Festival Reports

The 2016 New York Film Festival »


By Gary M. Kramer.  The 54th New York Film Festival showcases more than one hundred features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films September 30 – October 15. Many of the titles are the latest…

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The 2016 New York Film Festival Shorts Program »

I Turn To Jello

By Gary M. Kramer.  The New York Film Festival offers a range of fascinating short films, in five programs that showcase narrative shorts, international auteurs, genre stories, New York stories, and documentaries. The Narrative…

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The 35th International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script »

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By Simonetta Menossi.  The International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script is a yearly event that takes place in Gorizia, Italy. The Award is entitled in the memory of Sergio Amidei (1904-1981),…

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Art Film Fest 2016: Footprints of Lynch »


By Robert Buckeye. Film festivals not only screen films we should see but also give us a reading of the field. At Art Film Fest this year, its first in Kosice after 23…

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Recap of the 21st Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival »

Two Timid Souls

By Michael T. O’Toole. For those who enjoy a good silent film, you’ll seldom find a more a captivating outlet than the stylish San Francisco Silent Film Festival (held this year between June…

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival »

Maurizio Cattelan – Be Right Back

By Michael Miller. The 15th Tribeca Film Festival unspooled April 13 – 24, 2016 in New York presenting nearly 200 features and shorts from around the globe.  Here are six noteworthy titles that…

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The 2016 AFI Docs Festival »

Chicken People

By Gary M. Kramer.  This year at the AFI Docs festival, June 22-26, there are several features and shorts depicting unique individuals working in odd jobs and hobbies. From sewage diving to train…

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“A Big Job”: A Conversation About The Battle of Algiers with Saadi Yacef »


By John Duncan Talbird. The Battle of Algiers (1966) is one of the essential postcolonial texts of the 20th century. It…

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In the Season of the Witch: Victor Matellano on Vampyres »


By Sotiris Petridis. Set in an English manor inhabited by two lesbian vampires and a man imprisoned in the…

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“Just a White Dot, Remember?”: An Interview with Justin S. Lee »


By Tom Ue. Justin S. Lee is a Student Academy Award-nominated writer/director with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.…

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The Man Who Shot Oliver: An Interview with Cinematographer Ossie Morris »


By David A. Ellis. The late notable cinematographer Oswald Norman Morris was born on 22nd November 1915 in Ruislip.…

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“Culture Has No Borders”: Ibrahim Letaief and The Carthage Film Festival »


By Matthew Fullerton.  Conceived in 1966 by legendary Tunisian film critic Tahar Cheriâa (1927-2010) to bring together Arab and…

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Random Beauty and Fragility: An Interview with Selma Vilhunen on Little Wing »


By Tom Ue. Selma Vilhunen earned an Academy Award nomination for her 2012 short film “Do I Have to…

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Patricia Riggen »

Under the Same Moon (2007)

By Anna Weinstein. Patricia Riggen has directed five features in the past decade. Her first feature, Under the Same…

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At Your Door: Ashley McKenzie on Her Debut Werewolf »


By Tom Ue. Ashley McKenzie is an emerging writer-director from Cape Breton Island, Canada. Her 2015 short “4 Quarters”…

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Finding My Film Legs: Sean Ellis on Anthropoid »


By Paul Risker. British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid (2016) tells the story of Operation Anthropoid, a daring chapter of…

