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Two comparable sequences from very different Holocaust films takes us back to a time when we still lent images moral meaning, writes Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 11 June 2019
In the frame shots bracketing her 1920 western-with-an-automobile Something New, the silent-film pioneer wrote her own claims to cinematic authorship directly into the movie – decades before men coined the auteur theory, writes Brad Stevens.
Wednesday 1 May 2019
What do you do with an actor who refuses to take direction? Marlon Brando was too wild for Stanley Kubrick, whereas Arthur Penn built The Missouri Breaks around his performative anarchism. But perhaps Kubrick had already learned the lesson working around Peter Sellers on Lolita, writes Brad Stevens.
Monday 25 March 2019
Barry Levinson’s Bernie Madoff biopic brings together key facets of the actor’s star persona, as he plays an opportunistic individual who is nevertheless rigorously self-controlled, writes Brad Stevens.
Thursday 28 February 2019
From Anna Karina in Vivre Sa Vie to Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys, when movie characters watch films, it’s often an intensely sorrowful experience. Could this be the way cinema expresses its self-conscious sadness about its own transience, asks Brad Stevens.
Monday 21 January 2019
After languishing unfinished for decades, does the now-completed movie carry a message from the auteur who first imagined it, or does it instead remain a tantalising cinephile puzzle, asks Brad Stevens.
Friday 21 December 2018
Long before Twin Peaks, signature directors from John Ford to David Cronenberg, Samuel Fuller to Jerry Lewis, have dabbled with small-screen jobs for hire. The results can be fascinating, writes Brad Stevens.
Friday 30 November 2018
A mysterious female director created these short and surprising publicity segments in the early 1930s. What else could she have done on a larger canvas, asks Brad Stevens.
Thursday 11 October 2018
Could the ultimate puzzle film be one that can’t be solved, asks Brad Stevens. Such as this little-seen 1995 movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, which has a perplexing question at its core?
Tuesday 14 August 2018
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.
Wednesday 11 July 2018
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