release. I Slacker ( 15) (Richard Linklater. US. 1991) Over 100 Texans. 97 mins. Unelassifiable piece of independent American moviemaking which doesn't have a plot as such; instead it providesa snapshot of over 100 ‘slackers‘ - young. happy-go-lucky drifters — as they get through their daily lives. Structured as a monumental relay (each character briefly appears. meets the next. and so on). it has a loose. experimental. almost jazzy format that you‘ll either love or hate. A sure-fire cult hit if it can find its audience inthe first place. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Smile: Of A Summer Night(P(i) (Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. 1955) Gunnar Bjornstrand. Eva Dahlbcck. Una Jacobson. 105 mins. The ex-mistress of a provincial lawyer bumps into her old ﬂame after a number of years and invites both him and his new young wife to her mother's country home for a weekend. Elegant comedy of genteel period manners. which although not ofthi genre one associates with Bergman is nevertheless handled with a good deal of detached wit and sophistication. It was. of course. the model for Woody Allen's Midsummer .N'r'ghr's Sex ( ‘rmiedy. Glasgow: GFI‘. I SMIKOTH 12) (Phil Alden Robinson. US. 1992) Robert Redford. Mary McDonnell. Ben Kingsley. River Phoenix. 126 mins. Aeomputer hacker (Redford) and his team are forced by the government to steal a revolutionary new Soviet code-breaking device. Tortuoust technological plotting leaves the stellar cast with virtually nothing to do. so despite a few insights about power and information. it's really rather disappointing. Glasgow: (irosvenor. Borders: Kingsway. (‘entralz Allanpark. All UCIs. 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 plotlines 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 aspirationsand enjoy as a piece of undemanding pantomime. (ilasgow: GET. I Straight Out 01 Brooklyn ( 15) (Matty Rich. US. 1991 ) George T. ()dom. Anne 1). Sanders. Lawrence (iilliard Jnr. 83 mins. A rough-hewn drama shot on modest resources. nineteen-year old Rich‘s debut is a tale of domestic strife in New York's Red Hook housing project. It may not be Boy: .N' The Hood or Juice. but the very rawness of it all works in its favour. See ScreenTest. Glasgow: GET. I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Baz Luhrmann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Morice. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. Dancefloor hopeful Scott Hastings incurs the wrath of the Australian Dance Federation by using his own steps in competition. loses his partner and his friends. but finds love and artistic integrity with the local wallflower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
that the murder is only part of a wider picture of corruption. The film's basis in fact makes for consistently absorbing viewing. showing the plight of Native Americans today rather than in some idealised (‘ostnerland past. Glasgow: GF'T.
I T010 The Heroi15)(laco Van Dormael. Belgium. 1991 ) Michel Bouquet. Mireille Perrier. Jo De Backer. 90mins. Elderly Thomas believes that his rescue as a baby from a hospital fire
caused him to be mixed up with another child. with the result that he feels that he shouldbe
enjoying the comfortable existence of rich neighbour Alfred. Past and present.childhood and adulthood. are edited together to create a
wonderfully absorbing whole. Van Dormael‘s
debut scooped several of 1991‘s film awards
around Europe. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Tous les Matln du Monde ( l2) (Alain ('orneau.
France. 1992) Gerard Depardieu. Guillaume Depardieu. Anne Brochet. 114 mins. The story of 17th century viol de gamba virtuoso Marin Marais (told in ﬂashback using DepardieUpere etfils) acts as a background for conflicts between music and musician. art and artiste. Hugely successful on home territory. it marks an impressive debut for young Guillaume. who's likely to set hearts racing from Toulouse to Tollcross. See preview and review. Glasgow: GF'I‘. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me ( 18) (David Lynch. US. 1992) Sheryl Lee. Kyle McLachlan. Ray Wise. 135 mins. The move to the big screen to chronicle last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer allows Lynch to go to greater excesses than in the TV series. A dark-hued anddisturbing miasma of small-town corruption and perversity. ﬁlled with Peakie faves and new cameos. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Cannon.
I The Unbearable nghtness of Being ( 18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena ()lin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera's complex novel
about a womanising ('zech brain surgeon who falls in love for the first time with a doe-like small-town
beauty at the time of the Russian invasion of 1968. A dawdling and rather austere narrative is given
some spice and interest by an overwhelming
eroticism. a beautifully judged evocation of Prague and gorgeous photography. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Unlawful Entry(18) (Jonathan Kaplan. LS. 1992) Ray Liotta. Kurt Russell. Madeleine Stowe. 111 mins. The helpful cop who becomes a family friend after a burglary is not all he seems to be. Michael and Karen ('arr are about to discover. While touching a few suburbanite nerves. Kaplan‘s predictable shocker is really just another
‘yuppies in peril' thriller. yawned through already
in The Hand That Rocks The (radio. Edinburgh: UCI.
