Films screening this Iortnight are listed below with certificate. credits. briefreview and venue details. Full length reviews of new releases can be found in Screen Test. Programme details appear in the Listings section which follows. Film Index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Allen Trilogy ( 18) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron/ David Fincher. US. 1979/86/92) Sigourney Weaver et a1. 1 16/137/1 14 tttins. The
complete story of Ripley and friend. frottt Scott‘s edge-of-the-seat suspettse thriller. through Cameron‘s Rarttbo [rt Space. to Fincher‘s dark. atmospheric ﬁttale. A variety of styles artd scares around every corner. Glasgow: GFT.
I Asterlx and The Big Fight (L') (Keith lnghattt. UK. 1989) With the voices of Bill ()ddic. Michael Iilphick. Andrew Sachs. 82 mins. Asterix celebrates his thirtieth anniversary with tltis new animated feature in wlticft he and his band of plucky Gallic tttates take on the might of the Rontatt artny. Strathclyde: Motherwell Theatre.
I Bad Lieutenant ( l8) (Abel t-‘emira. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Frankie Tltorne. Zoe Lund. 96 mins. A return to urban slea'le by master of the genre Abel Ferrara. A NYPD cop (Kcitcl). in debt due to drugs. alcohol artd gambling addiction. is intrigued by a big money reward in the case of a raped ttun. Harsh. powerful. but ﬁlled with a religious orthodoxy. this is a reminder of the director at his best (Angel of Vengeance. Driller Killer) artd should be picked up by Resen'air Dogs fans. Glasgow: ()deon. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Beauty and the Beast (If) (Gary Trouscdale/Kirk Wise. US. 1991 ) With the voices of Paige O‘Hara. Robby Benson. Richard White. 84 rttins. The ﬁrst animated ﬁlrtt ever to get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. the 30th Walt Disney feature-length cartoon is a classic by anyone's standards. The farttiliar story is supplemented by terriﬁc songs. a host of
Edinburgh L'tti\et'sity film
Sun 28. 6.45pm
George Square Theatre KAOS
Pleasance KNIFE IN THE WATER CUL DE SAC
Tues 2. 6.45pm 8.30pm
Thur 4. 6.45pm
George Square Theatre CRIES AND WHISPERS
DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES
Sun 7. 6.45pm 9.00pm
George Square Theatre MIDNIGHT EXPRESS BIRDY
Tue 9. 6.45pm
THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA SEX. LIES AND VIDEOTAPE
Contact: EUFS 60, The Pleasance. Edinburgh 031 557 0436
comic characters and a breathtaking combination of traditional and computer animation techniques. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. WMR. All UCls.
I Belle De Jour(18) (Luis Bunucl. France/Italy. 1967) Catherine Deneuve. Jean Sorel. Michel
of a surgeon spends her afternoons working in a
brothel where she meets an odd assortment of
l Piccoli. 100 mins. The beautiful but bored wife i l l
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. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
William Katt. Gary Busey. Jan-Michael Vincent.
i I BIg Wednesday (PG) (John Milius. us. 1978) 120 mins. Re-release of Milius's !
autobiographical surﬁng movie. which follows
the lives of three buddies riding through the 60s and early 70s on the crest of a wave. The director‘s tnost audiencc- friendly work has gathered something of a cult reputation: here‘s your chance to see it as it was originally intended. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982/92) Harrison Ford. Sean Young. Rutger Hauer. I 16 mins. ()ut 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: Cartteo. Strathclyde: UCl East Kilbride.
I Blue Eyed (15) (Reinhard Hauff. Germany. 1989) Gotz George. 88 mins. A German living in Argentina closes his eyes to the acts of the junta just like a passive German citizen in the Third Reich. ~An action ﬁlm that also acts as a psychological analysis of the mentality of fellow travellers. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Bob Roberts ( 15) (Tim Robbins. LS 1992) Tim Robbins. Alan Rickman. Giancarlo Esposito. Gore Vidal. 103 tttins. Man-of-the- moment Robbins takes over as director. writer and star of this wonderfully sharp satire on contemporary American politics. The eponymous Roberts is a right-wing folk singer with senatorial ambitions. appearing here in a mocked-up Spinal Tap type documentary. Furtny and pertinent. Glasgow: GF'T. Edinburgh: Cartteo.
