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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 140
December 2002
Easy on the megaphone: John Malkovich has just directed his debut film, the political thriller The Dancer Upstairs. He tells James Mottram why he waited so long before getting behind the camera and explains why red wine keeps him in Europe.
Modern times: In response to criticism that our top ten poll neglected recent work, Sight & Sound asked leading UK critics for their best films from the past 25 years. Assessing the results, Nick James is optimistic about the state of contemporary cinema.
A tale of two memories: The Man without a Past is the new film from off-beat Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. It's like The Bourne Identity rewritten by Samuel Beckett, says Simon Louvish.
Raising hell: Shorn of a crucial scene for its 1971 release, Ken Russell's The Devils has never been seen as its director intended. That is, until Mark Kermode tracked down the missing footage.
Heartsnatch hotel: Following a group of immigrant workers as they struggle to get by in an indifferent London, Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things is a blend of social realism and fast -paced thriller. lain Sinclair reflects on how the mix works
Film reviews: Abouna, AKA, A la folie Pas du tout/He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not..., Anita & Me, The Announcement, Avalon, Boat Trip, Bundy/Ted Bundy, The Dancer Upstairs/Pasos de baile, Dirty Pretty Things, 8 Women/Huit Femmes/Otto donne, Enough, Huit Femmes/Otto donne/8 Women, Juwanna Mann, L.I.E., Like Mike, Lundi matin/Monday Morning/Lunedi mattina, Manic, Mr. Deeds, Mrs. Caldicot's Cabbage War, Mughal-E-Azam, The Quiet American/Der stille Amerikaner, Red Dragon/Roter Drache, 28 Days Later..., The War Bride.


Issue 139
November 2002
On a wing and a prayer: The Venice film festival was under pressure to perform after its director was removed with just months to go. Nick James on new head Moritz de Hadeln's surprising success Plus reviews of the highlights.
Bond for beginners: Nobody does it better, they say, but Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori relished his chance to add a new James Bond, Die Another Day, to the list. Edward Lawrenson visits the set and talks to Tamahori.
The egos have landed: Jon Ronson makes 'faux-naif' documentaries. Who better to write about Michael Moore's gun-law doc Bowling for Columbine, part of this year's doc-friendly Regus London Film Festival? Plus a preview of the hard-hitting opening gala Dirty Pretty Things and our further recommendations.
Bouquet of barbed wire: Coming on like a Hollywood tear-jerker, Rabbit-Proof Fence, the true story of three Aboriginal children who walked 1,200 miles home to escape a re-education centre, has been a difficult pill for Australia to swallow, argues Adrian Martin .
Game master: Avalon is a live-action computer game-based film like no other. Made by animation master Oshii Mamoru, its virtual world is an inspired vision of combat while its 'real' world is set in Poland. Tony Rayns talks to Oshii about his non-Japanese ideas.
Book special: S&S' quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Film reviews: The Adventures of Pluto Nash/ Pluto Nash, All or Nothing, Asterix & Obelix Mission Cleopatra/Asterix & Obelix Mission Cleopatre/Asterix & Obelix Mission Kleopatra, Bowling for Columbine, Changing Lanes, Clockstoppers, Club Le Monde, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Eye/Gin Gwai, Freche Biester/ Slap Her, She's French!, Halloween Resurrection, High Crimes, Kin, K-19 Showdown in der Tiefe/ K-19 The Widowmaker, Laissez-passer/Salvoconducto, Morvern Callar, Possession, The Powerpuff Girls, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Simone, Two Can Play That Game, Two Men Went to War, xXx.


