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Dr Crippen An Bord (l2) (Erich Engels. Germany. I942) 86 mins. A re-telling of the story of the wife poisoner. captured on board a ship as he fled to America. 'lhe ﬁlm concentrates on the suspicions of the crew and their subsequent amateur detective work. Edinburgh: l‘ilmhousc.
The Empire Strikes Back (U) (Irvin Kershner. US. 1980) Mark Hamill. Harrison Ford. Carrie Fisher. I24 mins. Like the middle section of many great trilogies. The Empire Strikes Back is caught between reintroducing the popular elements of the original while setting up the context for the climax. As such. the story itself doesn‘t move on greatly. btit the tone is somewhat darker. The effects were considerably advanced by this stage and. of course. are even snazzier in this special edition. General release.
The English Patient (l5) (Anthony Minghella. UK/US. l996) Ralph Henncs. Juliette Binoche. Kristin Scott Thomas. loZ mins. A mysterious stranger. suffering from horriﬁc bttrns. is cared for by a Canadian nurse during the final days of WW2. In flashback. we discover more about the great romantic affair whose tragic climax brought him to this state. Anthony Minghella alters the focus of Michael ()ndaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel to concentrate more on boiling passions in the North African desert. Spectacularly ﬁlnted on location. the ﬁlm boasts magniﬁcent performances from each and every one of the leads. General release. Everyone Says I Love You (l2 i (\Voody Allen. US. 1996) Julia Roberts. (ioldie Hawn. Woody Allen. I()l mitts. Woody takes the plunge and makes a fully-ﬂedged mttsical. with a story that flips from New York to Paris to Venice. Various lovers burst into song and dance at regttlar intervals. gamer performing 30s and 40s standards with varying degrees of success. The director himself looks distinctly pained when he sings his number. but ltis discomfort is nothing compared with ours when Julia Roberts opens her mouth to sing ‘All My Life‘. A disappointing misﬁre. Edinburgh: Cameo.
The Exorcist (18) (William Friedkin. US. 1973) Linda Blair. Ellen Burstyn. Max Von Sydow. I I0 mins. Earnest pn'est Von Sydow steps in to save poor little possessed girl in this hugely effective scarefest. Dead good. dead scary. dead priest. Glasgow: Odeon Quay. Edinburgh: Odeon.
Farewell My Concubine (15) (Chen Kaige. China. I993) Gong Li. Leslie Cheung. Zhang l’engyi. l56 mins. The story of two Peking ()pera actors and the woman who comes between them provides an intimately detailed story which is set to a constantly shifting 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. Glasgow: Gl’l‘.
Female Perversions (18) (Susan Streitfeld. US. l996) Tilda Swinton. Amy Madigan. Karen Sillas. 97 mins. Successful New York attorney live (Swinton) travels from the city to the desert. and finds herself on ajourney of self-discovery. aided by disturbing flashbacks to her childhood. Featuring a female-dominated cast. a mouth-wateri ng visual banquet of colourful symbolism and a tender. honest performance from Swinton. this is very much an empowering women‘s film. See preview and review. Edinburgh: Iiilmhouse.
Flirt (15) (Hal Hartley. US/Germany/Japan. l996) Bill Sage. Martin Donovan. Dwight liwell. 80 mins. With a theme-and-variation structure. Him is centered around a single situation — a lover's ultimatum — illustrated through three separate stories. Amusing cameo appearances from Hartley regulars titillate the attdience. while the rhythmic dialogue. tightly choreographed action and colourful characterisation inject the ﬁlm with the director's distinctive vibrancy. See review. Glasgow: GI’I‘.
Ghosts From The Past ( I 5) (Rob Reiner. US. l996) Alec Baldwin. James Woods. Whoopi Goldberg. l3] mins. In 1963 in Mississippi. civil rights activist Medgar livers was shot in the back and killed by a white supremacist. bttt two all-whitejuries failed to ﬁnd suspect Byron De La Beckwith
Oscar winner: Juliet Binoche in The English Patient