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    Fantastique: the dream worlds of French cinema

    French cinema has always been lauded for its works of dramatic realism, but from the medium’s earliest days a rival tradition has flourished, incorporating elements of fantasy, horror and science fiction into bizarre, atmospheric tales in which the unexplained and the supernatural intrude into reality. By Virginie Sélavy.

    Virginie Sélavy
    Monday 29 October 2018

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  • The delights of Muriel Box

    A retrospective at San Sebastian reveals Britain’s most prolific female director to be one of its best, especially when it comes to the ambitious satire of The Passionate Stranger or the magical realism of Happy Family, writes Neil Young.

    Neil Young
    Tuesday 23 October 2018

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    Lois Weber: it’s time to celebrate this pioneering director

    Once regarded as one of America’s finest directors, Lois Weber was all but written out of film history. Now – with two of her works on Blu-ray and upcoming screenings in Cambridge and Bath – we can see what the fuss was about, writes Pamela Hutchinson.

    Pamela Hutchinson
    Thursday 18 October 2018

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  • Skate and awake: how Skate Kitchen confronts skateboarding’s wall of machismo

    Crystal Moselle’s fictionalised verité portrait of New York’s all-women Skate Kitchen collective remakes the language of skate cinema to show us a more open, emancipated and inspiring culture, says Sander Hölsgens.

    Sander Hölsgens
    Thursday 27 September 2018

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  • A radical vision in east London: collaborative filmmaking at the Four Corners workshop

    An exhibition offers the chance to explore how in 1975 an empty shop in Bethnal Green became home to a pioneering set of independent filmmakers whose work boldly focused on under-represented communities, writes Anna Coatman.

    Anna Coatman
    Tuesday 25 September 2018

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  • Kim Dongwon: a documentary filmmaker for Korea’s changing times

    South Korea’s political Left has followed an evolving journey since the end of military government in the 1990s – and Kim Dongwon has been there following it. Tony Rayns surveys a retrospective of the godfather of the country’s social-protest documentaries.

    Tony Rayns
    Monday 17 September 2018

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  • Lucky: days and years with Harry Dean Stanton, by his friend and PA Logan Sparks

    Longtime PA and friend to the late Harry Dean Stanton, Logan Sparks also co-wrote and -produced the actor’s final role, as the lead in Lucky. He shares his memories, video clips and photos on the shoot and off it with Leigh Singer.

    Logan Sparks, Leigh Singer
    Sunday 16 September 2018

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  • Nathaniel Dorsky’s Arboretum Cycle: the photosynthesis of film

    The artist-filmmaker captures a rare sculptural quality of light in his latest work, which comprises seven films of plant life in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, plunging the audience into the undergrowth, writes Matt Turner.

    Matt Turner
    Tuesday 31 July 2018

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  • Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Doc/Visions 2018: changing tides in documentary cinema

    Nonfiction film is in a fascinating state of flux right now, as the creative programming at Sheffield this year revealed, with many titles expanding our ideas about cinematic reality, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Tuesday 31 July 2018

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    Thrill of the Hunt: Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible franchise

    A strong contender for the most consistently cinematic franchise of the last 25 years, the Mission: Impossible films also offer a case study in the idea of the actor as auteur, with Tom Cruise continuing to present himself as a fearless screen immortal in Fallout, writes Nick Pinkerton.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Friday 27 July 2018

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