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Filnis screening this fortnight are listed belovr vrith certificate, credits, brief revievr and venue details. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.

I The Adventures or Priscilla, liueen or The oesert (18) (Stephan Elliott. Australia. 1994) Terence Stamp. Hugo Weaving. Guy Pearce. 104 mins. Two transvestites and a trans-sexual team up for a trip across the Australian outback for a drag show in Alice Springs. Serious issues pop up from time to time. but the emphasis is on the camp humour of the in-bus bitchiness and outrageous musical set-pieces. See preview. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I American Graffiti (15) (George Lucas. US. 1973) Richard Dreyfuss. Candy Clark. Harrison Ford. 110 mins. Where were you in ‘62? Superior nostalgia following a day and night in the lives of some aimless high-school graduates coming of age in a small California town. Endearing and entertaining with a cast of future luminaries displaying early promise. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Baby’s Day Out (PG) (Patrick Read Johnson. US. 1994) Joe Mantegna. Lara Flynn Boyle. Brian Haley. 98 mins. Talk about regression! After Home Alone and Dennis. writer John Hughes now has a drooling toddler on the loose in the big city after he escapes from his kidnappers. led by man-with-noshame Mantegna. Saccharine sweet storytelling which diabetics would be well advised to steer clear of. General release.

I Berlin DI Die Eclte (Gerhard Klein. Germany. 1965—90) 88 mins. A young factory worker falls in love with a pop star and kitchen help. When he vents his frustrations about work. his relationship with his best friend becomes strained. Writer Wolfgang Kohlhaase also had strained relations with the East German authorities. who stopped production on the film when he refused to revise his script. The final version was reconstructed by him after the director‘s death in 1970. Glasgow: Goethe Institut.

I Dig Wednesday (PG) (John Milius. US. 1978) William Katt. Gary Busey.Jan-Michae1 Vincent. 120 mins. Re-release of Milius's autobiographical surfing movie. which follows the lives of three buddies riding through the 605 and early 705 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 Carnival Scenes (15) (L. Pintile. Romania. 1990) 132 mins. Chaotic love affairs and jealousies abound in claustrophobic Romanian district. The farcical plot contains traditional elements like lost letters. scandals and intrigues. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Cement Garden (18) (Andrew Bli'kln. UK/Gemiany/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 mOvie as a regression into childhood. it is meticulously observed and contains flawless performances from its young cast. Glasgow: GFT.

I Chasing The Deer (PG) (Graham Holloway. Scotland. 1994) Brian Blessed. Lewis Rae. Matthew Zajac. Jacqueline Pirie. The Jacobite rising of the first halfof the 18th century set Scot against Scot. and this low-budget native feature tells the tale through the story of Euan and Alistair Campbell. a father and son who end up on opposing sides. The religious and poltical background is roughly sketched. the acting for the greater part very amateurish. the dialogue often embarrassing. A brave effort that will hopefully lead to bigger and better things being made on home soil. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon.

I Cheap Flights (18) One showing only of this mixed-media event featuring a live concoction of performance (Paul Quinn) and cinema. Expect songs from the new album Will I Ever Be Inside 0f1’mr. but the rest will be a surprise. Glasgow:


I City Slickers ll (12) (Paul Weiland. US. 1994) Billy Crystal. Jack Palance. Daniel Stem. 115 mins. Subtitled The Legend 0] C urlv's Gold. this sequel is less concerned with American mid-life crises and is more enjoyable as family entertainment dressed tip as a traditional Western romp. This time the city boys team up with the deceased Curly's twin brother (Palance again) and set off in search of buried treasure. Cue that typical Crystal blend of genuinely funny one- liners and yucky. sentimental. character- strengthening resolutions. All Odeons. All UCls. Glasgow: MGM Parkhead. Strathclyde: Magnum.

I Clear And Present W (12) (Philip Noyce. US. 1994) Harrison Ford. Willem Dafoe. James Earl Jones. 141 mins. 1n the third and least exciting instalment in the series. Jack Ryan (Ford) is promoted to Deputy Director of the CIA and has to deal with high office treachery and South American drug lords. An elephantine but not especially interesting narrative that might work better on the bestseller page. this is a new milestone in big budget tedium. General release. I Color Di Night (18) (Richard Rush. US. 1994) Bruce Willis. Jane March. Ruben Blades. 123 mins. A New York psychologist heads to LA after the suicide of a patient. but becomes involved in a murder hunt when his buddy is stabbed to death. The killer is part of a therapy group. but which one? Who cares? A triumph of cliche over content. with top—shelf sex scenes. this proves that it's notjust Willis's acting that's fiacid. Central: Allanpark.

I The Comfort 0f Strangers (18) (Paul Schrader. US. 1990) Rupert Everett. Natasha Richardson. Christopher Walken. Helen Mirren. 105 mins. Ian McEwan's short novel of sexual power games and the perception-warping possibilities of culture shock is inherently hard to film. Schrader and his excellent cast give it their best shot. the Venetian locations and sets are luscious and Harol Pinter's screenplay is surprisingly faithful. But the narrative tension and pace on which the novel relies are conspicuously absent. Glasgow: GFI'.

