aka "Sight & Sound"
General, Mainstream Monthly Magazine from London ,United Kingdom

- First issue: 1991
- General cinema.
- Took its present form in May 1991 with the incorporation of Monthly Film Bulletin. Prior to that it was published quarterly.
- Half the magazine contains great articles on various topics and the other half has the film reviews for the contemporary releases. I especially like the full synopsis given for every movie: No surprises when you 're watching The Crying Game for the first time.
- Published by the British Film Institute.
- Monthly, 70 colour pages in A4 format.
- Published by British Film Institute (BFI)
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CONTENTS: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 All GALLERIES: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 All

Issue 104
December 1999
Juggling in the park: Lars von Trier has cast child-woman pop diva Bjork for his new 100-camera musical. Stig Bjorkman talks to the director about what may be the most expensive Danish movie ever made.
Death's cabbie: After Vegas and Tibet, Martin Scorsese is back on the mean streets of New York for Bringing Out The Dead. This is no Taxi Driver retreat, argues David Thompson, but a mature variation on a favourite theme of redemption.
The innovators 1980-1990: Don Simpson, the man who invented the high-concept movie, may be reviled by cinephiles but there's no denying his influence changed the industry forever.
There's something about teenage comedy: Teen comedies are the low-cost moneyspinners for the US studios, but are they so young, dumb and full of puns? Not when it comes to boy/girl relations, says Stephanie Zacharek.
The group: How insular is young French cinema? Why is it so obsessed with ensemble chamber pieces? Chris Darke ponders the politics of the new auteurs and actors.
TV special: Edward Lawrenson on the set of BBC2's flagship drama In A Land Of Plenty; Maggie O'Kane revisits the Bosnia of Warriors; Peter Kosminsky on how Days of Hope changed his life. Plus news and reviews.
Editorial: Alive and kicking.
Rushes: German films, Dogma's web, Toronto notes.
Letters: Sound and silents; Blair Witchers, Night of the Hunter again.
Film Reviews: Alice Et Martin, The Astronaut's Wife, Brokedown Palace, Children of the Marshland, The Clandestine Marriage, The Cup, Dreaming of Joseph Lees, EdTV, Fanny and Elvis, Fight Club, Following, Food of Love, The Story of O, Gregory's Two Girls, Jakob the Liar, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Lucia, Mad Cows, Onegin, The Other Sister, The Out-Of-Towers, The Rage Carrie II, Random Hearts, Ride with the Devil, The Straight Story, Taxi, The Tichborne Claimant, Vampires, A Walk on the Moon.
Private view: Stanley Donen on the making of Singin' in the Rain.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases; plus the latest DVD titles.

Issue 103
November 1999
Fine Cuts: Sight and Sound samples the highlights of this year's London Film Festival with previews of new films from Claire Denis, Hou Hsia Hsien, Harmony Korine and Shane Meadows among others.
The flashback kid: With his new film The Limey, Steven Soderbergh builds on the success of last year's genre outing Out of Sight, but he's still happiest with one foot out of Hollywood.
So good it hurts: Forget the fuss about bloodied Brad Pitt and "dangerous" violence, Fight Club is all about masculinity in trouble. Amy Taubin takes her best shot at the film, and talks to its director David Fincher.
Bring back the cat: Subtle, dreamlike and haunting, The Curse of the Cat People was producer Val Lewton's 1944 follow-up to his noir sex/beast fantasy Cat People. Kim Newman is spooked out by a bona fide horror classic which inspired Psycho and The Shining.
Back in passion: After a 13-year break, Oshima Nagisa is directing intense and erotic fiction again. Tony Rayans visits the set of his new film Gohatto and watches 'Beat' Takeshi chop up a cherry tree.
Keeping a distance: Chantal Akerman's groundbreaking films from the 70s re-invented feminist cinema and raised questions which are still being asked today, argues Janet Bergstrom.
Books special: J. P. Telotte's new book looks at key sci-fi films from the 20s and 30s which fret about modern technology. It's just a pity he kept his scholarly blinkers on, argues Peter Conrad. Plus the quarterly round-up of the latest books.
Editorial: Absolute beginners.
Rushes: Scorsese's chaser; American Beauty's game; Venice notes.
Letters: Under the undies; pro- and anti-Kubrick; Cell Bloke vote.
Film Reviews: The Alarmist, The Blair Witch Project, Bowfinger, Homeboys at the Beach, Deep Blue Sea, Detroit Rock City, East Is East, The Haunting, Head On, The Last Days, Run Lola Run, Lucky People Center international, Pushing Tin, Ratcatcher, Romance, Runaway Bride, Simply Irresistible, The Sixth Sence, Skin Flick, Soul in the Hole, Such a Long Journey, Tarzan, Universal Soldier The Return, The Winslow Boy, You 're Dead.
Private view: Victor Nunez on the making of Ulee's Gold.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases; plus the latest DVD titles.

