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Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
Performance
Starring
I Mick Jagger James Fox
Anita Pallenberg
Chas Devlin loves his work and the luxuries it brings - like beating people up and destroying expensive cars. But things get really weird when Chas offends Harry, his employer, and has to hide out with Turner, a reclusive rock star living in Notting Hill. Often hailed as the most original British film of the 60s, this bizarre and brutal movie was co-directed by Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell.
● FILMS: pages 27-34
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
At Close Range
First showing on network television.
Starring Christopher Walken Sean Penn
Mary Stuart Masterson Kiefer Sutherland
Brad Whitewood is a teenager from a poor family in Franklin, Pennsylvania. One day his long-lost father appears in town driving a flashy car and sporting a wad of cash. Soon the young Brad is drawn into his criminal activities and the violent world he inhabits. This powerful drama by Madonna video director James Foley features a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan , writer of the recent film about Claus von
Bulow, Reversal of Fortune.
0 FILMS: pages 27-32
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces a double bill of cult films.
THE DUELLISTS
Starring Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox
Strasbourg 1880: two Hussars become engaged in a series of duels of honour and their quarrel continues for years. Director Ridley Scott's first feature film was produced by David Puttnam and based on a story by Joseph Conrad.
•BARRY NORMAN: page 32
•TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888

And at 11.55pm
CAPE FEAR

Thriller starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum
When a sadistic sex offender is released from jail, the only thought on his mind is to take revenge on the lawyer whom he blames for his conviction.
Featuring Martin Balsam, best known for his roles in Psycho and Twelve Angry Men. Cape Fear has now been remade by Martin Scorsese.
Director J Lee Thompson
FILMS: pages 33-40
TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
The Music Lovers
I Ken Russell 's portrait of the composer
Tchaikovsky, starring
Richard Chamberlain
Glenda Jackson Moscow 1873:
Peter Tchaikovsky becomes the subject of a society scandal because of his homosexual involvement with Count
Chiluvsky. Unable to fulfil his wife's sexual demands he becomes violently depressed and contemplates suicide. The screenplay for this controversial film about the Russian composer was written by Melvyn Bragg.
0 FILMS: pages 27-32
• TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome: Manhunter

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
First showing on network television of this stylish thriller directed by Miami Vice creator Michael Mann.
Starring William Peterson, Brian Cox, Kim Greist
Ex-FBI investigator Will Graham is called in to solve a series of brutal murders and turns for help to Dr Hannibal Lecktor, a brilliant psychotherapist with a taste for human flesh. A compelling adaptation of Thomas Harris 's novel Red Dragon, made before The Silence of the Lambs, and featuring the screen debut of 'Hannibal the Cannibal'.
BARRY NORMAN : page 26
PICTURE STORY: page 38
TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces a double bill of cult films.
Hell's Angels on Wheels
Starring
Jack Nicholson
Poet is a drifter working in a gas station when a band of Hell's Angels roars into town spreading terror in their wake. He rides with them and joins in the orgies and fights but clashes with Buddy, leader of the gang and a dangerous man. Jack Nicholson stars as Poet two years before he shot to fame in Easy Rider.
Director Richard Rush
● FILMS pages 25-33
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
And at 12.05am
Rumble Fish
Starring
Matt Dillon
Mickey Rourke
Rusty-James, who believes himself to be the toughest teenager around, is doomed to live in the shadow of his adored elder brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Director Francis Coppola 's stylised vision of alienated youth, based on the novel by cult writer S E Hinton, features an excellent cast and haunting black and white cinematography.
● FILMS: pages 25-33
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Starring
Bette Davis
Joan Crawford
A decaying Hollywood mansion is home to an ageing child star and her invalid sister. But the house is neither sweet nor home as psychological torture increases to an unbearable climax, and murder lurks in the darkest corners. This horrific melodrama relaunched the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford with their most famous and grotesque roles.
Producer/Director Robert Aldrich
● FILMS: pages 27-33
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
• TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
Solaris
A psychologist is sent to investigate the mysterious events on a space station orbiting the remote planet Solaris. A haunting piece of science fiction by the outstanding Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky , who also directed Andrei Rublev. In
Russian with English subtitles.
0 FILMS: page 35-41
BBC Two England

