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I a . . . mutt (PG) (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. UK. 1955) Anton
ﬁrst collaboration in Cinemascope is a modernised version of Strauss's Die
F ledemtaus. and was attacked at the time for self-indulgence on a grand scale. It may not reach the heights of their 19405 output. but the ﬁlm is still strongly cast and its eye-catching washes of colour make it an enjoyable. boldly
I Olivier Olivier (15) (Agnieszka Holland. France. 1992) Francois Cluzet. Brigitte Rouan. Gregoire Colin. 105 mins. The latest from the director of Europa Europa is based on a true French newspaper story of a boy who went missing. only to turn up six years later as a Parisian rent boy. An intriguing. evokatively photographed depiction of family tensions. Bizarre bizarre. Glasgow: GFT.
feature from Hanna-Barbera that adds an ecological twist to a coming-of-age tale about woodland animals coping with a toxic waste cloud. Songs are by An American Tail‘s James Homer. but the ﬁlm itself. while capturing something of classic children‘s storybook
MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Cannon. All UCIs.
I The '81.: Gene (U) (George Abbott/Stanley Doran. US. 1957) Doris Day.
her buoyant best in this bright adaptation of the Broadway musical. centring on union activities in a clothing factory. With impressive choreography by Bob Fosse. Edinburgh: St Bride's.
I m Fish (15) (John Sayles. US. 1992) Mary McDonnell. Alfie Woodard. David
her paralysed. soap star May-Alice becomes a self-styled ‘bitch on wheels'. retreating to her
of nurse-carers until she meets her match in Chantelle. Perfectly scripted and acted. this is a
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Walbrook. Anthony Quayle. Michael Redgrave. Ludmilla Tcherina. 101 mins. The famous duo's
conceived cinematic confection. Glasgow: GFT.
I m line A Forest (U) (Charles Grosvenor. US. 1993) With the voices of Michael Crawford. Ben Vereen. Ellen Blain. A full-length animated
animation. is no classic itself. Glasgow: Odeon.
John Raitt. Carol Haney. 101 mins. Doris Day at
Strathaim. 135 mins. When a car accident leaves
home in Louisiana and battling with a succession
moving. witty account of two women coming to terms with major changes in their lives. Another
classic from Sayles. who reaches emotional depths without resorting to cliches. Central: MacRobert.
I The Piano (15) (Jane Catnpion. Australia/New Zealand. 1993) Holly Hunter. Sam Neill. Harvey Keitel. 120 mins. Jane Campion's masterpiece follows mute Scotswoman Ada (Hunter) as she travels to 19th century New Zealand with her piano and daughter to enter into an arranged marriage. Soon she begins a passionate and erotic affair with her illiterate neighbour as the means of regaining her treasured instrument. lmpeccable perfonnances lift this highly charged piece to the realms of classic cinema. undoubtedly one of the best ﬁlms of the 90s. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo. UCI.
I The Player (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 1
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. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Puerto Escondido (15) (Gabriele Savatores. Italy. 1993) Diego Abatantuono. Valeria Golino. Claudio Bisio. 110 mins. Recovering from gunshot wounds. an Italian assistant bank manager recognises one of the interrogating policemen as his attacker and the man he witnessed kill a fellow cop. He ﬂees to Mexico and gets caught up with some hippies. Mildly diverting. but one might have expected tnore from the director of Mediterraneo. See review. Glasgow: GFT.
I Raging Bull (18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1980) Robert de Niro. Cathy Moriarty. Joe l’esci. 129 mins. Middleweight boxing chatnp Jake La Motta ﬁnds it difﬁcult to sustain his early success and as his career fades. he declines into a travesty of his former self. De Niro's stunning physical presence dominates Scorsese's savagely bleak study of self-destntctivc machismo. Glasgow: GFT.
