I I! 0!!! Print. Idaho (18) (Gus Van Sant. US. 1991) River Phoenix. Keanu Reeves. William Richert. 105 mins. Shakespeare‘s Henry I V Parts I and 2 are given a sleazy. contemporary twist in Van Sant's follow-up to the admirable Drugstore Cowboy. Screen heart-throbs Phoenix and Reeves make brave career moves by playing a rent boy and the preppic layabout object of his affections. but to good effect. A compelling. idiosyncratic. left-field gem. See feature and review. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I TM Naked Gun 21/: ( 12) (David Zucker. USA 1991) Leslie Nielsen. Priscilla Presley. Robert Goulet. George Kennedy. 85 mins. The nasty leaders of the coal. oil and nuclear industries have hatched a fiendish plot to trick President Bush into carrying out an extremely unsound energy policy. But they hadn‘t reckoned on the inimitable abilities of Lieutenant Frank Drebin. Leslie Nielsen is back on top form as he bunglesthrough lame jokes. bizarre sight gags and lust for Priscilla Presley with a Clouseau-likc efficiency. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. I The fluctuating Story (U) (Wolfgang Petersen. US/W. Germany. 1985) Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway. Moses Gunn. 94 mins. Lonely young boy Bastian starts to read a mysterious book. and is miraculously drawn into the pages to undergo an exciting and dangerous adventure in a land of fantasy. Passable adaptation of the Michael Ende bestseller. with plenty of cute furry folk to engage the kiddies. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I Ilkfll (18) (Luc Besson. France. 1990) Anne Parillaud. Tcheky Karyo. J can-Hugues Angladc. Jeanne Moreau. 1 14 mins. The latest exercise in stylish tosh from Gallic maestro Besson. Parillaud 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? Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Nocturne lndlen ( 15) (Alain Corneau. France. 1989) Jean-Hugues Anglade. 110 mins. The search for a childhood friend becomes an inner journey for Anglade (Zorg in Betty Blue) as he embarks on a quasi-magical trek around India. An intriguineg personal film with some superb photography. Glasgow: GFT.

I Opening Il'hl ( 15) (John Cassavetes. US. 1978) Gena Rowlands. Ben Gazzara. John Cassavetes. 144 mins. Cassavetes the director turns his hand to a backstage drama about an ageing actress at a

crisis point in her career. It boldly parallels Rowlands' real-life position in the industry with her onstage/onscreen character. Typically overlong and compelling. Glasgow: GFI”. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Outcast: (18) Leigh B. Grade uses abuses of power in Nazi Germany to provide the background for a series of fictional scenes in a Berlin-style lesbian nightclub. With three other films on lesbian identity. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Pam TM ( 18) (Stephen Gyllenhaal. _US. 1991) Dennis Hopper. Barbara Hershey. Ed Harris. Tina Lifford. 99 mins. Hopper is on trademark psychotic form. this time in the Deep South during the late 19405. When a young black man failsto keep up the payments on a car he bought from shady businessman Paris Trout. the latter assumes white superiority and kills his client‘s sister. But this drives his wife into the arms of a local lawyer. albeit after an unbelievably gratuitous sex scene that goes well beyond anything Frank even imagined in Blue Velvet. Interesting. but by no means stunning. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

ITIIO Pied Plper(12) (Jiri Barta. Czech. 1985)57 mins. Stunningly impressive piece of Czech animation places the famous tale of greed and cruel justice in an expressionistic world of tortured buildings and souls. Inventive use of real rats is only one example of the rich visual texture on display. Also with his 1982 work. The Extinct World of Gloves. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Pierrot LI F011 (18) (Jean-Luc Godard. France/Italy. 1965) Jean-Paul Belmondo. Anna Karina. Dirk Sanders. Raymond Devos. Samuel Fuller. 110 mins. Among Godard‘s most ambitious efforts. and one which almost succeeds in integrating every idea on a seemingly endless agenda. On the simplest level. it‘s an amour fou road movie. but the central storyline sweeps with it a huge range of styles and moods before its tragic showdown. and sustains an ironic existentialism to its final frame. A work of flawed brilliance. and a turning point in Godard's career. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Playboy: (15) (Gillies Mackinnon. UK. 1992) Robin Wright. Aidan Quinn. Albert Finney. Milo O'Shea. In the late 19505. a small village on the Irish border is scandalised when unmarried mother Tara (Wright) refuses to name the father of her child. Torn between the amorous advances of the village policeman (Finney) and a travelling actor (Quinn). she rises above the

restrictive morality of the place and time to make her life her own. The first cinema feature by Scots-born Mackinnon (The Grass Arena) is a. wonderfully acted tale. one of the finest works to come out of these isles in many a long year. This special preview screening is presented by BAFTA Scotland. See feature. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Point In“ ( 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. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.

I Prince of Tldes (15) (Barbra Streisand. US. 1991 ) Nick Nolte. Barbra Streisand. Kate Nelligan.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. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Edinburgh:

Dominion. UCI. Fife: New Picture House. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I Problem Bill! 2 (PG) (Brian Levant. US. 1991) John Ritter. Michael Oliver. Laraine Newman. lvyann Schwan. Ho hum. No sooner have we got over suffering the stomach-chuming 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 if we cared. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. All UCIs.

I Puppet and Anlmtloa HIM (U) A compilation of works which shows the development of the medium from cubout silhouettes to Aardman‘s 1987 pop promo for Nina Simone's ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me‘. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I 0 I A (18) (Sidney Lumet. US. 1990) Nick Nolte. Timothy Hutton. Armand Assante. 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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

l Quay Brothers Animation (PG) The Quay Brothers' distinctive marionette style utilises myth rather than traditional narrative. and is therefore more mystical and disturbing. This programme includes short features inspired by the music and lives of the composers Stravinsky and Janacek. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The film SMI(15) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1983) Sam Shepard. Scott Glenn. Ed Harris. Dennis Quaid. 193 mins. Tom Wolfe‘s book about the early days of space flight treats the first test pilots~cum~astr0nauts as modern day cowboys crossing a new frontier. The myriad plot-lines are well dove-tailed and the flying scenes are memorably impressive. but for all the film‘s expansiveness its abrupt swings of mood somehow militate against the kind ofinvolvement that would have made it a truly great movie (instead of just a rather good one). Glasgow: GFT.

I Roek-A-Doodlo (U) (Don Bluth. UK. 1991)With the voices of Glen Campbell. Eddie Deezen. Sandy Duncan. Toby Scott Granger. Christopher Plummer. 74 mins. Don Bluth. the man behind




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