kid Fool (Adams) when he breaks into the house of his landlords. Genuine shocks and a social conscience enliven this dark fairy story for the 905. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: La Scala. UCI Clydebank.

I The Philadelphia Story (PG) (George Cukor. US. 1940) Katharine Hepburn. Cary Grant. James Stewart. 112 mins. Splendidly sophisticated Hollywood comedy with Stewart as a scandalsheet reporter covering the society wedding of recently divorced Hepburn. ex~hubby Grant lurking in the wings. and romance recurdling despite itself. Sparkling dialogue and charismatic performances all round make this one of the best of its kind. Remade as the musical. High Sociery. Glasgow: GFI'.

I Hi Floyd The Wall (15) (Alan Parker. UK. 1982) Bob Geldof. Christine Hargreaves. Bob Hoskins. 95 mins. An ambitious attempt by Parker and the Floyd's Roger Waters to turn the band‘s album The Wall into a visual. almost dialogue-less story. in which a schoolboy named Pink grows up to be an isolated rock star. The result did not match the ambition. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Point ereak(15) (Kathryn Bigelow. US. 1991) Keanu Reeves. Patrick Swayze. Gary Busey. Lori Petty. 120 mins. Director Bigelow (Blue Steel. Near Dark) takes on Hollywood's action/adventure big boys at their own game and comes out on top. Reeves is the eager young FBI recruit on the trail of a group of latex~masked bank robbers who are known to be surfers. Board under arm. he heads for the waves. Bigelow tackles cliches of buddy partnerships. macho bullshit and thriller shoot-outs with fresh energy. creating a terrific movie that has one foot in reality. the other in an absurdist world. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. All UCls.

I Les Fortes de la lluit (PG) (Marcel Carrie. France. 1946) Yves Montand. Nathalie Nattier. Serge Reggiani. 106 mins. Carne takesJacques Prevert‘s original ballet and transforms it intoa poetic melodrama that suggests that France after the Occupation was peopled with an heroic working class and a profitcering bourgeoisie. First in a series of films screened as a tribute to the late Yves Montand. French Cine-Club.

I Deal Des erumes (PG) (Marcel Carne. France. 1938) Jean Gabin. Michele Morgan. Michel Simon. Pierre Brasseur. 91 mins. A cynical army deserter falls in love with a young idealist. and tries to wrench her from her crooked guardian. A wonderfully pessimistic piece of romantic cinema that echoes the political clouds hanging over

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Film and video makers in the Strathclyde region are invited to submit proposals for projects on 16mm, Super 8, U-Matic or VHS of up to 15 mins long.

10 productions will be given free resources, equipment,

expenses and distribution round European festivals.

Application forms available from: GFVW, 7 James St, Bridgeton, Glasgow, (340 182. Tel: 554 6502. Deadline: February 81h.

GFVW Production Workshop '92 is funded by: Strathclyde Regional Council a Glasgow City Council's Arts Development Fund

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France at the time. while setting the course for Hollywood‘s forthcoming preoccupation with doomed love affairs. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Rescuers OM Under (U) (Hendel Butoy/Mike Gabriel. US. 1990) With the voices of Bob Newhart. Eva Gabor. John Candy. George C. Scott. 77 mins. Miss Bianca and Bernard. the two top mouse agents from the International Rescue Aid Society. this time journey to the Australian outback in order to help an eight-year-old boy protect an endangered eagle from a ruthless poacher. Disney‘s 29th full-length animated feature uses state-of-the-art animation techniques to give more of an action/adventure slant to this sequel to 1977‘s The Rescuers. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

IRIfI-IIIII(15)(Ken Loach. UK. 1991)Robert Carlyle. Emer McCourt. Ricky Tomlinson. Jimmy Coleman. 94 mins. A lighter-than-usual investigation of British poverty from our foremost political director. written from first-hand experience by former labourer BillJesse. Glaswegian-in-London Stevie (Carlyle) grinds

out a meagre living on a building site and enters

into a relationship with Susan (McCourt). who has

musical aspirations. The jolly badinage of Stevie‘s co-workers (among them ex-Brookie Tomlinson) provides an en joyably humorous backdrop. for which the Grim~Down~South message comes over all the more forcefully. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves ( 12) (Kevin Reynolds. US. 1991) Kevin Costner. Morgan Freeman. Christian Slater. Alan Rickman. 147 mins. Second outing of the year for the Nottingham legend. this time with Hollywood‘s golden boy in the title role. Costner‘s Robin slips into Indiana Jones mode as he sets about undoing the wrongs of Rickman‘s scene-stealing Sheriff in a way that is wonderfully reminiscent of the best Saturday matinee swashbucklers. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I Shattered (15) (Wolfgang Petersen.US.1991) Torn Berenger. Bob Hoskins. Greta Scaachi. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. 98 mins. Emerging from a car crash with body and mind intact. but with no memory of the events leading up to the ‘accident‘. Dan Merrick (Berenger) tries to piece together his life using only contradictory scraps of information. By letting the audience know only what Merrick does. Petersen (director of the acclaimed submarine epic Dos Boo!) cranks up an intelligent and exciting mystery thriller. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Dominion.

I Silence Of The Lambs ( 18) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1991 ) Jodie Foster. Anthony Hopkins. Scott Glenn. 119 mins. Following a series of horrific serial murders. imprisoned psycho-killer Hopkins is released to help Foster and Glenn‘s FBI agents track down the culprit. Adapted from a novel by Thomas Manhunrer Harris. Demmc‘s film version is a subtle but scary suspense shocker. with two excellent performances and great narrative drive. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I State OICnce ( 18) (Phil Joanou. US. 1990)Sean Penn. Ed Harris. Gary Oldman. Robin Wright. 134 mins. Undercover cop Terry Noonan (Penn) returns to his old neighbourhood of New York‘s Hell‘s Kitchen to find that his Irish gangster churns have become more violent in his absence. Against a background of potentially bloody war with the Italian mafia. he fights his own inner battles between the loyalties of his youth and his higher sense of right and wrong. Director Joanou moves on from his concert days of U2: Rattle and Hum ably assisted by the performances of his male leads. Glasgow: GFT.