Issue 138
October 2002
Reasons to be cheerful: Is 2002 the year when British cinema stopped trying so hard to please? Ryan Gilbey celebrates a crop of abrasive new films by Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and their heirs.
That shrinking feeling: The Winding down of FilmFour has sent shockwaves through the UK industry. Geoffrey Macnab looks back oyer the last five years and claims that the future may not be as bleak as it seems.
Escape artist: Lynne Ram say's Morvem Callar mixes arthouse cool With the buzz of rave culture and female friendship. Linda Ruth Williams hails the hottest film this year.
Endurance: With My Little Eye the webcast-from- hell genre hits the mainstream; Kim Newman assesses a potent brew of violence and voyeurism. Plus James Bell talks to music producer Flood about reinventing the horror soundscape.
Drive, he said: In filming 1O Abbas Kiarostami quit the set and renounced direction altogether. His elusive portrait of women in present-day Tehran got under Geoff Andrew's skin.
Film reviews: All about Lily Chou-Chou/Riri Chou-Chou no subete, The Bunker, Christie Malry's Own Double Entry, Donnie Darko, Frailty, The Guru, The Invasor, O/Trespasser, Lilo & Stitch, Ma femme est une actrice, Minor Mishaps/Sma ulykker, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Kingdom, My Little Eye, National Lampoon's Van Wilder/Van Wilder Party Liaison, The New Guy, Riri Chou-Chou no subete/All about Lily Chou-Chou, Road to Perdition, The Rookie, Signs, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Super Troopers, The Sweetest Thing, Sweet Sixteen, Swimf@n, 10, The Trespasser, /O Invasor, Villa des Roses.


Issue 137
September 2002
Cool measures: Under a new artistic director, the Edinburgh film festival has gone from strength to strength, says Nick James. S&S reviews three of its thoroughly arthouse pleasures.
Pure kamikaze Aged 84, Ingmar Bergman is returning to film-making. In an exclusive interview he talks to Stig Bjorkman about the erotics of light and the patchy genius of Dogme.
Anatomy of melancholy: Sam Mendes has turned graphic novel Road to Perdition into a visual triumph in which Paul Newman and Tom Hanks give their best-ever performances. By Kevin Jackson.
Elective affinity: Secret Ballot uses a day in the life of a female election agent to debate the benefits of democracy to Iran. Director Babak Payami describes its surreal images to David Jays.
The ten best movies of all time: And the winner is... the results of Sight & Sound's 2002 international Critics' and Directors' Polls.
Rules of the game: Ian Christie analyses the findings and explains why polls should be taken more seriously Plus 250 critics and directors cast their votes Plus Cameron Crowe, Roger Corman, James Toback, Jonathan Glazer, Terence Davies and others on what the top ten mean to them .
Nul Britannia: It's stiff upper lips all round as British films fail in the Critics' Poll. Nick James wonders whether realism has ruined their chances.
Film reviews: Austin Powers in Goldmember, Black Knight, Die Bourne Identitat/The Bourne Identity, The Crocodile Hunter Collision Course, Devdas, Dog Days/Hundstage, Eight Legged Freaks, Hable con ella/Talk to Her, Hahesder/Time of Favor, Happy Times/Xingfu shiguang, The Importance of Being Earnest, Insomnia, Der Konig tanzt/The King Is Dancing/Le Roi danse, Lantana, Lovely & Amazing, Men in Black II, Once upon a Time in the Midlands, One Hour Photo, Reign of Fire, Scratch, Secret Ballot/Raye Makhfi/Il voto e segreto, Stuart Little, Tortilla Soup, Windtalkers.


Issue 136
August 2002
An eye for an eye: Minority Report confirms Steven Spielberg as the greatest cinematic orchestrator of our time. Kubrick, Hitchcock, sci-fi, Orwell, neo-noir, slapstick comedy and Tom Cruise combine in a dark tale of state control with a feelgood centre, says Nick James
Auteur of darkness: Harry Kumel regards his vampire classic Daughters of Darkness as commercial trash. David Thompson celebrates the even weirder Malpertuis and discovers the secret of Orson Welles' green dressing gown. Plus Novelist Nicholas Royle describes how he made Kumel a murder suspect
Palace in wonderland: Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Arkis a dazzling journey through Russian history filmed in a single take using DV technology that outclassed George Lucas. But this is the least of its achievements, the director tells Geoffrey Macnab
Incinerated cinema : On 22 January, 12,383 boxes of stills, posters and journals, most from the Cinematheque francaise, went up in smoke. David Robinson mourns a lost heritage and asks the questions the authorities are trying to avoid
Fear of black cinema: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing earns its place as a top-ten contender for putting race and racism at the centre of the Hollywood agenda. But its gritty realism and political heat mask a stunning theatricality, argues Amy Taubin
Film reviews: L' Afrance, Amen, Bad Company, Before You Go, Dead Of Night/Lighthouse, Heaven, Impostor, Ivansxtc, Jason X, Lost In La Mancha, Minority Report, Nine Queens, Not Another Teen Movie, Platform, Rollerball, Scooby-Doo, La Spagnola, Spirit Stallion Of The Cimarron, The Sum Of All Fears, Sunshine State, A Walk To Remember, The Wash, What's The Worst That Could Happen?


