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charming. particularly after her relations decide to move her with them to Paris. Once there. her malicious ways grind their innate bourgeois decency to powder. until she meets her nemesis. . . it all sounds rather enjoyable. and Chelton’s performance in the title role is ajoyous creation. but a sadly predictable and underwrought structure take the bite out of a promising-looking satire from the director of Life Is A Long Quiet River. Glasgow: GFT. I These Foolish Things (PG) (Bertrand Tavernier. France. 1990) Dirk Bogarde. Jane Birkin. Odette Laure. 107 mins. Low-key and philosophical. Tavernier‘s homage to the wisdom (and follies) ofage takes reconciliation and hope as its main themes. Set in a small town in the southof France. it shows how a father (Bogarde) and his estranged daughter (Birkin)come to forgive and understand one another as he approaches death after a major operation. Deeply touching and superny acted. with Bogarde taking his first movie role since 1978 as his filmic swansong. See preview. page 31. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I This is Spinal Tap ( 15) (Rob Reiner. US. 1983) Christopher Guest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. R.J. Parnell. Ed Begley Jr. 82 mins. Certainly the most ingenious. accurate and funny of all spoof rockumentaries. with wonderfully spontaneous dialogue. convincing fly-on-the-wall camera work. self-penned heavy metal parodies. and of course the amp that goes to l l . Glasgow: GFT. I Three Men And A Baby (PG) (Leonard Nimoy. US. 1987) Tom Selleck. Steve Guttenberg. Ted Danson. NancyTravis. Celeste liolme. 103 mins. A trio of swinging bachelors about town get landed with a littlc‘un and much wee-wee and poo-poo ensues. Large grossing American remake of the French comedy 3 Hommes Er Un Couffin. Central: Cannon. I Three Men And A Little Lady (PG) (Emile Ardolino. US. 199()) Tom Selleck. Steve Guttenberg. Ted Danson. Nancy Travis. Robin Weisman. 104 mins. Sequel to the dispensable but hugely popular Three Men AndA Baby brings back our hunky trio and the child‘s mother Travis. together with Weisman as the horrid child. now five years of age. Family crises like which trendy primary school to attend and whether Sclleck should marry Travis keep the action ticking along at a reasonable rate. and it‘s actually a lot of fun. lfyou like that sort ofthing. Central: Cannon. I Time OtThe Gypsies ( 15) (Emir Kusturida. Yugoslavia. 1990) Davor Dujmovic. Bora Todorovic. Ljubiea Adzovic. Sinolicka Trpkova. Elvira Sali. 142 mins. in a rough but fecund Yugoslavian gypsy community. young Perhan (Dujmovic) lives with his grandma and aspires to marry Azra (Trpkova). but is too broke. When the mysterious Gypsy Sheik Ahmed (Todorovic) arrives in town. he sees a chance to better himself. and returns with him to Italy for tutoring

White Fang (PG) (Randal Kleiser, US,

1990) Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Seymour Cassel, James Remar. 109 mins. These days, the magic promised by the Disney signature is more indelibly associated with the continuing reissue programme oi yesteryear’s animated classics, than with anything today’s

marketing-obsessed Touchstone types

come up with. Well, thankiully that’s not always the case, iorthe recent subaquatic cartoon feature The Little

Mermaid was widely admired by young ;

and old alike, and now comes a very respectable wildlile adventure in the traditional mannerwith this very

' handsome adaptation oi Jack London’s

' rolstering Alaskan classic, White Fang. i

Ethan Hawke, previously seen as the ill iated student actor in Dead Poets Society, is prospector's son Jack Conroy, adjusting to perilous survival in the irozen tundra with Brandauer’s

crusty old Gold Rush veteran as his 3 partner. The young man’s plight

matches that at the halt-dog, hall-woli

cub, White Fang, who loses his mother . at an early age and is trained by native

Americans to be a hard worker. Soon, boy and onl-dog are united against a common enemy, the ironically named Beauty Smith (Remar), a vicious huckster who cruelly trains the animal as a surelire killer and big moneymaker in a string of horrendous doglights. It's Jack who saves our


tour-legged hero lrom certain death in one such contest, but as boy and beast begin to build up a mutual trust and respect, the conniving Smith is never lar away.

Strikingly shot on diilicult Alaskan locations, the film does a surprisingly convincing job oi blending the top-notch animal iootage with the intervening dramatics, and Randal Kleiser (oi Grease lame) has done well to keep icky sentimentallsm at bay. The disturbing dogilghts (which carry a reassuring endorsement irom the American Humane Society) might prove a little too much for the very

young, but White Fang remains a good bet for those looking to escape the synthetic dose oi Ninja Turtledom and the like. Even ii the pace is a mite too measured at times, it's cheering to see a lllm intended iorthe PG audience that's not awash with brash pop music and cut together like an extended reject irom MTV. (TrevorJohnston)

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in dirty dealings. 'I‘eeming with life and spectacularly scored. this is a gritty. brutal comedy: epic in scope and hugely enjoyable. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Unbearable Lightness oi Being ( 18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena Olin.

. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan

Kundcra's complex novel about a womanising Czech brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time with adoe-like small-town beauty. Abandoning his

freewheelingexistence.he embraces commitment at the time ofthe Russian

invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given some spice and

interest by an overwhelming eroticism. a : beautifully judged evocation of Prague

and gorgeous photography. Otherwise

vastly overlong and uninvolving.

j Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.

1 I Unhealthy Housing (U) Several short films about the environmental. health and ; social problems brought on by inadequate



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with a Mexican flavour 220, Bridge Street. Paisley

housing. screening as part ofthe Edinburgh Environmental Film Festival. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I VISTA: A Video Showcase A screening of work by several of Canada‘s best woman video artists. including Vera Frenkel and Lisa Steele. brought here by the Canada Council for Mayfest. Glasgow: Third Eye Centre.

I White Fang (PG) (Randal Kleisner, US. 1990) Klaus Maria Brandauer. Ethan liawke, Jed the dog, Bart the bear. 109 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge, Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Odeon Ayr. Odeon Hamilton, UCi Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.

I White Palace (18) (Luis Mandoki, US. 1990) Susan Sarandon. James Spader. Kathy Bates. Jason Alexander. 102 mins. Comedy-romance which begins a St Louis diner, where Jewish yuppie Spader (familiar but successful casting) meets

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older fast-food waitress Sarandon. An unlikely. cross-class affair ensues. which allows Mandoki not only to indulge in a predictable but stickily enjoyable love story. but also provides the backdrop for observant. witty satire on the largely ignored US class system. Edinburgh: UCI.

I Wings Of Desire ( 15) (Wim Wenders. W Germany .1987) Bruno Ganz. Otto Sander. Solveig Dommartin. Peter Falk. 127 mins. Restless angel Ganz on duty over Berlin takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Falk on the possibilities ofcrossing over. and follows his mentor‘s path to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin. Gorgeous black-and-white photography and a sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin grace this thematically rich and uncharacteristically optimistic slice of Wenders enchantment. Highly recommended. Edinburgh: Cameo.

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