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The 58th BFI London Film Festival

By Cleaver Patterson.  Since its inception the BFI London Film Festival has – like the city which hosts it – prided itself in its ability to combine quirkiness with broad appeal. The result has always been an original and eclectic mix of films as seen in those shown in this its 58th year. The event […]

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Brainquake: the Last Samuel Fuller Novel

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. In his 1968 study The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, Andrew Sarris wrote that Samuel Fuller was an “authentic American primitive,” to mean, I assume, that Fuller, like primitive painters, was untrained. It’s true that Fuller didn’t work his way up on the set to the role of director, […]

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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 Jacques Tati’s working life is his minimal output (indeed the two are probably connected). On the positive side of things though, while Tati directed just six feature films, this limited filmography is ideal […]

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Process is Personal: An Interview with Robin Campillo on Eastern Boys (2013)

By Paul Risker. In a recent interview with Rolf De Heer, on the subject of influences and inspiration he told me, “I always think I am the son of all the influences I have ever had, which is all the films I have ever seen, and all of the life I have lived.” This strikes me […]

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She Plays Me: Filmmaker Marjorie Sturm on The Cult of JT LeRoy

By Matthew Sorrento. “Victim culture” was a loaded term long before the recent killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others at the hands of police or, in the first case, an armed wanna-be officer. Giving a new face to the victimized, these tragic events are fueled by gun fanaticism and racist violence, […]

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Whiplash and the Deathliness of Co-opted Jazz

By William Repass.  In Damien Chazelle’s new film Whiplash (2014), aspiring jazz drummer and conservatory freshman Andrew (Miles Teller) and his father (Paul Reiser) meet at the cinema to enact their moviegoing father-son ritual. Both characters are white. Andrew buys a bucket of popcorn and a box of Raisinets from concessions and joins his father […]

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Viennale 2014 Festival Report

By Yun-hua Chen.  Viennale 2014 continues with its good tradition of being an audience-friendly film festival, with a wide range of discussion panels, art installations, events and parties open to the public. There are tributes to Viggo Mortensen and Harun Farocki. The latter’s earlier films, which are difficult to watch on big screen, such as […]

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Emotional Cleansing: Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture (2013)

By James Teitelbaum. Near the end of The Missing Picture, director Rithy Panh’s grim memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge regime in 1970s Cambodia, we see a clay figure representing a middle-aged Panh in repose within a detailed diorama of a psychiatrist’s office. This of course is a reminder of what most viewers will […]

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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 ever been attempted” (Büttner 2002: 115), has perhaps had a more profound and long-lasting influence on artists than on philosophers. Even though his thought played an extremely important role in the development of […]

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Cinefest 2014: The Eleventh International Festival of German Film Heritage

By Brenda Benthien.  Cinefest, Hamburg’s international festival of German film history, focused this year on New Directions in Documentary Film. A range of volatile films from the 1960s through the 1980s illustrated how social upheaval and new technologies began to empower documentary filmmakers working to counter mainstream media. Since 1988, venerable German film history book […]

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