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  1. Miss Sharon Jones!: Success and Other Crises
  2. “A Big Job”: A Conversation About The Battle of Algiers with Saadi Yacef
  3. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016)
  4. In the Season of the Witch: Victor Matellano on Vampyres
  5. Command and Control: Is Our Nuclear Luck Running Out?
  6. “Just a White Dot, Remember?”: An Interview with Justin S. Lee
  7. The Man Who Shot Oliver: An Interview with Cinematographer Ossie Morris
  8. Indignity in Sweet Mode: A Man Called Ove
  9. A Multicultural Magnificent Seven for Our Times
  10. A Fun Swansong: The Last Film Festival
  11. The Celluloid Collector World That Dreams are Made Of: A Thousand Cuts by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph
  12. The New World: Exploring the Developing Territory of Terrence Malick
  13. The Lovers and the Despot: Forced Seduction, North Korean Style
  14. “Culture Has No Borders”: Ibrahim Letaief and The Carthage Film Festival
  15. The 2016 New York Film Festival
  16. Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven: Loss of Grace
  17. Film Scratches: The Dance of Money and Artists – Vive le Capital (2012)
  18. The 2016 New York Film Festival Shorts Program
  19. Random Beauty and Fragility: An Interview with Selma Vilhunen on Little Wing
  20. Japan’s Modernist Enigma: Woman in the Dunes on Criterion
  21. Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Patricia Riggen
  22. Entertaining Mr. Klein: Eclipse Series 9 – The Delirious Fictions of William Klein
  23. The Social Misfits of Kikujiro
  24. At Your Door: Ashley McKenzie on Her Debut Werewolf
  25. Film Scratches: Negotiations of the Bicameral Mind – Ward of the Feral Horses (2015)
  26. Film Scratches: Wacky Lyricism – Grandma Opera (2008)
  27. What Shall Remain Unseen?: Hidden Hitchcock by D. A. Miller
  28. Let the Muckraking Begin: When Two Worlds Collide
  29. The Law of Capital: The Measure of a Man
  30. Hell or High Water: The Wasteland After
  1. Tony Williams: A really well researched and in-depth review. More of this kind is needed in FI.
  2. Fr. Mark Schwarz: Second time I’ve watched this engrossing film. Realized tonight just how much I missed the...
  3. Kay Nxumalo: I live in Bexley heath.Kent. Which is the nearest showing of the Amma Asante’s ‘A United...
  4. Romola Garai: The animation style took a bit to get used to when I first watched The Secret of Kells, but anything is...
  5. Tony Williams: Well done, Chris. As well as saving me from another visit to the cinema this year (SULLY and SNOWDEN...



Miss Sharon Jones!: Success and Other Crises »

By Kate Hearst. Renewed interest in black female singers sparked the release last year of two documentaries focused on voices of the Civil Rights movement: What Happened, Miss Simone? about…

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The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) »

By Mark James.  Most of us probably remember John Berger as the host of Ways of Seeing, a four-part 1972 television series that he created for BBC where Berger educated…

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Command and Control: Is Our Nuclear Luck Running Out? »

By Elias Savada. I had nearly forgotten about that nuclear blip a third of a century ago, the one which is the core of Robert Kenner’s new feature Command and Control.…

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Indignity in Sweet Mode: A Man Called Ove »

By Gary M. Kramer. The title character of A Man Called Ove would probably not see the heartwarming Swedish film, A Man Called Ove, adapted from Fredrik Backman’s national bestseller…

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A Multicultural Magnificent Seven for Our Times »

By Kate Hearst. Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven showcases a multiracial cast of personalities who collaborate to defeat a murderous robber baron on the American frontier. The overall cinematic spectacle…

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A Fun Swansong: The Last Film Festival »

By Christopher Weedman. The Last Film Festival’s comedic glimpse into the behind-the-scenes politics and turmoil that surround film festivals began as a joke between the film’s writer-producer-director Linda Yellen and…

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The Celluloid Collector World That Dreams are Made Of: A Thousand Cuts by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph »

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Written by two former dealers in this area, A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies (University…

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The New World: Exploring the Developing Territory of Terrence Malick »

By Jeremy Carr.  During post-production on The New World (2005), director Terrence Malick said it would be the last time he made a movie with a plot. Given the film’s…

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Japan’s Modernist Enigma: Woman in the Dunes on Criterion »

By Christopher Weedman. The haunting enigmatism and visual beauty of Woman in the Dunes (1964) has not diminished since its premiere over fifty years ago. Shot on a budget of…

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The Social Misfits of Kikujiro »

By Yun-hua Chen.  Made by Takeshi Kitano in 1999 and having entered the Cannes Film Festival in the same year, Kikujiro was subsequently remade into a Tamil-Indian film Nandala (2010)…

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What Shall Remain Unseen?: Hidden Hitchcock by D. A. Miller »

A Book Review by Tony Williams. A DVD player now lets everyone scrutinize Hitchcock’s esoteric images, but the desire to engage the game of hide-and-seek latent in them – a…

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Let the Muckraking Begin: When Two Worlds Collide »

By Elias Savada. Investigative documentaries have been a cranky, yet effusive growth industry (thank you, Michael Moore) over the last couple of decades, more so with the improvements in technology…

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The Law of Capital: The Measure of a Man »

