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SIGHT AND SOUND
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)
- Website: www.bfi.org.uk

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Issue 128
December 2001
Babes in Babylon: David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. weaves glam lesbian sleuths, Hollywood doo-wop starlets and limo-riding mobsters into an LA wish-fulfilment dream that suddenly crumbles into nightmare. Graham Fuller is in the psychiatrist's chair.
Sisters, sex and sitcom: The underage sex and voyeurism of Catherine Breillat's A ma soeur! promise to be as controversial as the SM of Romance. But what do the iconoclastic director's films offer women, asks Ginette Vincendeau. Plus Breillat talks to Nick James about sisterhood and fat girls.
The happy teacher: Todd Solondz's Storytelling features pupil-teacher sex and a well-meaning film-maker whose hit movie is misread by its audience. Xan Brooks asks the director why he wants to go back to teaching.
Everything has changed: 11 September transformed not only our reality, but also our imaginations. Director of The Believer Henry Bean offers a film-maker's immediate response to the tragedy and its images.
Raising the bar BBFC: director Robin Duval envisages a future where state censorship will no longer be necessary. Julian Petley asks some awkward questions.
Urban legends: Sydney: The 80s saw Australian cinema move from small-scale state-funded production to an internationally acclaimed industry. David Stratton recalls a decade whose films mixed the personal and the political.
Film reviews: A mia sorella!/A ma soeur!, The Animal, Apocalypse Now Redux, Bandits, The Believer, Christmas Carol The Movie, LaCienaga, The Devil's Backbone/El espinazo del diablo, Driven, El Espinazo del diablo/The Devil's Backbone, Esther Kahn, Eureka, Gabriel & Me, Ghost World, Ghosts of Mars, Glitter, Heist, Me without You, My Brother Tom, Original Sin/Peche originel, Rock Star, Storytelling, Strictly Sinatra, This Filthy Earth, Zoolander.


Issue 127
November 2001
Casualties of war: Francis Ford Coppola abandoned rather than completed his masterpiece Apocalypse Now. Philip Horne surveys the additional scenes of humour, sex and politics in the director's longer new cut and asks, did less equal more?
The great escape: This year's London Film Festival provides a welcome mix of searing world cinema and escapist fantasy. S&S visits Vienna in summer, the Chinese seaside in Winter, and finds Robert Altman at home at an English country-house party.
Dread again: Nicole Kidman stars in a post-war Jersey ghost story with stylish echoes of Henry James. Nick James enters the haunted house of Alejandro Amenabar's The Others.
Aftermath: What can cinema offer in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York? Peter Matthews finds redemption in Eureka, an epic Japanese road movie that sets out to discover a way of breaking the cycle of violence.
Anime magic: Studio Ghibli is Japan's answer to Aardman Animations. Andrew Osmond samples a range of uplifting and disturbing fantasies that outsell Hollywood.
Urban legends: Berlin: The divided city in the 70s was a hotbed of radical film-making that promoted workers' and women's rights and used David Bowie as an emblem of post-punk anti-glamour. By Richard Falcon.
Film reviews: American Pie 2, America's Sweethearts, Asoka, Atlantis The Lost Empire, Bloody Angels/1732 hotten, The Brothers, The Deep End, Down from the Mountain, Eloge de l'amour, The Fast and the Furious, Jeepers Creepers, Die Klavierspielerin/The Piano Teacher/La Pianiste, Large, Legally Blonde, Little Otik/Otesanek, The Man Who Wasn't There, Mike Bassett England Manager, New Year's Day, Otesanek/Little Otik, The Others/Los otros, La Pianiste/Die Klavierspielerin/The Piano Teacher, Scary Movie 2, Shiner, South West Nine, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, La Ville est tranquille, Wild about Harry .


