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From the Sight and Sound archive

On beauties and their beasts

Disney’s animated 1991 version of the classic tale is fuelled by women’s erotic impulses and a view of men as monsters – as are so many other versions, from Jean Cocteau to Angela Carter, as Marina Warner explored in our October 1991 issue.

By Marina Warner

On beauties and their beasts
Features

Jungle Fever at 30: Spike Lee’s thorny interracial love story

By Alex Ramon

Jungle Fever at 30: Spike Lee’s thorny interracial love story
Features

In pictures: Makeup in the age of the flapper

By Nigel Arthur

In pictures: Makeup in the age of the flapper
From the Sight and Sound archive

The dewdrop on a blade of grass: Satyajit Ray in conversation

By Folke Isaksson

The dewdrop on a blade of grass: Satyajit Ray in conversation
Then and now

Pool of London: in search of the locations for the classic British noir

By Adam Scovell

Pool of London: in search of the locations for the classic British noir
Where to begin

Where to begin with Douglas Sirk

By Tamsin Cleary

Where to begin with Douglas Sirk
Features

In praise of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour’s startling vampire western

By Thomas Newlove

In praise of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour’s startling vampire western
From the Sight and Sound archive

“Monte Hellman made westerns unlike any before or since”: Quentin Tarantino hymns Ride in the Whirlwind

By Quentin Tarantino

“Monte Hellman made westerns unlike any before or since”: Quentin Tarantino hymns Ride in the Whirlwind
Features

Jonathan Gili: curiosities from the filing cabinet of a BBC documentarist

By Fabian Macpherson

Jonathan Gili: curiosities from the filing cabinet of a BBC documentarist
Where to begin

Where to begin with Nicolas Winding Refn

By Thomas Newlove

Where to begin with Nicolas Winding Refn
Features

When the lights went out: cinemas during World War II

By Henry K Miller

When the lights went out: cinemas during World War II
From the Sight and Sound archive

“You never stop moving! You never go anywhere!”: the final scene of Shampoo

By Sheila O'Malley

“You never stop moving! You never go anywhere!”: the final scene of Shampoo
From the Sight and Sound archive

“American audiences’ greater education seems to have evaporated”: Jack Nicholson interviewed in 1974

By John Russell Taylor

“American audiences’ greater education seems to have evaporated”: Jack Nicholson interviewed in 1974
Features

Architecture of adolescence: the suburban landscapes of I Start Counting

By Adam Scovell

Architecture of adolescence: the suburban landscapes of I Start Counting
Features

There’s a good girl: Promising Young Woman and the virgin/whore trope

By Hannah McGill

There’s a good girl: Promising Young Woman and the virgin/whore trope
Features

Believe the hype? What NFTs mean for film

By Pamela Hutchinson

Believe the hype? What NFTs mean for film
Where to begin

Where to begin with Andrea Arnold

By Brogan Morris

Where to begin with Andrea Arnold
Features

Cherry blossom season: 13 visions of springtime in Japanese cinema

By Hayley Scanlon

Cherry blossom season: 13 visions of springtime in Japanese cinema
Features

No success like failure – a natural history of the film maudit

By J. Hoberman

No success like failure – a natural history of the film maudit
Where to begin

Where to begin with Louis Malle

By Elena Lazic

Where to begin with Louis Malle
From the Sight and Sound archive

Dirk Bogarde: a class act

By Nick James

Dirk Bogarde: a class act
Features

Simone Signoret: remembering a French screen legend on her centenary

By Adam Scovell

Simone Signoret: remembering a French screen legend on her centenary
Features

Life in Fassbinder’s fast lane: how a new biopic tackles his legend

By Tamsin Cleary

Life in Fassbinder’s fast lane: how a new biopic tackles his legend
Features

A year of lockdown: the screen culture that got us through it

By Henry Barnes, Whelan Barzey and others

A year of lockdown: the screen culture that got us through it
Where to begin

Where to begin with Zack Snyder

By Paul Ridd

Where to begin with Zack Snyder
Features

From FernGully to Farthing Wood: the 90s green wave of eco animations

By Sophie Determan

From FernGully to Farthing Wood: the 90s green wave of eco animations
Festivals

By us, about us, for all: why films by trans people matter for everyone

By Thomas Flew

By us, about us, for all: why films by trans people matter for everyone
Features

A chance to catch eight shorts by documentary pioneer and poet Cecilia Mangini

By Ruairí McCann

A chance to catch eight shorts by documentary pioneer and poet Cecilia Mangini
Features

How a school drama with an all-female cast broke down doors for queer cinema, 90 years ago

By Tamsin Cleary

How a school drama with an all-female cast broke down doors for queer cinema, 90 years ago
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