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How can we make sense of a filmmaker’s career when it is over as soon as it begins? Brad Stevens examines the ‘lost moments’ that foretell their directors’ own withdrawal from the role.
Monday 4 December 2017
This rarely shown film by the great Japanese director explores new ways for men and women to live together and apart – as victims of modernity spread their wings to embrace dangerous freedoms, writes Brad Stevens.
Monday 23 October 2017
The flipside of the director’s famed portraits of hubristic male adventurers, this Gertrude Bell biopic, still undistributed in the UK, not only features a rare female Herzogian protagonist but willingly adopts the style of a Nicole Kidman vehicle, writes Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Could these two bleakly comic films, one about a teacher lost in the outback and another about an 80s yuppie in peril on the streets of New York, have more in common than first meets the eye, asks Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 22 August 2017
Watching two ostensibly different films back to back can entirely colour our understanding of them both, as when Brad Stevens viewed Sidney Lumet’s 1990 police thriller along side Otomo Katsuhiro’s classic 1987 anime.
Sunday 23 July 2017
A puppet show gives Albert Lewin’s picaresque “history of a scoundrel” its leading metaphor – a symbol of patriarchal privilege, female oppression and sexual energy, writes Brad Stevens.
Friday 7 July 2017
This marine-themed actioner from 1973 is full of surprises, writes Brad Stevens. As a presidential assassination plot takes over an educational film about wildlife, are witnessing a draft of the director’s emotional autobiography?
Wednesday 24 May 2017
In Douglas Sirk’s famous melodrama All That Heaven Allows, the smallest hand movements of the actors speak volumes about their relationships, writes Brad Stevens.
Wednesday 22 March 2017
The late writer and critic rarely dealt directly with film, but his theories about oil painting can help us rebuff a conservative tendency to attribute Hollywood artists’ successes to the studio system itself, writes Brad Stevens.
Monday 20 February 2017
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