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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage & Blood And Black Lace (18) «Hi (Dario Argento/Mario Bava, 1970/64) 94/90 mins. Classic double bill of Italian Giallo ﬁlms, and if you want to learn what they are Kier- La Janisse, CanibaI Culture editor and CineMeutre festival director, will be on hand to explain. Plumage concerns a murder witnessed in a museum, while Lace sees killer and victim meeting in dreams. Screening includes a preview showreel from independent distributor Exploited. Part of Dead By Dawn. See feature. Edinburgh: Lumiere
The Blair Witch Project (15) *iant (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, US, 1999) Heather Donahue, Josh Leonard, Michael Williams. 90 mins. Terrifying docu- horror movie that purports to be an edited version of the ﬁlm and video footage that Donahue, Leonard and Williams shot in the days before they disappeared in the woods around Burkittsville, Maryland. While you’re watching you‘re too sacred to think about the clever tricks with your mind. Edinburgh: Cameo.
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (U) *** (Bill Melendez, US, 1980) With the voices of Daniel Anderson, Scott Beach, Casey Carlson. 75 mins. The Peanuts gang come to Europe on an exchange trip, ﬁxing its home- spun philosophy to the travel genre. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
Buena Vista Social Club (U) *ttt (Wim Wenders, Cuba, 1999) Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez. 104 mins. Cuba looks a little like the land that time forgot. A theme Wenders brings out both in the over-exposed images of Havana and also in the musical brilliance of these octogenarian and nonagenarian musicians who have for so long been neglected. And it’s ironically thanks to an American, Wenders’ regular musical collaborator Ry Cooder, that their careers have been resurrected. Stirling: MacRobert.
Les Convoyeurs Attendent (The Carriers Are Waiting) (15) *** (Benoit Mariage, Belgium, 2000) Benoit Poelvoorde, Jean- Francois Dcvigne. 94 mins. Playing the struggling patriarch determined to make something of himself and his family, Benoit Poelvoorde (the serial killer in Man Bites Dog) has determined his reluctant son (Jean- Francois Devigne) will beat the world record for opening and closing a door within 24 hours: the present record stands at around 40,000. It’s an oﬂbeat device used to work up that old mainstay of father/son tension, but the ﬁlm requires more than a ﬁgurative scenario and vivid locations to sustain its 90 minutes. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
A Carta (The Letter) (15) (Manoel De Oliveira, Portugal, 1999) 107 mins. Oliveira’s adaptation of the classic French novel La Princesse de C [eves by Madame de la Fayette updates the story in which amorous passions clash with the ethos of the day. In a contemporary setting, the princess becomes a pop star and her conﬁdante is a nun. Part of Sea Changes: New Portuguese Cinema. Glasgow: GFT.
The Cider House Rules (12) its: (Lasse Hallstrom, US, 2000) Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron. 126 mins. Maguire takes the lead as Homer Wells, an orphan who grows up to continue the worthy work of his mentor and surrogate father, Dr Larch (Caine). On route to manhood, Homer undertakes a small-scale odyssey around 19405 New England, during which time he works on an apple farm and has an affair with farm owner Candy Kendall (Theron). Somewhere between Irving‘s screenplay and Hallstrom’s direction there's an overabundance of sentimentality which undermines Irving‘s brand of tragi-comedy. General release.
Citizen Kane (PG) ****~k (Orson Welles, US, 1941) Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead. 119 mins. Stunningly successful biographical mosaic centring 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? Edinburgh: Cameo.
A Clockwork Orange (18) **** (Stanley Kubrick, UK, 1971) Malcolm
McDowell, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke. 137 mins. The night of “ultra-violence’ committed by Alex (McDowell) and his gang of ‘droogs’ gives it its notoriety. But subsequent victimisation by the State still provides much food for thought. This fable of law and disorder, crime and punishment might easily be recast in let century Britain. So, it’s about time the British public got to see the late master's most infamous ﬁlm. General release.
Dead By Dawn All Nighter (18) Starting at 11.40pm, the line-up includes: the American sci-ﬁ thriller Pitch Black, the Argento- inspired The Church, the 705 horror ﬁlm parody Angel Of The Night, the classic 80s black comedy An American Werewolf In London, Dario Argento's new take on Phantom Of The Opera and the truly superb schlock spoof Return Of The Living Dead. A night of viewing guaranteed to appeal to the masochist in us all. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Dead Man (18) *atr'ki' (Jim Jarrnusch, US, 1995) Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Lance Henricksen. 121 mins. After heading out 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 prepares a proper funeral. Gloriously shot in black and white, meticulously paced and imbued with a spiritual transcendence, Jarmuseh’s existential Western is innovative and unexpected. Edinburgh: Cameo.
East Is East (15) ***** (Damien O'Donnell, UK, 1999) Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge. 96 mins. Based on Ayub Khan-Din’s play, East Is East draws its perfectly balanced mix of belly laughs and tears from the conflict within a multi-racial family living in Salford in the 70$. Head of the Khan household, George attempts to force his sons into arranged marriages in a belated effort to preserve tradition, but, born in England, the sons are having none of it. Glasgow: Gtosvenor, Odeon At The Quay. Edinburgh: Lumiere. Greenock: Waterfront. Largs: Barrﬁelds Cinema.
The End Of The Affair (18) **** (Neil Jordan, UK/US, 2000) Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea. 101 mins. This is a diary of hate,’ explains narrator Bendrix (Fiennes), as he attempts to piece together the memories of his war-time affair with Sarah (Moore), the wife of high- ranking civil servant Henry (Rea). Jordan captures the raneorous tone and bitter intensity of Graham Grahame Greene‘s source novel in this potent adaptation, the impact of which is compounded by a trio of commanding performances. Edinburgh: Virgin Megaplex.
Entrapment (15) *** (Jon Amiel, US, 1999) Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones. 112 mins. Former ace cat burglar Robert ‘Mac’ MacDougal (Connery) attracts the attention of sexy insurance investigator Gin Baker (Zeta-Jones). She is determined to ﬁnd evidence connecting him with that opening sequence robbery, just as he is determined to not have that crime pinned on him. It's all very To Catch A Thief, but not really in the same league. Kilmamock: Odeon.
Erin Brockovich (15) *‘k‘k‘k (Steven Soderbcrgh, US, 2000) Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart. 133 mins. Unemployed single mother Erin (Rubens) shoehorns her way into a ﬁling clerk position with Finney's California law ﬁrm. There she accidentally uncovers a conspiracy to conceal the poisoning of the local community, which leads to the largest direct action lawsuit in American history. This might sound like a cliched John Grisham thriller, but it‘s based on a true story and Soderbergh’s direction and Roberts’ performance are faultless — together they prove that mainstream American cinema can be something truly great. See review. General release.
Extreme Screen: Everest 8: The Living Sea (U) ** 40 mins each. Although the lwerks experience impresses on a technical level, neither of these ﬁlms transcend entertainment as lumbering fairground attraction. Everest is a dry-as-sand account of a recent expedition up the big yin. Filmed