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recognition. Trintignant plays a priggish Catholic enduring a long dark night of the soul in the company of free-thinking divorcee Fabian. The profoundest questions of the spirit and the heart are delicately teased out in what remains one of the director‘s ﬁnest moments. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Medea (15) (Pier Paolo Pasolini. Italy. 1969) Maria Callas. Giuseppe Gentile. Massimo Girotti. 118 mins. Opera diva Callas was a brave choice for the lead in Pasolini‘s version of Euripides. but as the high priestess wreaking her revenge on the lover who betrays her. the expected sparks fail to ﬂy. Still. the director's trademark barren landscape adds immensely to the film‘s distinctive visuals. Glasgow: GF’I‘.
I Merci La Vie (18) (Bertrand Blier. France. 1990) Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anouk Grinberg. Gerard Depardieu. Michel Blane. 117 mins. Two French teenagers embark on a road journey that takes them back to the Occupation as well as acrossthe country. Blier‘s ferocious wit takes on big themes like AIDS and the Holocaust. creating an effective but self-conscious blend of buffoonery and sobriety. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Miller's Croeslnuls) (Joel Coen. US. 1990) Gabriel Byrne. Albert Finney. Marcia Gay Harden. John Turturro. Jon Polito.J.E. Freeman. 115 mins. The Coen Brothers‘ latest opus is a predictably quirky-but-stylish reworking ofgenre material — in this case the gangsterﬂick. Set in an unnamed East-coast city in the 19305. it centres on the falling-out between mob-leader Finney and his right-hand man Byrne when both take a shine to the same broad (Harden). Possibly the best. most under-rated ﬁlm of 1991. Glasgow: GFT.
I Music for the Movies (U) Twenty Scottish composers of all ages and backgrounds have been working on scores for a programme of silent ﬁlms from the Scottish Film Archive. This one-off performance and screening will feature the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. conducted by associate composer James McMillan. Glasgow: GFT.
I MyGlrl (PG) (Howard Zieff. US. 1991) Macaulay Culkin. Dan Aykroyd. Jamie Lee Curtis. Anna Chlumsky. 102 mins. A millionaire and not yet in his teens— don‘t you just love Macaulay Culkin (he said through clenched teeth). This time he‘s sorting out the lives ofhis tomboy neighbour and her widowed mortician dad. A kiddies‘ romance with a (literal) stingin the tail. Also with the best character name in recent months (can you imagine admitting to knowing someone called Vada Sultenfuss?) General release.
I My Life A: A Dog (PG) (Lasse Halstrom. Sweden. 1985) Anton Glanzelius. Manfred Server. Anki Liden. 101 mins. Wholly captivating rite of passage tale set in Sweden during the 19505. Twelve-year-oid lngemar copes with his mother's terminal illness and his family‘s general indifference to him by indulging in a high fantasy life. including the pretence that he is a dog. Terrible title: wonderful. unmissable ﬁlm. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Nikita ( 18) (Luc Besson. France. 1990) Anne Parillaud. Tcheky Karyo. Jean-Hughes Anglade. Jeanne Moreau. 114 mins. The latest exercise in stylish tosh from Gallic maestro Besson. Pariilaud stars as a junkie waif resurrected from her dreary existence by the enigmatic Karyo. an agent for the government's most secretive undercover organistaion. and pretty soon she‘s a topnotch assassin. But does this make her any more fulfilled? Edinburgh: Cameo.
I A One flight Stand With Sean Connery (PG) Sean Connery is James Bond up against tarantulas and bikini-clad babes in Dr No. Oriental henchmen and Pussy Galore in Goldﬁnger. Vegas gamblers and female killer-karate bodyguards in Diamonds Are Forever and SPECT RE world domination and marriage (1?!) in You Only Live Twice. A
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special all-night screening beginning at 11pm on Fri 28 Feb. Tickets. priced £5. are available from the Odeon box ofﬁce and proceeds go towards the work of Leith Community Playschemes. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Persona (18) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1966) Liv Ullmann. Bibi Andersson. Margaretha Krook. 81 mins. Bergman at his most impressive and intense. Andersson is an actress in the middle ofa breakdown and refusing to speak. Ullmann the nurse looking after her. As the two developa symbiotic relationship. the difﬁculty of and need for communication between human beings is examined. A ﬁlm that remains an almost physical and often psychologically disturbing experience. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Point Bulk ( 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 ofa group oflatex-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. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Poison (18) (Todd Haynes. US. 1991) Edith Meeks. Larry Maxwell. Scott Renderer. James Lyons. 90 mins. The latest target for the venom of American morality groups. Haynes‘ low-budget triptych pulls together three separate stories with ‘deviance‘ as the linking theme. The Jean Genet-influenced third section. ‘Homo‘. has attracted most ﬁak over is lurid depiction of prison love. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I Prince oii‘ldes (15) (Barbra Streisand. US. 1991) Nick Nolte. Barbra Streisand. Kate Neiligan. Jeroen Krabbe. 131 mins. Glossy. romantic tale of a Southern boy in New York. falling in love with his sister‘s psychiatrist while revealing his traumatic childhood in order to help bring his twin back to health. While Streisand‘s direction is sometimes shaky and her own performance is a little too self-conscious. there is no doubt that she encourages career-best performances from her co-stars. Nolte. in particular. is worth the price of admission on his own. General release.
