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reunite for a New Year break and discover that career security is no match for happy relationships. A highly assured. extremely funny and deceptively touching character drama. whose only fault is that it sends up Branagh's media image a little too knowingly. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: MacRobert
I II.“ If III. In! (PG) (Franklin J. Schaffner. US. 1967) Charlton Heston. Roddy. McDowall. Kim Hunter. 112 mins. An astronaut crashlands on a strange planet where the monkey/human roles are reversed. but breaks out of the lab thanks to his friendship with some liberal chimps. The shocking ﬁnal image is one of the delights of cinema. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I the "In! (15) (Robert Altman. US. 1992) Tim Robbins. Greta Scacchi. Fred Ward. Peter Gallacher. 124 mins. Altman's satire on the wheeling and dealing of modern day Hollywood is more than just an excuse for cineastes to play trainspotter with the famous faces in cameo roles. It is also a terriﬁc thriller about a studio exec receiving death threats from a spurned writer. Tim Robbins is magniﬁcent in the lead role. while Altman manages to grin as he bites the hand that feeds him. Strathclyde: UC1 East Kilbride.
I “18) (Todd Haynes. US. 1991) Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell. Scott Renderer. James Lyons. 90 mins. The latest target for the venom of American morality groups. Haynes‘ low- budget triptych pulls together three separate stories with ‘deviance‘ as the linking theme. The Jean Genet-inﬂuenced third section. 'Homo'. has attracted most flak over is lurid depiction of prison love. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I It!” the I“ W (PG) (Zhang Yimou. China/Japan. 1991) Gong Li. Ma Jingwa. He Caifei. Cao Cuifeng. 125 mins. Zhang. director of la Don and Red Sorghum. again combines exquisitely beautiful photography with formalised melodrama. but this time creates one of the most moving ﬁlms to appear anywhere on the world circuit in recent years. Essentially the tale of a young girl forced to become a concubine and the jealousies she encounters in her fortress home. it also acts as a metaphor for the repression of individual passions in post- Trananmen China. Glasgow: GFl‘.
I M Shoes (PG) (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. UK. 1948) Anton Wallbrook. Marius Goring. Moira Shearer. 133 mins. Ballerina Shearer is torn between an autocratic impressario and a starving young composer as she dances her way towards madness. Remarkably serious treatment of the subject matter is helped by superlative design and cinematography in this classic piece of Powell/Pressburger expressionism. Glasgow: GFl‘.
I m 00.8(18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. 100 mins. A gang of hoods. known only to each other by colour-coded nicknames. meets at an abandoned warehouse to ﬁgure how out their rigorously planned heist went so drastically wrong. The best debut in years from writer-director Tarantino. whose stylish violence seduces the audience into complicity. Brilliant in every sense of the word. Glasgow: Odeon. Fife: Adam Smith. IAMMMMPGHRoben Redford. US. 1992) Craig Sheffer. Brad Pitt. Torn Skerritt. 124 mins. A ﬁne. lyrical piece by director Redford describing the love and loyalty of two contrasting brothers in Montana early this century. Based on Norman Maclean's semi- autobiographical novel. it fuses the Scots Presbyterian lifestyle of American settlers with a true understanding of nature. Wonderful performances. beautiful photography: altogether a perfectly crafted ﬁlm about human
relationshi . Strathclyde: M num.
I no llarrar Pietra (l8) (Jim Shannan. UK. 1975) Tim Curry. Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick. Meat Loaf. 100 mins. The cult ﬁlm to end all others. this rock spoof on old horror movies has created a breed of Rocky Horror crazies. and packs them in at late shows everywhere. The ﬁlm has its moments. and Cuny is splendidly camp as the bisexual Frank N. Furter. With the added attraction (distraction?) of sing-along dance troupe The Creatures Of The Night. Central: Allanpark.
I Seat of I I“ (15) (Martin Brest. US. 1992) Al Pacino. Chris O‘Donnell. James Rebhorn. 156 mins. A blind. alcoholic ex- serviceman and a scholarship college boy spend Thanksgiving Weekend in New York and ﬁnd themselves in a series of funny and moving adventures which ﬁnally lead them to come to terms with their true selves. Overlong in its opening and closing scenes. this is still one terriﬁc movie. with what is possibly Pacino's best performance in a distinguished career. Edinburgh: UCI.
