Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certiticate, credits, hriet review and venue details. Full length reviews of new releases can he found in the listian section wich follows. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I the Adventires of Baron Munchausen (PG) (Terry Gilliam. US. 1988) John Neville. Sarah Polley. Eric Idle. Robin Williams. 126 mins. Fabulously expensive 18th century fantasia has a beseiged Turkish city entertained by the tall tales of Baron Munchausen. who ﬁnally saves the day. Gilliam's extravagant visual sensibility guides this maniac epic through its sticky patches. and there is so much to look at and enough genuine laughs that his relentless campaign against mediocre convention is more than justiﬁed. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Angel Feather (15) (Nestor Patemostro. Argentina. 1992) Dora Baret. Arturo Bonin. Emilio Alfaro. 100 mins. A young architect throws himself into his work following the deaths of his two brothers. but also ﬁnds himself dragged into a nightmare of drink and drugs. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT. I Angel of Fire (18) (Dana Rotberg. Mexico. 1992) Evangelina Sosa. Lilia Aragon. Roberto Sosa. 90 mins. A young trapeze artist is thrown out of her third rate circus when she refuses to abort the child of her now-dead father. Instead. she takes up with a troupe of evangalist puppeteers. Visually impressive. socially relevant ﬁlmmaking from one of Mexico‘s leading new talents. Latin American Film Festival. Glasgow: GFT.
I Acres L’Am (15) (Diane Kurys. France. 1992) Isabelle Huppert. Bernard Giradeau. Hippolyte Giradot. 104 mins. A novelist shares her live-in lover with his previous partner until she meets a groovy guitarist. A neatly observed and emotionally tangled tale of screwed up thirtysomethings from the ﬁrst name in intelligent slush. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I III! at Darkness (15) (Sam Rairni. US. 1992) Bruce Campbell. Embeth Davidtz. Marcus Gilbert. 109 mins. First the deﬁnitive video nasty. then the deﬁnite slapstick horror comedy. now the deﬁnitive disappointment. Picking up from where Evil Dead 2 left off. with Ash (Campbell) and chainsaw arm in the Middle Ages. it all runs out of steam as it tries its best to please. Strathclydc: Magnum.
I the Assassin (18) (John Badham. US. 1993) Bridget Fonda. Gabriel Byme. Dermot Mulroney. 108 mins. Scene-for-scene remake of 1990‘s Nikita. with emphasis on the action rather than moody contemplation. Fonda brings depth to her character (a teenage drug addict turned government killer). making this a Hollywood thriller with more emotional sympathy than most. In its own terms. easily as good a movie as the original: it‘s a case of same song. different singers. Borders: Roxy.
I The M of Macon (18) (Peter Greenaway. Europe. 1993) Julie Orrnond. Ralph Fiennes. Philip Stone. 122 mins. More stylised. more controversial. more Greenaway. The story of a professed ‘child saint' in 17th centry France is the means by which the director picks apart exploitation of children. particularly by the Catholic church. and notions ofchild abuse. Images of rape and mutilation will undoubtedly
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appal most viewers. regardless of Greenaway's artistic intentions. See feature. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Mi (U) (David D. Hand. US. 1942) 69 mins. Disney at his cutest. purest best. A baby fawn enjoys life in the forest with his friends (Thumper the rabbit is surely one of Disney's most memorable creations). grows up. has a run- in with Man. and becomes Great Prince of the Forest. Nice animation. with touches of extreme tweeness. and a massive hankie count when Bambi's mum dies. All Odeons. All UCls. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead.
