Pick of the Day:Digital, Cable and Satellite Television

James Rampton
Monday 23 August 1999 23:02
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AS HE did so memorably with Sense and Sensibility, Taiwanese director Ang Lee brings the lucidity of an outsider's vision to The Ice Storm (10pm Sky Premier), a period drama showing on satellite for the first time tonight. In this beautifully realised portrait of disintegrating families in 1970s Long Island, Sigourney Weaver (right) plays Janey, a bored housewife having a messy affair with neighbour Kevin Kline. The details are meticulously evoked; it's all reel-to-reel tape recorders, wind-chimes and wife-swapping. The wardrobe people have had a field-day, too, turning up the most exquisite turquoise trouser-suits, airplane-wing- sized collars and Starsky wrap-around cardigans.

Marlon Brando gives an iconic performance as a rebel motorbiker in Laslo Benedek's The Wild One (6pm FilmFour). At the time of its release in 1954, it was fearfully controversial and widely banned.

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