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

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s Halloween once again, and as one might suspect, American cable networks are offering a cornucopia of horror films, past and present, though the Universal films of the 1930s and 40s which started the entire horror cycle in America are now missing from most playlists. Val Lewton’s superb RKO gothics got […]

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

By Asal Bagheri. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no. 3/2014, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Independent Iranian Cinema.] In an interview made in August 2013, Bahram Tavakoli declared that in his opinion, independent cinema does not really exist in Iran except […]

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Jafar Panahi’s The Mirror: On Political Film in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema

By Sara Saljoughi. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no. 3/2014, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Independent Iranian Cinema.] The cinema of Jafar Panahi highlights two crucial strains of the problematic of Iranian independent cinema: the conditions of the production of art […]

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Still Powerful in the Political: Lucy Lawless on The Code

By Paul Risker. Lucy Lawless is no stranger to television. She has traversed time itself from swords and sandals (Xena: Warrior Princess, 1995-2001, filmed in her home country, New Zealand) and science-fiction (Battlestar Galactica, 2005-2009) to dramas down under in Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake (2013) and now Shelley Birse’s The Code (2014). The Code concerns […]

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Introduction: Contemporary Independent Iranian Cinema

By Parviz Jahed and Amir Ganjavie. [Editor’s note: The upcoming issue of Film International (issue 69, vol. 12, no. 3/2014) is dedicated to “Contemporary Independent Iranian Cinema.” This is a slightly abbreviated version of the introduction to this issue, written by the issue’s guest editors Parviz Jahed and Amir Ganjavie. To subscribe or order an […]

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Whiplash (2014)

By Sam Littman. Is Whiplash the most controversial film of the year? In January, the film was anointed the American indie to keep an eye on through its festival run and eventual October release after taking both the Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance. October has finally arrived and the hype is certainly justified, […]

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The Malick Illusion: Perceptual segmentation in The Thin Red Line

By Luis Antunes Rocha. “The image, in terms of sound, always has the basic nature of a question. Fundamental to the cinema experience, therefore, is a process – which we might call sound hermeneutic – whereby the sound asks where? and the image responds here!” (Altman 1980: 74) “With the new place that noises occupy, […]

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Eraserhead: David Lynch’s ‘Subconscious Experience’ Released on Criterion

By Jeremy Carr.  David Lynch, via the Criterion Collection’s newly released Blu-ray of Eraserhead (1977), includes a television calibration option as a supplemental feature. With this, Lynch emphasizes that what we are about to see is a visual experience. It is important, therefore, and rightly so, that we adequately prepare to absorb said imagery. The […]

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Toward the Limit: Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction

By Carol Vernallis. Michael Bay poses a problem. He is the second-highest-grossing director, after Spielberg, so it’s not surprising that critics and connoisseurs love to take him down. But neither supporters nor detractors have been able to say exactly what he does. Is he just good at making Hollywood blockbuster films, using standard techniques and […]

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Adam Saunders on Launching Footprint Features

Actor and producer Adam Saunders recently helped to launch Footprint Features, which is dedicated to creating “character-driven stories that appeal to a mainstream audience.” In conversation with Film International’s Paul Risker, Saunders discussed his new endeavour along with his previous career in film. Why a career in acting and producing? Was there that one inspirational […]

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