I Basic Instinct (18) (Paul Verhoeven. US. 1992) Michael Douglas. Sharon Stone. George Dzundza. Jeanne Tripplehom. 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. Easin the best. ice-pick-sharp thriller for several years. with steamy sex scenes that leave the screen dripping with sweat. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I The Beast La Bere (18) (Walerian Borowczyk. France. 1975) Sirpa Lane. Lisbeth llurnmel. Pierre Benedetti. 102 mins. An American heiress discovers an 18th century diary and starts a series of sexual dreams involving a half bear. half wolf. Slightly scandalous erotic fairy tale with hints of beastiality and lashings of Freud. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Benny’s Video (18) (Michael Ilaneke. Austria. 1992) Arno Frisch. Angela Winkler. Ulrich Muhe. 105 mins. With wider social concerns than other ﬁlms that link images and acts of violence. Benny's Video tells of a teenage boy who has been emotionally de-sensitised by both his avid watching of violent videos and his parents' obsession with social conformity. A demanding ﬁlm. but one which rewards one‘s intellectual engagement with provocative images and telling insights. See Screen Test. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I The Big Blue (15) (Luc Besson. France. 1988) Rosanna Arquette. Jean-Marc Barr. Jean Reno. 120 mins. Barr and Reno. friends since they were children. are divers competing to reach the greatest depths without the aid of breathing equipment. and also rivals for the romantic attentions of Ms Arquette. A commercial smash in its native France. Besson's ﬁlm is a stunningly photographed visual experience in varying shades of blue. Even if the plot is a load of tosh. the dolphins are nice. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I 319 W (PG) (John Milius. US. 1978) William Katt. Gary Busey. Jan-Michael Vincent. 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 most audience- friendly work has gathered something of a cult reputation: here's your chance to see it as it was originally intended. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Bill It Ted's 3m Jouney (PG) (Peter Hewitt. US. 1991) Keanu Reeves. Alex Winter. George Carlin. Joss Ackland. 93 mins. Evil rob0t versions of that most excellent duo totally kill our heroes. causing them to take on the Grim Reaper at party games. make a quick visit to Heaven and eventually win the day. A triumphant sequel. slightly more coherent than the bodacious original - in Bill and Ted terms. at least. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Bernie lid Clyde (18) (Arthur Penn. US. 1967) Warren Beatty. Faye Dunaway. Gene Hackman. Michael J. Pollard. 111 mins. This stylish and gritty account of the relationship and activities of two self-publicised bank robbers was a late-19603 milestone in making extreme
screen violence curiously fashionable. Great performances from Ilackman and Dunaway. a genuine sense of the thrill involved in their nefarious activities. and telling period detail make this one of Penn's best. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Brain Stoker's Dracula ( t 8) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1992) Gary Oldman. Winona Ryder. Anthony Ilopkins. 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. Oldman 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. Central: MacRobert.
I Cam (18) (Michael Schultz. US. 1976) Franklin Ajaye. Antonio Fargas. Richard Pryor. 97 mins. A day in the life of a car wash seen through the eyes and mouths of the underprivileged employees. Hip 70s fun with funky soundtrack and clothes that should carry a health warning. Followed by 70s disco — you have been wamedll Fife: Adam Smith.
I Casablanca (PG) (Michael (‘urtiL US. 1942) Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. Dooley Wilson. 102 mins. You must remember this . . . Bogart being impossibly noble. Bergman torn between two lovers. Claude Rains playing both ends against the middle. devious Nazis. a fogbound airport. a piano-player tinkling that tune . . . A wonderful hill of beans. Strathclydc: UCI East Kilbride.
I Chaplin ( 12) (Richard Attenborough. UK/US. 1992) Robert Downey Jr. Moira Kelly. Geraldine Chaplin. 144 mins. Attenhorough's craftsmanlike biopic of the cane-twirling celluloid clown skirns 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. Central: MacRobert.
I Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U) (Ken Hughes. UK. 1968) Sally Anne Howes. Dick Van Dyke. Lionel Jeffries. 145 mins. Lengthy. effects-ﬁlled children‘s adventure conceived in the wake of Mary Poppins' huge commercial succes but with a charm (and great songs) all of its own. Dick Van Dyke is the mad inventor whose flying car propels his children and romantic interest “owes to a far-off land of adventure. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Citizen Kane (PG) (Orson Welles. US. 1941) Orson Welles. Joseph (‘otten. Agnes Moorehead. 119 mins. Stunnineg successful biographical mosaic centring on a Hearst-like media tycoon. Welles' ﬁrst ﬁlm remains scintillating viewing for its sheer technical verve. narrative conﬁdence and spellbinding performances. The best ﬁlm ever made? Who‘s arguing? l-‘ife: Robins.
