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After Richard III and Twelfth Night, the use of minimalist wooden stage and with Hamlefand Romeo And Juliet sets, light bulbs artificially suspended on the way, big screen Shakespeare from the sky and a static pace. adaptations are becoming a Besides Barry lynch’s enigmatic Puck directorial trend. The latest to jump on and Desmond Barrit’s grotesquely

the bandwagon is the Royal comic Bottom, it is also disappointing Shakespeare Company’s Adrian liable, to find an absence of notable

whose film of A Midsummer Night’s performances, especially since lloble

Dream follows his stage version, seen is the man responsible for launching »

at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in Kenneth Branagh. , H

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The most fantastical of two hours of watching - rather than

Shakespeare’s comedies, it offers sharing - the excitement of the young Benoit. played by writer'-

endless scope for cinematic imagery. boy as he experiences his dream. If he dttt‘t'tt’t‘ Xiwwr Beauvois

lloble introduces an additional is ever going to project his creative “WW”- '-*‘ ‘1 i‘t’tmg "it!"

who‘s just had a bolt from the blue. An art-history lecturer specialising in the

character into the story, expressing magic onto the big screen, lloble the dream through the eyes of a young would do well to first move his

boy (OStIOBII Jones)- III a royal court sfiotugm "om the Stage' (Beth great Romantics. he's just

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another, this child is a wide-eyed A Midsummer Night’s Dream (P6) tlndcr i-‘rttnee‘s national

witness to love affairs, an amateur (Adrian Noble, UK, 1996) Lyndsay service regime. Anything

dramatic rehearsal and a great deal of Duncan, Desmond Barrit, Alex has to be better than doing A Mldsummer itlgiit’s Dream: ‘unease wlth fairy mischief. Jennings. 105 mins. From Fri 3 Jan. "'5 (tut)? 1"“ it Stttc't't‘

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and Hal Holbrook and offers a whatever time is left into

the cameta’ However, although expert at handling Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

[1‘s rare to see Dennis Hopper in a worthy twist to the rites-of-passage a journey of discovery. movie where he isn‘t holding a bomb plot. it is strangely unengaging. Joseph hooking tip witlt Arab or a gun to someone‘s head. Yet in Acts is simply too mundane a character to be “mm” ROSCMY 73'" t” ofLove it is his character, Joseph, 3 heroically changed by his new-found CTN”??? “whim” ' high school teacher in small-town passion. The affair is sexy. rejuvenating 133:5?i:2t62;‘rgét.:::§2‘l"d Texasv Who is being held to ransom. and fun for both panics' but by havmg chance encounter with The unstable element is the over- the 00"“th t0 'CaVC it at that malt-“tic French-Italian tourist developed libido of seventeen-year-old level. director Bruno Barrcto has Chiara Mastroiamii gives pupil, Catherine (Amy Locane), denied the movie a mood of tension him cause to reconsider As he nears retirement age. crippled and HOPPCF the 30" 0t meaty P3” "is p“”‘.“’“"""“ 5°”; Joseph is quietly getting on with his enjoyed by Pacino in Scent ()fA (ics‘f'UCW’iT; . . . unremarkable life. after Woman Of Hopkins in Silt’lltl’ The ‘us dying mother (Julie Harris) and Lambs. NO drama-by-numbers angst-ridden it’hiic L screwing his childhood sweetheart. appearances 0f SymbOliC beams 0r Freiich, bourgeois iiialc

fellow teacher Rosealee (Amy trying), explosions of teenage tantrums is going in the dark. But when Catherine’s dad to illth that taCt- (Thom Dtbdin) asks Joseph to stable her horse in his Acts 0f [1W8 ( l8) (Bruno Barrett). US.

working out his existential tensions by hanging otit on the wild side. and it's

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father?’. she has whipped her clothes Locime. [08 mins. From Fri I3 Dec. Dennis hopper in Acts Of Love; Ettlnb‘ttutt‘ Bin"- . .

off and enticed him into the hayloft for Glasgow: Showcase. ‘foo mundane a character’ ujtttginfiiizi mum“ d) m

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no ham) who insists that his act is American horror offerings, this brings Don 't Forget You 're

hm showbiz, Moanwhllo, somon a distinctive Spanish piquancy to the Game 7?) Die (/8) (Xavier

. .. . out there in the city, El Dlablo is nonre- (llttiol Floyd) Metre“ "‘rfmfjt’v 92/5), . "‘ «minimum- Mmmmwwm'mm 22::"22:31?iiztfixrgizz \ “though momd In seams.“ and Iglula’ Spain’ 1995) Alex Manla’ [/8 mins. Subtitles. From

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