Issue 126
October 2001
Dead man walking: The Coens' new film The Man Who Wasn't There may look like classic noir, but its ego-bereft hero and homely femme fatale confuse the moral maze, argues Graham Fuller. Plus DoP Roger Deakins talks to Philip Kemp about the aesthetic certainties of black and white.
Peeping tommies: Codebreakers may lack the pyrotechnic panache of wartime movie heroes, but their sexual and professional anxieties make Michael Apted's Enigma all the more interesting. By Geoffrey Macnab.
Digital deluge: Is digital all it's cracked up to be? Nick James and New Cinema Fund head Paul Trijbits ask film-makers if they've become digital converts or can't wait to get back to celluloid.
Bringing up baby: Does the gutsy young heroine of Czech surrealist Jan Sankmajer's Little Otik show the director has finally overcome his childhood fears? Interview by Peter Hames. Plus Extracts from the director's diary reveal a life of dreams, desires, terror and relentless hard work.
My tears will catch them: A small documentary crew has spent seven years charting the fight for justice of four families whose members died in custody. Now the Police Federation wants their film Injustice to go unscreened. Adrian Cooper reports.
Urban legends: Tokyo: Beneath the economic miracle of the new Japan, Tokyo in the 60s was a city of rebellion and dissent. Donald Richie traces the artistic and social ferment in which Oshima and other independents flourished.
Obituary: Pauline Kael.
Rushes: Why ITV needs to think again; last of the summer screenings; Edinburgh, Locarno and Venice festivals; the game that plays you.
Profile: A genial and relaxed Woody Allen promoting his film in far-off Seattle? Who's turning the screw, asks Shawn Levy.
Letters: Making silent movies PC; Film Council red tape.
Film reviews: A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Ali Zaoua, Amelie, Angel Eyes, Brotherhood Of The Wolf, The Center Of The World, The Circle, Crazy/Beautiful, Enigma, The Forsaken, George Washington, Jump Tomorrow, Kiss Of The Dragon, Lagaan, Pandaemonium, Peaches, Planet Of The Apes, The Pledge, Presque Rien, Rush Hour 2, The Score, startup.com, Women Talking Dirty.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Brad Stevens discovers new faces of Buster Keaton and Mark Olsen reassesses Brian De Palma.


Issue 125
September 2001
Gorilla warfare: The new Planet Of The Apes dresses its big stars in elaborate simian costumes and features cutting-edge action scenes. But has Tim Burton lost his way, asks Andrew O'Hehir. Plus Kim Newman recalls a time when Hollywood could cheerfully blast the US to smithereens.
The dreamlife of androids: A.I. Artificial Intelligence's chilling tale has a robot boy bonded forever to his human mother lost in a world of mechanical sex slaves. J. Hoberman reviews Kubrick's last stand and Spielberg's first art film.
Riddle of the sands: The tortuous history of adapting Frank Herbert's classic Dune has been more a case of good looks than good storytelling. Philip Strick assesses a new video version and revisits the David Lynch epic that nearly ended the director's career.
Mid-summer mavericks: The Edinburgh Film Festival screens the best of art cinema alongside a strong documentary strand. Paul Cronin talks to Haskell Wexler about the anti-Vietnam 60s of Medium Cool, plus Zwigoff's Ghost World and new films from Breillat, Kotting and Tsai Ming-Liang.
One deadly summit: Patrick Kennedy accompanies Gillo Pontecorvo and a group of Italian directors through the anti-G8 demonstrations at Genoa as they develop new takes on the political-protest film.
Urban legends: Rome: Fellini's Rome in the 50s was a city of glamour and cosmopolitan chic, its in-crowd the objects of envy and desire. David Forgacs revels in the sweet life and looks beyond to an industry that attracted American money and Catholic reproach.
Editorial: When the smoke clears.
Rushes: Apocalypse Now recut; Dilys Powell's diaries; Brass Eye.
Profile: Edward Lawrenson asks debut feature director David Gordon Green why his tale of poor adolescents looks so visually rich.
Letters: Linda Williams replies; Highland counterculture.
Film reviews: Animal Attraction/Someone Like You, At The Height Of Summer, Battle Royale, Cats & Dogs, The Colour Of Lies, Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, Greenfingers, Heartbreakers, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Iron Ladies, Josie And The Pussycats, Jurassic Park III, A Knight's Tale, Lucky Break, Moulin Rouge, Le Secret, Suspicious River, Swordfish, Tears Of The Black Tiger, A Time For Drunken Horses, Urban Ghost Story, What's Cooking.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Brian Winston disentangles politics from aesthetics in Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph Of The Will and Mark Olsen watches Stanley Kubrick shoot home movies.