Issue 102
October 1999
Women directors special soul survivor: In the shape of Holy Smoke's Kate Winslet, Jane Campion offers up another of her complex, strong-willed heroines - but this time, argues Kate Pullinger, with the masochism excised.
The edge of the razor: Sexually explicit arthouse cinema may br back in fashion, but for Catherine Breillat, writer-director of Romance, it represents a career-long preoccupation.
What are you looking at?: Acclaimed for her 70s-set debut Ratcatcher, Lynne Ramsay discusses her photographer's eye for detail with Liese Spencer.
The innovators 1960-1970: Andy Warhol's experiments in film-making shook up Hollywood as much as the avant-garde, argues Michael O'Pray.
Interface: Demetrios Matheou checks the foundations of cinema and architecture's relationship; Jose arroyo and Andrew Lambirth on poetic moves in film; and Kate Stables goes interactive.
Editorial: Chick flicks.
Rushes: Really big pictures; Edinburgh notes; Leo (TM); the return of Pee-Wee Herman.
Letters: Kubrick the comedian; screenwriters get their due.
Film Reviews: After Life/Wonderful Life, A La Place Du Coeur, American Pie, Big Daddy, Buena Vista Social Club, Disturbing Behaviour, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Election, Felicia 's Journey, The General's Daughter, Goodbye Lover, Greenwich Mean time, Instinct, Julie and The Cadillacs, A Kind of Hush, LA Without A Map, The Love Letter, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mifune, Nights of Cabiria, Paperback Hero, Sweet Angel Mine, The Theory of Flight, The Trench.
Private view: Director Allison anders loves A Hard Day's Night.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases; plus the latest DVD titles.

Issue 101
September 1999
Stanley Kubrick 1928-99 Resident Phantoms: When The Shining was released in 1980 it was dismissed as a technical exercise in horror, but its reputation for distilling the uncanny has grown. Jonathan Romney thinks it may be the most perceptive film about writer's block ever made.
At home with the Kubricks: In an exclusive interview, Stanley Kubrick's wife Christiane and his daughters Anya and Katharina talk to Nick James about Kubrick the family man, his misconstrued perfectionism and his inexhaustible spirit of enquity.
Too late the hero: Dreams and death, desire and the irrational: Kubrick's last film Eyes Wide Shut is almost a resume of the director's main concerns. It's also a surprising funny film the US critics didn't get, argues Larry Gross.
Real horrorshow: A short lexicon of nadsat: Anthony Burgess' fame increased hugely when Kubrick's film of his novel A Clockwork Orange became a scandal on its release. Yet he begrudged Kubrick the liberties he took, reports Kevin Jackson.
Silicone and Sentiment: A big hit in Europe, Pedro Almodovar's triumphant new All About My Mother, is a repository of all his best themes and a mature new departure.
TV special: Michael Tracey assesses the legacy of the BBC's John Birt while programme-makers and others place bets on his successor Gregg Dyke. Plus David Pearson on Hospital, news and reviews.
Editorial: Stanley Kubrick 1928-99.
Rushes: The book of the film; the curse of Star Wars; The life of Saint Jack
Letters: Reviewing reviewers; Eternal debate; The Innovators.
Film Reviews: All About My Mother, Analyze This, Beautiful People, Blood Guts Bullets & Octane, Cookie's Fortune, Eyes Wide Shut, Final Cut, Late August Early September, Go, Life, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Mickey Blue Eyes, Never Been Kissed, Playing By Heart, Ravenous, Rushmore, South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut, The 13th Warrior, The Thomas Crown Affair, The War Zone, Who Am I?, Wil Wild West.
Private view: Designer Ken Adam talks about Dr. Strangelove.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases; plus the latest DVD titles.

