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32 The List I7 December l993-- l 3 January I994

I The Fencing Master (12) (Pedro Oleo. Spain. I993) Assurnpta Sema. Omero Antonutti. Joaquirn de Alrneida. 88 mins. Madrid in the 1860s. and life is turbulent under the decadent Queen Isabella. particularly for swordsman Don Jaime de Astarloa. who is asked by the sultry Adela to be her teacher. A fully-fledged political thriller. with its romance and melodrama restrained by more elevated concerns. Highly recommended. Central: MacRobert.

I La Fille de I’Aire ( 15) (Maroun Bagdadi. France. I992) Beatrice Dalle. Thierry Fortineau. Hippolyte Girardot. A:(t mins. When her husband‘s consecutive prison sentences mean that he must serve the equivalent of life. Brigitte (Dalle) plans an intricate escape attempt that will lift him from the prison yard by helicopter. Dalle is at her best treading a more credible path between everyday reality and mad fantasy than she did in Berry Blue; the tone of the filtn is gritty and unadorned; and the prison break climax genuine edge-of-the-seat stuff. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Fisher King ( l5) (Terry Gilliam. US. I991) Robin Williams. Jeff Bridges. Amanda Plummet‘. Mercedes Ruehl. I37 mins. A suicidal former radio DJ (Bridges) and a drop-out former professor of medieval history go in search of the Iloly Grail in contemporary New York. The visual splendour of Gilliam‘s previous movies - 'Iimr' Bum/its and Baron Mime/ is more restrained here. but the blend of myth. satire and romance is strong. Unfortunately. the wonderful central performances by Williams and Bridges are let down by a cop-out. tip-beat ending. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

; I Four Days In July (IS) (Mike Leigh. UK.

I985) David (‘oyle. Stephen Rea. 95 mins. Leigh‘s last filrtt for the BBC was shot on the streets of East and West Belfast in an attempt to distill the spirit of each side while expressing the

- gloom of the Troubles. The dialogue is at times

irnpenitrable. Glasgow: GET.

I The Fugitive (15) (Andrew Davis. US. I993) Harrison Ford. Tommy Lee Jones. Jet'oen Krabbe. I30 mins. Wroneg accused of murdering his wife. Dr Richard Kimble (Ford)

goes on the run. trying to track down the one-

armed mart who is the real killer while being

hunted by a ITS 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. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: WMR. All l.'(‘ls.

I Gone With The Wind (PG) (Victor Fleming.

l'S. I939) Clark Gable. Vivien Leigh. ()Iivia de

llavilland. Leslie Howard. 220 mins. This new

print has restored the original colour to the

classic. fifty-three-year-old tale that brings alive the era of the civil war through gripping

narrative and characterisation. remaining faithful to Margaret Mitchell's powerful novel.

Edinburgh: l‘(‘l.

r I Hard Boiled ( I8) (John Woo. Hong Kong.

I992) (‘how Yuri-Fat. Tony Leung. Teresa Mo. l2() mins. A tough cop nicknamed Tequila is driven by obsession to nail a Triad gun-runner in John Woo‘s incomparable Hong Kong gangster movie. The action sequences particularly the opening tea-house shoot-out and the climactic hospital finale show the action movie master at his best. as Ire takes rrrottrents of on-screen

violence to levels of choreographed genius.

Edinburgh: ('ameo. I Itarrt target r I8) (John won. LS. 1993) Jean-

(‘latrde Van Damme. Lance Ilenriksen. Yancy

Butler. 95 mins. The trademark John Woo action technique survives the trip across to the [TS and. although the characters are more

stratghtfot ward. the plot is good. Van Damme is the New ()rleans drifter hired by Butler (0 find her down-and-out father. who has become a victim in a big-game hunt that uses homeless war veterans as human prey. Well above the typical American studio action movie. Glasgow: MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: MGM. L'Cl.

Strathclyde: L'CI (‘Iydebank

I The Hawk ( I8) (David Hayman. UK. I993) Helen Mirren. George Costigan. Rosemary Leach. 86 mins. Annie Marsh's family life starts falling apart when she begins to suspect that her

husband could be a serial killer known as The Hawk; brrt her history of mental instability

makes her an unreliable source. even to herself. An interesting twist on what is becoming a tired

subject. with a great central performance and solid direction from Hayman. But. as a cinema

piece. it never really catches fire. Glasgow:

MGM Film Centre. Edinburgh: L'CI. Fife:

MGM. Strathclyde: Cannon.

