Films screening this fortnight are listed below with certificate, credits, brief review and venue details. Film index compiled by Alan Morrison.
I Andre (U) (George Miller. 15S. I994) Tina Majorino. Keith (‘airadine. Chelsea Field. 94 mins. This time it's the turn of a seal to keep the kids oohing and aahing. as the true story of Andre unfolds. Set during the early 60s in a small fishing town in Maine. the film has all the necessary elements — cute kid bonding with cute animal — and with a few adventure sequences in the plot that pirts this flippered hero in the Skippy/Champion/Rin Tin Tin class. Glasgow: Virgin Cinema.
I Antonia's line ( | 5) (Marleen (ioi'iis. Netherlands/Belginm/UK. I995) Willeke vaii Ammelrooy. Iils Dotterriians. Dora van der ()vei‘loop. IOI miris. The Best Foreign Film Oscar winner for I996. Antonia is [.fllt' is the famin saga of five generations of women from a rural Dutch community. The story. told with magic realist elements. is fragmented and incident-driven. btit it's uplifting in its engagement with the sextral politics Gorris has explored in previous films. See review. Glasgow: Gl’l‘. lidinburgh. Filmhouse.
I les Apprentis ( l5) (Pierre Salvador i. France. I995) Francois Cluzet. Guillaume Depaidieu. Judith Henri 98 mins. This contemporary French variation on the ll’it/r/iui/ A" / scenario finds two social misfits breaking into the workplace of one when they're evicted from their rent-free abode. Funny and unsentiniental. it's a beautifrrlly played piece that. although it peters out towards the end. wins the day with its engaging comic tone. See review. lidinbui'gh: Filmhouse.
I August (PG) (Anthony Ilopkins. l'K. I996) Anthony Ilopkins. Leslie Phillips. Kate Burton. S9 units. For his first visit behind the camera. Ilopkins takes (‘hekliov's Ullt'lt' l’unva to Wales. An eccentric family and equally odd friends weep. shout and feel sorry for themselves in a
large country house. absorbed with their unrequited romances and jealousies. The balance of tragedy and farce is disasteiorisly unsteady. the acting extremely self-indulgent. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Babe (I 3) ((‘hris Noorian. Australia. I995) James Cromwell. with the voices of Christine ('avariaugh. Miriam Maigolyes‘. Hugo Weaving. 93 mins. An orphaned pig falls under the eye of a kindly collie and begins to think he's destined for glory at the regional trials. Talking animals suggest that this is a kids' mm ie: to :in extent it is ~ and a great one but there's enough skewered humour (hail the psycho mice?) for adults to discover an unexpected cult hit. A triumph for the irndeipig. lidinburgli: ABC.
I Beautiful Thing ( I5) (Ilettie Macdoritild. t'K. I996) Glen Bcri y. I.inda Henry. Scott Neal. 90 miris. Jamie. a teenager having a hard time at the local comprehensive. falls for neighbour Stc. who himself is on the receiving end from his ex- boxcr dad. I’iist-tiriier Macdonald's direction is tiiiflaslry. brit attuned to the inner lives of these motley individuals. and the cast work wonders. Bright. summery and full of life's possibilities. Iidiiiburgh: (‘ameo ('entral: Maclsobeit.
I Braveheart ( I 5)(.\lcl (itlrstiti. l'S. I905) Mel Gibson. Patrick .\Ic(ioohan. Sophie .\larceau. I77 niins. Mel Gibson's long and bloody account of the life of Scottish warrior hero William Wallace boasts some remarkable battle scenes and great jk'il'oiniances. Aiming to entertain on a wider scale than the more literate ly’tt/I /\’rt\. liltll't'llt'tllf.\ Sc‘iilllsll passion ls' tempered by a few llolly wood riiomenis — touches of sentirncntality and dramatic" historical inaccuracy. Nevertheless. It's a fine. full-blooded attempt to tap into the spirit that lries Scotland's history and heroes. lidinbuigh: ()deon.
I Brit Boys t IS) (Ross (‘iookshand/Duncari Roy. l’ls'. I996) 35/40 mins. A Bl‘lprogrammed double bill of film school shorts that shows promise rather than achievement. (‘iooksliank's ()ii litut/i /l\ /I /\ /Ii llt’tll't'll irilcrctlls childhood meiiioi ies with the adult character 's search fora moment of epiphany m Solio's gay eiiclayc. Roy’s .ltltht'll.’ Mr [.1/(' l‘urrr I'iiti/l finds a young man‘s relationship with a policeman made more difficult by his overbearing mother. 'l'ighter scripts would help in both cases. See review. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.