Issue 100
August 1999
Welcome to my nightmare: Incest is a tough subject for any film-maker, but for Tim Roth, a British movie star making his directing debut, it's worth the risk.
Bill Murray: In cold blood: How one baby-boomer comedian starred in a demolition derby's worth of rickety vehicles, took in a couple of quality cruisers on the side, and lived to stay funny and cool.
Racing with the moon: The Western never went away, but for a while the gun-toting cowboys did. Now Stephen Frears has bought them back in The Hi-Lo County.
The innovators 1950-1960: Andre Bazin, father of film studies, has been dismissed as quaint for his attachment to realism and belief in God. It's time his insights were rehabilitated.
Hooker's Magic: Wild Side, the last movie directed by Donald Cammell, starring Anne Heche and Christopher Walken, was cut by the studio for video release. Now Cammell's long-time editor is restoring the original.
Books: Despite enthusiastic new tomes on the subject, we are still waiting for a ground-breaking book on Chinese cinema.
Editorial: The entertainers.
Rushes: Edinburgh gets real; Catholic conspiracies; black and beautiful in Acapulco.
Letters: Hong Kong amused; Dogma scoop pooped; L' Humanite fans.
Film Reviews: Another Day In Paradise, L' Arche du Desert, Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me, Belly, It All Starts Today, The Deep End of the Ocean, Doug's 1st Movie, Girl, Gloria, The Hi-Lo Country, I Am Cuba, Made in Hong Kong, The Man Who Drove with Mandela, The Match, Perfect Blue, Place Vendome, The Polish Bride, Tango, Underground, Varsity Blues, Virtual Sexuality, West Beirut, Winter Sleepers.
Private view: Director Arthur Penn talks about Bonnie and Clyde.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases; plus the latest DVD titles.

Issue 99
July 1999
Blood Symbol: As a new morality campaign against Hollywood violence gains momentum, Mary Harron's film of American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis' serial-killer trader tale, is at last being shot. Jeff Sipe talks to Harron and star Christian Bale on set.
Back to the blackboard: Bertrand Tavernier's It All Starts Today is a gritty slice of social rwealism in the Ken Loach vein set in an impoverished primary school. Ginette Vincendeau examines Tavernier's recent commitment to the French underclass.
The Vienna Project: Behind The Third Man, rereleased this month, is a dramatic true-life tale of double agents and displaced exiles. Peter Wollen explores the missing links connecting Alexander Korda, Graham Greene, Kim Philby and Winston Churchill.
Cannes: Tunnel visions: Cannes's big competition films may have dismayed and confused critics, but at least it was a good year for modest successes. Jonathan Romney and Nick James review the highs and lows. Plus debut director Jasmin Dizdar, whose Beautiful People won acclaim, offers his festival diary.
The Innovators 1940-1950: Renowned for Citizen Kane, Gregg Toland was on of the great cinematographers of the century, achieving a sharpness of focus that defied available technology. George Turner looks at how he did it.
Interface: This new quarterly section covers new media, digital culture and the intersection of art and the moving image. Mark Sinker discusses webcams, digicams and voyeurism; Isaac Julien considers the art-film divide; and Kate Stables auditions the synthespian.
Editorial Pause for panic.
Rushes: Fellini's Nights of Cabiria; George Lucas and the art of spin; Sundance horror debut.
Letters: Who wrote Hunter?; decoding DVD; Crush Proof.
Film Reviews: The Big Hit, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Bride of Chucky, Celebrity, Croupier, Le Diner de Cons, Entrapment, The King And I, Knock Off, Last Night, The Lost Son, The Matrix, The Mummy, The Ninth Configuration, Other Voices Other Rooms, Rogue Trader, She's All That, Simon Bitch, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, 10 Things I hate About You, Venus Beauty, Without Limits.
Private view: Last Night director Don McKellar remembers David Cronenberg's The Brood.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases.