I Raining Stones (15) (Ken 1.0ach. L'K. 1993) Bruce Jones. Julie Brown. Ricky Tomlinson. 90 mins. Another slice of real life from one of
Britain's most dedicated ﬁlmmakers. An
unemployed father brings terror to his household when he goes to a loanshark in order to pay for his daughter's ﬁrst communion dress. Throughout. the northern community‘s sense of natural humour makes this a heartening. amusing and very accessible ﬁlm indeed. Glasgow: (ii-'1‘.
; Edinburgh: Cameo. .3 I The Real "alloy (12) (Russell Mulcahy. US.
1993) Kim Basinger. Val Kilmcr. Terence Stamp. 105 mins. Female bank robber Karen McCoy (Basinger) is out of prison and trying to survive on the straight and narrow. but is forced
3 into another big job when a diabolically bad Terence Stamp kidnaps her son. Plodding direction. a less-than-mediocre script and all the
caper cliches don‘t allow Basinger to stretch her talents. Only Kilmer as her silly. sweet sidekick comes out of this with any credibility. See review. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. All UCls.
I lied neck West (15) (John Dahl. US. 1992) Nicolas Cage. Lara Flynn Boyle. Dennis Hopper. .
98 mins. Mistaken for a Texas hitman. Nicolas Cage is offered $5.000 by a srnalltown sheriff to kill his wife. . . and then double the amount by her if he'll reverse the hit. Scooting out of town with the money and the job undone. he bumps
i into the real killer. and his problems begin. A slick tale of double. triple and quadruple dealing
that adds a comic twist to the tight Blood Simple
atmosphere. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Reservoir Dogs (18) (Quentin Tarantino. US. 1992) Harvey Keitel. Tim Roth. Michael Madsen. 100 mins. A gang of hoods. known
3 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. Edinburgh: Odeon.
I Rising Sun (18) (Philip Kaufman. US. 1993) Sean Connery. Wesley Snipes. Tia Carrere. 129 mins. With these stars and a script from his novel by Michael (Jurassic Par/t) Crichton. this
should have been a state-of-the-art Hollywood
thriller. But instead. topical conflicts about Japanese business practises. a perversely erotic murder and some hi-tech complexities leave the sketchin drawn characters drifting like ghosts in the machine. General release.
I Itornualrl and Juliette (Coline Serreau. France. 1989) Daniel Auteuil. Finnine Richard. 118 mins. Winning serio-comic love story in
which hard-nosed business exec falls for his
black cleaning lady. As their affair breaks down both class and racial barriers. her shrewd insight into the absurdity of corporate power-broking helps him to disc0ver a new set of more worthwhile values. Serreau comes up with an insightful and funny examination of the way we
live now. though it does bear a highly
coincidental resemblance to the outline of Pretty Woman! Glasgow: (if-T.
I The Secret Garden (U) (Agnieszka Holland. US. 1993) Kate Maberly. Maggie Smith. John Lynch. 102 mins. The unusual combination of the director of Europa Europa and the writer of Eduard St‘l.f.8‘()l‘/l(lll(/S conspires to create an authentic and affecting version of the children‘s classic novel. Shipped back frotn India. lonely
: orphan Mary makes friends with a local lad and 2 her sickly cousin. exerting a magical v recuperative process on the latter and a hidden
walled garden. Touching and uncontrived. Glasgow: All MGMs. lidinburgh: MGM. Fife: Glenrothes. All L'Cls.
‘ I Sleepless In Seattle (PG) (Nora Ephron. US.
1993) Meg Ryan. Tom Hanks. 105 mins. One of
the most warm-hearted romantic comedies to emerge from Ilollywood in years. again proving the talent of Nora Ephron. who wrote When Harry Met Sally. Newspaper reporter Ryan hears a radio talk show which features recently widowed architect Hanks. She‘s sure they are
made for each other. but the whole of the United
‘ States lies between them. Date movie of the
year. General release.
