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  • From the Magazine

    The psychological western

    Born in the extrovert idealism of the frontier drama, the western was slow to adapt to the social malaise and anti-communist paranoia of the post-war period. Graham Fuller explains how it took its dark turn to incorporate contemporary socio-politics and psychology, with 12 case studies.

    Graham Fuller
    Monday 9 May 2016

    Deep Focus

  • From our archives: Curious tears – Jenny Diski on crying for Capra’s America

    In memory of the writer Jenny Diski, who died on 28 April: her essay for our August 1992 issue on idealism, realism and It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Jenny Diski
    Friday 29 April 2016

    Features

  • Bleed, bleed, poor country: Shakespeare on the Indian screen

    From Maharashtra to Kerala to West Bengal, filmmakers in the world’s biggest movie industry are turning to the Bard’s tragedies against a backdrop of rising state repression, write Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja.

    Koel Chatterjee, Preti Taneja
    Tuesday 26 April 2016

    Features

  • A nomad in Paris: revisiting the films of Ra(o)ul Ruiz

    As the Cinémathèque Française takes a two-month journey through the extraordinary career of Raúl Ruiz, Ian Christie reflects on how the filmmaker never lost contact with Chile, even after Pinochet’s military coup forced him into exile.

    Ian Christie
    Monday 18 April 2016

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  • Keeping one’s mouth shut in Turkey: rediscovering Tongue Twister

    A lost gem of collective melancholy, Solakhan’s 1985 snapshot of Istanbul under the shadow military oppression made its belated local premiere last month – in a city still not used to seeing its own past reflection, says Neil Young.

    Neil Young
    Friday 1 April 2016

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  • The evolution of High-Rise, from sketchbook to screen

    A visual peek behind the scenes of Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump’s wild J.G. Ballard adaptation.


    Thursday 31 March 2016

    The pictures

  • The Night Manager: shaken, not stirred

    The BBC set the standard for John le Carré adaptations in the 1970s and 80s. But its attempt to play keep-up in the era of the globalised TV drama shades close to the fantasias of a very different spy master, says Theo Tait.

    Theo Tait
    Monday 28 March 2016

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  • Thieves in the temple: reframing the archive with Miranda Pennell and Sarah Wood

    Sophie Mayer takes flight with the post-colonial, border-transcending archival documentaries of two contemporary British film essayists.

    Sophie Mayer
    Wednesday 16 March 2016

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  • Get Carter’s return home

    Forty-five years since Mike Hodges’ adaptation of Ted Lewis’s pulp crime novel Jack’s Return Home minted the look and smell of 1970s north-eastern Britain on screen, its protagonist Jack Carter lives on – with a new Newcastle stage production of the story bringing him home from Hollywood. Neil Young considers the indelible traces of a favourite local antihero.

    Neil Young
    Friday 4 March 2016

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  • From the Magazine

    Marc Karlin: the act of remembering

    Marc Karlin was an innovator of the essay film and a leading voice for independent film in Britain, so why is his work so little known, asks Holly Aylett?

    Holly Aylett
    Friday 4 March 2016

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