Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certilicate. credits. brief review and venue details. Full length reviews or new releases can be lound in Screen Test. Programme details appear in the Listings section which lollows. Film Index compiled by Alan Morrison.
IAa Amerlcan Tall 2: Flevel Goes Westw) (Phil Nibbelink/Simon Wells. US. 1991) With the voices of Phillip Glasser. Dom DeLuise. James Stewart. John Cleese. 75 mins. Disillusioned with their New York tenement. the Mousekewitcz family head out to the Wild West. where Fievel teams up with Sheriff Wylie Burp and his friend Tiger in order to clean up the town run by evilCat R. Waul. Not really up to the standard ofthe original. Central: MacRobert.
IAngel Heart(18) (Alan Parker. US. 1987) Mickey Rourke. Robert de Niro. Charlotte Rampling. 113 mins. Scruffy. unshaven private eye Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphrc to track down a missing Forties crooner who has rencged on a life-or-death deal. His investigations lead him to a seedy New Orleans dominated by voodoo cults and extremely dead bodies in this uncomfortable mating ofvisceral gore and moodyfilm noir. with some ingenious if nasty twists in the plot. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I he Revolt Les Enlants (PG) (Louis Malle. France/W. Germany. 1987) Gaspard Manesse. Raphael Fejito. Philippe MoriersGenoud. 113 mins. Low-key. cinema-write inﬂuenced portrayal of incidents from Malle‘s own boyhood. Set during the German occupation. the film follows the developing friendship between two boys at a small school run by monks. one ofwhose secret Jewish identity proves dangerous to both boys as the Nazi presence looms. Simple. subtle. and very moving film. which avoids the clichés of the coming-of~age genre. and makes its larger political points ﬁrmly but unobtrusively. Glasgow: GF'T. I Barfly(18) (Barbet Schroeder. US. 1987) Mickey Rourke. Faye Dunaway. Alice Krige. 99
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mins. Bar-room bum Rourke ﬁnds artistic
inspiration in the demon drink. but his discovery
by a prestigious literary magazine and the
temptations of wealth it offers threaten his relationship with fellow alcoholic Dunaway. Calculating exercise in existentialism . based on the autobiogaphical writings of cult author Charles Bukowski. here energetically impersonated by a game Mickey Rourke. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Barton Flnk(15) (Joel Coen. US. 1991)John Turturro. John Goodman. Judy Davis. Michael Lerner. 117 mins. When socially-committed playwright Barton Fink (Turturro) is consigned by the Hollywood machine to write wrestling ﬁlms. he slumps into a writer‘s block as large as his mysterious next-door neighbour (John Goodman). Unprecedented winner of best film. actor and direction awards at 1991's Cannes Film Festival shows the Coen‘s at their most menacing and absurd best. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Baslelnstlnct(18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1992) Michael Douglas. Sharon Stone. George Dzundza. Jeanne Tripplehorn. 128 mins. On-the-edge 'Frisco cop Nick Curran (Douglas) becomes embroiled with a successful novelist and
. murder suspect (Stone); she. in turn. treats him to a series of psychological fomications while going
along a similar path with his body. Easily the best. ice-pick~sharp thriller for several years. with steamy sex scenes that leave the screen dripping
with sweat. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I Beauty and III. Beast (U) (Gary TrousedaIe/Kirk
Wise. US. 1991) With the voices of Paige O‘Hara.
Robby Benson. Richard White. 84 mins. The first animated film ever to get an Oscar nomination for
Best Picture. the 30th Walt Disney feature-length cartoon is a classic by anyone‘s standards. The familiar story is supplemented by terrific songs. a
host ofcomic characters and a breathtaking combination oftraditional and computer animation techniques. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All UCls.