: I Sliver ( 18) (Philip Noyce. CS. 1993) Sharon Stone. William Baldwin.Tom Berenger. 100
mins. Shazza moves into a modern New York appartment block. which has been the site of several murders. the perpetrator of which has been captured — along with several other indiscretions - by the in-house surveillance system. Self-censorship has pretty much done
for the much-touted sex scenes in this supremely
empty pile of old poo passing itself off as a ‘psychosexual mystery'. Strathclyde: Magnum. I The Snapper ( 15) (Stephen lirears. UK. 1993)
(.‘olm Meaney. Tina Kellegher. Ruth McCabe. 90 mins. Don't expect the plusher production values of The Commitments with the latest screen
version of Roddy Doyle's novels; instead. enjoy a hilarious comedy that never loses sight of its
human heart. Sharon Curley announces her
pregnancy but not the name of the father. setting the small Bairytown community into uproar. bttt bringing her fatnin closer together. A gem. lidinburgh: Cameo.
I Speaking Parts (18) (Atom iigoyan. Canada. 1989) Michael McManus. Arsinee Khanjian.
Gabrielle Rose. 'l‘ony Nardi. 92 mins. Three young residents of a hotel fall victim to the
manipulative possiblities of videotape in this
mildly surreal story of their desires and fears.
Ambiguous. intellectually challenging and
passionate study of sex and the cathode ray tube.
Iidinburgh: Filmhouse. I Tango (15) (Patrice Leconte. France. 1993) Richard Bohringcr. Philippe Noiret. Thierry
I.hermitte. 88 mins. The wife of a pilot is having an affair. so the advice from his judge uncle is to enlist the services ofa professional hitman. A
provocative. breezy jest of a ﬁlm that is unlike
the tautly controlled. intimate drama of
Monsieur Hire and The Hairdresser 's Husband. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I Teenage Miriam Ninja Turtles 3 (PG) (Stuart Gillard. US. 1992) Elias Koteas. Paige Turco. Stuart Wilson. Another Turtles movie! A prospect as appealing as a pizza slice reheated
for the third time. This time. they're back in 17th
century Japan in order to save April. Fresh locations won‘t stall the diminishing returns as kid's fadish attentions have turned elsewhere. In a straight reptile vs reptile battle in the summer cinemas. those turtles are going to squashed
under the dinosaurs feet. ninja skills or not.
Strathclyde: WMR. I Three Gelatin: Blue (15) (Krzysztof
Kieslowski. France. I993)Ju|iette Binoche.
Benoit Regent. Charlotte Very. 100 mins. A young woman tries to isolate herself from
friends and any notion of affection following the death of her composer husband and child in a car crash. but she cannot escape from the fragments
of his unﬁnished composition. in which she
‘ played a major part. An expressive and symbolic ﬁlm that is also emotionally satisfying. Binoche‘s award-winning performance. in a ﬁlm of profound beauty. is the best of her career. f Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Time 01 The Gypsies (15) (Emir Kusturida.
Yugoslavia. 1990) Davor Dujmovic. Bora
Todorovic. Ljubica Adzovic. Sinolicka Trpkova. Elvira Sali. 142 mins. In a rough but fecund
Yugoslavian gypsy community. young Perhan (Dujmovic) lives with his grandma and aspires
to marry Azra (Trpkova). but is too broke. When ; the mysterious Gypsy Sheik Ahmed (Todorovic) i arrives in town. he sees a chance to better
himself. and returns with him to Italy for tutoring in dirty dealings. Teeming with life and spectacularly scored. this is a gritty. brutal comedy: epic in scope and hugely enjoyable. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Touch of Evil (18) (Orson Welles. US. 1958) Orson Welles. Charlton Heston. Marlene Dietrich. Janet Leigh. 108 mins. Welles made a return to Hollywood studio employment after a decade in the wilderness with this classic baroque thriller. In a sleazy border town. the murder of a Mexican bigwig causes friction between corrupt local detective Hank Quinlan (Welles himself) and upright Mexican narcotics agent Vargas (Heston). Amidst a gallery of Wellesian grotesques and expressionist camerawork the dialogue between truth and justice becomes progressively more garbled. Don‘t be late or you'll miss one ofcinema‘s most famous opening shots. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Tristana (18) (Luis Bunuel. Spain/ItaIy/France. 1970) Catherine Deneuve. Fernando Rey. Franco Nero. 105 mins. Toledo in the l930s. and an old guardian seduces his young ward. but is unable to possess her due to surrealist lurches in time and reality. Bunuel at his most tnockingly sensible and black. Edinburgh: Cameo.