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 ()ldman. Winona Ryder. Anthony Hopkins. 128 tttins. More gothic love story than out-and-out horror. C oppola's version is not the strict Stoker adaptation that many had hoped for. but is a visual feast nonetheless. Oldman taps his own dark. sexy. stomty 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. General release.
I Cape Fear ()8) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1991) Robert De Niro. Nick Nolte. Jessica Lange. Juliette Lewis. 127 mins. Scorsese's stunning remake of the 1962 original leaves Silence aft/re Lambs pallid by comparison. De Niro is terrifying as white trash psycho Max (‘ady. out of prison and stalking the family of the lawyer who suppressed evidence to put him away. Disturbing sexual undertones. ccntring on 15- year-old Danny (Lewis). make this an even ntore uncomfortable. but unmissable. top-notch scare- fest. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Carmen (Francesco Rossi. Italy/France. 1984) Julia Migenes-Johnson. Placido Domingo. Ruggiero Raimondi. 152 mins. Beautifully visual and excellently performed ﬁlm record of Bizet's classic operatic tale. in which two men are bewitched and destroyed by a dangerously sensual gypsy woman. Edinburgh: FilthUse. I CMIIII ( 12) (Richard Attenborough. UK/US. 1992) Roben Downey Jr. Moira Kelly. Geraldine Chaplin. 144 mins. Attenborough's craftsmanlike biopic of the cane-twirling celluloid clown skims ntost 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-gocr than you‘d expect. Strathclyde: Cannon.
I City Of Joy ( 15) (Roland Joffe. UK/France. 1992) Patrick Swayze. Pauline Collins. Om Puri. 135 mins. Surgeon Patrick Swayze agrees to help Pauline Collins run a school and tttedical dispensary in the poorest area of Calcutta. but is intimidated by the local gang chief. Roland (Killing Fields) Joffe's latest offering is another attempt to create a feelgood epic front a situation of incalculable suffering. but despite being well ntade and acted. its didacticisttt smothers arty ability to respond. Edinburgh: Filttthouse.
I Consentlng Adults ( 15) (Alan J. Pakttla. LS. 1992) Kevin Kline. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantortio. Kevin Spacey. 99 ntitts. How many ntore of these yuppie-households-itt-peril movies can we take'.’ The Parkers' family life is perfect until dodgy ﬁnancial advisor Eddy ()tis (Spacey) and his babetitious spouse move itt next door. attd Mr P. (Kline) decides to break a commandment or two. Whett she‘s found beaten to a pulp. he's suspect No.1. A contrived set-up that slides ittto absurd convoltttiorts. See review. General release.
I Coupe De Ville ( 15) (Joe Rotft. ITS. (990) Daniel Stertt. Patrick Dempsey. Ayre (imss. Alatt Arkirt. 98 tttitts. Three mismatched brothers drive a '54 (‘adillac frottt Detroit to Florida for their mother's birthday. cotttittg to tentts with bruised egos and dented fettders on the way. If the traditional east to west road movie ltas been given a 9(1degrec turtt here. so ltas typical American sentimetttalisnt. Nostalgic comedy itt the class of Diner arid American Grafﬁti. Don't miss. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.
I The Crying Came ( 15) (Neil Jordatt. (K. 1992) Stephen Rea. Forest Whitaker. Jaye Davidson. 112 tttirts. A disillusioned IRA terrorist strikes up a friendship with the black British soldier he has kidnapped. attd subsequently ﬁnds himself itt London attd irt love with the latter's girlfriend. A bold. unpredictable ﬁlm that ltas plenty to say about notions of personal and sexual iderttity. If only all British movies were as good as this. (‘entralz MacRobert.