I la Cage AUX FOIICS ( l5) (lidoiiaid Molinaro. France. I97S) I 'go 'l'ogiia/zi. Michel Serrault.
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Remy Laurent. I()9 mitts. Renato (Tognazzi) and Albiri (Sci-rarilt) own the outrageous Cage Aux Folles nightclub. where the latter is the star drag act. Lovers for twenty years. they have brought tip Reiiato's son together. but headaches arise when the lad wants to marry into a straight-laced family. and the couple try frantically to disguise his background. Actually rather old-fashioned. but intermittently hilarious homosexual farce. recently remade in Hollywood as The Birdcage. lidrnburgh: Filriihouse.
I the Celluloid Closet ( IS) (Rob lipstein/Jeffrey Friedman. L’S. I995) l()2 mins. Mixing archive clips and perceptive. often witty. interviews. this informative study of the coded gay characters and themes in the history of Hollywood is undeniably entertaining. l'nfortunately. it's like ()-l.evel ‘Gays In Film' for those who know anything about the subject and the analysis of modern gay movies lacks both context and intellectual rigour. Fife: Adam Smith.
I Cinema Paradiso (PG) (( iiiiseppe 'I‘oiriatore. ltaly/I-‘rancc.I‘JSS) Phillipe Noiret. Jacques Perrin. Salvatore ('ascio. I33 mins. Told largely in flashback. the winner of the I99() Oscar for Ilest Foreign Film traces young Salvatoie's infatuation with his village cinema. and his growing friendship with its projectionist (played to perfection by Noiret). Iissentially. it's 'l‘ornatoie's lament for the joyous movie-going experience of his youth and a recognition of the price we pay for our maturity. Glasgow: Gl-"l‘.
I Citizen Kane (PU) (()ls‘tm Welles. t’S. l94l) ()rson Welles. Joseph Cotten. Agnes Moorehead. I I9 mins. Stunnineg successful biographical mosaic ceiitring on a Hearst-like media tycoon. Welles' first film remains scintillating viewing for its sheer technical verve. narrative confidence and spellbinding performances. The best film ever made'.’ Who’s arguing? Glasgow-2 (BI-T.
I Countess Dracula ( IS) (Pen-i Sasdy. t‘K. I970) Ingrid I’itt. Nigel Green. Sandor Iiles. 93 mins. I’irt gives a memorable performance as the decadent vampire inspired by (‘ouniess lilisabeth Batlioi'y. although the other actors around her aren‘t in the same class. Blood. virgins. depravity — all in a day‘s work for Hammer. Glasgow: (il’l‘.
I the Crossing Guard ( )5) (Sean Penn. l'S. I995) Jack Nicholson. David Morse. Arijelica Huston. ll-I mins. When the drunk-driver (Morse) who killed his young daughter is released from prison. a distraught father (Nicholson) decides to shoot him. Penn's second feature as director is filled with truth and compassion. biit he is prone to over-emphasis when dealing with the weighty theme of masculinity in crisis. Nicholson gives a raging howl of a performance. his best in years. See review. Iidinbur‘gh: Filmhouse.
I l.es Dames du Bois de Boulogne (PG) (Robert Br‘csson. France. l9-l6) Maria (‘asaies. lilina Labourdette. Lucienne Bogacrt. 9() mins. A young I’arisierine r'evenges herself on her bored loy er by arranging for him to marry a prostitute. A collaboration between Jean Cocteau and Bresson has to be an intriguing one. and this occasionally irritating effort is interesting for the manner in which Bresson's clraracterisricalIy austere manner copes with his scenarisr‘s emotional flourishes. Iidinburgh: l'illlillOIISC.
I Dead Man ( Ia) (Jim Jai'iiiusch. t's. I995) Johnny Depp. Gary Farmer. Lance llenricksen. I2I mins. After heading otrl west for a job vacancy that's already been filled. accountant Bill Blake (Depp) finds a posse on his tail after the shooting of his would-be employer's son. With a bullet in his own chest. Blake hooks up with an Indian called Nobody (Farmer). who reckons this is the spirit of the poet Blake and so
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prepares a proper funeral. Gloriously shot in black and white. rrieticiilously paced and imbued with a spiritual transcendence. Jarrnusch‘s existential Western is innovative and unexpected. Fife: Adarir Smith.
I Dead Presidents ( IS) (Albert and Allen Hughes. US. I995) l.aienz Tate. Keith David. Chris Tucker. I20 iiiins. When a young Bronx teenager returns from Marine (‘orps duty in Vietnam. he learns up with his disillusioned friends to commit a daring ariiionied car robbery. After the bleak street drama of .Ilenm't' ll Society the twentysomething filmmakiiig brothers confirm their promise with this light period thriller. which burns over with social comment and a cracking soul/funk soundtrack. See review. Edinburgh: l'CI. Strathclyde: L'CI (Iydebank.