Made in Japan

As part of the celebration of the nationwide Japan Festival, BBC2 profiles three key figures at the centre of modern Japanese culture, all of whom have a continuing fascination with Japan and the west. This major festival is a celebration of all things
Japanese. It has taken four years and 115 million to plan and consists of 120 events over the four-month duration of the festival. Tonight's programmes look at the work of architect Isozaki, theatre director Ninagawa and film director Oshima.
(Season continues tomorrow at 6.30pm with 'Butoh - Body on the Edge of Crisis')
Arata Isozaki
An examination of architect
Arata Isozaki 's revolutionary work and the way in which he has successfully synthesised traditional Japanese ideas with western building techniques to create his own distinctive architectural vision. Isozaki's work includes the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA and his largest construction yet, a Sports Palace for the next
Olympic Games in Barcelona which has a capacity of more than 17,000 people. Director Michael Blackwood
● BBC BOOKS: Nippon - New
Superpower, Japan since 1945', 115.00 from booksellers. Japanese Language and People, f 14.95; pack of five cassettes. £29.95 from retailers.
8.50pm
Tango with Ninagawa
Japanese theatre director Yukio Ninagawa returns to Britain to direct
Kunio Shimuku 's Tango at the End of Winter, a contemporary
Japanese play starring
Alan Rickman and Suzanne Bertish.
The film follows the successes and failures of this unique cultural exchange - the frustrations of language and etiquette set against international camaraderie and the pursuit of excellence. Director Philip Day
9.30pm
Kyoto, My Mother's Place Nagisa Oshima , best known for his feature films Merry
Christmas Mr Lawrence and In the Realm of the Senses returns to his birthplace in the old capital city of Kyoto.
Oshima was born to an old samurai family, and here he reflects on his mother's life - restrictive and exploitive - as well as his own feelings of hatred for Kyoto. It is an insiders introduction to the history, culture and people of Japan, an intensely moving film in which Oshima opens up his heart and his country.
10.20pm
A Taxing Woman
A short season of Japanese films opens with a first showing on network television for this tongue-in-cheek comedy thriller from the director of Tampopo. Juzo Itami was provoked by his own experiences with the National Tax Agency to investigate the world of big business and the single-minded pursuit of money as the key value of life in contemporary Japan. An obsessive tax inspector tangles with a stylish gangster who has a string of mistresses and a sophisticated system of tax frauds. In Japanese with English subtitles.
(Tomorrow night's Moviedrome presentation is 'Mishima', 10.15pm) ● STEREO
FILMS: pages 31.38
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the series of cult films.
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
Mishima
A Life in Four Chapters
A brilliantly photographed re-creation of the life of Japanese playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima . In English and Japanese with subtitles.
Director Paul Schrader 0 FILMS: pages 31-38
BBC One London

The House on Carroll Street

First showing on network television of this romantic thriller, starring Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels
New York, 1951: defying a Congressional committee, idealistic Emily Crane finds herself blacklisted and under FBI surveillance. So who will believe her when she uncovers a deadly mystery involving her Senate interrogator?
Witness and Top Gun star McGillis plays the young lady endangered by her determination to put the world to rights. She can also been seen in The Accused, to be shown on Thursday 2 January on BBC1.
Jeff Daniels's most recent hit was the comedy thriller Arachnophobia, as well as Something Wild, shown recently on BBC2's Moviedrome. Director Peter Yates is best known for his action thrillers such as Bullitt.
Producer/Director Peter Yates (1988)
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-67
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox returns to present another season of films with a cult following.
Mad Max 2
First showing on network television for
George Miller 's science-fiction adventure, starring Mel Gibson
In the aftermath of a third world war, Max Rockatansky , former cop and now an embittered road warrior, is caught up in the battle for the control of precious petrol.
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FEATURE: page 44
11.00 pm F for Fake
Orson Welles 's witty sleight-of-hand
"documentary" on the art of forgery and fakers. Featuring
Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. ●TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 49-56
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces two films, both being shown on network television for the first time, by director David Cronenberg. Dead Ringers
Starring
Jeremy Irons
Genevieve Bujold
Identical twins running a fertility clinic become involved with the same patient.
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
12.10am Rabid
Starring
Marilyn Chambers
Recovering from an accident, Rose develops a taste for blood. 9 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 • FILMS: pages 43-48
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones • DEREK WINNERT : page 42
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox presents another in the season of cult movies. Junior Bonner
Sam Peckinpah 's unusual western starring Steve McQueen Robert Preston
Rodeo star Junior Bonner returns to his home town of Prescott, Arizona, to enter a Fourth of July contest. Eagerly looking forward to a reunion with his family, he is dismayed at what he finds.
● FILMS: pages 45.52
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox presents another in the season of cult movies.
The Serpent and the Rainbow
A terrifying tale of black magic and voodoo from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Bill Pullman CathyTyson Paul Winfield
A young American anthropologist travels to the island of Haiti in search of a mysterious drug that is used by voodoo priests to simulate death. Snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and zombie brides are all used effectively in some nightmarish sequences. Director Wes Craven
•TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 •FILMS: pages 49.56
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox presents another in the season of cult movies.
Les Diaboliques
Henri-Georges Clouzot 's masterpiece ot the macabre, starring Simone Signoret
The wife and mistress of a despotic headmaster plot his death. Then his body mysteriously disappears. In French with English subtitles.
0 FILMS: pages 41-48
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox presents another in the season of cult movies.
The Spider's
Stratagem Bernardo Bertolucci 's adaptation of a short story by Jorge Luis Borges.
1936: Athos arrives in a small
Italian town to investigate his father's mysterious murder. In Italian with English subtitles.
With Giulio Brogi , Alida Valli , Tino Scotti , Pippo Campanini , Franco Giovanelli , Allen Midgett. • FILMS: pages 37-44
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult movies.
Escape from New York
A futuristic adventure from John Carpenter , starring Kurt Russell Lee Van Cleef
Donald Pleasance
The year is 1997 and the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the president is hijacked and taken there, Snake Plissken is called in to help.
●TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 FILMS: pages 51-60
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones
BBC Two England

Moviedrome

Alex Cox introduces a double dose of giant reptiles in the season of cult movies.
Alligator
Investigating a series of mysterious and grisly deaths, a detective discovers a hidden predator stalking the sewers of the city.
Director Lewis Teague
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

Q - the Winged Serpent

Starring
Michael Moriarty
David Carradine
Something strange is living in the top of New York's Chrysler Building - something with a taste for human flesh.
Director Larry Cohen
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 39-45
Moviedrome producer Nick Freand Jones






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