I Cliffhanger ( l8) (Renny Ilarlin. US. 1993) Sylvester Stallone. John Lithgow. Michael Rooker. Stallone returns to top form as a guilt- ridden mountain rescue pro battling it out amongst the peaks in Colorado with a gang of hijackers. Spectacular vistas and stunt sequences ensure a white-knuckle. vertiginous experience from the comfort of your cinema seat. Glasgow: Odcon. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclydc: UCI Clydebank. WMR.
I [in Cm En lllver A Heart In Winter (12) (Claude Sautet. France. 1992) Daniel Auteuil. Emmanuelle Beart. Andre Dussolier. 105 mins. A withdrawn violin maker becomes the object of desire for a young violinist who herself is the amour of the former's business partner. An
elegantly trenchant chronicle of triangular relationships which moves with such graceful ﬂuidity that it's easy to miss the toughness at its core. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: MacRobert. Fife: Robins.
I criniesand MisdeneanornﬂS) (Woody Allen. US. 1989) Martin Landau. Anjelica Huston. Woody Allen. Alan Alda. 104 mins. Two stories are interwoven in this accomplished Allen offering which effortlessly blends the Big Questions side of his art with the one-line wit we‘ve taken for granted from him. In the ﬁrst strand. opthalmologist Martin Landau has a hit man bump off his unsettled mistress. while the second thread has worthy documentary ﬁlmmaker Allen clashing with smug media tycoon Alda. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Crush (15) (Alan Shapiro. US. 1993) Cary Elwes. Alicia Silverstone. Jennifer Rubin. 89 mins. Another predictable variation on the ‘home invasion‘ theme. this time dealing with a teenage girl‘s infatuation with an older magazine journalist. What it needs is the voluptuous sexuality of a Lolita-style actress: what it has is a vacuous newcomer. a ludicrous set-up and overwrought treatment. See review. All ()deons. All UCls. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Strathclydc: WMR.
I the Crying Game (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 himself in London and in love with the latter's girlfriend. A bold. unpredictable ﬁlm that has plenty to say about notions of personal and sexual identity. lfonly all British movies were as good as this. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Dances With Wolves: Special Edition (15) (Kevin Costner. US. 1991) Kevin Costner. Grahame Greene. Mary McDonnell. 235 mins. (‘ostner‘s epic tale of a US soldier. coming to tenns with the nobility of the native American tribes before their massacre by his people. regains the 52 minutes cut at the editing stage. New material adds surprisingly little to the overall impact of the story. although some more confusing issues are cleared up. On the whole. however. it has nothing that the three-hour long ()scar winner didn‘t have already. Glasgow: ()deon.
I Dennis (PG) (Nick Castle. US. 1993) Mason Gamble. Walter Matthau. Joan Plowright. 98 mins. He‘s blond. he's cute. he's American. his dog isn‘t a ﬁufiball with teeth. At least the stripey jumper remains the same. But. then again. the Dennis of the US cartoon strip never was related to The Beann's arch-menace. When Dennis's folks go off on business. the mischevious little brat is left in the hands of his elderly neighbours: Home Alone scenario from the John Hughes stable. General release.
I The Draughtsaan'c Contract (15) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1982) Anthony Higgins. Janet Suzman. 103 mins. Sumptuous. seductive enigma in which a young artist accepts a commission from a country manor and also accepts payment in sexual favours. But is there more to this than meets the eye? Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dust Devil ( 18) (Richard Stanley. UK. 1992) Robert Burke. Chelsea Field. Zakes Mokae. 103 mins. After various behind-the-scenes battles. Richard (Hardware) Stanley delivers a longer version of his African shape shifter/serial killer movie than graced the EIFF screens in 1992. (‘ertain ﬂaws remain. but it is a uniquely imaginative. visually mindblowing and anthropologically fascinating piece. well deserving of a cinema screening. Edinburgh: Filmhousc.
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