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  • Welcome to the dollhouse: ten takes on a century of cinematic cutaways

    With its eerie ‘cutaway’ dollhouse set, Ari Aster’s acclaimed horror film Hereditary plays up the parallels between movie drama and spooky figure play. Alex Denney presents a historical cross-section of the technique, from silent-era Hollywood to Hereditary.

    Alex Denney
    Friday 22 June 2018

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  • Re-sculpting Godard: Soundwalk Collective at play in the JLG sound archive

    Jean-Luc Godard has amassed an archive of hundreds of boxes of tapes and reels of live sound from his film shoots – through which the international art music group Soundwalk Collective got the chance to delve for their latest album What We Leave Behind. Albertine Fox takes a listen.

    Albertine Fox
    Monday 18 June 2018

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  • What do you do with your revolution? Rocky Road to Dublin versus 1968 Ireland

    A scathing portrait of independent Ireland’s squandered liberty, Peter Lennon’s state-of-the-nation documentary was launched into the fervour of 1968 Cannes, then suppressed at home. Fifty years later, Erica X Eisen asks if the Ireland it wanted is finally emerging.

    Erica X Eisen
    Wednesday 13 June 2018

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    Deep focus: The other side of 80s America

    Amid the 1980s’ ‘Morning in America’ reckoning, the ‘high concept’ spectacles, cartoonish action and the bottom line, some filmmakers who persisted in making personal, often overlooked films that revealed the other side of Reaganism’s patriotic bluster and hollow optimism. Nick Pinkerton explores the flipside of 1980s American cinema, with a video essay by Sierra Pettengill.

    Nick Pinkerton, Sierra Pettengill
    Monday 28 May 2018

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  • Reagan’s bastard children: the lost teens of 1980s American indie films

    Away from the ersatz, self-satisfied rebelliousness of Reaganite pop teen movies, a more independent strain of US cinema scratched at the darkness on the edge of mainstream adult society. Christina Newland revisits the orphans of the American Dream.

    Christina Newland
    Monday 30 April 2018

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  • The unkindest cut of all: gay expression, indigenous cultural rights and the fight over The Wound (Inxeba)

    A violent controversy over the award-winning South African film The Wound points to a tense global debate about the rights of indigenous peoples to protect their collective forms of cultural expression. Where does the defence of traditional culture become censorship, asks Bertrand Moullier.

    Bertrand Moullier
    Wednesday 25 April 2018

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  • Death Wish returns once more to boil our blood

    Nearly half a century after Michael Winner and Charles Bronson commanded the indignation of liberal critics with their 1974 existential vigilante movie, Eli Roth and Bruce Willis have reprised its blood-crazed convulsions, if not its cultural commentary. Shall we ward off its evil eye, asks Tim Hayes.

    Tim Hayes
    Saturday 21 April 2018

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    Atlantic drift: the great British filmmakers working in America

    Should we be concerned by the fact that, at a moment of great national soul-searching, many of the UK’s most celebrated independent filmmakers – from Andrea Arnold to Lynne Ramsay, Steve McQueen and the McDonagh brothers – are currently working in the United States? Will Massa investigates.

    Will Massa
    Friday 20 April 2018

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    Divining the real: the leaps of faith in André Bazin’s film criticism

    André Bazin, the high priest of realism who was born 100 years ago, practically invented film studies. It’s time he was rehabilitated from postmodern sneers, argues Peter Matthews. 

    Peter Matthews
    Wednesday 18 April 2018

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    Slow on the draw: Takahata Isao’s long road to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    In memory of the late Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata Isao – Nick Bradshaw’s 2015 feature about the ‘giant sloth’s’ implacable perfectionism, and how he took 14 years to make his delicately refined swansong The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Saturday 7 April 2018

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