I The Fisher King ( 15) (Terry Gilliam. US.
1991 ) Robin Williams. Jeff Bridges. Amanda Plummer. Mercedes Ruehl. 137 mins. A suicidal former radio DJ (Bridges) and a drop-out former professor of medieval history go in search of the Holy Grail in contemporary New York. The visual splendour of Gilliam‘s previous movies — Time Buliditx anci Baron Munc'huusen — is more restrained here. but the blend of myth. satire and romance is strong. Unfortunately. the wonderful central performances by Williams and Bridges are letdown by a cop-out. up-beat ending. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Forbidden love ( 15) (Aerlyn Weissman/Lynne Fernie. Canada. 1992) 85 mins. Eye-opening tales from older lesbians who reminisce on the days when single sex parties were illegal. A diverse set of characters pitched against snippets of period background. Also with British short My (innit/mu '.\ Indy ('uheret. 7th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Glasgow: Gi‘T.
I Forever Young (PG) (Steve Miner. t'S. 1992) Mel Gibson. Elijah Wood. Jamie Lee Curtis. 102 mins. A 13-52 test pilot volunteers for cryogenic experiments. gets fro/en. then thaws out in 1992. After befriending a young boy. off he goes to find his lost love. Escapist twadclle this may be. but it is a shimmering example of the Hollywood weepie machine at its best. Three packs of Kleenex and a box of chocs. General release.
I Fox and his Friends ( 18) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder. W. Germany. 1976) Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Peter Chatel. Karlheinz Bohm. 123 mins. Fassbinder himself plays Fox. an unemployed carnival worker who is picked up by a middle-class antiques dealer and introduced to a new milieu where he is exploited. Compassionate. heated and politically astute homosexual melodrama in the director's most Controlled style. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. I Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cate ( 12) (Jon Avnet. CS. 1991) Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy. Mary Stuart Masterson. Mary- Louise Parker. 130 mins. After the local Ku Klux Klan threatens the busy cafe in Whistle Stop. Alabama for serving coloured customers. the female owner and her black handyman find themselves on trial for an unsolved murder. A chronicle of courage and ingenuity that avoids becoming as overwhelmingly heart-wanning as one might have feared. Not the most tantalising item on the menu. but a flavoursome little dish nonetheless. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Gas Food Lodging ( 15) (Allison Anders. USA. 1991 ) Fairuza Balk. lone Skye. Brooke Adams. 102 mins. A waitress mother and her two teenage daughters suffer family upsets while being continually charmed and disappointed by the men in their lives. A world away from the typical Hollywood attempt to make a women's issues movie. Anders debut is as full of humour as it is integrity. with characters who have a resonance far beyond their screen lives. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The German Experimental Film at the Eighties A series of six programmes selected from the work of various mainly young. unknown filmmakers working in all styles. The films will be presented and dichssed by Jochen Coldewey. one of Germany's foremost experts in experimental film. Fri 30 Sun 2 only. Details from Goethe-institut on 0-11 332 2555. Glasgow: Goethe-lnstitut.
I olengarry Glen Ross ( 15) (James Foley. LES. 1992) Al Pacino. Jack Lenimon. Ed Harris. Alan Arkin. 100 mins. The combination of Foley‘s camera and Mamet's dialogue makes for verbal choreography in this hard-hitting. word-heavy account of the bonding and back-stabbing in a CS real estate office. The cast are magnificent. Pacino and Lemmon outstanding. Underrated director Foley does wonders to break out of the stageplay fonnat. Not easy going. but an unforgetable achievement. Glasgow: Grosvenor. I Hidden Agenda ( 15) (Ken Loach. UK. 1990) Frances McDormand. Brian Cox. Brad Dourif. Mai Zetterling. 103 mins. ()ne of Britain's most respected political film-makers takes on the big one ~ the security forces in Northem lreiand. When an American lawyer is killed. details begin to emerge which are neither palatable nor — in the view of the British govemment '- suitable for public consumption. Loach‘s research has revealed some unsavoury facts about Britain's record on civil and human rights. and he‘s not keeping them to himself. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I High Society (Charles Walters. US. 1956) Bing Crosby. Grace Kelly. Frank Sinatra. Celeste Holm. 107 mins. Classic musical entertainment from the MGM studios. in which a rich bitch plays hard to get with a string of suitors. The plot of Philadelphia Slory goes out the window. but with stars like these. style is everything. Edinburgh: St Brides Film Festival.
I Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (U) (Chris Columbus. US. 1992) Macaulay Culkin. Joe Pesci. Daniel Stern. The McCallister family head off on holiday and leave little Kevin behind. Sounds familiar? More remake than sequel to the
1990 box office sensation. this time the brat ends up battling with his favourite burglars in New York City. Crass slapstick. uninspired writing. if you loved/hated the first one. you'll love/hate this one. Edinburgh: L’Cl. Strathclyde: WMR. I Honey, I Blew tip The Kid (U) (Randal Kleiser. US. 1992) Rick Moranis. Marcia Strassman. Robert ()liveri. 90 mins. This time accident- prone scientist Moranis changes the size of his beloved offspring in the opposite direction. with the effect that baby Adam becomes a titanic tot terrorising Las Vegas. Very much aimed at the young children's market. and brought to you by the man who directed Grease. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. All l’Cls. I ttoolt (PG) (Steven Spielberg. LS. 1991) Robin Williams. Dustin Hoffman. Julia Roberts. Bob lioskins. 135 mins. The combination of Robin Williams. Steven Spielberg and Peter Pan proves to be as successful in practice as it appears in theory. if the film is watched in the proper childish frame of mind. The story of a grown-up Peter rediscovering his true identity allows for some fortysomething pondering. btit primarily it‘s an excuse for a magical journey around pirate ships. lost islands and colourful fights. Glasgow: Mercat. I Rewards End (PG) (James ivory. tTK. 1992 ) Anthony Hopkins. Vanessa Redgrave. Helena Bonham Carter. Emma Thompson. 142 mins. After a succession of dreary Forster clones. the British film industry gets round to tackling his masterpiece. The story. centring on the marriage between a wealthy and reactionary old duffer and an emancipated younger woman. is a complex family chronicle told with clarity and compassion. At last a cinematic period drama that exudes excellence. with some finely crafted performances to match. Edinburgh: l'Cl. I Husbands and Wives ( 15 ) (Woody Allen. 1992) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Sidney Pollack. Judy Davis. 107 mins. The Roths (Allen and Farrow) find their domestic life rocked by the news that their best friends are splitting up. Doubts about their marriage are heightened by Mr R's half-innocent cialliance with a young student (Cape Fair's Juliette Lewis). More than a life-initating-art movie. given the recent allegations about the Allen household: it is a searching and incisive character comedy. his best since Hannah and her Sisters. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I I’m Gonna Git You Sucks ( 15) (Keenan ivory Wayans. US. 1988) Keenan ivory Wayans. lsaac Hayes. Jim Brown. 89 mins. in this zippy spoof of the Seventies blaxploitation cycle. writer/director/star Wayans returns home from the army only to find the ghetto hooked on gold chains. Reuniting former tough guys and blaxploitation icons Brown and Hayes. he decides to go after the while Mr Big who controls the market. Wayans hits several right notes of absurdity in this send-up of an already ridiculous genre. With disco. Edinburgh: Fiimhouse. I In The Realm Of The Senses At No (‘nn-n/u (18) (Nagisa ()shima. Japan. 1976) Tatsuya Fuji. Eiko Matsuda. 105 mins. At last deemed fit for certification. ()shima‘s shockingly erotic film can now be publicly screened. in the militarist Japan of 1936. a couple enclose themselves in their own sensual world. their passion escalating until only death can provide the next orgasm. Masterly though necessarily extretiiely explicit look at the power of sexual arousal. which has attracted controversy throughout the world. Central: MacRobert. I lndochine ( l2) (Regis Wargnier. France. 1992) Catherine Deneuve. Vincent Perez. Lihn [)an Pharn. 156 mins. Lush. irresistably romantic tale of a French colonial (Deneuve) running a rubber plantation in 1930s Vietnam. who falls in love with a naval officer while the country borders on rebellion. Reminiscent of Gone With The Wind and the great epics of David Lean. its music is by Glasgow-born composer Patrick Doyle (Henry 1"). Glasgow: (ii-T. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Jean De Florette (PG) (Claude Berri. France. 1986) Gerard Depardieu. Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. 121 mins. Provence. during the 1920s. Depardieu‘s indomitable hunchback struggles against impossible odds to make a success of his inherited familand. unaware that his neighbours are plotting to drive him from his land. Beautifully photographed. with flawless performances. this is a towering tribute to the highest aspirations of French storytelling. A BAFTA winner for the film of the year. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank. I Jungle Book (U) (Wolfgang Reithennan. US. 1967) With the voices of George Sanders. Louis Prima. 78 mins. Growing up in the jungle. young Mowgli learns from the animals around him. Enjoyable Disney. a long way after Kipling. but the songs are wonderful. General release. I Leap of Fliﬂi (PG) (Richard Pearce. US. 1993) Steve Martin. Debra Winger. Liam Neeson. 107 mins. As the charismatic leader of a travelling preacher show. Martin would seem to
Scotland the Best! The Realbt..Gog-: , on Sale at the Best BoOkshops,-~Craﬂ Shops, Gallery Shops, Coffee Shops and Visitor Centres.
Everybody’s coming to the Fringe!
A ugusl 15 -Sep (em her 4
Get your precious copy of the Fringe Programme at hundreds
of locations around Scotland from the end of June or send
in stamps to:
your name, address and 60p Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Box L, 180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 105 and we'll pop one in
the post to you.
The List 23 April—6 May 1993 31