Issue 124
August 2001
Mr Pink, Mr Indie, Mr Shhh: A favourite of the Coens and Tarantino, Steve Buscemi is the king of indie actors. As he directs his second film Animal Factory, Philip Kemp dissects the jittery unease and querulous yammer that have animated a string of losers and nobodies.
Run Lara run: Lara Croft Tomb Raider offers the twin spectacles of short shorts and big guns. No wonder its makers don't need to give their ass-kicking female action hero dialogue or character, says Kate Stables. Plus David McCarthy counts the cost of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
Cafe society: A new French comedy about a girlish do-gooder is outselling Hollywood and attracting praise from politicians of both left and right. Ginette Vincendeau asks what Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain tells us about the way the French would like to see themselves.
Good afternoon Vietnam: Tran Anh Hung's At The Height of Summer captures three adult sisters at different stages in their sexual development. Geoggrey Macnab talks to the director about Hanoi's gentle streets, the sensuality of food and his debt to Francis Bacon.
Urban legends: London: From Brief Encounter to The Third Man, 40s London was a golden age. Tom Ryall explores how wartime and its discontents fuelled a new prestige cinema and why audiences still preferred tinsel trash.
Books special: The quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Editorial: Saturation points.
Rushes: Michael Eaton and Jack Lemmon and the American Dream; the new Polygram; what's next for reality TV; Tears Of The Black Tiger; news from Moscow.
Critical reading: Armond White on the institutional racism that infects film culture.
Letters: Simon Callow; Alexander Walker; the joy of sex.
Film reviews: The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream, Dr. Dolittle 2, Ed Gein, Me You Then, Evolution, The Farewell, Gohatto, Help I'm A Fish, Inbetweeners, The In Crowd, Intimacy, The Isle, The Ladies Man, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Maelstrom, El Mar, The Nine Lives Of Tomas Katz, The Parole Officer, Pokemon 3 Spell Of The Unknown, Possible Worlds, When Love Comes.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Brad Stevens celebrates the DVDs that take silent cinema seriously and Gilda Williams enjoys an endless summer testing the surf.


Issue 123
July 2001
Cannes 2001: What's the story, moaning glory: Cannes 2001 boasted new films from Godard, Lynch, Kiarostami, the Coens, Koreeda, Solondz and Claire Denis, plus a re-edited version of Coppola's Apocalypse Now. So why do British critics insist it was a poor year? Sight and Sound reviews the films you'd like to see coming shortly to a cinema near you.
Last tango in Lewisham: Patrice Chereau's Intimacy reworks male mid-life-crisis stories by Hanif Kureishi into a tale of a woman's self-realisation through an anonymous affair. And it features real sex in a New Cross basement. Plus Chris Darke talks to new mother Kerry Fox about on-screen sex and Richard Falcon asks Chereau how to script an orgasm.
Left on the self: Are the BBFC arthouse snobs, asks Mark Kermode as 70s slasher classic The Last House On The Left is once again refused a UK certicicate.
Sick sisters: Baise-moi is a new Thelma & Louise with more graphic violence and real sex. Linda Ruth Williams takes to the road.
Urban legends: Shanghai: Shanghai in the 30s was a city of decadence, crime, glamour and repression. Tony Rayns unearths the lost films that might have changed the course of world cinema.
Zap happy: World War II revisited: Pearl Harbor is a movie made by and for a generation whose experience of war is confined to video games. David Thomson recalls the filmmakers who knew armed combat first hand and the complexity they brought to its portrayal on screen.
Editorial: Speed too / Double standards.
Rushes: Planet Of The Apes; who greenlights British movies?; the ignorance of curators; product placement on the web.
First person: Nelofer Pazira in Iran describes the making of Kandahar.
Letters: The Film Council replies; the joys of pudding.
Film reviews: A l'attaque, Autumn In New York, Dr T & The Women, Down To Earth, High Heels And Low Lifes, Nowhere To Hide, The Princess + The Warrior, Like Father, The Mummy Returns, Out Of Depth, Pearl Harbor, Recess School's Out, Rien a faire, Room To Rent, La Saison Des Hommes, Say It Isn't So, Shrek, Solas, Sweet November, Taxi 2, Together, Town & Country, Whipped.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Geoffrey Macnab talks to DoF Jack Cardiff about The Red Shoes and clubbing with Frank Sinatra and Chris Wagstaff revisits Pasolini's paradise lost.