I Diahoquue ( IS) (Jeremiah (‘liechik. l'S. I995) Sharon Stone. (‘Iiau I’alminteir. Isabelle Adjani. l()7 units. The wife and mistress of a brutal boys' school headmaster plot his murder. btit twists and turns follow when they try to cover their tracks. A pointless remake of the I955 French classic which quickly spins otit of control into pastiche and self- parody. Strathclyde: Magnum l.esiur'e Centre.
I Emma (U) (Douglas McGiath. l‘K/I'S. I996) Gwyneth Paltrow. Jeremy Northam. Toni Collette. Ill mins. Austen-iris continues as Iimma Woodhonse (Paltrow ) meddles in other people's love lives while ignoring the fact that her own happiness is right under her nose in the shape of handsome Mr Knightley (Northam). An attractive and luscious-ltmking piece. bill a lot has been sacrificed for reasons of length. leaving fans of the book wishing for those six-part TV adaptations. Glasgow: City (‘entre ()deon. ()deon at the Quay. GI’I‘. l-Idinbtrrgh: Cameo. ()deon. l'CI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI liast Kilbi'ide.
I Eraser ( IS) ((‘hai'les Russell. US. I996) Arnold Schwarzenegger. James (‘aan. Vanessa Williams. l3() mins. Arnie plays a witness protection cop whose latest job is to protect Williams from the bad guys (and US government officials) whom she's spotted doing illegal arms deals. Plenty of big guns. quips and gags. and good turns from veterans James Caan and James Coburn. but the shoot-'em-up storyline is wearing thin. Glasgow: ABC Saucliieliall Street. City Centre ()deon. ()deon at the Quay. Virgin Cinema. Iidinbuigh: ()deon. L'CI. Borders: Pavilion. Roxy. Strathclyde: UCI (‘lydehank. UCI Iiast Kilbi‘ide.
I Escape From [A ( I5) (.lohri (’arpertter. US. I996) Kurt Russell. Stacy Keach. Steve Buscemi. I()l mins. Why bother to make the same film as the entertaining list-ape From New York again. with more money btit less satirical bite and no imagination‘.’ Carpenter and co severely disappoint with this hackneyed sequel. which finds anti-hero Snake Plissken hunting down the President‘s renegade daughter and encountering various oddballs en route. See review. General release.
I The Exorcist ( IS) (William Fr'iedkin. US. I973) Linda Blair. lillen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. I l0 mins. Iiarnest priest Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective .scarefest. Dead good. dead scary. dead priest. Glasgow: City Centre ()deon. I Flipper (PG) (Alan Shapiro. l’S. I996) Elijah Wood. Paul Ilogan. Chelsea Field. 96 mins. Difficult city teenager Sandy (Wood) doesn't warrii to ex-hippy uncle Porter(llogan) down in the Florida Keys until along comes friendly dolphin Flipper. The story brings to mind aspects of Andre and Free ll’i/lv. btit there are only so many scripts that can accorirmtxlate an acquatic star. Predictable .sttiff in the heart-warming category. Glasgow: ()deon at the Quay. Virgin Cinema. Edinburgh: UCI. Borders: Pavilion. Fife: Robins. Strathclyde: ABC Killilﬂl’llOCk. ()deon Ayi'. UCI Clydebank. UCI Iiast Kilbr‘ide.. I The Gay Divorcee (U) (Mark Sarrdriclr. US. I934) Fred Astaire. Ginger Rogers. Alice Brady. l()-l mins. Cole Porter‘s stage hit became the real launching pad for the Fred 'n' Ginger partnership. surrounding their graceful routines with some brash. frrnny moments. Mistaken identity abounds when Rogers heads to an Iinglish seaside resort in order to behave in a manner that will give grounds for her divorce. The stand-out number is "The Continental'. btrt don't forget ‘Night And Day'. Glasgow: OFT. I the Godfather ( I8) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. I97I ) Marlon Brando. Al Pacino. James Carin. I75 mins. Malia epic that follows the collapse of the Corleone empire under the old Don (Brando) and the struggle for power this causes between rival families and his own sons. Al Pacino is magnificent as the good son who has to turn had in order to regain family honour. Ilugely enjoyable. violent movie is a landmark in American ﬁlminaking. Glasgow: GFI‘.
I The Godfather. Part II (18) (Francis Coppola. US. I974) Al Pacino. Robert De Niro. Robert Duvall. 200 mins. Still the only sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Coppola's extended
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