1997, dir. Adrian Lyne. BALTIMORE PREMIERE!!! The second big screen adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel has the unenviable task of following a film directed by Stanley Kubrick, which, despite its limitations, is remembered as a film classic. Not quite a secondary matter, but one also extraneous to the quality of the film itself, Adrian Lyne's version (based on a screenplay by film critic Stephen Schiff), also arrives during a long-running storm of public hysteria surrounding issues of paedophilia, so much so that its American release has been confined to a screening on cable. A tale of moral, spiritual and physical self-destruction, it is a bleak parable despite the accusations levelled at it. In common with Lyne's previous sexual odysseys Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks and Indecent Proposal, an old fashioned conservative slap on the wrist underwrites the on-screen action and characters are eventually punished for their transgressions. Starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella, and Dominique Swain. 137 mins
1998, dir. George Miller. In many ways more magical than the original "Babe," the sequel outdoes itself with characterizations, sets and special effects that make up "the city." And it is still literate, humane and wicked. Miller (Mad Max I, II, & III, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Witches of Eastwick) who produced, directed and co-wrote the film, has improved and extended the ideas in "Babe: Pig in the City." This is in no way just a "children's movie. 97 mins.
1997. dir. Shohei Imamura. In his first film since Black Rain (1989), Imamura focuses on the social and psychological problems confronting Takuro Yamashita (Koji Yakusho of Shall We Dance?), who is attempting to reintegrate himself into Japanese society after brutally murdering his wife. Yamashita had stabbed his wife to death upon discovering her in bed with another lover. Yamashita is so alienated that the only thing he can relate to is a pet eel that he caught and cared for whilst in prison. Shared the Grand Prix with Taste of Cherry at 1997's Cannes Film Festival. 115 mins.
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