I Sea Of 1.010(18) (Harold Becker. US. 1989) Al Pacino. Ellen Barkin. John Goodman. Michael Rooker. 118 mins. Pacino. a homicide
detective in search of a murderer whose crimes seem to be connected with the personal ads. sets up a date with single mother Barkin. and. although attracted to her. begins to suspect that she is the killer. The plot may be on the creaky side. but the performances from both leads are spot-on. the dialogue and the sex scenes are remarkably realistic. However. the ﬁlm is more likely to be remembered for its humour than for its tension. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I AM Flh Ml"! (18) (Kr-zysztof Kieslowski. Poland. 1988) Grazyna Szapolowska. Olaf Lubasaenko. Stefania lwinska. 87 mins. The second offering to be developed as a feature ﬁlm from Kieslowski's television Dekalog (Ten Commandments). Teenage postal clerk Tornek falls obsessively in love with the enigmatic artist on whom he routinely spies in her apartment. Eventually. he plucks up the courage to approach her. but his notions of love are soon to be dispelled by an experience that is to alter both their feelings. Concentrated and probing investigation of the nature of our affections. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I 81-1302) (Cameron Crowe. US. 1992) Bridget Fonda. Campbell Scott. Kyra Sedgwick Matt Dillon. 90 mins. The way it's been sold you'd think it was some total guitar hardcore odyssey vibe. but in fact it's a honey-coated romance that just happens to take place in Seattle. There's a high recognition factor for twentysornethings in the audience as they watch the ensemble cast ﬁnd its way around misdirected crushes. parties from hell and crap gigs. Watch your life ﬂash before you. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I Slacker (15) (Richard Linklater. US. 1991) Over 100 Texans. 97 mins. Unclassiﬁable piece of independent American moviemaking which doesn't have a plot as such; instead it provides a 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 in the ﬁrst place. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I Salt T”, III! M (15) (Stefan Schwartz. UK. 1992) Peter Capaldi. Elaine Collins. Richard Wilson. 91 mins. A Scot living in London has to return home to his native Glasgow for a family party. but meets various hazards on the road north. not the least of which is the slightly bizarre Yvonne. Capaldi's script perfectly captures that typically Scottish balance of innocent charm and sly humour. Not in the fast lane. perhaps. but motoring steadily towards its destination. Glasgow: GFI‘. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I M (12) (Jon Amiel. US. 1993) Richard Gere. Jodie Foster. Bill Pullman. 114 mins. The plot of The Return of Martin Guerre goes wandering for a few years before emerging from the mists of the American Civil War in the shape of Jack Sommersby (Gere). who’s not quite the man his wife (Foster) remembers. She's in love. but a court has to decide the genuineness of his claims. As effective as a thriller as the original but the central pairing lacks the spark that would really have set it on ﬁre. General release.
I Th. Md M802) (Zhang Yrmou. China. 1992) Gong Li. Lei Lao Fheng. Ge Zhijun. 100 mins. Zhang makes a departure from the opulent beauty of la Dou and Raise the Red Lantern with this documentary-style tale of a shy. pregnant woman who refuses to accept the injustice dealt out to her husband. Again the role of women in society is highlighted and again Gong Li is superb as her resilience is pitted against the unfeeling authorities. A masterly performance. See review. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Strletly lathe. (PG) (Baz Luhmrann. 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: Cameo. Filmhouse.
I M in. M I“ (18) (lstvan Szabo. Hungary. 1992) Johanna Ter Steege. Eniko Boresok. Peter Andorai. 81 mins. A deeply-felt. authentic portrait of Szabo's homeland's post- Communist period of adjustment. seen through the eyes of two former Russian teachers trying to master enough English to keep ahead of the students they're instructing. Made compelling by its central performances. Glasgow: GF’I‘.
