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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
Did a frivolous turn for the Hollywood thriller set the scene for America’s insatiable new winner-in-chief, wonders Brad Stevens?
Monday 23 January 2017
In the second part of a special focus on Veit Harlan, Brad Stevens reveals how the director’s later work continued to undermine fascist ideology.
Monday 19 December 2016
In the first of two posts reassessing the Nazi collaborations of German director Veit Harlan, Brad Stevens scratches at the antisemitic surface of his notorious 1940 drama Jew Suss.
Monday 21 November 2016
Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweetback is no Shaft clone, but the provocative hero of a dreamlike movie in which nothing can be taken for certain, argues Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 18 October 2016
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