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The Lord Of The Rings (Pm eeeee tPeter Jackson. .\'ew Zealand/I'S. 200] i Ian McKellen. lilijah Wood. Liv Tyler. ('ate Blanchett. \‘iggo .\iortensen. 178 mins. .»\t long last. a sword and sorcery adventure that really delivers the goods. J.R.R. 'l'olkien's great achievement was to create an linglish mythology. located in a fantastical yet believable world. Jackson's great achievement is to bring the author‘s toot) page tome to life. not merely realising the fantastic elements with special effects spectacle (though they are very spectacular). but through storytelling flare and marvellous performances frotn his cast. \‘isceral and breathtakingly dramatic. The fellowship ()fT/tt’ Ring is an inspired labour of love and a monumental achievement. (ieneral release.

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86 mins. The family vacation of fifteen-year- old lilena (Mesquidai and 12-year-old .-\nais (Rebouxt and their parents provides l-‘rench feminist auteur Breillat (36 l-‘illetti'. Rmnunrvi with another disconcerting exploration of female sexuality. Inspired by a newspaper report of a family tragedy. Breillat has crafted an impressively acted film. frank and discomforting to the viewer. which dismantles the cosy assumptions of the teenage summer romance movie. And even if the film lurches into horror-movie territory, with the violent wish-fulfilment of Anais's darkest desires. it never loses its essential ambiguity. Cameo. lidinburgh; Adam Smith. Kirkcaidy.

The Majestic (mi 000 tlirank Darabont. IS. 2002 l Jim (‘arrey. Martin Landau. Laurie Holden. 152 mins. (‘arrey ‘s shallow, self-seeking Hollywood writer. Peter .-\ppleton. is on the verge of the big time. Then nemesis strikes. lle unwittingly falls foul of the era's (‘ommunist w itch-hunts and is ordered to appear before the House ['11- American :\L‘ll\‘lliCs (‘ommittee Instead. he takes flight one stormy night in his Mercedes convertible. drunkenly crashes his car and ends up in a river and washes tip in the small town of Lawson. minus his memory. [)arabont is seeking to recapture the spirit of Frank Capra. with (army as a latter-day James Stewart or (iary (‘ooper. but although he shares ('apra's dewy -eycd optimism. he lacks his screwball zest. See review. (ieneral release.

The Man Who Wasn’t There 1 15) ..... (Joel (’oen. I'S. Zillll l Billy Bob 'l'hornton. Frances McDormand. James (iandollini. l lo mins. Set in the (‘alifornian backwater town of Santa Rosa circa the l‘)-l()s. 7711’ Malt ll'lm Him: 'I There takes its cue from the cynical world of pulp crime writers like James M. ('ain. The tale turns on a regular fella. 'l'hornton‘s mild-iiiannered barber lid (’ranc. who is unwittingly the catalyst for a spiralling series of events beginning with infidelity and extortion and ending with. well. may be you can guess. 'I he (’oen brothers' latest reinvention of a classic


Hollywood film genre is their most audacious to date. mixing hard-boiled. small town film noir with existentialism and metaphysics. It‘s a wry-bumoured. retro-sty led. wickedly - plotted. moody gem. l'ilmhouse. lidinburgh. Meet Me In St Louis 1h .00. t\'incente .‘ylinnelli. l'S. [044i Judy (iarland. Margaret O'Brien. .\lary Astor. 1 13 mins. Released during w artimc. this musical was an optimistic attempt to emphasise family values. but Minnelli never wallow s in nostalgia. Instead he combats it with sparky and sarky famin dynamics. Set in 1903. the put-upon father wants to move his family from St Louis to .\'cw York but faces resistance frotn his gaggle of girls who have romances to get on with. and the fast- approaching World l’air to enjoy. Perfect casting and performances. along with songs

like 'llave Yourself .-\ Merry Little ('hristmas'

add to the warm glow. ('ameo. lidinburgh. Metropolis tP(ii 0.... (Fritz Lang. (iermany. I‘Dbi Brigitte lleltn. Alfred Abel.

The mob movies in on a New York restaurant in Dinner Rush

(iustav Frolich. 12-1 mins. ()ne of the greatest films of all time. here in its longer-length. uncolorised version. free from (iiorgio Moroder's tacked-on rock soundtrack. The city scapes remain unsurpassed. although the allegory against totalitarianism is a bit naive. (irosvenor. (ilasgow.

Monsoon Wedding t 1M 0.000 mm Nair. lndia/l'K. 200] t .\'aseeruddin Shah. l.illete [)ubey'. \iiay Raal. l13 mins. ()n the eye of the longed-for. cooling monsoon season. the far-flung members of an upper- middle class Indian family gather in Delhi for a typical Punjabi wedding. But as the big day dawns. the wedding contractor's promises become tnore evasive. while the bride's hard- pressed father worries how he is going to pay for everything. .\'air's sprawling. carnivalcsque drama combines the colour and vibrancy of Bolly wood with an earthy realism. And while she can be sharply satiric. .\'air treats her characters. high and low, without condescension. Selected release.

WINNER LION OF THE YEAR Venice Film Festival 2001 ' Toronto - San Sebastian - New York 2001

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