Issue 122
June 2001
Strictly red: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge spins Madonna and Marilyn Monroe, Orpheus and Toulouse-Lautrec into a glittering web of fin-de-siecle Paris. Graham Fuller talks to the director about reinventing the musical.
Paris match: Godard and Cahiers: When Godard came to Paris in 1950 he found a city obsessed with cinema. Geoffrey Nowell Smith explores how Cahies' days shaped his future film making.
Island of silences: MoufidaTlatlis new film reveals the conflicts over sex and freedom that disrupt a Tunisian women's community. SF Said describes The Season of Men's female gaze.
Urban legends: Moscow: Russian cinema in the 20s was expecled to shape the new Soviet citizens. Julian Graffy surveys the writhing city it depicts and the unexpected tastes of the audiences who came in from the cold.
Blood of a poet: Exiled gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas loved sex and writing. In Before Night Falls Julian Schnabel and Javier Bardem provocatively capture his twin passions on screen. By Paul Julian Smith.
House rules: For Together Lukas Moodysson had his actors dress up like their parents and live out the hell and high days of a 70s commune. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab about Abba, nudity and fundamentalism. PIus Jorn Rossing Jensen on Sweden's immigrant new wave.
Editorial: Own goals all round.
Rushes: Reality TV; Final Fantasy; what Michael Haneke refuses to give away; Cannes preview.
Forbidden cinema: David Thompson celebrates the return of the hairy monster in Borowczyk's erotic fable The Beast.
Letters: Japan 2001; the real Bridget Jones; Film Council funding.
Film reviews: Along Came a Spider, Before Night Falls, Blow, The Broken Hearts Club - A Romantic Comedy, The Crimson Rivers / Les Rivieres pourpres, Dracula 2000/Dracula 2001, Exit Wounds, Get Over lt, Ginger Snaps, Hooded Angels, Late Night Shopping, Le Libertin, The Martins, Merci pour le chocolat, The Monkey's Mask, 101 Reykjavik, Price Of Glory, See Spot Run, Series 7 The Contenders, Spy Kids, Valentine, Very Annie-Mary, Weak at Denise.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Tony Rayns on Sergei Paradjanov and The Colour of Pomegranates and Kim Newman on why Night of the Living Dead refuses to go quietly.


Issue 121
May 2001
Paradise lust: Nicolas Cage is as good as ever in the war romance Captain Corelli's Mandolin, but why is the film nostalgic for old-style Hollywood, and why is the US so keen on the Europudding, asks Jose Arroyo.
Magnificent Obsession: Chantal Akerman's rereading of Proust transfers her own obsessive nature to a male character who wants to get inside his lover's mind. She talks to Nick James about her new film La Captive.
Urban Legends: Paris: In 1910 the Pathe rooster crowed supreme and 10 years later Feuillade had redefined French cinema. In between the industry almost collapsed. Richard Abel charts the decade when France gave the US a run for its money.
Pulp fiction: Amores perros looks at life in Mexico City through the eyes of a myopic ex-revolutionary, an amputee model and a pack of dogs. Edward Lawrenson celebrates the film's achievement and Bernardo Perez Soler talks to debut director Alejandxo Gonzalez Inarritu.
Books special: Our quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Editorial: New waves perpetual.
Rushes: Made in Japan; the cybersex tease; Hollywood's courtroom dramas; news from Tehran.
Profile: Saul Metzstein talks to Brian Tufano, the man behind the lens of Britfilm's biggest hits.
Critical reading: Michael Eaton unpicks the theory of scandal.
Letters: Mexican drug wars; directors' sell-by dates; authenticity debates; scriptreaders' pay.
FiLm reviews: About Adam, Aimee & Jaguar, Amores perros/Amores perros (Love's a Bitch), Another Life, Bamboozled, Boesman & Lena, Bread and Roses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Captive/La Captive, Code Unknown/Code inconnu Recit incomplet de divers voyages, The Dish, 15 Minutes, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Le Gout des autres, Hijack Stories, The Hole, The King Is Alive, The Mexican, Miss Congeniality, Monkeybone, The Tailor of Panama, The Terrorist, Tigerland, When Brendan Met Trudy.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this month's DVD and video releases. Plus Mark Olsen revisits Elvis' finest hour and Nick James reviews depictions of World War II.


