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The lavish director of some of the cinema’s most emotive Shakespeare adaptations certainly courted controversy in both his art and politics, though it may be his grandiose opera work that will most endure, says David Thompson.
Thursday 20 June 2019
The modern face of post-war Japanese cinema, renowned as both the samurai’s wife of Rashomon and ghostly seducer of Ugetsu Monogatari, Kyo was one of the most prolific and versatile stars of her generation, writes Alexander Jacoby.
Wednesday 15 May 2019
The self-driven Los Angeleno came in like thunder with Boyz N the Hood, a film that put himself, his neighbourhood and the cause of black American directing into the spotlight – and there would be more from him but not enough, remembers Nelson George.
Tuesday 30 April 2019
One of the first of the handful of women indelibly associated with the Swedish master’s cinema, Andersson was a persistent force for life in films from Smiles of a Summer Night and Wild Strawberries to Persona and beyond, remembers Stig Björkman.
Friday 19 April 2019
Sex, experimentation and the urge to change the world for the better run through the fascinating oeuvre of the filmmaker who almost singlehandedly defined lesbian cinema, writes So Mayer.
Thursday 4 April 2019
An unstoppably playful radical, Agnès Varda channelled a war-swept childhood into the determination to cherish and honour the personal, the marginal and the vital, records So Mayer.
Friday 29 March 2019
A prolific director of superlative Hollywood entertainments from Singin’ in the Rain to Indiscreet and Bedazzled, Stanley Donen was one of the first of Hollywood’s second-wave genre-tuners, making films that were “brighter, breezier, faster and fleeter,” writes Peter Tonguette.
Tuesday 26 February 2019
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