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    The black feminine on screen: 11 key auteurs

    From Daughters of the Dust to Lemonade, a distinctly interior, subjective aesthetic binds a number of films made by and about black women. Tega Okiti spotlights 11 of the varied individuals and collectives at the heart of this often marginalised cinematic tradition.

    Tega Okiti
    Saturday 17 June 2017

    Deep Focus

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    Fugitive variations: Philippe Garrel’s elliptical cinema of a life

    For more than 50 years, the French director Philippe Garrel has condensed, refracted and reimagined the highs and lows of his life on film, write Cristina Alvarez López and Adrian Martin.

    Cristina Álvarez López, Adrian Martin
    Sunday 11 June 2017

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    Guru Dutt: such sweet sorrow

    In this piece from the Sight & Sound archive, Mark Cousins highlights “one of the great, brooding figures in post-Independence Indian cinema”: an actor-director who brought stillness, self-criticism and unexpected pessimism to the whirl of Indian melodrama, making himself its Orson Welles.

    Mark Cousins
    Friday 2 June 2017

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  • Gallery: the island imagery of The Red Turtle

    Michael Dudok de Wit’s dialogue-free castaway reverie The Red Turtle enfolds its lone human figures in the environment of a deserted tropical island that’s given magisterial presence by de Wit’s richly pellucid animated drawings. Here are 12 frames from the film.


    Friday 2 June 2017

    The pictures

  • Gallery: 70 years of the Cannes Film Festival

    Cannes is known for its red-carpet carnival, but look a little beyond it and there are some remarkable photographic pickings to be found from throughout the film festival’s 70-year history.


    Friday 26 May 2017

    The pictures

  • From the Magazine

    Swing Shift: the unmaking of a masterpiece?

    Watching Jonathan Demme’s original director’s cut of his WWII female factory workers drama makes clear what was lost in its re-editing at the hands of producer-star Goldie Hawn and her allies. By Steve Vineberg.

    Steve Vineberg
    Tuesday 9 May 2017

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    Philadelphia: un-packaging the Hollywood Aids drama

    Breaking Hollywood’s on-screen Aids taboo was not the only thing on Jonathan Demme’s mind after the success of The Silence of the Lambs. Amy Taubin looks at the representational coups smuggled into his odd-couple legal drama.

    Amy Taubin
    Tuesday 9 May 2017

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    Wolves, lambs – and Clarice Starling: the rise of the serial killer in 1990s cinema

    From Psycho to Twin Peaks, Henry and The Silence of the Lambs, serial killers have risen to primacy in our cinematic imagination. What lies at the heart of our obsession? And what makes Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winner different, asks Amy Taubin?

    Amy Taubin
    Tuesday 9 May 2017

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  • When did French comedies become so reactionary?

    Mock la difference: why has multiculturalism become a joke on the French popular screen, asks Caspar Salmon?

    Caspar Salmon
    Wednesday 19 April 2017

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  • Rewind Fast Forward: Sandi Hughes’s radical film archive

    By preserving images of black and gay life in and around Liverpool, Hughes has created a powerful archive of her own, and raw material for other filmmakers to refashion into revelatory new works, writes Grace Barber-Plentie.

    Grace Barber-Plentie
    Thursday 6 April 2017

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