I Damage ( 18) (Louis Malle. [SK/France. 1992) Jercttty Irons. Juliette Binoche. Miranda Richardson. Rupert Graves. l 1 I tttitts. A Tory MP. headed for high office. drops his parliamentary briefs in favour of his son‘s new girlfriend. David Hare's script is rcstraitted attd dispassionate. leaving the audience dctacltcd frortt the potential melodrama. A very English sexual repression pulled apart by French master Malle. Glasgow: MGM Saucltieltall Street. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dead Poets Society (PG) (Peter Weir. l'S. 1989) Robin Williams. Robert Sean Leottard. Ethan Hawke. 129 rttitts. lit a staid private boys' school in 50s New England. art unconventional teacher (Williams) interests his charges itt literature and philosophy to such art extent that they fomt a secret club to investigate them (along with booze and girls) further. Though Williams is on good fornt. the film focuses mainly on the boys' emotional deveiopntent. Strathclyde: L'CI East Kilbride.
I Deep Cover ~( 18) (Bill Duke. (PS. 1992) Larry Fishbume. Jeff Goldblum. Victoria Dillard. l 12 mins. Art undercover cop (Fishburne) trying to ittﬁltrate LA's tttajor cocaittc cartel ﬁnds his very integrity threatened as he is seduced by a life ofcrittte. A highly recommended. uncompromising urban thriller. penned by Michael (The Player) Tolkitt attd featuring a disturbingly outstanding performance frottt Goldblurtt. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. l'('l.
I The Deer Hunter ( 18) (Michael (‘imitto. ITS. 1978) Robert De Niro. Meryl Streep. Jon Savage. Christopher Walkin. 18(1 tttins. The Vietnam war has the effect of disrupting the lives of a small steel town. as various friends go off to face the horrors of war and return with emotional scars. A darittg triptych structure. the ﬁrst part of which displays a rare sympathy for the traditions and rituals of the emigrant community. Fife; New Picture House.
I Delicatessen ( 15) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro. France. 1991 ) Dominique Pinon. Marie- Laure Dougnac. Jean-Claude Dreyfus. 99 mitts. In a sepia wasteland sontewhcrc itt the future. a butcher feeds his neighbours with the juicy joints of his lodgers. But when fontter clown Louison (Pinon) arrives and falls for his daughter. art underground vegetarian resistance group conte to the rescue. Hilarious blend of bizarre characters. slapstick attd comic tension makes for the ﬁrst true cult item of the ‘90s. Strathclyde: Motherwell.
I Drugstore Cowboy ( 18) Kim Van Sant Jr.. US. 1989) Matt Dillon. Kelly Lyttch. Jantes Remar. Williattt S. Burroughs. 100 rttins. A gartg of dope ﬁends. headed by our Matt. blithely rip off a series of drugstores in Gus Van Sant‘s recreation of 1971 Oregon. Cotttplete with its halucittatory visions of flying cows. the ﬁlm created a stir stateside for presenting the theft and use of narcotics as an alluring pastitne. It marks a new and ntore creditable milestone in Hollywood drug movies. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I [as infants DI Paredls (PG) (Marcel Came. France. 1944) Arletty. Jean-Louis Banault. Pierre Brasseur. 195 trtins. Paris in the 1840s. Atttid the seething lteart of the French capital‘s theatre street. a mime artist falls in love with the delicious but flirtatious Garnace. One of the cinema‘s tttost extravagantly enjoyable productions. this gorgeous elephantine wallow of a ﬁlm is cratttttted with incident and cotttpellingly curious Gallic comic characters. Edinburgh: French Institute.
I Europa Europa ( 15) (Agnies/ka Holland. France/Gertttatty. 1991) Marco Hofschneider. Jttlie Delpy. Halitta Labonarska. I 12 mins. In an attetttpt to avoid the death campsea young Jewish boy tries to pass hintself off as a member of the Hitler Youth. Despite touching a few raw nerves ott honte territory. the ﬁlms uses its 'bascd on a true story' captiott as the excuse for all manner of unbelievable coittcidences and laughable situations. A real disappointrttent. I Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I The Exorcist ( 18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. lillett Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 1 I() tttitts. Earnest priest Von Sydow- steps itt to save poor little possessed girl in this ltugcly effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Edinburgh: UCI. Central: Allanpark. Stratltclyde: Motherwell.