I Steam On The Screen (U) Vintage railway films from the 19305 through to the late 80s. introduced by Andrew Youdell of the BFI and Alan Willmott of Windjammer Films. Glasgow: GFI”.

I Suburban Commando (PG) (Burt Kennedy. US. 1991) Hulk Hogan. Christopher Lloyd. Shelley Duval. Larry Miller. 91 mins. Professional wrestler and over-the-top star Hulk Hogan is Shep Ramsey. an intergalactic crusader marooned on Earth. whose heroic deeds are threatened by the arrival ofa pair ofalien bounty hunters. Sillyplot and cheapo special effects aside. enough laughs are milked out of the situation to make for a relatively painless cinema sitting. General


I Sweet War Farewell ( 18) (Silvano Agosti. Italy. 1991) Federico Zanola. Elisa Murolo. Roberto Brignani. 120 mins. On returning to the old farmhouse where he spent his wartime childhood. a man begins to reminisce about those times and

l the people associated with them. A passionate

Mississippi Masala (15) (Mira flair, US, 1991) Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury. Roshan Seth, Sharmllla Tagore. 113 mins. Following her hightly assured and compassionate debut with Salaam Bombayl, Mira llair's second film is more ambitious in scope. but doesn’t quite manage to mould its fascinating subject matter into a satisfying dramatic whole. Opening in 1972 Kampala with Amin's forcible expulsion of Uganda’s entire Asian population. Mississippi Masala traces the sense of loss and the lasting effects of inter-racial hostility when the central family attempts to begin a new life in the American South.

Although the excellent Roshan Seth, as a former lawyer who ends up running a liquor store in his adopted country, convincingly conveys his nostalgia for a lost homeland, the main narrative locus rests on Sarita Choudhury as his rebellious daughter Mina, whose sense of restlessness within the traditional moral confines of the Indian family leads to an illicit romance with Denzel Washington's struggling carpet cleaner, Demetrius. Against the unfamiliar milieu of Mississippi’s vaguely seedy Asian-run


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.. . a; is Mississippi Masala: ‘an engrossing tale with much to recommend it'.

motels, love once again bridges the divide of colour but at the expense of

much disapproval from both sets of

relatives and the wider community at large.

Certainly the absence of the usual white middle-class perspective is gratifyineg refreshing and the dissection of the various repressive social and sexual hang-ups that encumber both Asian and black ethnic groups is convincingly clear-headed. It’s just that despite the obvious attractiveness of both actors, the love affair fails to spark and passions don't quite ignite, possibly because Washington’s character- in a very 60: Sidney Poltler-ish way- is just too nice to be terribly sexy. As a result. it’s an engrossing tale with much to recommend it, but a little more grit and gumption might have upped the must-see factor a couple of notches. (Trevor Johnston)

From Fri 31 Jan: Cameo. Edinburgh. A special preview screening takes place at 1pm on Sat 25 Jan at the Cameo, when admission will be free to anyone bringing a copy of this edition of The List.

account of the emotional burdens of war. Glasgow: GET.

ITempest(15) (Paul Mazursky. US. 1982)John Cassavetes. Gena Rowlands. Susan Sarandon. Molly Ringwald. 142 mins. Loose adaptation of the Shakespearean play and a Greek setting act as backdrops for another New Yorker mid-life crisis drama. Even Cassavetes‘ dedication to his role can't save the film from terminal self-indulgence. Glasgow: GFT.

ITheTempest( 15) (Derek Jarman. UK. 1979) Heathcote Williams. Toyah Wilcox. Karl Johnson. Elisabeth Welch. 96 mins. Substituting a decaying Gothic mansion for Shakespeare‘s island and placing emphasis on absurdist comedy rather than campness. J arman's idiosyncratic reworking of the Bard is a strange sum of its parts. In its own way. it's as visually interesting as Greenaway‘s recent version of the same material. Glasgow: GET. '

I Theederblrd SIX (David Lane. UK. 1968) 90 mins. Scott. Virgil. Lady Penelope et al. Calling International Rescue! Black Phantom back shock


horror! ()nly Gerry and Sylvia Anderson can save us now! Just as well they can spin a decent yarn. Shame they treat the actors like puppets though. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Thunderblrds Are Go (U) (Gerry Anderson. UK. 1966) Scott. Virgil. Alan Brains. Lady Penelope et al. 91) mins. The first and wittiest ofthe Thunderbird spin-off movies. The let century version of the Shadows more than makes up for what is otherwise little more than the draggingout ofone of the TV episodes. (ilasgow: OFT.

I Torch Song Trilogy ( 15) (Paul Bogart. US. 1988). Harvey Fierstein. Anne Bancroft. Matthew Broderick. 119 mins. The story of Arnold. a New York drag queen's search for acceptance ofhis sexual orientation from his mother (Bancroft) and a steady relationship with his lover (Broderick). Adapted from the hit stage show with writer Fierstein taking the lead role. its theatrical roots lead to a sucession of sharp one liners and knock ‘cm dead musical numbers. The result is a heady mixture of laughter and tears. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

Nerrg/i’lms: Lebanon hostage movie. Hors La Vie. and mountaineering thriller. K2. plus Steve Martin's Father of the Bride