I Henry: Portrait III A Serial Killer ( l 8) (John McNaughton. US. I986) Michael Rocker. Tom Towles. Tracey Arnold. 80 mins. Based loosely on the true life (and subsequently recanted)

confessions of Henry Lee Lucas. McNaughton's exemplary filrn is a harrowing account of an amoral mass murderer. Scenes of rape and mutilation transcend the usual titillation of the genre and force the audience to question the use of murder as entertainment. Simultaneously one of the most important releases of recent years. and one recommended with caution. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Henry V (PG) (Kenneth Branagh. UK. I989) Kenneth Branagh. Derek Jacobi. Paul Scofield. I37 mins. There are inevitable associations with ()Iivier in K.B.'s choice of first feature. but he emerges with some credit as both director and performer. This is a mrrch muddier version than its predecessor. both in the scrappy tumroil of the battle scenes and in the tempering of zesty jingoism with an appreciation of the human cost of conflict. Portraying the young king as a careworn. rather sullen warrior. the film seems to offer a more complex reading of the text. Glasgow: GET.

I Hocus Pocus (PG) (Kenny Ortega. US. 1993) Bette Midler. Sarah Jessica Parker. Kathy Najimy. Omri Katz. 97 mins. Three l7th century witches are brought back to life in modem-day Salem. and go searching for young blood to keep them immortal. Katz is our hapless hero. helped out of one predicament to the next by resourceful heroine Vinessa Shaw. The story cracks along. the effects are moderate. the gags good. brrt it's for the younger end ofthe teen market. General release.

I Homeward Bound (U) (Duwayne Dunhant. US. 1993) With the voices of Michael J. Fox. Sally Field. Don Ameche. 87 mins. Disney remake of The Incredible Journey; in which two dogs and a cat cross the Californian mountains to return to their family. More than mere arrthropotnorphistn: the dratted animals have characteristics that would put Ghandi to shame. Under-sixes will love it. parents probably not. Borders: Pavilion. Roxy. Strathclyde: WMR.

I In The line Of Fire ( l5) (Wolfgang Petersen. IFS. I993) (‘lint Eastwood. John Malkovich. Rene Rttsso. 128 mins. A Secret Service veteran in the twilight of his career is haunted by the Kennedy assassination. so when a former government killer threatens the life of the current President. he vows now ensure history won't repeat itself. Lavish action scenes don't detract from the film's crucial emotional core as Petersen delivers the best mainstream Hollywood movie in years. Edinbtrrgh: Cameo. I In The Soup (15) (Alexandre Rockwell. US. I992) Steve Buscerni. Seymour Cassel. Jennifer Beals. 95 mins. A would-be filmmaker (Buscemi. Mr Pink himself) struggles for financing trntil he meets up with an old-time gangster (former Cassavetes regular (‘assel). Charismatic performances from the leads make this a very nice little film indeed. an affectionate black-and-white odyssey through no-budgetland. Glasgow: GET.

I Indochina ( l2) (Regis Wargnier. France. I992) Catherine Deneuve. Vincent Perez. Lihn Dan Pharn. 156 mins. Lush. irresistably romantic tale of a French colonial (Deneuve) running a rubber plantation in l930s 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 rnttsic is by Glasgow-born composer Patrick Doyle (Henry V). Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Strathclyde: I'Cl (‘Iydebank

I The Innocents ( IX) (Jack Clayton. UK. I961) Deborah Kerr. Megs Jenkins. Michael Redgrave. 99 mins. Excellent adaptation of Henry James's Turn 0] The Sr‘n'w by Tntman Capote has Kerr as a tormented governess looking after two ittystet'ious Victorian children. Freddie Francis‘s black-and-white photography is amongst the best of his career. Beautifully builds up its sinister atmosphere without resorting to crass shock tactics. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I IPS (l5) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. I99l) Yves Montand. Olivier Martinez. Sekkou Sall. I59 mins. Beineix follows Berry Blue and Diva with this image-laden story of an old man who befriends two delinquints while searching for an almost mystical lost love. Montand‘s death during the final days of shooting gives poignancy to one of his most dignified roles. See preview. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Jann. Janon (l8) (Bigas Luna. Spain. I992) Penelope Cruz. Anna Galiena. Javier Bardem. 94 mins. ‘Jamon' equals ham; ‘una mulier jamona' equals hot hispanic babe. Put them together and you've got this tnix of reprehensible depravity and tease of social significance. As it tells of the desire ofa pregnant woman for the bulgineg becrotched Manuel (with weightly subplots involving various mums). you can't help feeling it's aiming at too many targets. Sex. leering and exploitation. but not necessarily a fine film. Glasgow: GFT.

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