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Editorial issue 72: Diversity in U.S. Cinema

By Daniel Lindvall. At the time of writing [20 August 2015] the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has just published what is described as ‘the most comprehensive analysis of diversity in recent popular films ever conducted’, focusing on ‘data assessing gender, race/ethnicity and LGBT status in movies’ (Public Affairs Staff […]

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Editorial: Film International 70

By Daniel Lindvall. In an essay recently published at Filmint.nu, Martin Smith takes a critical look at the censorship debates in the British press regarding two equally controversial recent films, Antichrist (2009, directed by Dane Lars von Trier) and The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (2011, directed by Dutchman Tom Six). Smith’s examination of the […]

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Five Dimensions of Sentimental Boredom: Interstellar

By Daniel Lindvall. At some point early on in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic disaster film 2012 (2009) we know that 999.85 per mille of the world’s population is doomed to perish in the coming flood. We also learn that, secretly, the governments of the most powerful nations on Earth, the G8, have built nine gigantic arks, […]

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Rising On a Bad Wind: Hayao Miyazaki’s Sad Farewell

By Daniel Lindvall.  The year is 1918 and we are somewhere on the Japanese countryside. Jiro is a young boy obsessed with airplanes. One night he dreams about flying a bird-like plane over the idyllic fields surrounding his village. Smiling peasants wave up at him. But suddenly, out of dark clouds appearing above him, a […]

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Rare Chance for New Yorkers to See the Films of Wheeler Winston Dixon

On Sunday 4 May 2014 at 7PM, filmmaker, film studies professor and regular Film International contributor, Wheeler Winston Dixon will be screening some of his earliest films at Brooklyn’s Microscope Gallery. The screening, which will include films made between 1969 and 1976, is the first chance to see Dixon’s films since New York’s Museum of […]

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The Superficial Ugliness of The Great Beauty

By Daniel Lindvall. “Do you know why I eat only roots? Because roots are important,” explains a 104-year-old nun to the greying author and playboy Jep Gambardella, main character of Paolo Sorrentino’s recent Oscar winner, The Great Beauty. Forty years ago Gambardella wrote the roman à clef of his generation. Then he gave up writing […]

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Crowded Out, Fenced In: Pirjo Honkasalo’s Concrete Night

By Daniel Lindvall. François Truffaut’s classic first film, The 400 Blows, ends on a beach. Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud, who must have been about 14 when the film was shot) has just run away from a borstal in the middle of a game of football. The film leaves him at the edge of […]

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Editorial issue 66: The Bechdel Test and the Biases of Cinema

By Daniel Lindvall. Recently four Swedish cinemas, all run by Folkets Hus och Parker (‘The People’s Houses and Parks’, an organization with roots in the labour movement), decided to start rating the gender balance of their films according to the so-called Bechdel test. The test, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel and introduced via […]

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Bristol Radical Film Festival 2014

From the 3rd to the 9th of March 2014 the Bristol Radical Film Festival returns with another packed programme of overtly political documentary and fiction film from around the world. From historical classics to contemporary video-activism, short films and feature productions, we show the films that the multiplexes won’t, in the time-honoured tradition of using […]

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Off to the Printers: Film International 63-4 – Double Issue

The Engels Project What Engels writes about education, about housing, about employment practices, about health and general social inequality, remains as valid today as it was in 1844, when he wrote the book. Although the material infrastructure of life has of course changed massively for the better, with clean water, sewer systems and gas and […]

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