Linda Hughes. Ewan Morison and Jim Shields. There will also be a forum on film production training with Paddy 1 ti gson (BBC. Silent Scream). David Bruce (Scottish Film Council) and Penny Thompson (Scottish Film Production Fund) Glasgow: GET. I The French Lieutenant's Woman ( 15) (Karel Reisz. UK. 1981 ) Meryl Streep. Jeremy Irons. Leo McKern. 133 mins. Past and present. reality and artifice. passion and scandal are artfully juxtaposed in Harold Pinter‘s masterful adaptation of the John Fowles novel. which contrasts the Victorian romance ofa scholarly gentleman with a fallen woman. and the contemporary affair between actor and actress portraying them in a film. Slightly starchy but rich and satisfying. Edinburgh University Film Society. I Ghost ( 12) (Gerry Zucker. US. 199(1) Patrick Swayze. Demi Moore. Whoopi Goldberg. Tony Goldwyn. 126 mins. An ersthwile happy couple are split up when Patrick Swayze falls victim to a late night mugging. Not content merely to pass-on however. he returns to try and get back in touch with Demi Moore. via medium Whoopi Goldberg in order to warn her about some financial shenanigans. Jerry Zucker‘s amiable supernatural. comedy-drama has been the surprise box-office success of the year and is charming audiences here. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. LC]. 5 Central: Caledonian. Cannon. Regal. Strathclyde: Cannon. Kelburnc. Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton. U(,‘1Clydebank. UCl East Kilbride. I Gone With The Wind (PG) (Victor Fleming. US. 1939) Clark Gable. Vivien Leigh. ()livia dc Havilland. Leslie Howard. 220 mins. This new print has restored the original colour to the classic. fifty-year-old tale that brings alive the era ofthe civil war through gripping narrative and characterisation. remaining faithful to Margaret Mitchell's powerful novel. Edinburgh Film Guild. I GoodFellas ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 199(1) Robert De Niro. Ray Liotta.Joe Pesci. Lorraine Braco. Paul Sorvino. 145 mins. A return for Scorsese and De Niro