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Features

Head in the sand: the ending of Woman of the Dunes

The close of Teshigahara Hiroshi’s haunting 1964 fable, about a man imprisoned at the bottom of a deep pit, offers some gloomy parallels with the modern world.

By Violet Lucca

Head in the sand: the ending of Woman of the Dunes
Talkies

Cine wanderer: a drink in Berlin

By Phuong Le

Cine wanderer: a drink in Berlin
Features

Reigniting the flame: Menelik Shabazz’s Burning an Illusion, 40 years on

By Alex Ramon

Reigniting the flame: Menelik Shabazz’s Burning an Illusion, 40 years on
From the Sight and Sound archive

Money moves: on Robert Bresson’s L’argent

By John Pym

Money moves: on Robert Bresson’s L’argent
Talkies

Poll position: African futures

By Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Poll position: African futures
Then and now

60 years of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: how the locations look today

By Adam Scovell

60 years of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: how the locations look today
Talkies

The long take: filmic fragility

By Pamela Hutchinson

The long take: filmic fragility
Features

Behind the scenes on The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Wicker Man and other British cinema classics

Behind the scenes on The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Wicker Man and other British cinema classics
Where to begin

Where to begin with David Gulpilil

By Stephen Morgan

Where to begin with David Gulpilil
From the Sight and Sound archive

The mother, the whore and the dandy

By Keith Reader

The mother, the whore and the dandy
Features

Men in Black at 25 and the end of the practical effects era

By Josh Slater-Williams

Men in Black at 25 and the end of the practical effects era
Features

Goodbye Ramsay Street: how Britain fell in love with Neighbours

By Mandeep Kaur-Lakhan

Goodbye Ramsay Street: how Britain fell in love with Neighbours
Features

Long live The King of Marvin Gardens

By Peter Tonguette

Long live The King of Marvin Gardens
Talkies

Poll position: old is gold

By Farran Smith Nehme

Poll position: old is gold
Where to begin

Where to begin with Johnnie To

By John Berra

Where to begin with Johnnie To
From the Sight and Sound archive

Staying vulnerable: an interview with Bob Rafelson

By John Russell Taylor

Staying vulnerable: an interview with Bob Rafelson
Festivals

FID Marseille 2022: new Lav Diaz and Albert Serra among the films generating heat

By Lou Thomas

FID Marseille 2022: new Lav Diaz and Albert Serra among the films generating heat
From the Sight and Sound archive

Objects of desire: Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho

By Amy Taubin

Objects of desire: Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho
Features

Rediscovery: Chess of the Wind

By Ehsan Khoshbakht

Rediscovery: Chess of the Wind
Then and now

The Railway Children: in search of the Yorkshire locations, 50 years on

By Adam Scovell

The Railway Children: in search of the Yorkshire locations, 50 years on
Features

Cinema du look: Theo Anthony on All Light, Everywhere

By Nick Bradshaw

Cinema du look: Theo Anthony on All Light, Everywhere
Where to begin

Where to begin with Albert Brooks

By Chloe Walker

Where to begin with Albert Brooks
Talkies

Poll position: too much perspective

By Ashley Clark

Poll position: too much perspective
Where to begin

Where to begin with Kinuyo Tanaka

By Hayley Scanlon

Where to begin with Kinuyo Tanaka
From the Sight and Sound archive

Blackpool illumination: Gurinder Chadha on Bhaji on the Beach

By Andrea Stuart

Blackpool illumination: Gurinder Chadha on Bhaji on the Beach
Features

The vanishing British horror: unearthing The Appointment

By Vic Pratt

The vanishing British horror: unearthing The Appointment
From the Sight and Sound archive

Blaxploitation, from Shaft to Original Gangstas

By Mike Phillips

Blaxploitation, from Shaft to Original Gangstas
Features

In the shadow of Apu: in praise of Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta trilogy

By Omar Ahmed

In the shadow of Apu: in praise of Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta trilogy
Talkies

The long take: a Kyiv symphony

By Pamela Hutchinson

The long take: a Kyiv symphony
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