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  • “A glorious and ridiculous ride”: Steve Sullivan on excavating Frank and the Chris Sievey story

    Director Steve Sullivan shares the story of his years-long quest to uncover and understand the man behind Frank Sidebottom, the cult comic figure with the papier-maché head, with Leigh Singer.

    Leigh Singer
    Saturday 30 March 2019

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  • Art within the machine: how machinima turns the camera on videogames

    People having been making movies out of videogame graphics since the technology first allowed players to press record. Whether fan homages shared online, pointed critiques or gallery pieces, these works are part of a thriving and fast-evolving practice, writes Matt Turner.

    Matt Turner
    Saturday 30 March 2019

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    The films of Straub and Huillet: images richer than words

    The films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet have seldom found distribution in the UK, on account of their perceived difficulty. Yet their half-century of working together shows an unparalleled commitment to intense human experience, as Tag Gallagher explains.

    Tag Gallagher
    Wednesday 20 March 2019

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    Alien encounter: on the set of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror

    Before the world knew what had hit it, our reporter Philip Strick visited the set of Ridley Scott’s answer to Star Wars, to discuss terror, smoke and the Alien Problem – but bathsoap not so much.

    Philip Strick
    Monday 4 March 2019

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  • The cinema of Ulrich Köhler: slow-burn dramas of dislocation

    As the ‘Berlin School’ writer-director’s work is celebrated in a short retrospective, Ross McDowell takes a look at his four features to date, which all rotate around ideas of alienation and ambiguity, culminating in his speculative apocalypse tale In My Room.

    Ross McDonnell
    Wednesday 27 February 2019

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    Film as life: tributes to Jonas Mekas at 90

    The great Jonas Mekas, who has died aged 96, was the godfather of avant-garde film, as maker of his own works and facilitator of other people’s. Here we reprint our tributes to Mekas on his 90th birthday by Amy Taubin and five great fellow filmmakers.

    Amy Taubin
    Wednesday 30 January 2019

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    Jonas Mekas: Towards a spontaneous cinema

    Jonas Mekas is editor of the American magazine Film Culture. This article is a report from the inside, as it were, on new trends in the non-Hollywood American cinema.

    Jonas Mekas
    Wednesday 30 January 2019

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  • Dau: a never-ending experiment in a Soviet laboratory

    Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s epic shoot inside a Stalinist time capsule has finally materialised into an interactive show, comprising several films that are both fascinating and nightmarish. It’s auteur filmmaking on a massive and mindbending scale, writes Geoffrey Macnab.

    Geoffrey Macnab
    Thursday 24 January 2019

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    Jocelyne Saab: history’s witness

    For more than four decades, Jocelyne Saab documented conflict and deprivation – especially in her native Lebanon. Following the sad news that the journalist and filmmaker died on 7 January 2019, we are republishing this article by Nicole Brenez on her work.

    Nicole Brenez
    Thursday 24 January 2019

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  • Free Solo: our love affair with the lone hero

    An astonishing new documentary records one man’s death-defying climb in Yosemite, California. Isolated on the rock, he embodies the solitary hero of a classic western, writes David Thomson.

    David Thomson
    Sunday 23 December 2018

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