Issue 98
June 1999
Rubber reality: Kim Newman on The Matrix
Ms Tough: Leslie Felperin on the career of Judy Davis
Papa yakuza: Tony Rayns interviews Takeshi Kitano on the set of Kikujiro
Dooming the video: the arrival of DVD
The Innovators 1930-1940: Harvey Deneroff on Max Fleischer
TV: Andy Medhurst on lifestyle programmes

Issue 97
May 1999
Make it yellow: Jonathan Romney interviews Theo Angelopoulos about Eternity and a Day
Bigger than life: Yvonne Tasker on Kathryn Bigelow's career
The Innovators 1920-1930: Laura Mulvey on Sam Warner
Farewell to Napoli: Nick James on Notting Hill
Wilful amateur: Mike Figgis interviewed on the set of Miss Julie
Books: audience research

Issue 96
April 1999
Game boy: Chris Rodley interviews eXistenZ director David Cronenberg
Tearing the roof off: Peter Mullan interviewed about Orphans
God's lonely man: Amy Taubin re-examines Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver
A child's demon: David Thomson on Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter
Ain't no metaphor: interview with Slam director Marc Levin and producer Henri M. Kessler
The Innovators 1910-1920: Vicki Callahan on Louis Feuillade
TV: sex on C4

Issue 95
March 1999
Welcome to the nerdhouse: Todd Solondz's Happiness features a sympathetic paedophile. Neil LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors focuses on misogynists, rapists and philanderers. Charles Taylor wonders why so many US indie films seem to think human beings are 'basically shits'
Heartbreak and miracles: Central Station, Walter Salles' Oscar nominated road movie about an orphan and the woman who helps him, has won praise around the world. He talks to Nick James about Brazil's heartland and beating Titanic and Godzilla at the box office.
The innovators 1900-1910: In the first of our new ten-part series focusing on the century's innovators in film, Charles Musser reviews the legacy of Edwin S. Porter, the man who helped invent modern continuity editing.
Bass hysteria: Ron 'Rain Man' Bass, the most powerful screenwriter in Hollywood, has a staff of eight advisors called the 'Ronettes. Who does the writing, wonders Benedict Carver.
This is your life Koreeda Hirokazu's After Life is set in a limbo where the newly dead decide on one memory to take with them to the hereafter. Tony Rayns introduces the film and talks to its director.
Obituaries: 1998's list of the late lamented, compiled by Bob Baker, plus featured obituaries for Frank Sinatra, Betty Boop's voice Mae Questel and producer Anatole Dauman.
Editorial How British is it?
Rushes: Independents on tour; Raul Ruiz's Shattered Irnage, Rotterdam notes.
Television Dickens adaptations; Raising 'Kane' finance; Egypt's version of Oprah.
Letters 'Realism' in Saving Private Ryan; film festival reports.
Film Reviews: Affliction, Beloved, Buttoners/Knoflfk?ri, Central do Brasil/ Central Station, Festen, Holy Man, Hotel du Nord, The Inheritors/Die Siebtelbauern, Jack Frost, Out of the Present, Painted Angels, Patch Adams, Perdita Durango, Pleasantville, The Red Violin/Il violino rosso, Sour Grapes, Southpaw, The Thin Red Line, This Year's Love, Urban Legend, You've Got Mail
Private view: Jenny Agutter talks about the filming of Walkabout.
Video reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases.