I Tbhl E balsa (15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1991) Susan Sarandon. Geena Davis. Harvey Keitel. Michael Madsen. 129 mins. The buddy/road movie genres are turned on their heads as Sarandon and Davis grasp the steering wheel and head off leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in their wake. On one level. the ﬁlm is
the critical catalyst that had the feminists cheering and put the stars on the cover of Time magazine; just as importantly. it's an accessible piece of entertainment with excellent central performances. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I the. Ida Kids (U) (Jon Turteltaub. US. 1993) Victor Wong. Michael Treanor. Chad Power. 84 mins. Three mini-martial artists use their grandfather's training to help their FBI agent dad nail a baddie. Sort of Home Alone meets the Turtles (minus the suits) as the youngsters in the audience cheer their on-screen heroes as they kick the poo-poo out of a startlingly inept adult world. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All UCls.
I Trespass (18) (Walter Hill. US. 1992) Bill Paxton. William Sadler. Ice T. Ice Cube. 101 mins. Another Walter Hill ﬁlm. another ﬂop. The casting of sundry rap stars and much jazzy MTV visual frippery can‘t pump any new life into the well-worn storyline of assorted parties ﬁghting it out over a large chunk of stolen loot. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street.
I TI. m Hi” If I." ( 18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1987) Daniel Day-Lewis. Juliette Binoche. Lena Olin. 167 mins. Ambitious adaptation of Milan Kundera's complex novel about a wornanising Czech 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: Cameo.
I W (15) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1992) Clint Eastwood. Gene Hackman. Morgan Freeman. 123 mins. Clint returns to the saddle as a former killer. tamed by his late wife. but pressed into joining a bounty hunt which takes him to the town of Big Whiskey and into the presence of its sadistic sheriﬁ' (Hackman). A darkly disturbing western which destroys the genre's traditional notions of clear-cut good and evil. instead presenting violent acts as physically and psychologically painful for victim and
pe trator alike. Glasgow: GFI'.
I all! El!!! (18) (Jonathan Kaplan. US. 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 Carr 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 Cradle. Edinburgh: Cameo. IWMEI‘IHIOWUSHWim Wenders. Gennany/US/Japan/Australia. 1992) Solveig Dornrnartin. \Vrlliam Hurt. Sam Neill. 158 mins. After having been chased across the world by various nefarious types. Claire Tourneur (Dommartin) and lover Trevor (Hurt) end up in an Aussie underground lab. with nuclear annageddon around the corner. The sci- ﬁ and ‘female Peer Gynt' elements don’t gel. but Wender's ﬂawed rock'n‘roll-powered odyssey does have its own kind of fascination. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I W ( 15) (Nicholas Roeg. Australia. 1970) Jenny Agutter. Lucien John. David Gumpilil. 100 mins. Two English kids have to fend for themselves in the Australian outback when their father commits suicide. Sexual and cultural tensions are captured by magniﬁcent photography by the former cinematographer. here on his second ﬁlm as director. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I M ‘ M8 (12) (Michael Hammon. Germany. 1991) Not everything in Soweto is as had been hoped following Mandela's release. and a young car thief ﬁnds himself in the midst of inter-faction violence and poverty. A hard- hitting feature from former television newsman Hammon. Glasgow: GFT.
I VIII I”! (15) (David Attwood. UK. 1992) Naveen Andrews. Sarita Choudhury. Ronny Jhutti. 85 mins. You‘ve got to have hopes to survive life in Southall. even if you're up against friends. family and the British record industry just because you're the world‘s ﬁrst Asian country and western band. Very funny. continuously upbeat British comedy that takes an unusual look at an odd slice of life. This year's Commitments. See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinbu h: Odeon.
I I am 1' (12) (Eric Rohmer. France. 1991 ) Charlotte Very. Frederic van den Driessche. Herve Furic. 114 mins. Rohmer's latest offering is a typically downbeat affair. framed around the moral dilemmas of a hairdresser and the men in her life. Brilliantly suffused with the unglarnorous atmosphere of French suburbia. it may not be to everyone's taste. but bear with it because it’s a very different piece of cinema. Central: MacRobert.
20 The List 21 May—3 June 1993