Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Full length reviews of new releases can be found In the listings section wich follows. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I loci” M (18) (Alex de la Iglesia. Spain. 1993) Frederique Feder. Antonio Resines. Alex Angulo. 94 mins. A group of handicapped revolutionaries kidnap an heiress and head to an off-world mining planet for a bloody showdown. An instant sci-ﬁ/horror cult classic let loose from the Almodovar experimental labs. Try to imagine F realm meeting Barbarella at a party thrown by Mad Mar. Fife: Adam Smith.
I The Adjuster ( l8) (Atom Egoyan. Canada. 1991) Elias Koteas. Arsinee Khanjian. Maury Chaykin. 102 mins. A disparate array of plot elements - an insurance adjuster. ﬁlm censors. a kinky couple — combines with off-kilter Twin Peaks-ish humour and some bizarre visuals in Atom (Speaking Parts) Egoyan‘s most approachable movie to date. ‘A ﬁlm about believable people doing believable things in an unbelievable way' is how he describes it. Wierd and. in its own way. wonderful. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I les m It Pont-lleuf ( 18) (Leos Carax. France. 1991)Juliette Binoche. Denis Lavant. 127 mins. An artist with a degenerative eye disease meets a ﬁre-eating down-and-out. and they fall in love against the backdrop of Paris‘s Pont-Neuf. A stunningly visual movie. the most expensive ever to come out of France. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I WI lleart (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 Cyphre to track down a missing Forties crooner who has reneged on a Iife-or-death deal. His investigations lead him to a seedy New Orleans dominated by voodoo cults and extremely dead bodies in this uncomfonablc mating of visceral gore and moody film noir. with some ingenious if nasty twists in tire plot. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I MI (15) (Guy Maddin. Canada. 1990) 90 mins. A Canadian soldier. Belgian pilot and Russian nurse are thrown together during the First World War. But the clouds of mustard gas befog their memories. leading to a confusion of passions. And a confusion amongst the audience as Maddin delivers another idiosyncratic slice of the bizarre. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Archive Him 75 mins. A showcase. with live piano accompaniment. of 60 years of the Scottish lntemational Amateur Film Festival. introduced by Janet McBain of the Scottish Film Archive. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I M M Eileen From The Island (PG) (Mike Alexander. Scotland. 1993) Ken Hutchison. lain F. Macleod. Wilma Kennedy. 100 mins. The ﬁrst ever Gaelic language feature raises questions of language and communication between human beings as it merges two stories by Iain Crichton Smith. A widowed headmaster is intrigued by both the local nurse and a stranger whose presence uncovers resentments in an island village. Followed by audience discussion with director Mike Alexander and producer/writer Douglas Eadie. Central: MacRobert.
I Avaand Gabriel (15) (France. 1990) 100 mins. A black painter shocks the Caribbean island of Curacao in the 40s when he decides to use a mixed race schoolteacher as the model for his painting of a Black Madonna. A striking use of light and colour by Spike Lee's resident cinematographer. Ernest Dickerson. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I N lieutenant (18) (Abel Ferrara. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Frankie Thorne. Zoe Lund. 96 mins. A return to urban sleaze by master of the genre Abel Ferrara. A NYPD cop (Keitel). in debt due to drugs. alcohol and gambling addiction. is intrigued by a big money reward in the case of a raped nun. Harsh. powerful. but ﬁlled with a religious orthodoxy. this is a reminder of the director at his best (Angel of Vengeance. Driller Killer) and should be picked up by Reservoir Dogs fans. Fife: New Picture
I “i (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. Central: Allanpark. Strathclyde: Kelbume.
I Baralra (PG) (Ron Fricke. US. 1992) 96 mins. Environmentally aware eco-doc in the style of Koyrronisquixi has the major advantage of having been shot in 70mm. which makes the stunning cinematography the star of the show. Beautiful footage of Planet Earth is juxtaposed with man's harmful relation to it. with the Big Statement being pushed forwards by a series of powerful images. A genuine spectacle. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (15) (Stephen Ilerek. US. 1990) Keanu Reeves. Alex Winter. 91 mins. Bill and Ted's dream of forming a band called the ‘Wyld Stallyns' is haunted by the spectre of flunking their history exams and being packed off to military academy.