By Sérgio Dias Branco. Thierry Taugourdeau, factory worker, was fired along with more than 750 of his colleagues. He is 51 years old and has been unemployed for almost two. In…

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Hell or High Water: The Wasteland After »

By Christopher Sharrett. Anyone of any consciousness who has toured the Southwest knows that it consists of pockets of great wealth surrounded by desert. Structurally, this is not unlike the…

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From the Lost Adaptation of Frankenstein, Life Without a Soul (1915)

Hope in the Search of Lost Films by Phil Hall »

A Book Review by Irv Slifkin. Phil Hall did a great service to film fans seeking the forgotten and obscure with his regular column “The Bootleg Files” that ran for…

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The Voice of a Frenetic, Heated Cinema – E̒ric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de Baecque and Noël Herpe »

A Book Review by James Knight. E̒ric Rohmer’s irrefutable place in the cathedral of film auteurs has been long since reserved. With films such as My Night with Maud in 1969,…

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The French Spirited Away to New York: Phantom Boy »

By Jessica Baxter. Co-directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol follow up their Oscar nominated film, A Cat in Paris, with Phantom Boy, a film that is perplexingly set in New York…

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A Film of its Time: Spies, Fritz Lang’s Enduring Espionage Thriller »

By Jeremy Carr.  Fritz Lang’s Spies gets underway with a burst of kinetic energy, its first 15 minutes or so a case study in the advancement, endurance, and perhaps surprising…

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Lo and Behold – Can You Hear Me Now? »

By Elias Savada. Werner Herzog’s documentaries tend to explore interesting lands or unusual people: the Chauvet caves in France (2010’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams), the frozen beauty of Antarctica (2007’s Encounters at the…

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Time in “the Shack”: A Fuller Life »

By Tony Williams. “The hatemongers and reactionaries are the most loathsome thorns in the eye of a great Democracy. Every generation has its own and they must be fought and…

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La Chienne: Renoir Begins »

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By Christopher Sharrett. My title is a bit misleading, since Jean Renoir made a number of films in the silent era (none…

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Under the Sun: Unmasking North Korean Propaganda »

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By Johannes Schönherr. Under the Sun, a documentary by Soviet-born and -raised director Vitaly Mansky, starts off like an slice of life…

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Inspiring and Unsettling: Miss Sharon Jones! »

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off their delayed 2014 tour at the Beacon Theater in New York

By Jude Warne. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are a seasoned, air-tight, top-notch funk-soul band. Via Jones’ musical talents and Bosco Man/Gabriel Roth’s…

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From Bankruptcy to 9/11: Downtown Film & TV Culture 1975-2001 by Joan Hawkins »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Joan Hawkins’ recent multi-authored book, Downtown Film & TV Culture 1975-2001 (Intellect), is a heteroglossic text…

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Mirroring a Genius – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You »

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By Elias Savada. OK, kids, who among you doesn’t know who Norman Lear is? The few of you who raised your hands,…

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Unearthing That Cold Day in the Park »

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By Chris Neilan.  Here’s something to brighten the day of any self-respecting cinephile: the unearthing of a forgotten film by a bona fide…

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Beyond the Dream Life: Fantastic Planet on Criterion »

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By Jessica Baxter. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first stumbled upon René Laloux’s surreal animated French language…

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A Woody Allen Fluff: Café Society »

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By Elias Savada. Problems are afoot in Woodyland. The jokes are there, albeit fleetingly and the best ones deal with gallows humor.…

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Playing with Horror and Drama in Journey to the Shore »

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By Chris Neilan.  Directors who blend genre elements with an arthouse sensibility are rarely short of fans or plaudits. Take new darling…

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Irreverent, and Set in ’78: Carnage Park »

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By Elias Savada. With big nods toward Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes), and Sam Peckinpah (The Wild…

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The Beautifully ‘Dressed’ Wicked Lady »

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By Cleaver Patterson.  One has to question why some filmmakers see fit to remake films which were considered classics the first time…

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Mustang: Wars Against Women – Turkey »

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By Christopher Sharrett. It occurs to me that the best (the only?) films seriously challenging the current international War on Women come…

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The Grisly Bare Bones of Triple-9 »

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By Paul Risker. “Bare bones thrown to a hungry dog…do nothing to appease its hunger.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Thundering Silence: Commentaries…

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Not As Pale As Expected: Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters »

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By Elias Savada. Yes, there has been a lot of discussion – some quite vocal and inanely misogynistic – about the new Ghostbusters,…