I Fame ( 15) (Alatt Parker. I'S. 198(1) Irene ('ara. Lee ('urueri. Laura Deatt. 133 mins. Forget the TV toslt. Parker‘s NYC musical really captures the struggle for stage glory that goes on at the High School of Perfortttittg Arts. Buzzing ettergy from musicians. dancers attd comedians. with interspersed drattta attd straight-to-catttera philosophising. This one might live forever. Iidittburgh: Cameo.
I A Few Good Men ( 15) (Rob Reirter. US. 1992)
Tom Cruise. Jack Nicholson. Dettti Moore. Keif'cr Sutfterlattd. 138 mins. Navy lawyers ('ruise arid Moore are called upon to defertd two suspected murders. but as the case develops. it I becomes clear that their superior ofﬁcers ( (Nicholson artd Sutherland) may ltave had a role itt the affair. A ﬁrte return to real actittg for Nicholson attd yet another engrossing piece of work from Reitter. General release. I The Field ( 12) (Jim Sheridatt. liire. 1990) Richard Harris. John Hurt. Tottt Berenger. Brenda Fricker. l 1() mitts. Based on Johtt B. Keane‘s stage play. Sheridan's follow-up to the intrttensely successful My Left I‘iml is a rttral tragedy set itt 1939. Harris stars as The Bull. art Irish farttter irt competition with art American for the purchase of the ﬁeld he‘s worked for years. As their struggle intensiﬁes. so violence artd revelatiotts are unleashed which draw hint inexorably to art awful fate. Edinburgh: National Museum.
I 5,” Fingers of Dr T (1') (Roy Rowland. L'S. 1953) Totttrtty Rettig. Harts Cottried. Peter Lind ' Hayes. 88 tttitts. A nitte-year-old boy itttagittes l his piano teacher as art authoritarian madman. l ()n one level. the tttusical numbers and fatttasy stntcturc tttakc it art acceptable kids‘ movie; on another. it's a fascinating blend of surreal dreattt imagery that would ltave ltad Freud tinklittg at
the ivories. Edinburgh: Filtttltouse.
I 1492: Conquest of Paradise ( 15 ) (Ridley Scott. IS. 1992) Gerard Depardieu. Sigourttcy Weaver. Artttartd Assattte. 150 rttirts. The best of the (‘olumbus fleet casts its protagottist irt tragic idealist mode. a tttatt whose dream of a egalitarian paradise is set against the harsher dictates of the Spanish imperialists. A visual ntasterpiece by Scott; a pcrf’ortttance of truly heroic proportions by Depardieu. Glasgow: Gl’l'. Central: MacRobert.
I From Alabama to Hollywood? Four short ﬁlms from local ﬁlttttttaker attd National Film and Television School graduate Jim Shields. The ﬁlms - Hand in Hand. Spoon. 'I'lte L'nkintles! ('ti! and Alabama - will be presented by Shields himself. who will discuss all aspects of low- budget ﬁlttttttakittg. The event should run for around 135 mins. Glasgow: GI’I’.
I Gas Food Lodging ( 15) (Allison Anders. I'SA. I991 ) Fairu/a Balk. lone Skye. Brooke Adams. (l 102 tttitts. A waitress mother attd her two ' teenage daughters suffer fantin upsets while being continually chantted artd disappointed by the ttten in their lives. A world away from the typical Hollywood attetttpt to make a women's issues movie. Anders debut is as full of humour as it is itttegrity. with characters who have a resonance far beyond their screen lives. ('etttral: MacRobert. Fife: Adattt Smith.
I Clengarry Glen Boss ( 15) (James Foley. LS. 1992) Al Pacino. Jack Letttmon. lid Harris. Alan Arkin. I()() rttitts. The combination of Foley's camera attd Mamet's dialogue makes for verbal choreography in this hard-hitting. word-heavy account of the bondittg arid back-stabbing itt a ITS real estate ofﬁce. The cast are magniﬁcent. Pacitto and Letttttton outstanding. l'nderrated director Foley does wonders to break out of the stageplay format. Not easy going. but an unforgetable achievement. Glasgow: GF'I‘. Strathclyde: Motherwell. Magnum.
20 The List 26 February—l 1 March 1993