I The Commitments ( 15) (Alan Parker. UK. 1991) Robert Arkins. Michael Aherne. Angeline Ball. Maria Doyle. 118 mins. Sod [I2 — when Dublin-based group The Commitments. specialists in the type of guffchurned out at weddings. change their manager. they become the force to really put lrish music on the map. Alan Parker delivers a humorous. down-to-earth. close-to-home variation on his own movie. Fume. Plenty tunes. plenty fun. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Company of Strangers (Cynthia Scott. Canada. 199(1) lllllmins. Scott's experimental film is set on a broken-down bus where seven old ladies and a young gospel singer. Michelle. respond to their collective isolation by opening tip toeach other. The dialogue is based on hotrrsof conversation. and the director has allowed her actors to steer the movie. Glasgow: GFT.
I The Cook. The Thief. His Wife And Her Lover( 18) 1 Peter GreenawayuL’K.1989) Michael Garnbon. Helen Mirren. Alan lloward. Richard Bohringer. Tim Roth. 121) mins. A superb filtn which nonetheless contains something to offend everybody. Beautifully photographed. directed. written. acted and art-directed (with lavish costumes by .lean Paul Gaultier). its subject matter is at once bizarre. repulsive. romantic and compelling. Centring on Greenaway's obsessions with food. decay and infidelity. it‘san unforgettany stylish tale of forbidden love and brutal revenge. lidinburgh L’niversity' Film Society.
I Cyrano De Bergerac (17)(Jean-Paul Rappeneau. France. 199(1) Gerard Depardicu. Jacques Weber. Anne Brochet. Vincent Perez. 135 mins. A stirring adaptation of Rostand's classic. romantic tragi-comedy. Full ofgrandly mounted. bustling crowd scenes ( Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino won a Felix for their production design). it revolves around typically superb
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performance from Depardieu asthc large-nosed hero. Although performed in rhyming verse throughout (with somewhat dodgy subtitles by Anthony Burgess). and a touch overlong. the film's dramatic and cinematic qualitiesare outstanding. Edinburgh Film Guild.
I Dances With Wolves ( 12) (Kevin Costner. US. 1990) Kevin Costner. Mary McDonnell. Graham Greene. Rodney Grant. 179 mins. Costner’s debut as director and eo-producer. in which he also stars. has already been widely praised for its epic scale and its sympathetic depiction of Red Indian culture in the lts‘olls. ltwon seven Oscars including Best Film and Best Director. with no less titan twelve nominations. Set at a remote otttpost during the American Civil War. a time of violent struggle between pioneering Yankees and Sioux lndians. it offers a sensitive and intense analysis ofboth
factions. and of a man caught between two
different cultures. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. I Danny The Champion 01The World ( 1)) (Gavin Millar. L'K. 1989)Jeremy lrons. Robbie Coltrane. Cyril Cusack. Samuel lrons. 97 mins. Roald Dahl‘s tale ofa corrupt property baron and pheasant-slayer (Coltrane) given his come-uppance by resourceful nine-year old Danny becomes a fatnily movie in more ways than one. Millar. whose past work includes Dennis Potter's disturbing Lewis Carroll piece Dreamelrr’ld. has gone for wholesome entertainment this titne. and cast father and son as father and son in the central roles. with young Sam‘s grandpa Ctrsack as the avuncular Doc Spencer. Charming and warmhearted. with enough subtlety to keep the grown-ups amused. Glasgow: (ll-'1‘. I December Bride (PG) (Thaddeus ()‘Sullivan. Eire. 199(1) Donal McCann. Saskia Reeves. Ciaran llinds. Patrick Malahide. 911 mins. llighly unusual romantic drama set in rural Northern Ireland at the turn of the century. Reeves plays a woman with two lovers. who happen to be brothers. Despite all social pressures. the three maintain a stable rnenage. btrt conflict is inevitable. Slow btrt beautifully shot on bleak location. this is a unique and absorbing feature debut for ()‘Sullivan. lidinburgh: Filmhouse. I Do The RightThing( 18) (Spike Lee. CS. 1989) Spike Lee. Danny Aiello, ()ssie Davis. John Turttrrro. 119 mins. New York's deprived Bedford-Stuy vesant district on the hottest day of the summer. and racial tension escalates between ltalian-Attterican 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. l.ee's