Issue 135
July 2002
Rich and strange: This year's Cannes was bursting with good films that successfully mixed art and politics. Our critics pick 30 of the best to look out for. Plus Nick James is seduced by Scorsese's Gangs of New York and asks why Lynne Ramsay's Morven Callar wasn't in Competition.
Send in the clones: Shawn Levy joins the paparazzi at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and sees Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones as its maker intended Plus Edward Lawrenson assesses the film's spectacular effects and points out that less can be more.
Only connect: Pedro Almodovar hires two female stars to play expressive near-corpses in Hable con ella. Paul Julian Smith delights as Spain's celebrity director tests his audience's staying power.
Slaughterhouse blues : Charles Burnett, not Spike Lee, shows black American life as it really is, argues Armond White Plus Burnett talks to Alex Cox about the award-winning Killer of Sheep.
But I'm beautiful: You probably think Muriel's Wedding is a kitsch comedy of little lasting interest. Andy Medhurst argues for its place as one of the greatest lesbian love stories in film history.
Film reviews: The Abduction Club, Beijing Bicycle, Big Fat Liar, Birthday Girl, Dancing At The Blue Iguana, Dogtown And Z-Boys, Everything Put Together, The Girl From Paris, Gregoire Moulin, Killing Me Softly, Kissing Jessica Stein, Lawless Heart, Murder By Numbers, The Musketeer, Novocaine, Skin Of Man Heart Of Beast, Spider-Man, Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones, The Time Machine, Unfaithful, What Time Is It There?


Issue 134
June 2002
Changing the guard: Monster's Ball languised for five years while Hollywood tried to lighten it up. Nick Roddick talks to director Mark Forster about this dark vision of US society that made Halle Berry an unexpected hit. Rendering Rendell: Claude Miller's Betty Fisher and Other Stories transplants Ruth Rendell's Hampstead to Paris. Screenwriter Michael Eaton use recent European Rendell movies to formulate some principles for screen adaption.
A bigger splash: Drunken Womaniser Jackson Pollock fashioned himself as an all-American male. For Ed Harris, director and star of Pollock, it was crucial to show him action painting. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab.
Fatal attraction : Butchered after its 1955 release outraged audiences, Max Ophulus' Lola Montes is the stuff of legend. Stefan Drossler describes teh complex detective work behind its recent restoration and Shane Danielsen reintroduces the film.
A little learning: Critics' polls since 1952 have ignored documentary. Peter Matthews argues for Homework, Abbas Kiarostami's tendentious 1990 portrait of Iranian schoolboys, as a Top Ten contender.
Film reviews: Beginner's Luck, Betty Fisher And Other Stories, Biggie And Tupac, Blade II, Chop Suey, Crush, Divided We Fall, Dragonfly, 40 Days And 40 Nights, Hardball, John Q, Living In Hope, Monster's Ball, Offending Angels, Pollock, Queen Of The Damned, Read My Lips, Resident Evil, Roberto Succo, The Scorpion King, Showtime, Snow Dogs, Tape, The Way I Killed My Father.