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Home Is Where the Heart Is: Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline »


By Elias Savada. Summer, 2014. Versailles. Boyhood. Road trip. That’s a possible tagline description of Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil), Michel Gondry’s…

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Big in Europe – Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words »

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By John Duncan Talbird. Frank Zappa was a man of his time even while remaining an iconoclast and pushing back against whatever counted…

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A Swing and a Miss: The Phenom »


By Elias Savada. Recruited out of high school, Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) is professional baseball’s latest pitching sensation, but, like the cracked…

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In Need of Tech Support: Beta Test »

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By Elias Savada. In an attempt to meld the pc gaming world with that of modest-budget movie-making, Beta Test doesn’t score many points.…

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Not My Kind of Film: Our Kind of Traitor »


By Elias Savada. I wasn’t attracted to the ruffled, ordinary couple at the core of the latest big screen John le Carré adaptation,…

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A Question of the Medium: Scott of the Antarctic (1949) »

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By Paul Risker. Humanity shares a love-hate relationship with the planet. Our ongoing rape and exploitation of it has been reciprocated, in a…

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Not So Simple?: The Nasty Terrible T-Kid 170: Julius Cavero »


By John Duncan Talbird. Julius Cavero is a Bronx, NY graffiti artist who has been making art – both illegal and legal –…

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Walt Disney Would Be Proud: The BFG Delivers »


By Elias Savada. Don’t be confused by the branding up front on this new live action/motion capture film from Steven Spielberg. “Disney’s…

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F.W. Murnau’s Faust: A Dazzling Achievement in German Silent Cinema »

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By Jeremy Carr. There is the sense while watching the 1926 silent German masterwork Faust that director F.W. Murnau and company are…

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True Accounts of a Classic: Behind the Scenes of Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly by Peter J. Hanley »

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A Book Review by Tony Williams. This handsome, beautifully illustrated, well-researched book of over 400 pages (from Il Buono Publishing) is another example of…

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Free State of Jones: Fumigating the Magnolia »

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By Christopher Sharrett. I often show students the opening credits and establishing sequence to David O. Selznick’s garish, appalling 1939 film about…

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English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby »


A Book Review by Cleaver Patterson. In the Author’s Note introducing English Gothic – Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 – the newly updated…

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Curing the Soul of a Troubled World – The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble »

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By Elias Savada. Music and cinema are both universal languages. I can’t think of another film that blends the best of these…

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Close Encounters of the Angelic Kind: Here Comes Mr. Jordan on Criterion »


By Tony Williams. Unlike previous DVDs I’ve reviewed, Here Comes Mr. Jordan is my first and highly pleasurable viewing of a film I’d…

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A World “Whit” Large: Barcelona on Criterion »

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By Elias Savada. During his initial foray into filmmaking back in the 1990s, Whit Stillman was being hailed as a conquering hero…

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The Real Underground: Jack Sargeant’s Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Jack Sargeant’s new book, Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film, is an exploration of a…

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“Hello Darkness, My Old Friend”: Criterion’s Only Angels Have Wings »

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By Tony Williams. If Robin Wood once said on a DVD feature, “If you don’t like Marnie, then you don’t like Cinema”,…

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Skewer You!: The Life of Art Bastard Robert Cenedella »

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By Elias Savada. Unless you’re orbiting the art universe, particularly in the vicinity of its comically subversive galaxy, you’ve probably never heard of…

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Robert Lang’s New Tunisian Cinema: Allegories of Resistance »


A Book Review by Matthew Fullerton. New Tunisian Cinema is a timely book, released three years after the revolution that toppled Ben Ali,…

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The Serious Humor and Beautiful Ugliness of The Lobster »

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By John Duncan Talbird. A few years ago, I was with my wife in some Brooklyn hamburger joint waiting for our food.…

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A Journey of Lost Souls: Dheepan »

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By Elias Savada. French director-writer Jacques Audiard, a multiple Cannes Film Festival prize nominee and winner, and constant trophy collector at the César…

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The Paranoid Political Thriller Three Days of the Condor »

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By Chris Neilan.  They may never have matched the creative successes of Scorsese & De Niro, the genre-defining feats of John Wayne…

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An Under-Nourishing Meal: Sunset Song »

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By Elias Savada. Terence Davies does love his literary adaptations. His 2011 romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea was based on Terence Rattigan’s…

