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  • The Freudian revenge of David Lean’s Madeleine

    David Lean’s much maligned adaptation of a true-life 19th-century murder case, with Ann Todd as a woman accused of poisoning her lover, is a slippery melodrama whose upper-class trappings mask a subversive rape-revenge core, writes Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Bradlands

  • Alienation and the limits of access at Edinburgh 2018

    The festival that prides itself doing things differently made room for some welcome outsider voices in its programme this year, but it was far from inclusive for everyone, reports Rebecca Harrison.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Local heroes: new Scottish features at Edinburgh 2018

    By the end of the festival, survivalist thriller Calibre was already available on Netflix, but it wasn’t the only Scottish feature in the lineup worth seeking out, from Mark Cousins’s split-screen analysis of Hollywood and race to a musical zombie comedy and more, reports Josh Slater-Williams.

    Josh Slater-Williams
    Wednesday 11 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Robby Müller obituary: a king of the quizzical image

    A hugely talented and determinedly leftfield cinematographer who helped both Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch find their trans-Atlantic signatures, roving Dutch DP Robby Müller also made his mark with directors from William Friedkin and Peter Bogdanovich to Andrzej Wajda, Sally Potter and Lars von Trier, writes Michael Brooke.

    Michael Brooke
    Monday 9 July 2018

    Obituaries

  • Podcast: Six highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

    Kelli Weston hosts a conversation with Sophie Brown, Simran Hans and Ben Nicholson to discuss some of the picks of this year’s Sheffield documentary festival.

    Kelli Weston, Sophie Brown, Simran Hans, Ben Nicholson
    Thursday 5 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Film highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

    The 25th edition of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival was something of a feast of new nonfiction. We invited five of our contributors in attendance to tip us to their top finds.

    Kelli Weston, Ben Nicholson, Sophie Brown, Charlie Lyne, Matt Turner
    Thursday 5 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Better caring through documentary?

    Aspirations to documentary ‘objectivity’ may now be aesthetically discredited – but don’t they also miss a trick emotionally? Sophie Brown considers six recent exemplars of nonfiction outreach and tenderness that might be a model for the palliative-care worlds they explore.

    Sophie Brown
    Wednesday 4 July 2018

    Unfiction

  • Exploring virtual worlds together: Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

    The days of isolated immersion may be numbered as several powerful VR films at this year’s festival were designed to be experienced in groups, without a headset in sight, reports Marisol Grandon.

    Marisol Grandon
    Wednesday 4 July 2018

    Festivals

  • Beyond the bunker mentality: seven disobliging Israeli documentaries at Docaviv 2018

    Probing social aspirations ranging from isolation to outreach to armageddon, the native films at the 20th edition of Tel Aviv’s documentary film festival suggest that debate and dissent are not – yet – off limits for the country’s culture, reports Paul O’Callaghan.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Wednesday 27 June 2018

    Festivals

  • Stanley Cavell obituary: the philosopher who met the world by movie light

    A helpless film lover by nurture and nature, Cavell not only embraced his calling but persuaded the world of it, opening up academia to Hollywood and exploring what it means for us all to share the same pictures in our heads, writes Catherine Wheatley.

    Catherine Wheatley
    Wednesday 20 June 2018

    Obituaries

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