Issue 133
May 2002
Mother courage: Jodie Foster has specialised in playing single parents and abandoned children. Linda Ruth Williams watches David Fincher's Panic Room and discovers why.
Boom raider: In Biggie and Tupac Nick Broomfield investigates the gang murders of two of hip-hop's biggest stars. He talks to Damon Wise about fear, death and camera equipment.
Imagine Asia:
Going south : We've all heard of Bollywood, but other areas of India produce equally stunning arthouse and commercial films in great numbers. Naman Ramachandran investigates.
Hired hand: Hackney-born Asif Kapadia has shot an almost wordless magic-realist epic in the Indian desert. He tells Nick James what inspired The Warrior.
Welcome to the circle: .
Bang bang: Iain Sinclair nominates King of New York as one of the all-time top-ten films. Is it beciase of Christopher Walken's managed neurosis or Abel Ferrara's vision of the century's ultimate city in meltdown?
Books special: Our quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Film reviews: About A Boy, Ali G Indahouse, Baise-moi, Bend It Like Beckham, The Business Of Strangers, The Closet/Le Placard, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Dark Blue World, Delbaran, Dog Soldiers, Dust, Hart's War, Hotel, Ice Age, I'm Going Home, Life As A House, Sex And Lucia, The Majestic, The One, Panic Room, Revelation, Thunderpants, Tosca, 24 Hour Party People, The Warrior.


Issue 132
April 2002
Trans-Europe expression: The Rotterdam and Berlin festivals launch the European film new year. Sight and Sound's critics bring you the movies to watch our for.
Heaven's mouth: 'And Your Mother Too' is a sexy teen road movie, but its quiet politics prove Mexican cinema is resurgent, argues Paul Julian Smith. Plus interview with Alfonso Cuaron
Kinky bio: 24 Hour Party People immortilises the 80s Manchester music scene of Joy Division and Happy Mondays through the eyes of Tony Wilson. But is it more Factory than facts, asks Ryan Gilbey.
The spider stratagem: The upcoming release of the Watchmen and Spider-Man demonstrates Hollywood's conversion to comics. David Thompson celebrates their appeal but wonders if some comics are unfilmable.
One man from now: In the postponed terrorist movie Collateral Damage hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to want to boost his ratings with a softer image. Jim Kitses looks at the future of the action movie post Spetember 11.
White collar blues: L'Emploi du temps follows an unemployed French businessman who roams Swiss motorways and mountains rather than admit the truth to his family. Director Laurent Cantet talks to Ginette Vincendeau about men, women and work.
Kind of 'blue': What are your top ten movies of all time? In the run-up to our September 2002 critics' and directors' poll, Nick James nominates Kieslowski's Three Colours Blue as a contender.
Film reviews: And Your Mother Too, Collateral Damage, Crossroads, D-Tox, Dinner Rush, L' Emploi Du Temps, I Am Sam, Invincible, Italian For Beginners, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Joy Ride/Roadkill, K-Pax, Kate & Leopold, The Mystic Masseur, No Man's Land, The Officers' Ward, Orange County, Pauline & Paulette, The Pornographer, Return To Never Land, The Royal Tenenbaums, Slackers, Thir13en Ghosts, Warm Water Under The Red Bridge, We Were Soldiers.


Issue 131
March 2002
Family album: Wes Anderson's dysfunctional family saga The Royal Tenenbaums is even more audaciously eccentric than Rushmore. Jonathan Romney teases out the wealth of seductively contrived imagery that makes it such a magnificent oddity.
The big hurt: Michael Mann's portrait of Muhammad Ali focuses on political history and popular culture as well as boxing. But is his film The Greatest, asks Adrian Wootton.
Blood meridian: Walter Salles' Behind the Sun transposes an Albanian blood-feud tale to the 1910 Brazilian badlands. The director describes its lusciously dramatic images to Nick James.
Dassy cool: Bully, Larry Clark's controversial follow-up to kids, focuses on a posse of bored, doped-up teen killers. But is the director more interested in his protagonists' young bodies than in their minds, asks James Mottram.
Obituaries: Last orders for 2001's roll of lost and lamented, plus tributes to Budd Boetticher and Burt Kennedy, Roy Boulting, Samuel Z. Arkoff and Jane Greer. Compiled by Bob Baker.
Film reviews: Ali, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, Bangkok: Dangerous, A Beautiful Mind, Behind The Sun, Bloody Sunday, Bully, Charlotte Gray, Comedie De L'Innocence, Domestic Disturbance, Evil Woman/Saving Silverman, Das Experiment, From Hell, Hearts In Atlantis, Just Visiting, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Late Marriage, Metropolis, The Mothman Prophecies, Muhammad Ali The Greatest, Ocean's Eleven, Shallow Hall, The Shipping News, The Son's Room.