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The Mind as Camera: Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. In November 1974, when Werner Herzog was thirty-two, he walked from Munich to Paris, over five…

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Too Short on Criticism? »


By Paul Risker. “The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Gordon Gekko…

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Looking Back at The Graduate »

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By Jeremy Carr.  Ben Braddock, Dustin Hoffman’s titular character from Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, is first seen staring straight ahead…

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The Heart of the Melodrama: Brief Encounter on Criterion »

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By Christopher Sharrett. When I think about the melodrama I tend to focus on the masterpieces of Max Ophuls, Douglas Sirk, Vincente…

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Forever Revisited: In a Lonely Place on Criterion »

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By Tony Williams. Whether available theatrically or 16mm, VHS, and previous DVD formats, Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place (1950) has always…

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The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Avant-Garde by Owen Hatherley »


A Book Review by Tony Williams. Today, it has become a tedious commonplace to listen to erroneous fallacies such as Fukayama’s “The…

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Never Mean: Patton Oswalt’s Film Memoir, Silver Screen Fiend »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Many film lovers will enjoy Patton Oswalt’s new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, mainly because he’s…

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The Visual Beauty of Marguerite »

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By Cleaver Patterson.  At one point, about half way into Marguerite (2015), the drama by French writer/director Xavier Giannoli, singing teacher Atos…

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Orlacs Hände: A Constant Dilemma »


By Amy R. Handler. Reaching back to time’s beginnings, Orlacs Hände (1924) forever touched the future, but at what price? Robert Wiene’s…

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Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design by Jan-Christopher Horak »

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A Book Review by Tony Williams. The work of Saul Bass is familiar to those impressed by credit openings of The Man with…

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Crimson Glory: The Hidden Depths of Dario Argento’s Deep Red »

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By Cleaver Patterson. Anyone taking it upon themselves to comment on a film by the master of the giallo thriller Dario Argento…

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A Patriarch’s Infamy: The Clan »

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By Elias Savada. An ugly, dirty war begets the airing of some nasty laundry. That’s the simple historical concept – and quite an…

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The Battle for Fair Remuneration: A Slovenian Drama with International Consequences »


By Edgar Tijhuis. Sometimes it seems like time stood still in Slovenia. In 2009 Variety magazine reported about a “royalty battle” in…

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“All My Treasures”: On Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (2015) »

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By Tony Williams. Critic-director Stig Bjorkman, well known for his studies on directors such as Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman, has made…

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I, Shakespeare by Anonymous and Last Will. & Testament »

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By David Ryan. Rewriting history is a common academic enterprise, and crafting Elizabethan history – particularly Shakespearean biography – is composed recursively. Though…

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Kurt Vonnegut Hunter Thompson Norman Mailer Tom Wolfe William Burroughs Jonathan Miller William Burroughs Jr Jacob Bronowski Robert Hughes Bob Woodward Carl…

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Traces of Postindian Survivance: Two Short Films by Jeff Barnaby »


By John Garland Winn. Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq First Nations director, was four years old when the Quebec Provincial Police raided his…

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Rereading The Wire: police procedural, social games and the magic of blood »


By Rajko Radović. Blood has been shed on the asphalt at night. We see it in close-up as thin red lines spreading…

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Madam Secretary: The Happy Family in Time of War »


By Christopher Sharrett. When I first took note of the television series Madam Secretary (2014-), I assumed it was a sort of…

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Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Politics of Escapism »


By Richard Grigg. Director Guy Ritchie’s 2015 film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is of course inspired by the U.S. television series of…

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An Ogre’s Hide: Samad and Foolad Zereh, the Ogre »


By Ramin S. Khanjani. For many avid followers of Iranian cinema across the world, the experience of this national cinema justifiably doesn’t…

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Monstrous Gaze: The Quandary of Spectatorship in La dolce vita »

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By William Repass. In the thematic arc formed by Fellini’s body of work, La dolce vita  (1960) can be said to represent…

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The Way, Way Back: An Appreciation »


By Christopher Sharrett. Some months ago I saw The Way, Way Back (2013) and was taken by it enough to buy the…

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Peter Bogdanovich: The Comedy Smuggler »

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By James Knight. This August will see the US theatrical release of She’s Funny That Way, the latest feature from Peter Bogdanovich.…

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Mise-en-scène and the Rebirth of Film »

