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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 of the most censorious democratic countries in the world. Annette Kuhn’s model of censorship, outlined in her Cinema, Censorship and Sexuality: 1909-1925, details censorship as a process “produced within an array of constantly […]

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The Dance of Youth: Mariana Rondon and Marité Ugás on Bad Hair

By Jude Warne. Mariana Rondon is an expert articulator of youth. In her award-winning 2007 film Postcards from Leningrad she tackled elements of her own particular young person’s experience. Now in her latest release, Bad Hair, she offers up a tale of misunderstanding and miscommunication between one original and resilient child and the adults and […]

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World Film Locations: Toronto: 2014

A Book Review By Carmen Siu. One hundred and eighty years young, the city of Toronto has a lot to boast about. ‘T-Dot’ is celebrated as a world-class city for its unique cultural diversity; vibrant music, film and literary scenes; and even, at times, its sports teams. But you’re more likely to hear rave reviews about […]

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Continuing the Tales: An Interview with Rakhshan Bani-E’temad

By Amir Ganjavie and Nojan Norouzi. Rakhshan Bani-E’temad officially represented Iran at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with her film Tales, which has been harshly criticized in Iran by ultraconservatives who argue the film to be a dark and unrealistic portrayal of the nation. As a result, the film has not yet been permitted […]

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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 the midnight hour.” (Wilson “the Wicked” Pickett) “Nature has thrown away the key; and woe unto that fateful curiosity that might once manage to peer out through a crack in the chamber of […]

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Foxcatcher: Wealth, Power, Repression

By Christopher Sharrett. I was far more impressed than I thought I might be with Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, a compelling film at various subtle yet complex levels. I should say first that as a person who spent his early life in Southeast Pennsylvania, I recall the John du Pont murder case well, but as the […]

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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 precipitated it, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview (2014), there are more than a few lessons to take away from the entire affair not only in the areas of film production and […]

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Elia Kazan’s Boomerang!: A Film of Qualified Pleasures

By Chris Neilan.  Between 1945 and 1957 Greek born Elia Kazantzoglou had no directorial equal in Hollywood. The films he made in that period were nominated for fifty Oscars, twelve of those for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and launched the careers of Marlon Brando and James Dean. It was in this zeitgeist-defining purple patch […]

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The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated

By Film International. Another film year has come to an end and it’s time to sum up. Here are the films that some of the current and former members of the Film International editorial team particularly liked this year. And those that we found particularly – annoyingly – overrated. As some of us are based […]

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