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for his art; the historical episodes give this Palme d'Or winning film the flavour of a genuine epic. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I II Fille do I'Alre (15) (Maroun Bagdadi. France. 1992) Beatrice Dalle. Thierry Fortineau. Hippolyte Girardot. A:6 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 film is gritty and unadomed; and the prison break climax genuine edge-of—the-seat stuff. Central: MacRobert.

I The Four FOIWPG) (Zoltan Korda. UK. 1939) John Clements. June Duprez. Ralph Richardson. 130 mins. Rousing stuff in the Sudan as the British forces take on those foreign johnnies. While it makes for good adventure fare in terms of heroism versus cowardice. one can't help wincing at the outdated imperialist values that smoulder on regardless. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Four liaise-en ofthe Apocalvm (PG) (Rex Ingram. US. 1924) Rudolph Valentino. Alice Terry. Nigel de Brulier. 114 mins. Dramatic and atmospheric tale of a family torn apart by war and loyalties. it made Valentino the greatest star of his generation. The special effects are striking for their time. With live piano accompaniment. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Free Willy (U) (Simon Wincer. US. 1993)

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I Fried Green ‘I’onatoes at the Whistle Stop Gate (12) (Jon Avnet. US. 1991) Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy. Mary Stuart Masterson. Mary- Louise Parker. 130 mins. After the local Ku Klux Klan threatens the busy cafe in Whistle Stop. Alabama for serving coloured customers. the female owner and her black handyman find themselves on trial for an unsolved murder. A chronicle of courage and ingenuity that avoids

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one might have feared. Not the most tantalising item on the menu. but a flavoursome little dish nonetheless. Fife: New Picture House. I The Fugitive (15) (Andrew Davis. US. 1993) Harrison Ford. Tommy Lee Jones. Jeroen Krabbe. 130 mins. Wrongly accused of murdering his wife. Dr Richard Kimble (Ford) goes on the run. trying to track down the one- armed man who is the real killer while being hunted by a US 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 d namite plot. Edinburgh: UCI. I [lay (PG) (Ilarold Ramis. US. 1993) Bill Murray. Andie MacDowell. Chris Elliot. TV weatherman Phil Conners (Murray) finds himself in the back of beyond. trapped in an ever-repeating single day. Partying and babe- chasing leads to serious romancing as he goes after his producer (MacDowell). Murray‘s cuddly sarcasm stops the movie from becoming the kind of moralising mush that surrounds so many of his contemporaries. At last. a Hollywood comedy that is really funny. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Cameo. I M Boiled (18) (John Woo. Hong Kong. 1992) Chow Yun-Fat. Tony Leung. Teresa M0. 126 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 he takes moments of on-screen violence to levels of choreographed genius. Central: MacRobert. Fife: Adam Smith. I lleaven 81d M (15) (Oliver Stone. US. 1993) Hiep Thi Le. Joan Chen. Haing S. Ngor. Tommy Lee Jones. 141 mins. The third episode in Stone's Vietnam uilogy follows the almost constant suffering of Le Ly llayslip. a Vietnamese farmer's daughter who is tortured by the US and the Viet Cong. and who moves to America only to undergo further abuse. The acting. cinematography and production design cannot be faulted. but Stone's direction is so wearineg over-emphatic in its straining for effect that the result is counter-productive. Strathclyde: Magnum. I llidtlanderUS) (Russell Mulcahy. UK. 1986) Christopher Lambert. Beatie Edney. Sean Connery. 111 mins. A handful of immortals battle through the centuries to win a mythical prize. A curious mixture of romance in 16th century heather and car chases in present day New York. the film is an inelegant. often ludicrous. but enjoyably daffy adventure. Lambert seems more at home with the contemporary passages and only the ever wonderful Connery has the requisite style for the kitsch Scottish scenes. Edinburgh: Cameo. I lloolt (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1991) Robin Williams. Dustin Hoffman. Julia Roberts. Bob Hoskins. 135 mins. The combination of Robin Williams. Steven Spielberg and Peter Pan proves to be as successful in practice as it appears in theory. if the film is watched in the proper childish frame of mind. The story of a grown-up Peter-rediscovering his true identity allows for some fortysomething pondering. but primarily it's an excuse for a magical journey around pirate ships. lost islands and colourful fights. Sure. it's formulaic; but Spielberg's ingredients are richer and more wonderfully cinematic than anyone else's. Edinburgh: MGM. I m of Angels (15) (Colin Nutley. Sweden. 1992) Helena Bergstrom. Rickard Wolff. Sven Wolter. 126 mins. A rural community's suspicions are aroused when the hip grand- daughter of a deceased landowner arrives from the city with boyfriend and motorbike to take over his house. Englishman abroad Nutley effectively dissects the racism and bigotry of a small community with much humour. Edimburgh: Cameo. I hTMIflOOITMFtMUSHJim Sheridan. US/Eire. 1993) Daniel Day-Lewis. Pete Postlethwaite. John Lynch. 133 mins. Writer-director Sheridan manipulates the facts concerning the wrongful arrest and eventual acquittal of Gerry Conlon. one of the Guildford Four: but the deep. disturbing truths of this miscarriage of justice remain constant. Day- Lewis and Postlethwaite give career-best performances as Gerry and Guiseppe Conlon. the father and son whose relationship provides the emotional core of the movie. Brave. powerful stuff. See preview. Glasgow: MGMs. Edinburgh: Cameo. All UCls. I II The Ilealu M m Senses Al N0 Corrida (l8) (Nagisa Oshima. Japan. 1976) Tatsuya Fuji. Eiko Matsuda. 105 mins. At last deemed fit for certification. Oshima's shockingly erotic film can now be publicly screened. In the militarist Japan of 1936. a couple enclose themselves in their own sensual world. their passion escalating