Issue 120
April 2001
Emotional engineering: Edward Yang's A One And A Two.... has the family traumas of a soap opera glimpsed through half-closed doors. Nick James celebrates a film that captures Taiwan's middle classes on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The riddler has his day: It's the most hyped film of the year, but does it deliver? David Thomson asks whether Ridley Scott's camp and knowing Hannibal is anything more than a feast for the eyes.
Bela Tarr circling the whale: He's in Susan Sontag's top 10 and his raw, darkly funny movies about marginal lives eked out in extreme circumstances play out in real time. John Orr introduces the world of Hungarian film-maker Bela Tarr.
To die in America: When Kitano Takeshi moved the production of Brother to LA, he and his Pearl Harbor parable became more Japanese. He talks to Tony Rayns about kamikaze yakuzas.
Stand until death: Enemy at the Gates pits Jude Law against Ed Harris in the World War II battle for Stalingrad. Julian Graffy disentangles truth from fiction and explores the film's Russian precedents.
Urban legands: New York: Courtroom dramas, hostile takeover bids, ruthless poaching of personnel - Charles Musser surveys the New York film-making community at the start of the 20th century.
Rushes: How the web can get you into Hollywood; Lonergan and Scorsese; the seedy glamour of Lollywood; Berlin notes; Francois Ozon on female middle age.
Letters: James Schamus replies; more cinemas please; hypocrisy at the Film Council.
Film Reviews: Aniki Mon Frere/Brother, Antitrust, Blow Dry, Bridget Jones's Diary, The Contender, Damnation/Karhozat, Enemy at the Gates, Dungeons & Dragons, Les Enfants Du Siecle, An Everlasting Piece, Girlfight, Hannibal, The Invisible Circus, Manchester United Beyond The Promised Land, Men Of Honor, Nationale 7/Uneasy Riders, A One And A Two/Yi Yi, One Night at McCool's, Remember The Titans, Rugrats In Paris The Movie, Save The Last Dance, Shower/Xizao, Sous Le Sable/Under The Sun, The Wedding Planner, You Can Count On Me.
Video Reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's DVD and video releases. Plus Edward Lawrenson talks to X-man Bryan Singer and Rob White celebrates The Sopranos' latest recording.


Issue 119
March 2001
Bloodred horizons: When Mike Nichols bought the neo-Western All The Pretty Horses he thought it was the hottest property since The Graduate. Jim Kitses asks if Billy Bob Thonrton's film lives up to expectations.
The cruel seaside: In Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort, a Kent coastal resort becomes a grim refuge for asylum seekers where the only industry is cyberporn. Iain Sinclair enjoys a winter break.
Once more, with feeling: John Cassavetes humiliated his bit players in Husbands to let out his main characters' emotional repression. Tom Charity looks back in admiration.
Obituaries: Bob Baker brings out the deceased. Plus profiles of Loretta Young, Claude Autant-Lara, So Yamamura, Norman Swallow and Jason Robards Jr.
Soup dreams: Lindsay Anderson's Free Cinema monement is nearing its half century. Bryony Dixon and Christopher Dupin evaluate its achievement and founder member Lorenza Mazzetti talks about directing Eduardo Paolozzi and how she lost it all to love.
Portlans's butterfly: Shawn Levy insists that Gus Van Sant's Finding Forester subverts Hollywood norms from the inside. But is it just more proof that the former maverick has sold out?
Rushes: Gangs of New York; Rotterdam's rebirth; Sundance special; the golden age of jazz.
Letters: Tom Hanks nears redemption; adjust yout TV sets; Troma trauma.
Film Reviews: All The Pretty Horses, L'Amante Perduto/The Lost Lover, Audition, Best In Show, Born Romantic, But I'm A Cheerleader, Chocolat, The Claim, Dark Days, Digimon Digital Monsters The Movie, Dude Where's My Car?, The Emperor's New Groove, Finding Forester, The Gift, Groove, Last Resort, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Liam, Malena, Pay It Forward, Proof Of Life, Second Skin, Songs From The Second Floor, The Tao Of Steve, Thirteen Days, What Women Want.
Video Reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's DVD and video releases. Plus Alex Cox talks about Sid And Nancy; Mark Kermode rediscovers Gimme Shelter.