However. courtesy of a time-travelling telephone I The Damned (18) (Luchino Visconti. Italy/W. Germany. 1969) Dirk Bogarde. Ingrid Thulin. they meet tip with the likes of Genghis Khan and
booth. the two dudes canter through the centuries on a breakneck refresher course where
Beethoven. And save the future of the universe. A most excellent cinematic experience. Edinburgh: MGM
I Birth of the Cinema Lecturer Jim Cook gives a presentation. illustrated by ﬁlm clips. of the earliest forms of cinema from the ﬁrst public screenings to the heyday of the silent cinema. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Black Diamond flush (Kurt Miller. US. 1993) Major piste action from leading ski flick specialist Warren Miller; a ski-sploitation ﬁlm with pumping rock soundtrack. Edinburgh: Dominion.
I Bleak Momentum (Mike Leigh. UK. 1971) Anne Raitt. Sarah Stephenson. Eric Allan. 110 mins. Mike Leigh's first feature is a typical slice of life set in drab South London. and remains as full of observant characterisation and truthful dialogue as the television work that sustained his career through the rest of the 70s. Glasgow: GET.
ltaly/France.1988) Phillipe Noiret. Jacques Penin. Salvatore Cascio. 123 mins. Told largely in ﬂashback. the winner of the 1990 Oscar for Best Foreign Film traces young Salvatore‘s infatuation with his village cinema. and his growing friendship with its projectionist (played to perfection by Noiret). Essentially. it's Tomatore's lament for the joyous movie-going experience of his youth and a recognition of the price we pay for our maturity. Glasgow: GET.
I The Eminent: ( 1 5) (Alan Parker. UK. 1991) Robert Arkins. Michael Aheme. Angeline Ball. Maria Doyle. 118 mins. Sod U2 - when would-be manager Jimmy Rabbitte (Arkins) puts together The Commitments. soul comes to Dublin and the band become the force to really put Irish music on the map. Alan Parker delivers a hilarious. down-to-earth. close-to-home movie. stuffed full of good music and with some relevent social comment to boot. Edinburgh: Cameo. Odeon.
Charlorte Rampling. Helmut Berger. 161 mins. Visconti's massive fresco on the rise of Nazism
in 30s Germany virtually deﬁnes his later.
; operatic style. Beautifully composed throughout 2 but very slow-moving. this saga of an industrial 3 dynasty gradually being overwhelmed by its
own decadence boasts highly impressive sequences like the Night of the Long Knives massacre. but is ﬁnally just too Ianguorous for its own ood. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dark (PG) (John Carpenter. US. 1971)
5 Brian Narelle. Dre Pahich. Cal Kuniholm. Dan
O’Bannon. 83 mins. Carpenter's excellent. low-
budget debut has four 22nd Century astronauts
and their extra-terrestrial pet freaking out on an
~ interminable journey through space. Witty and ironic. it satirises US society. popular culture and
I Blue (15) (Derek Jamtan. UK. 1993) With the
voices of Nigel Terry. Tilda Swinton. Derek Jamtan. 76 mins. When you say that this personal reflection on living with AIDS sets a soundtrack of diary extractions. readings and music by Simon Fisher Tumer against a blue monochrome screen — a ﬁlm with no images — then the sceptics have a field day. But no one who saw it at its 1993 Edinburgh lntemational Film Festival screening. where it won the Powell Award for Best British Feature. failed to be deeply moved. A brave. absorbing cinema experience. Trust trs. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Blues Brothers (15) (John Landis. US. 1980) John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd. Carrie Fisher. 130 mins. Bloated. overlong anarchic Chicago comedy with the two stars on a mission from God to salvage the imperilled fortunes of an orphanage. Lots of guest stars. musical numbers and automotive destruction in a typical product of over-emphatic contemporary American humour. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I Boxing llelena ( I 8) (Jennifer Chambers Lynch. US. 1992) Sherilyn Fenn. Julian Sands. Bill Paxton. 105 mins. An obsessive young surgeon hides the object of his desires in his house and dismembers her in an attempt to win her love. Bizarre subject matter. as you would expecr from the daughter of David. suffers from debut jitters and the ever-wooden Sands. but has some interesting things to say about male fantasies and the power in sexual relationships. Glasgow: Grosvenor.
