Films screening this fortnight are listed ,below, with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Full-length reviews of
selected new releases can be round closeto
the appropriate entry. Programme details appear in the Listings section which lollows.
Film Index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I After The Storm ( 15) (Tristan Bauer. Argentina. 1990) Lorenzo Quintcros. Patricio Contreras. Ana Maria Picchio. Eva Fernandez. 110 mins. When the factory where he works closes down. Ramon Dccina is forced to move with his wife and two children to a shanty town on the edge of the Buenos Aires garbage dump. The declining economic and political climate of Argentina is captured in the despair and misfortune of a single family. filmed in surreal. beautiful images by directorial newcomer Bauer. Glasgow: GFT. I Alice ( 12) (Woody Allen. LS. 1990) Mia Farrow. Joe Mantegna. William Hurt. Keye Luke. 105 mins. Despite living ina designer paradise. Alice (Farrow) has an eye for a fellow parent at herchildren's school and a backache her therapists are at a loss to ease. Cue Doctor Chang‘s mystical. medical herbs and hidden aspects of her personality shine through. Another gem from Mr Allen. Edinburgh: Dominion. IAlien (18) (Ridley Scott. CS. 1979) Sigourney Weaver. lan llolm. John Hurt. 116 mins. Agatha Christie in outer space as a freighter lands on a mysterious planet and is ingeniously invaded by a ravenous intruder which proceeds to chomp its way through the cast list. Edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller with a strong cast and gory special effects. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo. IAliens ( 18) (James Cameron. US. 1986) Sigourney Weaver. Michael Biehn. 137 mins. Revived from a 57-year snooze in deep space. Warrant Officer Weaver is cajoled into joining a marine rescue mission to the planet that is home forthe original alien beastie.L'nrelenting1y paced with a terrifically gutsy performance from Weaver. this nerve-shredding sequel not only matches its predecessor but cannily surpasses it. An Oscar winner for special effects. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Angel Dust(15) (Edouard Niermans. France. 1987) Bernard Giraudeau. Fanny Bastien. Fanny Cottencon. 94 mins. Distinctive Gallic thriller in which the unkempt Inspector Blount. desolated by his wife‘s departure. becomes involved with a mysterious and alluring girl wreaking revenge for the death ofher prostitute mother. Eschewing the flashier Stylistics of recent French policiers. Niermans creates an atmosphere of repressed violence and all-pe rvading corruption but retains a certain wry humour. and is admirably assisted by the red-rimmed peepers of M. Giraudeau. Glasgow: GFT. I Backdralt (15) (Ron Howard. US. 1991) William Baldwin. Kurt Russell. Scott Glenn. Robert De Niro. Donald Sutherland. 136 mins. Chicago’s finest firefighting men receive the Hollywood treatment in the film that burned up the US box office charts. Baldwin and Russell‘s sibling rivalry plays against a backdrop of stunning fire effects and big screen action as the Fire Department and De Niro‘s arson investigator search for clues amongst the charred remains of several victims with links to the forthcoming civic elections. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall
Street. Edinburgh: UCl. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelburne. 15(‘1 Clydebank.UC1 East Kilbride.
I Barbarella ( 18) (Roger Vadim.
Italy. France. 1967) Jane Fonda. John Philip Law. David Hemmings. 98 mins. 1n the year 40.000 AD. sex kitten Fonda travels to the planet Sorgo to divest herself of much futuristic clothing. fall in love with Law’s angel and tussle with Hemmings' mad scientist character Duran Duran (yes. fact fans. it is he). Dated \"adim romp of interest mostly to kitsch aficionados or horny twelve year-olds. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Bathroom lntimacies ( 18) (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Mexico. 1989) Gabriela Roel. Alvaro Guerrero. Marta Navarro. Maria Rojo. 78 mins. A rather obnoxious middle-class Mexican family are viewed from their bathroom mirror. Whatever Hermosillo’s dubious motives for bringing sex. porn and suicide to the screen. there are clearly shades of Almodovar lurking in the wings. Glasgow: GFT.
I Becky Sharp (PG) (Robert Mamoulian. L'S. 1934) Miriam Hopkins. Cedric Hardwicke. Frances Dee. Billie Burke. Alison Skipworth. 84 mins. A rare screening of 1 lollywood's first full 'l‘echnicolour feature. here as a newly restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film Archive. Pieced together from incomplete negatives and print fragments. the film tells of an ambitious young girl determined to make her way into Regency society. Based on a play which itselfwas based on Vanity Fair. its theatricality shows through despite the emphasison cinematography. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Benjamin‘s Woman ( 15) (Carlos Carrera. Mexico. 1991 ) Eduardo Lopez Rojas. Arcelia Ramirez. Malena Doria. Ann Bertha Espitt. 90 mins. In an intriguing twist to the beauty and the beast fairy tale. seventeen-year old Natividad is desired by the 50-year old village idiot. But when he kidnaps her. she is able to turn the situation to her advantage until a local boy comes to her ‘rescue‘. Glasgow: GFT.
I La Bete Humaine (PG) (Jean Renoir. France. 1938) Jean Gabin. Simone Simon. Julien Carette. Fernand Ledoux. 99 mins. A classic example of pre—war French poetic realism. Renoir‘s updatingof Zola‘s novel captures all of its naturalistic spirit. Jacques Lantier (Gabin) is a train driver who falls in love with the beautiful wife of his stationmaster. who has already killed her former lover. A wonderful melodrama. shot against the smoke and steam of the Paris~Le Havre railway. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Better Days Ahead (15) (Carlos Diegues.