I Problem Child 2 (PG) (Bnaﬁxvant. US. 1991) John Ritter. Michael Oliver. Laraine Newman. Ivyann Schwan. Ho hum. No sooner have we got over suffering the stomach-churning sweetness of My Girl and Curly Sue than it‘s time for the return of the pre-pubescent. bow tie-clad Junior (Oliver) from 1990‘s Problem Child. This time he and his surrogate father are trying to come to terms with the excess of single women in their new home town. As ifwe cared. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Central: Allanpark. All UCls. I 0 I A (18) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1990) Nick Nolte. Timothy Hutton. Armand Assantc. Patrick O‘Neal. Jenny Lumet. 132 mins. Following the death in a New York shoot-out of a crook. the much-admired cop responsible for his killing (Nolte) is hauled up before a grand jury. But when the DA (Hutton) digs deeper. he discovers this isn‘t an open-and~shut case of justiﬁable homicide. Typically assured. hard-bitten and suspenseful thriller. written and directed by Lumet with the authority of experience. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbridc.
I liaise The lied Lantern (PG) (Zhang Yimou. China/Japan. 1991) Gong Li. Ma Jingwa. He Caifei. Cao Cuifeng. 125 mins. Zhang. director of Ju Dou and Red Sorghum. again combines exquisitely beautiful photography with formalised melodrama. but this time creates one of the most moving ﬁlms to appear anywhere on the world circuit in recent years. Essentially the tale ofa young girl forced to become a concubine and the
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jealousies she encounters in her fortress home. it also acts as a metaphor for the repression of individual passions in post-Tiananmen China. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Raising Arizone(15) (Joel Coen. US. 1987) Nicolas Cage. Holly Hunter. 94 mins. Married cx-con Cage settles down to a life of crime once more and remedies his wife‘s childless state by stealing a millionaire‘s recently whelped quintuplet. Exhilirating. live-action cartoon combining non-stop action. crazy situations and dcadpan wit. This second feature from the Brothers (Blood Simple) Coen is a joy. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Rambling Rose ( 15) (Martha Coolidge. US. 1991) Laura Dern. Robert Duvall. Diane Ladd. Lukas Haas. John Heard. 110 mins. Sleepy Georgia of 1935 is the setting forthis coming-of-age period piece in which a barefoot farm girl is taken in by a more prosperous family. Rose (Dern) is a naive temptress and amongthose who fall for her simple charms are thirte'en- year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas of Witness fame). A delicately handled. finely balanced movie that oozes with nostalgia. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre. Strathclyde: Magnum. I Rhapsody In August (U) (Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1991) Richard Gere. Sachiko Murase. Hidetaka Yoshioka. 104 mins. A poetic and elegaic work from octogenerian Kurosawa. On the 45th anniversary of the bombing ofNagasaki. a survivor and her grandchildren find out that her long-lost brother. who emigrated to Hawaii. is still alive. Beautifully observed characters are placed in a wonderfully expressive landscape. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. IRM-RIMIS) (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 Bill Jesse. Glaswegian-in-London Stevie (Carlyle) grinds out a meagre living on a building site andenters into a relationship with Susan (McCourt). who has musical aspirations. The jolly badinage ofStcvie‘s co-workers (among them ex-Brookie Tomlinson) provides an enjoyably humorous backdrop. I Robin Hood: Prince 0i Thieves ( 12) (Kevin Reynolds. US. 1991) Kevin Costner. Morgan Freeman. Christian Slater. Alan Rickman. 147 mins. Another outing for the Nottingham legend. this time with Hollywood's golden boy in the title role. Costncr‘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 iiotnueld end Juliette (Coline Serreau. France. 1989) Daniel Auteuil. Firmine Richard. 118mins. Winning serio-comic love story in which hard-nosed business exec falls for his black cleaning lady. As their affair breaks down both class and racial barriers. her shrewd insight into the absurdity of corporate power-broking helps him to discover a new set of more worthwhile values. Serreau comes up with an insightful and funny examination of the way we live now. though it does bear a highly coincidental resemblance to the outline of Pretty Woman! Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. IA Smell Piece oi Germany ( 15) (Joachim Tschirner/Lew Hohmann/Klaus Salge. Germany. 1991 ) The title refers to the death zone beside the Berlin Wall which kept the two Germanies apart for so many years. The directors present three case histories of people involved in escape attempts. with the cumulative effect of adding a human perspective to a physical and political barrier. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Snovt White and the Seven Dwarfs (U) (Walt Disney. US. 1937) With the voices ofAdriana Caselotti. Harry Stockwell. Lucille La Verne. 83 mins. One of the most enchanting and inﬂuential of animated features. The central character is a mite wet but the individualistic dwarfs. memorable songs. superbly crafted backdrops and characters make this an essential cinematic experience. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Hamilton. All UCls. I Star Trek Vi: The Undiscovered Country( PG) (Nicholas Meyer. US. 1991) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForrest Kelley. James Doohan. 109 mins. The usual bunch ofold codgers boldly go in search of new piotlines but instead come up with an intergalactic variation on our own superpower peace talks. Throw in a renegade Klingon or two and the old mutual mistrust and tacky dialogue hits ham factor eight . . . and rising. Forget the grandiose aspirations and enjoy as a piece of undemanding pantomime. General release. I Steppenvtoli(l8) (Fred Haines. US. 1974) Max von Sydow. Dominique Sanda. Pierre Clementi. 106 mins. Director Haines creates an almost psychedelic atmosphere for Herman Hesse‘s introspective novel ofa man who believes himself to be half-man. half-wolf. Von Sydow brings
18The List 28 February - 12 March 1992