I The Company or Wolves (18) (Neil Jordan. UK. 1984) Angela Lansbury. David Warner. Graham Crowden. Brian Glover. 95 mins. Sensual and gory cinematic realisation of Angela Carter's sexually charged parables of puberty and werewolf-phobia. Explicit special effects are not. however. the best vehicle for the implicit undercurrents in Carter's fiction. Glasgow: GET. I le Crirne De Monsieur lance (PG) (Jean Renoir. France. 1935) Rene Lefevre. Jules Berry. Odette Florelle. 90mins. The employees of a publishing fimr set up a collective when their lecherous and Oppressive boss mysteriously disappears. Renoir's comedy-thriller-romance combines fantasy. politics and naturalism. making this one of his most completely enjoyable movies. Showing with Renoir's 1937 trip to the country for a Parisian family. Une

Parrie De Campagne (40 mins). Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I The Crow (18) (Alex Proyas. US. 1994) Brandon Lee. Ernie Hudson. Richelle Davis. 101 mins. Infamous as the film on which martial arts star Bruce Lee’s son Brandon was killed by a defective stunt gun. this is the most consistent attempt yet to create on film the distinctive feel of the graphic novel. The characterisation and plot development may be slight a rock star comes back from the dead to wrech revenge on the gang who killed him and his girlfriend but stylistically. it’s a gem. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.

I Darkness In Tallinn (15) (llkka Jarvilaturi. Est/Fin/US/Swe. 1993) Ivo Ukkivi. Milena Gulbe. Juri Jarvet. 95 mins. Shot in visually captivating high-contrast black-and-white. this cracking heist movie chronicles the problems that beset a gang of crooks trying to capture Estonia's national gold reserve. The first film from the newly independent Baltic state. this is surprisingly cool and caring. See review. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Dazed And Confused (18) (Richard Linklater. US. 1994) Wiley Wiggins. Jason London. Rory Cochrane. 95 mins. The last day of the 1976 term for a bunch of US schoolkids. and. for some. it's time to face the initiation humiliations as they move from junior to senior high. Linklater abandons the baton-passing narritive style of his seminal work. Slacker. and shows masterful skill as he weaves together a multitude of plot strands a la American Graffiti. Coo-ul. See feature. Glasgow: GET. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. UCI.

I Don‘t look Now (18) (Nicolas Roeg. UK. 1973) Donald Sutherland. Julie Christie. 103 mins. Restoration expert with second sight visits Venice. where he meets up with two old sisters who claim spiritual communication with his recently drowned daughter. Against a Mann-like backdrop of unexplained deaths. he becomes obsessed with a tiny. red-coated figure he spies scurrying through the city's dark alleys. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Eureka (Nic Roeg. US. 1982) Gene Hackman.

Theresa Russell. Rutger Hauer. Mickey Rourke. 129 mins. Hackman's prospector finds gold in the Arctic waste and settles down to a life of luxury on his own Caribbean island. But his daughter's relationship with a dashing playboy. and the attentions of property developers combine to dismpt his peace of mind. Impressive story of lust for flesh and material wealth. with metaphysical overtones thrown in. A heady brew all right. though the scenes in the frozen tundra are the most memorable and the climactic trial lets the film down badly. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Everybody's Fine (l2) (Giuseppe Tomatore. Italy. 1990) Marcello Mastroianni. Michele Morgan. Marino Cenna. 126 mins. Matteo (Mastroianni). a retired civil servant. decides to venture forth from the seclusion of his Sicilian village and pay a series of surprise visits on his five children who are spread all over Italy. But he finds that the half-truths they have used to keep him at arm's length destroy his cosy fantasies. An unabashed weepie from the director of Cinema Paradiso. Glasgow: GFT. I The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. 1 10mins. Earnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead

scarey. dead priest. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh:


I Farewell My Concublne (15) (Chen Kaige. China. 1993) Gong Li. Leslie Cheung. Zhang Fengyi. 156 mins. The story of two Peking Opera actors and the woman who comes between them provides an intimately detailed story which is set to a constantly shifting



"I The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen The Desert Drag is the drug as two transvestites and a trans- sexual travel through the Aussie outback in Stephan Elliott’s hilariously camp ‘musical’. Glasgow: Odeon, MGM Par/(head. Edinburgh: Odeon, UCI. Strarhclyde: UCI Clydebank.

I Dazed And Confused School’s out in the mid-70s, so it's time to smoke, drink and party in Richard (Slacker) Linklater’s American Grafiin‘ for the flares generation. Glasgow: GFIZ Edinburgh: Filmhouse. UCI.

I Darkness In Tallinn Shot in high- contrast black-and-white. the first feature from newly independent Estonia is a cracking heist movie. Glasgow: CF]?

I Speed The fastest. most finely tuned white-knuckle ride of the year,with cop Keanu Reeves up against mad bomber Dennis Hopper. General release.


I Reservoir Dogs A permanent fixture on Scottish screens, but catch Tarantino’s tight gangster flick now, in the lead-up to Pulp Fiction’s release next issue. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Cameo, Odeon. ‘Srrarhclyde: Odeon Ayn

I Ivan The Terrible Part 1 of Eisenstein’s visually amazing historical drama, with original music by Prokofiev. Edinburgh: F ilmhouse.

backdrop of Chinese politics during the 20th century. The Opera setting provides colour and spectacle. and questions how far a man will go for his art: the historical episodes give this Palme d'Or winning film the flavour of a genuine epic. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Farewell My lovely (PG) (Edward Dmytryk. US. 1945) Dick Powell. Claire Trevor. Anne Shirley. 95 mins. Powell is a world-weary Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled tale of a private eye searching for an ex-con's girl. The atmosphere is quintessentially noir. the plot has more twists and turns that those winding

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