I Beethoven (U) (Brian Levant. US. 1992)
Charles Grodin. Bonnie Hunt. Dean Jones. 87
mins. AsmallSt Bernard pupescapes from anevil
vet and attaches itself to the Newton family. Soon it grows to enormous proportions and begins to wreck domestic havoc. Endless visual gags and good timing. particularly from Grodin. enliven what might have been a run-of-the-mill mutt movie. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I Belle De Jour ( 18) (Luis Bunuel. France/Italy. 1967) Catherine Deneuve. Jean Sorel. Michel Piccoli. 100 mins. The beautiful but bored wife of a surgeon spends her afternoons working in a brothel where she meets an odd assortment of characters. Bunuel‘s treatment of the bourgeoisie is typically cool but unforgiving. and his blurring of the line between fantasy and reality so succesful that by the end. we are unsure if the whole movie could have been dreamt up by the protagonist. Wonderfully amoral comedy of manners. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Betty Blue ( l8) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. 1986) Jean Hughes Anglade. Beatrice Dalle. 120 mins. Tempestuous love gone mad as an older handyman and a free-spirited woman embark on a passionate. pcripatctic fling that ends in tragedy. Filmed with a dazzling technique and an irritating emptiness by the maker of Diva. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Blackmail (PG) (Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1929) Anny Ondra. Sara Allgood. John Longden. 85 mins. Creaky first talkie by Hitch in the days before they realised that some silent stars didn't have the voice to cut it in the new format. The plot
revolves around a police inspector who is
blackmailed when he covers up the fact that his girlfriend is involved in a murder. Alternates between the very stagey and moments ofpromise from the master. Glasgow: GF’T.
I Blade Runner: The Dlrector's Cut ( 15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982J92) Harrison Ford. Sean Young. Rutger Hauer. 116 mins. Out go the pseudo-noir narration and the tacked-on happy ending; in comes a more deﬁned sense that Deckard himself may be a replicant. The look and feel remain as powerful. and the acting is superb. A flawed masterpiece is now a restored masterpiece.
Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo. Strathclyde:
I Body Heat ( 18) (Lawrence Kasdan. US. 1981) William Hurt. Kathleen Turner. Richard Crenna. 116 mins. Hurt has the hots for Turner so herhubby Crenna is set for an early grave and the insurance company for a big pay-out. Splendid update of Double Indemnity with a drenchineg sweaty atmosphere (the sex has a lot to do with it) anda script that leaves teethmarks. Glasgow: GF'T.
I The Bodyguard ( 15) (Mick Jackson. US. 1992) Kevin Costner. Whitney Houston. Gary Kemp. 130 mins. Costner tries dubious tough guy mode
as the personal minder of pop icon Rachel Marron
(a good debut by singer Houston). when she is threatened by an obsessive fan. Lawrence Kasdan‘s script is a complete mess from beginning to end. and the film as a whole is a piece of Hollywood excrement sugared by a topping of romance and chart songs. Avoid. General release.
I Bram Stoker's Dracula ( 18) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1992) Gary Oldman. Winona Ryder Anthony Hopkins. 128 mins. More gothic love story than out-and-out horror. Coppola‘s version is not the strict Stoker adaptation that many had hoped for. but is a visual feast nonetheless. ()Idman taps his own dark. sexy. stormy self to create a powerful but sympathetic monster. while the rest of the cast range from the ineffectual to the overbearing. A rich and substantial vampire movie for our times. See preview. General release.
I Catiln In the Sky (PG) (Vincente Minnelli. US. 1943) Eddie Anderson. Lena Horne. Louis Armstrong. 99 mins. Its political correctness or incorrectness aside. MGM‘s all-black musical wins you over with its gorgeous design. fun story. memorable songs and enthusiastic cast. Anderson is great as an idle husband. reformed by a dream ofhis death. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Casablanca (PG) (Michael Curtiz. US. 1942) Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. Dooley Wilson. 102 mins. You must remember this Bogart being impossibly noble. Bergman torn between two lovers. ('laude Rains playing both ends against the middle. devious Nazis. a fogbound airport. at piano-player tinklingthat tune. . . A wonderful hillof beans. Glasgow: Grosvenor. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I Chaplln ( 12) (Richard Attenborough. UK'L’S. 1992) Robert I)owneer. Moira Kelly. Geraldine Chaplin. 144 mins. Attenborough's craftsmanlike biopic of the cane twirling celluloid clown skims most surfaces. but there are rewards to be found in the acting department. Cameos are uniformly good. but Downey towers above them all. The mass youth market may not give a toss who the Little Tramp was. but the lead helps make this a much more approachable prospect for regular movie-goer than you‘d expect. General release. I Le Chateau De Ma Mere (ti) (Yves Robert. France. 199(1) Philippe Caubere. Nathalie Roussel. Didier Pain. Therese l.iotard. 98 mins. The second instalment of Marcel Pagnol's Memories of('hildhood picks up from where La (iloire de mon Pere left off. The plot. if that's what it is. concerns a key the family is given to allow a short cut to their mountain holiday home. but which a jobsworth type confiscates. claiming they are trespassing. For the most part. it has all the emotional resonance of a picture postcard. Glasgow: (il’l‘.