Brazil. 1989) Marilla Pera. Rita Lee. Paulo Jose. Zeze Motta. 92 mins. When Marialva. a woman in her forties. leaves her small-town home to become an actress in Rio de Janiero. the only work she can get is dubbing an American sitcom. She
falls in love with a disillusioned director. and together they dream ofmaking big films. A bittersweet comedy from one of Brazil‘s top directors. Glasgow: GF’I‘.
I Betty Blue ( l8) (Jean-Jacques Beincix. France. 1986) Jean Hughes Anglade. Beatrice Dalle. 120 mins. Tempestuous love gone mad as an older handyman and a free-spirited woman embark on a passionate. peripatetic fling that ends in tragedy. Filmed with a dazzling technique and an irritating emptiness by the maker
of Diva. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Brazilian Shorts (15) (Various. Brazil. 1988—90) A selection of innovative shorts. shown as part of the GFT‘s Latin
American Film Festival. Glasgow: GF'T.
I Cabeza de Vaca (15) (Nicholas
Echevarria. Mexico. 1990) Juan Diego. Daniel Cacho. Roberto Sosa. Jose Flores. 112 mins. Based on the memoirs ofAlvar Nunez Cabeza dc Vaca. this historical epic tells of a Spaniard who was captured by Indian tribes in the 16th century ofthe
Conquistadores. After a failed attempt at escape. he learns his captors‘ language and soon discovers that their moral code is superior to his own. Mysterious and exotic. this is one ofthe best films to come out of Mexico in recent years. Glasgow: Gl’I‘.
I Caesar and Cleopatra (PG) (Gabriel Pascal. UK. 1945) Claude Rains. Vivien Leigh. Flora Robson. Stewart Granger. 135 mins. In its time. the most expensive British film ever — thanks. no doubt. toa producer who imported sand to Egypt in order to get the colour right. High on spectacle. but a bit heavy on the theatrical side. with its origins in George Bernard Shaw ‘s play on imperial romance up the Nile showing through too clearly. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Captive oi the Desert (PG) (Raymond Depardon. France. 1990) Sandrine Bonnaire. Dobi Kore. Dobi Wachinke. Fadi Talia. 100 mitts. A youngFrcnch woman is captured by rebel soldiers in Chad in 1975 and. while not under threat from her captors. she is constantly battling against exhaustion. lonliness and despair. A remarkable central performance by Bonnaire gives heart to this true story. which director Depardon covered asa reporter. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Cinderella (13 ) (Wilfred
Jackson Hamilton Luske Clyde Geronimi. L'SA. 1949) With the voicesof Ilene Woods. Eleanor Audley. Verna Felton. William Phipps. 75 mins. The classic Disney version of one of the world's most popular fairy tales makes fora welcome school holidays re-release. Treated as little more than a slave by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella‘s life is transformed when her Fairy Godmother grants her three wishes. Magical animation and fun songs make for a film to be enjoyed over and over again. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: L'Cl. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr.L'C1 (Tydebank.
I Cinema Paradiso (PG) (Giuseppe '1'ornatorc.1taly Francc.l988) Phillipe Noiret. 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 Tornatorc‘s lament forthe joyous movie-going experience ofhis youth and a recognition of the price we pay for our maturity. 1990 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. G1asgow:GFT.
I Close My Eyes (18) (Stephen Poliakoff. UK. 1991) Saskia Reeves. Clive Owens. Alan Rickman. 107 mins. During the long hot London summer of 1990. the affectionate familial bond of brother and sister Richard and Nathalie erupts into a passionate sexual liason. A calming shelter from a society on the verge of falling apart. their relationship is made more addictive by the taboo surrounding it. A troublineg effective and erotic drama. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Company of Strangers (PG) (Cynthia Scott. Canada. 199(1) 100 mins. Scott‘s experimental film is set on a broken-down bus where seven old ladies and a young gospel singer. Michelle. respond totheir collective isolation by opening up toeach other. The dialogue is based on hours of conversation. and the director has allowed her actors to steer the movie. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Confessions To Laura (15) (Jaime Osorio Gomez. Colombia. 1991) Vicky Hernandez. Gustavo Londono. Maria Christina Galvez. 90mins. The assassination of a presidential candidate brings additional turmoil to Colombia in the period following the Second World War. Despite believing that their livesare outside of politics. a middle-aged schoolteacher and her neighbours
I Ouai Des Brumes(PG) Marcel Carne's wonderfully pessimistic tale of an army deserter falling in love with a young idealist sets the tone for a stream of Hollywood post-war films on doomed love. Showing with La Béte H umairte.
I Regarding Henry ( 12) After being shot during a hold-up. bad guy lawyer Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) undergoes a long period of rehabilitation. and finds that. as well as overcomimg disability. he must redefine his concepts of success. love and happiness. See review.
I Teen Agent (P ) Mistaken for a top international spy. American teenager Michael Corben decides that this Bond-type business may well be the career option for him. And guess what? He ends up battling baddies who want to take over Europe. See review. I Tetsuo: The iron Man (18) Top notch body horror from Japan. After a hit-and-run accident. a young punk reconstructs his body from pieces of metal and sets out to kill the driver. But little does he know that his adversary has also began to mutate into an 'lron Man'. See preview. I True Identity ( 15) Lenny Henry makes his Hollywood debut as a struggling actor. on the run because he knows the identity of an infamous mob boss. He has to keep outwitting the hitman on his tail by utilising his talents in one disguise after another. See review. I Trust (15) A self-centred brat. thrown out of her home on account of her unwanted pregnancy. sets up home with an out-of-work appliance repairman in Hal Hartley‘s provocative satire on middle America. See preview.
The List 13— 26 September 199115