I True Romance ( 18) (Tony Scott. US. 1993) Christian Slater. Patricia Arquette. Dennis Hopper. 119 mins. Comic bookstore assistant Clarence meets. sleeps with and marries novice hooker Alabama within a matter of hours. then the lovebirds ﬁnd themselves on the run with an accidentally stolen case of cocaine. Limelight- stealing canteos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces ﬁre this excellent movie. the epitome of disposable pop culture for the fast- food generation. General release.
I Truly, Madly. (PG) (Anthony Minghella. UK. 1990) Juliet Stevenson. Alan Rickman. Bill Paterson. 103 mins. Nina. a young translator. thinks her life is falling apart when her lover dies. But when he returns. albeit with a cold and looking a little paler. she begins to question her previous notions of happiness. A wonderfully literate screenplay by ﬁrst-time director Minghella and a faultless perfonnance by Stevenson raise Truly. Madly. Deeply above the level of its American counterpart. Ghost. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I 21]": A Space Odyssey (U) (Stanley Kubrick. [IS/UK. 1968) Keir Dullea. (iary Lockwood. 141 mins. Celebrated visionary epic about the history and future of the human race. superbly
‘ crafted and directed by Kubrick. It needs the big
screen to do real justice to the famous sequences
on the development of man and the landing of
the mysterious monolith. One of the great classics of modern cinema. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Voyage (12) (Fernando Solanas. Argentina/France. 1991) Walter Quiroz. Soledad
Alfaro. Ricardo Banis. 133 rrtins. The director of ‘
Sur seems to have toned down much of his criticism of the Argentian regime. rendering it here as more of an ineffectual bureaucracy that hinders the voyage of a teenage student as he searches across Latin America for his father. Filled with interesting narrative asides and detours. this is a fascinating portrait of the state of an entire continent. Central: MacRobert.
I What's love Get To Do With It? (18) (Brian Gibson. US. 1993) Angela Bassett. Laurence Fishbume. 118 mins. The life of Tina Turner presented as inspiration for women trying to escape from domestic abuse. While suffering from the usual short cuts and polishings as any biopic whose subject is still alive. it boasts two magniﬁcent central performances from Bassett and Fishbume. who brings the right level of seductive nastiness to lke. Songs and period detail are good. General release.
I Wide Sargasso Sea (18) (John Duigan. Australia. 1992) Karina Lombard. Nathaniel Parker. Rachel Ward. 98 mins. The early life of the ﬁrst Mrs Rochester from Charlotte Bronte‘s Jane Eyre. as imagined in the novel by Jean Rhys. was ﬁlled with a sensual magic. But John (Tlte Year My Voice Broke) Duigan's ﬁlm loses the sense of dread that the descent into madness should hold. Lush photography. but not the storm of passion that was hoped for. Fife: Adam Smith.
I The Witches (PG) (Nicholas Roeg. US. 1990) Anjelica Huston. Mai Zetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92 mins. Nine year-old Luke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the everpresent threat posed by witches. which isn't much help because within the next half hour he stumbles on their annual convention in a small English hotel and gets himself changed into a mouse. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl‘s children's story has director Roeg (in unusually straightforward manner) creating a superior kids movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
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24 The List 5-18 November 1993