I Until the End of the World ( 15) (Wim Wenders.
Germany/US'Japan/Australia. 1992) Solveig Dommartin. William Hurt. Sam Neill. 158mins. After having been chased across the world by various nefarious types. (‘laire Tourneur (Dommartin) and lover Trevor (Hurt) end up in
an Aussie underground lab. with nuclear
I The Terminator ( 18) (James Cameron. US. 1984) ' ‘female Peer (iynt‘ elements don‘t gel. but
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Michael Biehn. Linda Hamilton. 107 mins. In 2029 machines have all but conquered the planet but a saviour is at hand in the form of a new human leader. The machines respond by sending Schwarzenegger's cyborg back in time to 1984 on a mission to kill the future leader‘s mother. Inventive.excitingly-paced science-fiction adventure with a notable performance from Arnie in his first villainous
role. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Terminator 2: Judgement Day ( 15) (James Cameron. US. 1991 ) Arnold Swarzenegger.
Linda Hamilton. Edward Furlong. Robert
Patrick. 136 mins. The most expensive ﬁlm ever made. In a reprogrammed role that says much about his changed image since the first movie. Arnie becomes the underdog fighting to protect mother and child from another more advanced cyborg. With an element of uncontrived human compassion lurking throughout the gloriously expensive action sequences. as Swarzenegger‘s cyborg develops human feelings. this is more than just a $100 million fairground ride. Edinburgh: Cameo. Filmhouse.
I The Thief 01 Blgdld (PG) (Ludwig Berger & Michael Powell. UK. 1940) Sabu. (‘onrad Veidt. Rex Ingram. 155 mins. Super Arabian Nights fantasy has native boy Sabu outwitting evil Grand Vizier Conrad Veidt with the help of a magic carpet and a rather splendid genie (played by silent director Ingram). The blend of fantasy. thrills and special effects has rarely been bettered. and children will absolutely adore it. Glasgow: GFT.
IThtlndomearl ( 15) (Michael Apted. US. 1992) Val Kilmer. Sam Shepard. Graham Greene. 119 mins. A part-Indian FBI agent (Kilmer) is sent to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation to investigate the unsolved murder of a local Sioux. Locals both help and hinder him. forcing him to come to terms with his heritage while discovering
Armageddon around the corner. The sci-fi and
Wenders‘s ﬂawed rock'n'roll-powe red odyssey does have its own kind of fascination. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Waltlng (15) (Jackie McKimmie. Australia. 1990) Noni Hazlehurst. Deborra-I.ee Furness. Frank Whitten. A surrogate mother awaits the delivery of her child in an isolated farmhouse. surrounded by girlfriends and hangers-on. What on the suface may seem to be a familiar post~feminist treatise on pregnancy becomes a fine slice of comic realism in the handsof McKimmie. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I White Men Can't Jump ( 15) (Ron Sheldon. L's. 1992) Wesley Snipes. Woody Harrelson. Rosie Perez. Tyra Farrell. 112 mins. The Hustler meets the Harlem Globe Trotters as basketball cons Snipes and Harrelson team up to win themselves some easy cash. Problems of race. male ego and
; domestic happiness are there. but are never
developed as writer/director Sheldon seems to prefer concentrating on the sweat building upon
his stars‘ rippling muscles during the repetitive
games sequences. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. IWltiinall & l (15) (Bruce Robinson. UK. 1987) Paul McGann. Richard E. Grant. Richard Griffiths. 107 mins. Two out-of-work actors surviving 1969 London giro squalor take a break in a picturesque Lake District cottage. where one of them suffers the attentions of the ageing homosexual owner. Reasonablyentertaining British comedy with a tendency to rely on the all-too-easy targetsofdrug-taking and gay stereotyping for its humour. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Young Frankenstein ( 15) (Mel Brooks. LS 1974) Gene Wilder. Gene Hackman. Peter Boyle. 108 mins. A splendidly accurate James Whale pastiche choc-full of memorable one-liners and crazee situations. Brooks‘ most affectionate and consistently humorous film. Edinburgh: (‘ameo
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EDINBURGH UCI KINNAIRD PARK
Dear Green Place — A Question of Equilibrium
The UK exhibit at the 18th Triennale di Milano
on "Design and the environmental challenge"
The Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove, Glasgow 18 November - 17 January
10.00 am — 5.00 pm Sundays 11.00 — 5.00 admission free
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