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By Tom Silva. Film is a living thing and so it faces an unending series of deaths. Like the mythic hero in…

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Fair Game: Democratic Principle in Hollywood Romances, from Tracy and Hepburn to the Present »

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By Robert K. Lightning. Lovers that demonstrate both spiritual affinity and spiritual equality have long been popular in middle-class entertainment. Repartee has…

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End of a Saga: Andrzej Wajda’s Wałęsa: Man of Hope »

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By Geoffrey Fox. The credits roll over a black-and-white newsreel of missiles and men parading before an austere Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow…

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Discovering Mary Pickford »


By Tony Williams. The title of this article has a double meaning. It is primarily a reworking of that lavishly illustrated and…

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“Thinking as Negation”: Adorno, Vertigo, and the Paradoxical Promise of Popular Cinema »


By Benjamin Bergholtz. “Each single manifestation of the culture industry inescapably reproduces human beings as what the whole has made them.” (Adorno…

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The Agony of Woman in Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem »


By Christopher Sharrett. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a work of such staggering importance that its…

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The Pictures of a Lady: In Praise of Grace Kelly »

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By Daniel Garrett. Some old films have a special appeal. They might not be excellent or particularly beloved objects, and yet they…

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Motherhood and Mourning in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman »


By Francesco Pascuzzi. Already with the film’s title, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman (La Sconosciuta, 2005) sets out to toy with the…

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Un Flic: Melville and the Ambiguities »


By Tony Williams. On initial release, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic (1972) disappointed many and has remained in critical limbo to the present…

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Stand, Men of the West! The Battle for Middle-earth (and Britain) »


By Laura Crossley. “You’ve enjoyed the film, so now what are you going to do about the message? Tolkien didn’t just write…

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Radical Film-Making and Digital Paradox: the case of The Fourth Estate »


By Elizabeth Mizon and Lee Salter. Digital media technologies are full of paradoxes. On one hand they are said to open up…

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The Trials of Love, Justice, and Prejudice: Tom Hanks and Jonathan Demme’s film Philadelphia »


By Daniel Garrett. In the film Philadelphia (1993), written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme, the actor Tom Hanks is…

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On the Trail of Missing Millions in Emerging Europe: What Happened to a Fortune in Slovenian A/V Rights Due to Artists and Producers? »

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By Noah Charney. Branko Djuric, who goes by the nickname Djuro, is one the biggest film and television stars of the former…

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The Site of Nature: Exteriority and Overexposure in The Thin Red Line »


By Trevor Mowchun. “Have mountains, and waves, and skies, no significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as…

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In Defense of Hitchcock and Serious Criticism »


By Robert K. Lightning. “It follows that the critic should read without inappropriate bias. We cannot properly object to The Pilgrim’s Progress,…

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Humanities in the Digital Era »

Lemmy Caution & Dr. Von Braun in Alphaville

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. We live in the age of the visible invisible; everything is supposedly available to us online, but in…

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The Fault in Our Films: Hollywood and the Illness Narrative »

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By Sheana Ochoa. Anyone who has watched the scene in the trailer of The Theory of Everything when Stephen Hawking’s character pulls…

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The Babadook: Ghosts in the Bedroom »


By Christopher Sharrett. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is last season’s fascinating, much-discussed contribution to the horror film, a genre that…

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Revulsion and Derision: Antichrist, The Human Centipede II and the British Press »


By Martin Smith. Despite increased transparency and liberalisation at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in recent decades, Britain remains one…

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Lost in Space »


By Rajko Radovic. “I’m gonna wait till the stars come out. And see them twinkle in your eyes. I’m gonna wait till…

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“Isn’t it Bromantic?” – The Whole Damn Sony Mess, and What It Means »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Now that some time has elapsed between the Sony hack and the release of the film that apparently…

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The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated »

BOYHOOD: remarkable or overrated?