I The Crylng Dame ( 15) (Neil Jordan. UK. 1992) Stephen Rea. Forest Whitaker. Jaye Davidson. 112 mins. A disillusioned IRA terrorist strikes up a friendship with the black British soldier he has kidnapped. and subsequently finds himselfin London and in love with the latter‘s girlfriend. A bold. unpredictable film that has plenty to say about notions ofpersonal and sexual identity. It only all British movies were as good as this. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Central: Caledonian. Fife: Robin's.
I Dark Crystal (PG) (Jim Henson. Frank ()2. UK. 1982) 94 mins. The Muppet men branch out with this unoriginal children's fantasy surrounding the quest for a missing shard from the all-powerful dark crystal which must be retrieved to prevent evil consuming the known world. Fife: Robin's. I Daughters oI Darkness I 18) (Harry Kumel. Belgium/France/Germany/Italy. 1970) Delphine Seyrig. Daniele Ouimet. John Karlen. 96 mins. Unusual vampire ﬁlm. set in a deserted Ostend seafront. with Seyrig magniﬁcent as the chic. aristocratic Countess Bathory. Euro arty: ie. it looks great and has crap dialogue. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Death Becomes ller (PG) (Robert Zemeckis. US. 1992) Meryl Streep. Goldie Hawn. Bruce Willis. 103 mins. An actress in decline and a frumpy author discover the secret of eternal life. and so are able to carry their mutual jealousy to outrageous extremes. A comedy that is surprisingly black. given the stars involved and the pressures on its $40 million budget. but which tends to get carried away with its distractingly impressive special effects. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UC1.Strathclyde: La Scala. UCl Clydebank.
I Deep Cover ( 18) (Bill Duke. US. 1992) Larry Fishburne. Jeff Goldblum. Victoria Dillard. 112 mins. An undercover cop (Fishburne) trying to inﬁltrate LA‘s major cocaine cartel ﬁnds his very integrity threatened as he is seduced by a life of crime. A highly recommended. uncompromising urban thriller. penned by Michael (The Player) Tolkin and featuring a disturbingly outstanding performance from Goldblum. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: Cannon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbridc.
I Doctor Zhlvago (PG) (David Lean. US/UK. 1965) Omar Sharif. Julie Christie. Geraldine Chaplin. 193 mins. Big screen romance in the Gone With The Wind style. rather than a genuine adaptation of the Pasternak novel. with Sharifand Christie as lovers caught up in World War One and the Russian Revolution. Notable mainly for its lush. picture postcard photography. which looks glorious in this 7(lmm version. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
| I Elenya (PG) (Steve Gough. UK. 1992) Pascal l Delafouge Jones. Klaus Behrendt. Sue Jones
Davies. 81 mins. A young girl livingin ruralWales during World War II discovers a wounded
German airman in the woods and decides to hide him in a ruined cottage. Despite language
difficulties. the two loners strike up a fragile
relationship. Slightly confusing due to the way the
narrative is edited. it has touches of the childhood magic of Whistle Down The Wind. Glasgow: GFT. I Europa Europa (15) (Agnieszka Holland. France’Germany. 1991) Marco Hofschneider.