Issue 118
February 2001
Six degrees of Nosferatu:The circumstances surrounding F. W. Murnau's classic 1922 vampire film are still a subject for speculation. Thomas Elsaesser unravels a web of connections.
Take it like a girl: Boxing has long been cinema's sport of choice - but now it has babes. B. Ruby Rich celebrates Girlfight and a new genre that promises to transform, women's screen image.
Creatures of appetite: As Bill Clinton bows out of the White House, The Contender gives us a last dose of Washington sex and sleaze. But with its honourable female protagonist is it a prophesy for 2004, asks J. Hoberman.
Cruel intentions: Michael Winterbottom's The Claim transports Thomas Hardy to the Sierra Nevada. Anna Wood talks to production designer Mark Tildesley about wine, whisky and frostbite. Plus David Jays on cinema's take on our gloomiest novelist.
Books special: S&S quarterly roundup of the latest titles.
Rushes: Kubrick's photojournalism; human rights and the web; Tokyo's new festival; who invented cinema.
Letters: The Film Council and accountability; DVD quality; PilmFour fails to deliver.
Film reviews: The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Beautiful Creatures, Bless the Child, Bounce, Cast Away, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, The Criminal, Dead Babies, Faithless, The Family Man, Gekijoban Poketto Monsuta: Maboroshi no Pokemon Ekkusu - RugiaBakudan / Pokemon 2: The Power of One, Last Souls, The Low Down, Quills, Rage, Red Planet, Requiem for a Dream, Sexy Beast, Shadow of the Vampire, The 6fth Day, State and Main, Traffic, Unbreakable, Under Suspicion, Vertical Limit, Woman on Top.
Home movies: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Kim Newman revisits Thursderbirds and Tony Rayns on why Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket deserves a second chance.


Issue 117
January 2001
In bed with the film council: The Film Council's clean-slate approach promises all things to all film-makers. Nick James probes the rhetoric to find out what new British cinema might be.
Thieves on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Sexy Beast is that rarest of creatures: a first-rate British gangster movie starring Ray Winstone. Nick James talks to the man who pulled it off - debut director Jonathan Glazer.
Gone to earth: With its unabashed romanticism, haunting visuals and epic sweep, John Boorman's Excalibur is one of the few British films to take myth seriously. By Philip Kemp.
Gimme shelter: Set around Iran's mountainous frontier with Iraq, Samira Makhamalbaf's new film Blackboards inhabits the ambiguous borderland between surrealism and neorealism. By Laura Mulvey.
Refuseniks: Veteran French new-waver Agnes Varda took to the road to film rural and urban misfits. Chris Darke explains why for Varda, DV is simply deja vu.
His nibs: Quills portrays the Marquis de Sade as ''the Hannibal Lecter of literature''. Richard Falcon talks sex and censorship with its controversial director Philip Kaufman.
Rushes: The Sopranos: themes and variations; up the arthouse; sincerity on US tv; the censor's agenda; the most expensive videogame ever made; scraps from the Greek table.
Letters: French connections; British comedy.
Film Reviews: Almost Famous, The Art of War, Blackboards/Takhte Siah, Cecil B. Demented, Charlie's Angels, Confessions of a Trickbaby, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Les Destinees Sentimentales, Drole de Felix, The Escort, La Fidelite, The Grinch, Hamlet, Little Nicky, The Man Who Cried, Meet the Parents, Merlin the Return, 102 Dalmatians, The Original Kings of Comedy, Ready to Rumble, Saltwater, Second Generation, Small Time Crooks, Urban Legands Final Cut, The Watcher.
Video Reviews: Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab on this month's DVD and video releases. Plus Clare Newsome on DVD shopping and Edward Buscombe on Spaghetti Westerns.

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