Thunderbirds Are Gone

By Gary McMahon. THUNDERBIRDSwas an international rescue service modelled on the British National Health system in 1966. The philanthropic heroes, in the who was that masked man? tradition, were the Tracy family, saving lives without a thought of profiting. No strings. It was unthinkable in the sixties to have the […]

Call For Papers: Reception Study Society Conference

Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, about 80 miles from the Kansas City International Airport Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10th (Note new dates) Keynote Speakers: Shirley Samuels, Flora Rose House Professor and Dean, Cornell University “Reading the American Novel, 1780-1850” Daniel Cavicchi, Professor of American Studies Rhode Island School […]

Aurora (Romania, 2010)

By Daniel Lindvall. There’s a sequence in Cristi Puiu’s new film, Aurora, where the main character, the middle-aged Viorel (Puiu), drops his 7-8-year-old daughter off at the neighbours’ place, where she’s supposed to wait for her mum to come home. She doesn’t seem to know these neighbours very well. There’s […]

oN thE eDGe

By Gary McMahon. What has no power, no money, and can bite your fucking head off? Find out by downloading this pdf:  oN_thE_eDGe[1]. [This piece was originally published in b/w in Film International 43, vol. 8, no. 1, 2010. Here is the full colour version.] Share

Ay Caramba! Blog #1

By Daniel Lindvall. This is my day off. I’m toying with a short first entry in the Ay Caramba! blog, and so far it goes like this: ‘When I interviewed underground legend Ken Jacobs, 77, a couple of weeks ago he admitted that he was still “almost always angry”. I know […]

Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland, Romania/UK, 2009)

By Kierran Horner. Over a black screen, sub-titles translate a raised voice; “Open up. Police”, repeated, cut, and a camera sits on someone’s shoulder as they open a door to reveal the sneering, lupine mug of a man with, what seems to be, cranial-mange, surrounded by other assorted, skin-headed aggressors. […]

Directory of World Cinema: France, CFP

The Directory of World Cinema: France, editors Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael (Intellect, 2011) is nearing completion and has made a final call for papers. Please read below for more information, if you are interested. Writers are encouraged to submit 1000-word analyses of a title taken from the following list […]

Film Scratches Blog #1

By Liza Palmer, Review Section Editor. Welcome to a new Film International website and my new blog, Film Scratches. I look forward to using this venue to communicate with Film International readers, as well as my reviewers. Expect to find here, in future installments:  reviews of contemporary independent and avant-garde […]

I Am Curious: Yellow & Blue

By Anders Åberg. [This review of the Criterion editionof Vilgot Sjöman’s films I Am Curious – Yellow and I Am Curious – Blue was originally published in Film International 5, vol. 1, no. 5, 2003. We now republish it online in memory of actress Lena Nyman, who passed away on […]