I The Buddha of Suburbia (15) (Roger Michell. UK. 1993) Naveen Andrews. Roshan Seth. 240 mins. A chance to see all of the television adaptation of Hanif Kureishi's novel in one sitting. while it's still being shown in parts on the box. Sex 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll in 70s suburbia. Kureishi and producer Kevin Loader will be present for an audience discussion after the screening. Sun 14 only. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Careful (15) (Guy Maddin. Canada. 1992) Kyle McCulloch. Gosia Dobrowolska. Sarah
Neville. 96 mins. Madness up in the mountains
as the Canadian idiosyncracist takes us to Tolzbad where everybody's got the bots for everyone else. despite the avalanche that threatens. Soap send-up. custom-made cult. but not to everybody's tastes. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I The Cement Garden (18) (Andrew Birkin. UK/Germany/France. 1993) Charlotte Gainsbourg. Andrew Robertson. Sinead Cusack.
' 105 mins. Based on the acclaimed book by Ian
McEwan. Birkin‘s award-winning ﬁlm intertwines themes of incest and death with innocent insight. Not so much a coming-of-age m0vie as a regression into childhood. it is meticulously observed and contains ﬂawless
performances from its young cast. Glasgow:
GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I clam Paradiso (PG) (Giuseppe Tomatore.
200/: A Space Odyssey while providing solid entertainment. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Dave (12) (Ivan Reitman. US. 1993) Kevin Kline. Sigoumey Weaver. Frank Langella. 110 mins. It's one of those eternal Hollywood myths: an ordinary Joe - or in this case. Dave -- finds himself in the White House and. despite the
powers that be. decides to give US politics a
liberal heart. Kline is at his most appealing. Weaver nicely underplays the supporting role. Comfortable old-fashioned ﬁlmmaking that's a bit like soaking in a warm bath. See preview.
I Demolition Man (15) (Marco Brambilla. L'S. 1993) Sylvester Stallone. Wesley Snipes. Nigel Ilawthome. 115 mins. Cryogenically frozen in 1996. but thawed out for a parole hearing 36
years later. mass murderer Simon Phoenix
(Snipes) escapes and sets about creating major mayhem. The only man who can stop him is Sgt John Spartan (Stallone). the man who caught him ﬁrst time round and who is also undergoing the big freeze. Producer Joel Silver's trademark
1 big bangs and some lampooning of screen 7 images by the stars enliven this excellent sci-fi
action movie that is laced with sharp social satire. See review. General release.
I Dermis (PG) (Nick Castle. US. 1993) Mason Gamble. Walter Matthau. Joan Plowrigltt. 98
mins. He‘s blond. he's cute. he's American. his
dog isn't a fluffball 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 Beuno‘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. Glasgow: MGM . Parkhead. Strathclyde: WMR.A11 UCls.
I The Devils (18) (Ken Russell. UK. 1971) Oliver Reed. Vanessa Redgrave. Dudley Sutton. 111 mins. Based on the play by John Whiting. which was based in turn on Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Lorulen. this account of demonic possession and witchcraft in 17th Century France was the ﬁlm in which Russell's work metamorphosed from any eccentricity into full- blown gothic monstrosity. complete with masturbating nuns and a public burning. Mad Ken is nothing if not controversial. and your reaction will probably depend on how you stand
on the director's idiosyncratic visions.
Edinburgh: Cameo. I Dirty Weekend (18) (Michael Winner. L'K. 1993) Lia Williams. David McCallum. Miriam
Kelly. 102 mins. Not a female Death Wish. but a
feminist revenge fantasy taken to extremes. Winner captures the tone of Helen Zahavi‘s
novel perfectly. but the ﬁlm's shoddy editing.
‘ lighting and dubbing is unforgivable.
Technically inept. extremely offensive. but of
some social relevance. Glasgow: MGM Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: MGM. All UCls.
I The Dotdile life of Veronique ( 15) (Krzystof
Kieslowskl. Poland/France. 1991) Irene Jacob.
Phillppe Volter. Alexander Bardini. 110 mins.
Two girls — one Polish. the other French — are
born at the same time on the same day and come
to discover that their fates are bound up together. An eerily fascinating and disturbing erotic dance of love and death from the director of Delta/rig (The Ten C ommmrrlmenrs). with an extraordinary twin performance by Cannes award-winner Jacob. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Filrrthottse. I Dragon (15) (Rob Cohen. US. 1993) Jason Scott Lee. Lauren Holly. Robert Wagner. 119 mins. Exciting. intelligent biopic on the short life of martial arts star Bruce Lee will please action fans and provide sortie insight into the motivations that drove the man through his revolutionary ﬁghting techniques. ground- breaking ﬁlms and inter-racial marriage. Jason Scott Lee is excellent in the lead role. his sinewy physique a match for the master‘s. Glasgow: All MGMs. Edinburgh: UCl. Strathclyde: All UCls. Fife: Glenrothes.