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until only death can provide the next orgasm. Masterly though necessarily extremely explicit look at the power of sexual arousal. which has attracted controversy throughout the world. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Went: (18) (Jack Clayton. UK. 1961) Deborah Kerr. Megs Jenkins. Michael Redgrave. 99 mins. Excellent adaptation of Henry James's Turn Of The St‘rew by Truman Capote has Kerr as a tormented governess looking after two mysterious 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. Glasgow: GFT.

I Jack Be liable ( l 8) (Garth Maxwell. N2. 1993) Alexis Arquette. Sarah Smuts-Kennedy. Bruno Lawrence. 93 mins. Separated in early childhood. brother and sister Jack and Dora find themselves. respectively. suffering cruelties on a fann and comfortable in suburbia. Jack kills off his step-parents. and sets out with his psychic sibling to track down his real mum and dad. A bleak modem-day fairytale with supernatural trappings. this has a relentless pull towards darkness and madness. but the atmospherics are over-cooked and the acting pretty terrible from Rosanna‘s kid brother Alexis. See review. Glasgow: GFI'.

I Jewish noel-lentil” (PG) 120 mins. In order to mark Glasgow Jewish Community Week. the OFT screens Growing Up In Scotland. a short from the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre; Ruth Shulamith Cohen's theatre documentary Wandering Stars; and Mark Jay‘s East Endings. which tells of the former residean of Bloom's Kosher restaurant. Tue 15 only. Glasgow: GFT. I We M (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1993) Sam Neill. Laura Dem. Jeff Goldblurn. A group of scientists are invited to give their approval to a theme park filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs. but the giant reptiles are soon running amok. Unsurpassed computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyineg believable (moreso than the PG certificate would suggest). but by the halfway point. it's more or less a chase movie with superior technology. Edinburgh: UCl. Fife: Adam Smith.

I King of The Children (Chen Kaige. China. 1987) Xie Yuan. Yang Xuewen. Chen Shaohua. 106 mins. During the cultural revolution a young man is transferred from a rural labour camp and assigned to teach in a village school. He persuades the children to cast aside their didactic Maoist textbooks and write about their own needs and experiences. With post-Tienanmen Square hindsight this is brave film-making by any standards. evidence of the important contribution by Chinese Fifth Generation film directors to the pro-democracy movement. Glasgow: GFT.

I last TING 1n M(18) (Bemardo Bertolucci. France/Italy. I973) Marlon Brando. Maria Schneider. 130 mins. A young Parisienne meets a middle-aged man with whom she develops an increasingly violent and purely sexual relationship. One of the key films of its decade. Bertolucci‘s powerful drama is a meditation on the expression and communication of personal identity through intense sexual contact. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I learn The Pig Far-er (15) (Vadim Jean/Gary Sinyor. UK. 1992) Mark Frankel. Brian Glover. Janet Suzman. 96 mins. A highly kosher comedy in which young Leon (Frankel) discovers that he‘s not the Nice Jewish Boy he thought he was. but the result of a botched artificial insemination experiment. His real daddy is a Yorkshire pig breeder. Funny independent British movie from a determined cast and crew. which picked up some decent festival awards last year. Edinburgh: Royal Museum. Strathclyde: UCI East Kilbride.

I Life on a String (l5) (Chen Kaige. China/UK/Gerrnany. 1991) Liu Zhongyuan. Huang Lei. Xu Qing. 103 mins. An old blind musician and his young blind disciple find love and violence in a village they happen upon in their travels. Poetic and magical filmmaking from the director of Yellow Earth. with essential themes of obedience and self-denial that can be interpreted on many levels. Glasgow: GFI'.

I The lord of the Rings (PG) (Ralph Bakshi. US. 1982) With the voices of Christopher Guard. William Squire. Michael Scholes. John Hurt. 133 mins. Successful animated version of the Tolkien epic covers the first two books of the trilogy only. Sticking closely to the text and using live action tracings to give authenticity to the animation. it manages to avoid Disney cuteness and creates an exciting and enjoyable mythical adventure that only the Tolkien purist will find fault with. Edinburgh: Filrnhouse.

I It: (18) (John Turturro. US. 1992) John Turturro. Michael Badalucco. Katherine Borowitz. 117 mins. After a decade of writing

20 The List 11—24 February 1994