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film also operates as a tightly controlled multi-characterdratna. Edinburgh: Cameo. IThe Doors ( 18) (Oliver Stone. US. 1990) Val Kilmer. Meg Ryan. Kyle .‘vlacLachlan. Kevin Dillon. Frank Whalley. 141 mins.1t's19oo.antlJim Morrison. aspiring poet and film-maker. joins a band ad transforms himself into the Dionysus of the Love Generation. From that point on. there’s no let-up until his bathtime demise as an overweight alcoholic. aged 27. Kiltner's superb characterisation as Morrison dominates to such an extent that the other actors struggle to assert themselves even one-dimensionally. and little insight is given into what fired Morrison‘s self-destructive genius. Still. Stone's ‘tits 'n' acid‘ version of The Doors‘ history . while selective and highly inaccurate. is never boring. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: WMR Filtn Centre. I Dumbo (L' ) (Ben Sharpsteen. CS. 1941) ()4 mins. The rest of the circusanimals make fun ofthe little elephant with the huge ears. but he discovers they have a use after all. Classic Disney: timeless entertainment. Strathclyde: L'Cl liast Kilbride. I Dying Young ( 15) (Joel Schumachcr. CS. 1991 )Julia Roberts. Campbell Scott. Vincent D'Onofrio. David Selby. 113 mins. A young woman takeson the demanding job of live-in personal nurse with a terminally ill playboy. and inevitably they fall in love. Jtrlre Roberts gets her teeth (and lips) into her first ‘serious' llollywood role. but. in the end. the film only scores half a hanky on the weepie scale. [insatisfying in virtually all departments. lidinburgh: ()deon.1'(‘1. Central: Regal. I Edward Scissorhands (PG) (Tim Burton. CS. 1991 )Johnny Depp. Winona Ryder. Dianne Wiest. Vincent Price. 1115 mins. Burton follows up the excesses of Barnum with this fairy tale for the 911s. which works as a welcome return to the darker side of the genre. Depp is the unfinished creation of The Inventor ( Price). who lives alone in a crumbling mansion. unable to es en scratch his nose without needing stitches. Discoverd by a friendly Ayon lady. his talent for coifftrre and topiary makes him a neighbourhood favourite until tragedy strikes. Beautifully shot. tenderly acted and ftill of hidden depths. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. lidinbtrrgh: ()deon.1'Cl. Strathclyde: ()deonAyt‘. CC] Clydebank. CCl liast Kilbride. WM R Film Centre. I The Fabulous Baker Boys 1 I 5 ) ( Steve Kloves. CS. 1989) Jeff Bridges. Beau Bridges. Michelle Pfeiffer. 113 mins. Writer director Kloves makes an auspicious debut with this evocative tale of broken dreams. fraternal jealousy and slowly awakening passion among three very ordinary cabaret performers. Veteran piano dqueffand Beau draft in Ms Pfeiffer's smokey chanteuse to save their act's declining fortunes. but as the trio go on the road together. rornanticand professional relationships are soon in turmoil. Crackling with some ofthe sharpest dialogue in years. this is a moody. mature picture. beautifully shot and scored. Glasgow: Gl’l'. I Flesh Gordon ( 18) ( .‘yliehael Benveniste. CS. 1974) Jason Williams. Suzanne Fields. William 1 lunt. 84 mins. ()trt ofthis world. space-age sex spoof as our fearless hero conquers the universe with his amazing weapon. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre. I Flesh Gordon 2 t in) (1 lowardT. Ziehm. CS. 1991)) Vincent Murdocco. Robyn Kelly . Tony Travis. William Dennis 1 him. 1113 mins. 1n the early 197(1s. you could get away with sexploitation comedieslike I’lt's/r (ionlmr. with hordes of naked women fleeing giant. phallic spaceships, gay robots and names like Master Bator. 'l'oday'.’ May be it‘s the Safe Sex backlash:
may be it‘s capitalist decadence. Or tnaybc »— just maybe — there's still a market for schoolboy humour. Roger and ottt. as the publicity puts it. Strathclyde: WMR Film Centre.