Issue 130
February 2002
Nice 'n easy: With 1960's Ocean's Eleven Sinatra's Rat Pack proved they could make a rotten Vegas heist movie. Now there's a slick, star-studded remake. Shawn Levy wonders why and asks if George and Brad can ever be as cool as Frank and Dean.
Trimming Tolkien: By now you know that Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring succeeds spectacularly in capturing Tolkien's mix of gothic dread and calculated feyness. But would Tokien have liked it, wonders Graham Fuller.
Northern exposure: In a culture that's gone from oral tradition to cinema in one generation, the Inuit myth-making epic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner has a freshness and authenticity the likes of Star Wars lacks, says S F Said.
Where the mild things are: Monsters, Inc. harks back to the golden age of Disney storytelling with a dash of postmodern irony thrown in. By Paul Wells.
Before the rain: Akira Kurosawa's contemporary urban dramas use the long hot summer as a reflection of social meltdown and emotional global warming. By Philip Kemp.
Books special: Our quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Film reviews: The Affair Of The Necklace, American Outlaws, Behind Enemy Lines, Black Hawk Down, The Body, Cool And Crazy, The Fluffer, The Glass House, Good Times, Gosford Park, Iris, The Lady & The Duke, Lava, Long Time Dead, The Lord Of The Rings The Fellowship Of The Ring, Lovely Rita, Made, Monsters Inc., Nightshift/Trois Huit, Nobody Someday, O, The Princess Diaries, Rat Race, Soul Survivors, Spy Game, Training Day, Vanilla Sky, Waking Life.


Issue 129
January 2002
To be or not to be: British actors are universally respected but tragically underused. Nick James asks why the current batch of lottery-funded Britfilms ignore one of our greatest assets.
Henna and cellphones: Mira Nair wanted to make a Bollywood-style movie about the people around her dinner table. But on her return to Delhi she discovered a sexual revolution in progress. Geoffrey Macnab talks to her about Monsoon Wedding.
Crisis in happyland: Hollywood's best shot at coming to terms with capitalism was to invent the figure of the benign banker. David Mamet dissects the myth behind It's A Wonderful Life.
The hard stuff: Ingmar Bergman's films are so rigorous and self-hating it's a wonder he caught on. Peter Matthews charts the rise, fall and ressurection of the high priest of the arthouse.
Three colours Italian: Nanni Moretti's new film eschews politics for a mediation on love, life and death. He tells Guido Bonsaver what his analysand friends make of his portrait of a bereaved provincial psychiatrist.
Urban legends: Tehran: Tehran in the 90s had undergone a decade of fundamentalist religious repression and war. Yet behind the closed doors an unexpected cinematic renaisance was flowering. By Hamid Dabashi.
Editorial: The best intentions.
Rushes: The Lord Of The Rings; gay Friday TV; Munich's disability film festival; report from Thessaloniki; Kristian Levring's life after Dogme.
Profile: Film-makers like Fred Schepisi and Robert Altman are struggling to survive. Ryan Gilbey reviews the pre-Last Orders career of a neglected Australian master.
Letters: What really happened to London's Lux; why exhibition matters; what women want.
Film reviews: Baby Boy, The Day I Became A Woman, Disco Pigs, Dog Eat Dog, Don't Say A Word, The 51st State, Freddy Got Fingered, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, In The Bedroom, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Again, Kandahar, The Last Castle, Last Orders, Mean Machine, Monsoon Wedding, Mulholland Dr., The Navigators, Osmosis Jones, Riding in Cars With Boys, Serendipity, Shooters, Sidewalks Of New York, Va Savoir.
Home movies: Geoffrey Macnab, Lucy Neville and Ben Walters review this months DVD and video releases. Plus Rob White on what Mitchum and De Niro's bodies tell us about their respective Cape Fears.

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