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Becoming Traviata (2013)

By Jacob Mertens.  A couple years ago, I traveled to England for an internship and decided that so long as I was on that side of the ocean, I would go ahead and see Malta, Italy, and France as well. I remember stepping off the train into Rome and stumbling my way through the streets, […]

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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

By Cleaver Patterson. Films that sell themselves as horror movies generally fall into one of two camps. They either go for all-out viscerals, leaving little to the viewer’s imagination as they try to outdo what has gone before with evermore graphic and gory visuals, or they rely on subtlety and suggestion to create ambiance and […]

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‘In Broad Daylight: Movies and Spectators After the Cinema’ by Gabriele Pedullà

A book review by Wheeler Winston Dixon. This slight but explosive volume, published in an English translation by Verso in 2012, has been kicking around on my work desk for about a year. I wrote a rather negative review of it for Choice, the library journal, and while I don’t want to recant anything I […]

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Andy’s Gang, or Saturday Morning of the Living Dead

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “There was a character that hung out in a clock called Froggy, the Magic Gremlin, and they used to say to him, ‘Plunk your Magic Twanger, Froggy!’ There was something about the character that bothered me, and I can recall having some weird dreams because of this. Or did I just […]

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Beyond the Hills, or The Woman’s Prison

By Christopher Sharrett. It amazes me that so few reviewers noted emphatically that Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills (2012), like his earlier 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2007), is a film about women, about the oppression of women, in an era that constantly rolls back the rights of women even in so-called enlightened nations. […]

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Shock Horror: An interview with Alan Jones, co-director of FILM4 FrightFest 2013

By Cleaver Patterson.  Alan Jones is something of a legend within the world of fantasy and horror film journalism. In a career spanning over four decades he has reported from the set of the original Star Wars film, and had dinner with Sissy Spacek while she was making Carrie. However, it is as one of […]

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Touching the Wild Things: Haptic visuality in Where the Wild Things Are

By Kelly Burt. The film Where the Wild Things Are (2009), based on the 1963 children’s book of the same name by Maurice Sendak, offers an intimate experience of a child’s world. It focuses on the central character, Max, a nine-year-old boy who uses his imagination in an attempt to escape his tumultuous reality. The […]

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The Iron Horse (1924)

By Hector Arkomanis.  The main story–the construction of the railway–is fairly well known by now, but that only makes Ford’s poetry even more noticeable here: the human figure set against sublime landscapes[1]; documentary-like scenes of men laying tracks on the fields and of buffalo cattle being lead across the plane to feed the men at […]

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Highlights from the 18th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, July 18-21

By Michael T. Toole. I’ve been covering the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF from here on out) for several years now and I’m generally asked if I still have the same sense of wonderment as when I first attended the festival eleven years ago. It’s with validated pleasure that I can say yes without […]

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City Girl (1930)

By Luke Aspell.  Taken as lost, City Girl dramatizes its own predicament in reverse. Our Daily Bread, the story of wheat from which this 1930 Fox release was re-cut, would have hymned the cyclical sense of Tustine’s (David Torrence) life of toil. In the light of that perspective, it is difficult to imagine how the […]

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