Julie Delpy. Halina Labonarska. 112 mins. In an
attempt to avoid the death camps. a youngJewish boy tries to pass himself off as a member ofthe Hitler Youth. Despite touching a few raw nerves on home territory. the films uses its ‘based on a true story" caption as the excuse for all mannerof unbelievable coincidences and laughable situations. A real disappointment. Glasgow: Gl-‘I'.
I The Exorclst( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Rurstyn. Max Von Sydow. 111) mins. Earnest priest Von Svdow steps in to save
pOor little possessed girl in this hugely effective
scarcfest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Exploltation Movies ( 18) Drugs. sex. trash.sex. drugs. A history of American exploitation cinema front the 1920s to the 1970s told by Jack Stevenson
using clips. trailers and out-takes. See also Weird Propaganda and Rare Jukebox Movies.
IAFewGood M01105) (Rob Reiner. US. 1992) Tom Cruise. Jack Nicholson. Demi Moore. Keifer Sutherland. 138 mins. Navy lawyers Cruise
and Moore are called upon to defend two
suspected murders. but as the case develops. it
becomes clear that their superiorofﬁcers (Nicholson and Sutherland) may have had a role
in the affair. A fine return to real acting for Nicholson and yet another engrossing piece of work from Reiner. General release.
I Elm Reels A selection of work by young Scottish or Scottish-based filmmakers who received a grant from the Scottish Film
Council‘Scottish "Television backed scheme. If you want to disCover where the future ofthe
country‘s film and television talent lies. this is it. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.
I Follts(15)(’1‘ed Kotcheff. US. 1992)Tom Selleck. Don Amechc. Anne Jackson. lfllmins. lixcrutiatingly uncomfortable blend of family sentimentality and black humour has Tom Selleck
on the receiving end of some cruel and humiliating
slapstick injuries as he is framed for insider
Any film in which Selleck is the best thingis
undoubtedly in trouble so. as you might have guessed. this is the worst film ever.ever.
I For Me and My Gal (PG) (Busby Berkeley. US.
1942) Judy Garland. Gene Kelly. George Murphy. 104 mins. Kelly‘s debut came asa relatively unlikable hoofer who joins a maleﬁfemale duo. pushing them further along the road to fame. Routine plot lifted by energetic numbers. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I 1492: Conquest oIParadlse(15) (Ridley Scott.
US. 1992) Gerard Depardieu. Sigourney Weaver. .
Armand Assante. 150 mins. The best ofthe
Columbus fleet casts its protagonist in tragic idealist mode. a man whose dream ofaegalitarian : paradise is set against the harsher dictates ofthe ; Spanish imperialists. A visual masterpiece by
Scott; a performance of truly heroic proportions by Depardieu. Central: Cannon. I Freddie A8 F.R.O.7. (U) (Jon Acevskt. UK.
I 1992) With the voices of Ben Kingsley.Jenny Agutter. Brian Blessed. Nigel Hawthorn. A
French prince turned into a frog becomes
F. R.O.7.. the toast of the secret service. A quick hop and he‘s over in Britain. trying to find out why top national monuments are disappearing. The ﬁrst in a planned series of animated features is certainly well cast in the voice department. but the animation reminds you more of the substandard world of Dangermouse than the wonderful world of Disney. Fife: Robin‘s.
I La Glolre De Mon Pere (PG) (Yves Robert. France. 1990) Philippe Caubere. Nathalie
Roussel. Didier Pain. Therese Leotard. 105 mins.
The ﬁrst of two ﬁlms based on the memoirs of Marcel Pagnol ( of Jean De FIoretre/Manon Des Sources fame). this is a story of the remembered joys of childhood. focusing on Pagnol's father (Caubere). a successful schoolteacher. and on a summer holiday in Provence. where the young Marcel (Ciamaca) discovers the beauty ofthe countryside. the value of friendship and the sad fact that holidays come to an end. Charming and summery. ifsomewliat sentimental. Glasgow: GF'T.
I Good News (PG) (Charles Walters. US. 1947) June Allyson. Peter Lawford. Patricia Marshall. 83 mins. Bright MGM musical with English-born Lawford the slightly unlikely casting as an American football ace getting things sorted out before the big game. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Halrdresser's Husband ( 15) (Patrice