I Frankenstein Unbound t 18) ( Roger ('orman. CS. 1991)) Michael 1 lutchence. Raul Jtrlia. John Hurt. Bridget Fonda. Nick Brirnble. Catherine Rabett. 87 mins. The first filrn in twenty years from the veteran B-moy ie prince of horror shotild have been an engaging reworking of the classic story. Based on a rim el by Brain Aldiss. it stars l.\'.\S singer 1 ltitchence as Percy Bysshc Shelley . pltts a numberof screen luminaries and a new-look prosthetic make-up job. for the monster himself and for Frankenstein's fiancee Elizabeth. Sadly . despite an expert cast. an intriguing premise ( 1 nuts scientist sent back trotn the futtire to confront a ( iothic scenario) and some touches ofgritn humour. the plot is as tired andover-ripe as you might expect after so many remakes. lidinburgh l'niyersity Filtn Society.
I FXZ: The Deadly Art 01 lllusiont 15) (Richard Franklin. CS. 1991 ) Bryan Brown. Brian Dennehy . Rachel 'l'icotin. .loanna Gleason. Philip Bosco. 1118 mins. When movie special effects genius Rollie
Tyler ( Brown) is coaxed out of retirement. 7
he finds himself caught up in a webof deceit and murder. Sounds familiar'.’ Sure is. Stars and plot twists turn ottt again for seqtieltothc successful 19Sothrillet> and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Glasgow: ()deon. lidinburgh: ()deon. l'Cl. Strathclyde: l'Cl Clydebank. 1 'Cl liast Kilbride. I The Grittetst151(Stephenl~‘rears.l'S. 1991)) A njclica l luston. John Cusack. Annette Betting. 119mins.11uge1y satisfying mnr melodrama. centring on the relationship between three streetwise 'grifters' mob tnoll l.in (lluston). her estranged son. injured con man Roy (Crisack ). and Roy‘s ambitious girl .\1yra (Betting). When I.ily decides to visit Roy in hospital. skeletons start tumbling from closets. and their loose grip on security begins to weaken. Rich. dark and very strbstantial. lttlrnburgh Cniversity Film Society. Strathclyde: LTCI liast Kilbride. I The Hairdresser‘s Husband t 15) (Patrice l.econte. France. 1991)) Jean Rochefort. Anna Galicna. 9(1mins. The rornantictale of a young boy who resolves to marry a hairdresser. and ~- in eccentric middle age ~ does just that. According todir‘ector l.econte. the film ‘is not autobiographical. althottgh it really orig/rt to have been'. since the boy's resolution is one he himself made. btrt failed to keep. A witty. sexy and eccentric movie with dark undercurrents frorn the directorof .lfmtsrt’ur llirt’. Central: .‘ylacRobert Arts Centre. I Heatherst 15) (Michael l.ehman. CS. 1989) Winona Ryder. Christian Slater. 1.isanne Falk. 1112 mins. An ttltrablack parody of the high school teenflick. Lehman's first feature filrn managesto combine box office success with artistic merit. This cult hip hit of its year has Slater and Rytler starting a suicide craze to muscle in on the cliqttey l leathers running the joint. Tune in. turn on. droptlead. lidinbttrgh: Catneo. I HoneylShrunkThe KidS(l,')(Joe
Johnston. CS. 191s"))Rick Moranis. Matt
l‘rewet‘. Thomas Brown. Amy O'Neill. Robert ()liveri. Jared Rtrshton. 92 mins. llapless father and would-be inventor (Moranis) does just what the title suggests. The kids find themselves ctrt down to size (a quarter of an inch)and swept otrt with the trash. Their mission: to escape from the garbage bagand somehow attract their father‘s attention to their height problem. Well. we might think its old hat btit Walt Disnae. Strathclyde: CCl inast Kilbride.
I Hors D'Oeuvrest 15 ) Two programmesof ‘ehallengingand exciting' films from arotrnd the world. selected frotn the