Issue 94
February 1999
Bayonets in Paradise: Terrence Malick's return to cinema, The Thin Red Line, is a spectacular achievement - but its take on World War II provokes concern, argues Cohn MacCabe. Plus Geoffrey Macnab on author James Jones.
The big tease: The Oscar-nominated Danish film The Celebration, the first Dogma movie to be released in the UK, uses shock tactics to tell a traditional tale of a family falling apart. Geoffrey Macnab interviews director Thomas Vinterberg.
Dreaming the unthinkable: Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful sets a comedy in a concentration camp. Does it tell a partial truth, or has the director gone too far, asks J. Hoberman.
Banging big with Iron Mike: James Toback, director of the notorious Fingers and this month's Two Girls and a Guy, is not afraid of taking risks. He talks to David Thompson about working with Wu-Tang Clan, spending the night with Mike Tyson and making Robert Downey Jr squirm.
Books special: Fassbinder set out to make films that courted controversy and commented on his times. Sheila Johnston reviews two very different takes on his work. Plus our quarterly round up of the latest books.
Rushes: Oscar wars; Robert Lepage; auteurs to watch out for; a Greek renaissance.
Television: Where have all the arts progs gone?; Vanessa versus Trisha; This Ljfe lives on.
Letters: Late Kurosawa; how suicides are saved; the 'v' word.
Reviews: Babe Pig in the City, A Bug's Life, Bulworth, Hideous Kinky, Hilary and Jackie, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Life Is Beautiful/La Vita E Bella, Living Out Loud, Mean Guns, Meet Joe Black, A Night at the Roxbury, Pecker, Psycho, Sex Life in L.A., Shakespeare in Love, The Siege, Star Trek Insurrection, Stepmom, Two Girls and a Guy.
Private View: Director Robert Towne on the films that inspired him to tell it how it is.

Issue 93
January 1999
Reality is too shocking: Upfront European films - including Lars von Trier's The Idiots, Francois Ozon's Sitcom and Gaspar Noe's Seul Contre Tous - are testing the censors with incest, real sex and graphic violence. But do we really care, asks Richard Falcon.
Under the rainbow: Pleasantville is a funny, sexy and vivid critique of 50s family values. How can its defence of post-60s liberalism avoid the flavour of Capracorn, wonders J. Hoberman.
Quietly ruling the roost: Iran's women film-makers are finding their own vision. Samirah Makhmalbaf and Rahkshan Bani-Etemad talk to Sheila Johnston and Hadani Ditmars, respectively, about their recent festival successes.
The Bible from God to Dream Works: You'd think with God on your scriptwriting team, you couldn't go wrong. Yet Simon Louvish has mixed feelings about DreamWorks' brand new animated biblical epic The Prince of Egypt.
One deadly summit: IMAX shows you natural wonders on a bigger scale than ever before, yet something less visible makes the 1996 ascent of Everest lMAX's greatest hit. By Mark Sinker.
Butterfly on the wall: British documentary and fiction feed each other but lately, as Hilary and Jackie shows, it's the docs that are producing new directors of flair. Stella Bruzzi looks at how the two styles inform one another.
Editorial: Cavalry against tanks.
Rushes: Gus Van Sant's Psycho; Leonardo DiCaprio beached; Tokyo notes; Dance of Dust.
Television: Birthrace 2000; Sky bugs; Oklahoma!; Digital TV.
Letters: Time Ouf's esteem; Brecht and Losey; Ronin off the point.
Film reviews: The Acid House, The Apple/Sib/La Pomme, La Classe de neige/Class Trip, Darkness Falls, Dil Se.../From the Heart, Dobermann, Enemy of the State, Fire, The Impostors, Little Voice, The Mighty, Pi, The Opposite of Sex, Playing God, Practical Magic, The Prince of Egypt, Return to Paradise, Sitcom, Storefront Hitchcock, Switchblade Sisters, Titanic Town, Very Bad Things, What Dreams May Come, The Wisdom of Crocodiles.
Video Reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's video releases.
Private view: Director of The Boys Rowan Woods on Toy Story.

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