I Dumbo (U) (Ben Sharpsteen. 11S. 19-11) 6-1 mins. The rest of the circus animals make ftrn of the little elephant with the huge ears. but he discovers they have a ttse after all. (‘lassic Disney: timeless entertainment. Strathclyde: Paisley Arts Centre.
I Eraserhead ( 18) (David 1.ynch.I:S. 1976) John Nance. 90mins. You may never eat jelly babies again after the repellent but compelling tale of Henry. his haircut. his girlfriend. his strange offspring and a sizeable quantity of pus. Disturbing sttrff. mercifully ﬁlmed in black and white. Re-issued in anew print. Fife: Adam Smith.
I The Exorcist ( 18) (William i‘IICdkln. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Iillen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 110 mins. [Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this httgely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scarey. dead priest. Fife: New Picture Ilouse.
I Falling In love (PG) (L’lu Grosbard. US. 1984) Robert De .\'iro. Meryl Streep. Harvey Keitel. 105 mins. Neither De Niro nor Streep's
best moment as tltey fall in love. liriefflfncounrer
style. in Manhattan. Coincidence follows coincidence to extreme. making this one of the
most trnengaging love stories of recent years.
Best forgotten about. Iidinbttrgh: St Bride's.
I Fantastic Formats 150 mins. A special
5 presentation of the sounds and screen sizes of a cinema. with clips in Scope. 70mm and Digital
Stereo. The past. present and future in one package. Sun 14 only. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Firm (15) (Sydney Pollack. CS. 1993) Tom Cruise. Jeanne 'I‘ripplehorn. Gene llackman. 155 mins. John Grisham's best-selling novel undergoes a few changes to become a star-
studded. but somewhat overlong thriller. with (‘ruise well cast and convincing as the young
graduate lawyer. seduced by a less-than-legal Memphis law ﬁrm. However. a uniformly
; excellent supporting cast can't hide the lapses in ‘ pace and implausible narrative jumps that are
made in the name ofcompact plotting. Glasgow MGM Sauchiehall Street.
. I First Heels Programme 1 90 mins. The first
set consists of Peter Mullen's Close. Gary Scott's .Ilir'lroelunge/oit RUINN'U/l. Heather Banks's Pro/turin Speaks Lora/er Than ll'orr/s. Gill Parry's A Family Business. Susan Montford and Michael Storrtr's Hui/71in. John (‘olin’s Cherries (see preview). Gillian Steel's ('hemir'u/s Anil l/lunrinunrt. Gethart (‘oles's (‘14!
and Inigo Gatiido/(‘iI-‘V'W's The Phone. The 16 only. Glasgow: Glil‘. I First Reels Programme 2 04 mins. Day Two.
and it's time for Stephen Chester's The
[fro/resent! Herb (Ion/en ()flleulh. Andy
3 Secchr and Kenneth Simpson's Buzz David
Sheerin‘s .i’ Things For Bike/it To Remember. Gavin Turnbull's The Title (If The Persistent
Poacher. Lucy iinfield's The X In Scotland and Hannah Robinson's Rt'ltLl'. Wed 17 only. Glasgow: (ii-'1'.
I First lieels Programme 3 ()3 mins. Last of the three programmes. w ith Shaz Kerr's 'Iool. Chris
Byrne‘s Sensorio. Andrew Wishart's Foil/t. Satrl
Metzslein's The Piper. Kevin Cameron/Giin's Shoot The Ref/ileum. Leonie MacMillcn's Ship ()f'lioo/s. Sarah Tripp's ll’eurher l’ur’n and Steve McDaid's A Lonlier l’lur'e. Thurs 18 only. Glasgow: Gi’T.
I The Fugitive ( 15) (Andrew Davis. lfS. 1993) Harrison Ford. 'l’ortrtrry Lee Jones. Jeroen Krabbe. 130 mins. Wroneg accused of murdering his wife. Dr Richard Kimble (Ford)
goes on the run. trying lo track down the one-
armed man who is the real killer while being hunted by a 1'8 Deputy Marshal himself. Great acting. but what could have been one of the best thrillers in recent years lacks edge-of-the-seat appeal as director Davis fails to light the fuse on a dynamite plot. General release.
I GoodFellas ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. L'S. 1990) Robert De Niro. Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci. Lorraine Braco. Paul Sorvino. 145 mins. Liotta plays Henry Hill. a real-life maﬁoso. with De Niro as his mentor in crime. And while the bullets. ﬁsts
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