By Film International. Another film year has come to an end and it’s time to sum up. Here are the films that…

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Tati Time: Criterion Delivers The Complete Jacques Tati »


By Jeremy Carr.  Aside from his general lack of recognition as one of film history’s great comedians, the most tragic part of…

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“A Giant Gutter in Outer Space”: On the Schopenhauerian Themes of HBO’s hit series True Detective »


By Mathijs Peters. Introduction Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy, which Samuel Beckett defined as “an intellectual justification of unhappiness – the greatest that has…

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The Radical Film Network: for sustainable, oppositional film culture »


By Steve Presence. “Today we do not really have any ‘centralized’ hubs like Indymedia anymore. What we do have is a proliferation…

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Five Iranian Voices on Reza Mirkarimi’s Today »


COLLECTED AND INTRODUCED BY AMIR GANJAVIE. Reza Mirkarimi’s Today (Emrooz, 2014) was selected to represent Iran at the 2015 Oscars despite being…

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“Turn It Off!” – Sound and Silence in 1960s British Gothic Cinema »

Dracula, Prince of Darkness

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s Halloween once again, and as one might suspect, American cable networks are offering a cornucopia of horror…

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The Representation of Men in the Films of Abdol Reza Kahani, Houman Seyedi and Bahram Tavakoli »

Here Without Me

By Asal Bagheri. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no.…

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The Lovers and the Despot: Forced Seduction, North Korean Style »

By Johannes Schönherr. The Lovers and the Despot, a 2016 documentary by British directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam, tackles an especially bizarre episode in Korean history playing out in…

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Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven: Loss of Grace »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have always thought that John Sturges’s 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven has suffered too unfavorably in comparison to its source material, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954).…

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Entertaining Mr. Klein: Eclipse Series 9 – The Delirious Fictions of William Klein »

By Tony Williams. Although this special Criterion three film DVD set has been available since 2008, it is only recently that I have discovered the work of William Klein. I…

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Rare Welles No Longer Unseen: Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story on Criterion »

By Tony Williams. Long awaited by many, following either unavailability or dubious accessibility via duped 16mm copies, unwatchable VHS copies, and bootlegged DVDS, two of Welles’s most accomplished achievements are…

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The Triple Bed

Once There Were Bawdy Tales: Nosrat Karimi’s Matrimonial Comedies »

By Ramin S. Khanjani. Of all directors associated with the pre-1979 “Iranian New Wave,” Nosratallah Karimi probably presents one odd case for study. With the inconsistent critical reception of the…

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Son of Saul: Versions of the Irrational »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have been meaning for some time to put pen to paper about last year’s superb achievement by Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul, but have hesitated for…

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Michael Morris’ Hermeneutics: Visual Music, Expanded Cinema, New Aesthetic »

By Michael Betancourt. Michael Morris’ expanded cinema performances, Second Hermeneutic (2013) lasting approximately nine minutes, and Third Hermeneutic (2014) lasting approximately eleven minutes, are both produced using a combination of traditional…

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In Praise of Susan Oliver: The Green Girl (2014) »

By Tony Williams. “She was so much more than the Green woman in Star Trek” (George Pappy DVD audio-commentary). “What I knew I didn’t want was to just get married and…

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Director Paul Greengrass prepares for a take.

United 93: A Social Conscience and the Ease of Historicism (A 10th Anniversary Retrospective) »

By David Ryan. Before United 93 opened ten years ago, the film’s previews were greeted with varying degrees of stress and grief. Although some theaters threatened to pull the previews…

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All the Fire: The use of sexual imagery as a way for attracting cinema audiences in 1950s America »

By Anthony Uzarowski. The 1950s are often seen as the time of Hollywood’s greatest splendour, yet the reality of the time was plummeting cinema attendance, which by 1953 came to…

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Star Wars Episode VII: Feminism from “Far, Far Away” »

By Sotiris Petridis. Introduction The Star Wars saga is an internal and important part of popular culture since its first filmic text back in 1977. Apart from the films, there…

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Cannibalized Chaos: Iago, The Joker and the “Good Sport” of Postmodernism »

By Richmond B. Adams. During a conversation approximately one-third of the way through The Dark Knight (2008), Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) expresses to Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) his view concerning…

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The Sentinel Excavated »

By Christopher Sharrett. I use the word “excavated” in my title not because the 1977 horror film The Sentinel , directed by Michael Winner, is lost to film history, but…

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The Assassin: Frustrating or rewarding?

The Best and the Most Overrated of 2015 »

By Film International. The editors’ Top 10 and Overrated 10 include films that were released in the editors’ respective regions during 2015. They have been selected by Daniel Lindvall (editor-in-chief,…

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The Show of Shows

CGI and the Audience: Things Better Left Unsaid »

By Fred Wagner. The Show of Shows (2015), a recently released documentary made out of archive footage shows the lost world of the circus – a cornucopia of acts the…

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