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The work of Ukraine’s singular and prolific Kira Muratova – best known for 1989’s Asthenic Syndrome, but spanning the Soviet Thaw and two decades post-perestroika – remains critically neglected. Is it just too unflinching, asks Birgit Beumers.
Friday 15 June 2018
Banned by the Ceaușescu regime from stage work but never deflected from his critiques of his country, Romania’s great film and theatre director was, in his implacable and subversive scepticism, a role model for the country’s cinematic new wave, writes Nick Roddick.
Wednesday 23 May 2018
From Il Posto to The Tree of Wooden Clogs and The Legend of the Holy Drinker, Ermanno Olmi drew upon his family, history and religion to tell stories of everyday Italian life, writes Pasquale Iannone.
Monday 21 May 2018
From Allonsanfàn to Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars to Caesar Must Die, Vittorio and his surviving brother Paolo distilled their country’s post-war convulsions with a weightless eloquence and imagination, says Celluloid Liberation Front.
Celluloid Liberation Front
Wednesday 25 April 2018
The director of The Cremator, Morgiana and many more gothic gems still awaiting discovery in the West, Herz was an anomaly amongst his Czech New Wave contemporaries, as varied as he was prolific, says Kat Ellinger.
Thursday 19 April 2018
The Oscar-fêted director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus forged his voice as one of the authorities’ least favourite movers of the Czech New Wave, writes Michael Brooke.
Tuesday 17 April 2018
Elusive but unforgettable, the Five Easy Pieces and Blume in Love actress left an indelible impression in her too-brief career on screen, remembers Peter Tonguette.
Monday 16 April 2018
From promoting New American Cinema in the 60s and founding the Gate chain in the 1970s to producing movies for decades afterwards, Stone was at the centre of the international film scene for more than half a century, recalls David Robinson.
Thursday 12 April 2018
Both mentor and foil to his Ghibli co-founder Miyazaki Hayao, Takahata was a restless if unhurried adventurer who opened Japanese animation up to richer, deeper vistas, writes Alex Dudok de Wit.
Alex Dudok de Wit
Sunday 8 April 2018
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