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  • Ulu Grosbard’s Georgia: a melodrama as mysterious as real life

    Could the ultimate puzzle film be one that can’t be solved, asks Brad Stevens. Such as this little-seen 1995 movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, which has a perplexing question at its core?

    Brad Stevens
    Tuesday 14 August 2018

    Bradlands

  • Tamura Masaki obituary: great Japanese cinematographer who was “impossible to imitate”

    From shooting the acclaimed documentaries of Ogawa Shinsuke to such cult favourites as Lady Snowblood and Tampopo, this director of photography did much to define the look of modern Japanese cinema, recalls Abé Markus Nornes.

     

    Markus A Nornes
    Thursday 9 August 2018

    Obituaries

  • Podcast: FrightFest 2017 critics’ roundtable post-mortem

    A look back at the best of last year’s FrightFest with Anton Bitel, Kim Newman and Virginie Selavy.

    Anton Bitel, Kim Newman, Virginie Sélavy
    Monday 6 August 2018

    Festivals

  • Political panic: the timeliest terrors at FrightFest 2018

    Many of the best films at this year’s London horror festival reflect our uneasiest concerns about fake news and bad government – uncomfortable viewing for a turbulent age, writes Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Monday 6 August 2018

    Festivals

  • Strongmen take all at Karlovy Vary 2018

    Three studies of mighty male monsters won the three top prizes at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Sign of the times, asks Jessica Kiang.

    Jessica Kiang
    Sunday 22 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Impressions of Agnès: Varda impresses London

    As the celebratory centrepiece of a two-month retrospective, and en route to unveiling a new commission at the Liverpool Biennale, cinema’s great impressionist regaled the audience at BFI Southbank with a demonstration of her creative leaps and bounds. So Mayer reports.

    So Mayer
    Tuesday 17 July 2018

    Comment

  • Local heroes: new Scottish features at Edinburgh 2018

    By the end of the festival, survivalist thriller Calibre was already available on Netflix, but it wasn’t the only Scottish feature in the lineup worth seeking out, from Mark Cousins’s split-screen analysis of Hollywood and race to a musical zombie comedy and more, reports Josh Slater-Williams.

    Josh Slater-Williams
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Festivals

  • The Freudian revenge of David Lean’s Madeleine

    David Lean’s much maligned adaptation of a true-life 19th-century murder case, with Ann Todd as a woman accused of poisoning her lover, is a slippery melodrama whose upper-class trappings mask a subversive rape-revenge core, writes Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Bradlands

  • Alienation and the limits of access at Edinburgh 2018

    The festival that prides itself doing things differently made room for some welcome outsider voices in its programme this year, but it was far from inclusive for everyone, reports Rebecca Harrison.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Robby Müller obituary: a king of the quizzical image

    A hugely talented and determinedly leftfield cinematographer who helped both Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch find their trans-Atlantic signatures, roving Dutch DP Robby Müller also made his mark with directors from William Friedkin and Peter Bogdanovich to Andrzej Wajda, Sally Potter and Lars von Trier, writes Michael Brooke.

    Michael Brooke
    Monday 9 July 2018

    Obituaries

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