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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 224
December 2009
Features
Unexpected tenderness: Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winner The White Ribbon is a tale of cruelty set in a north German village in 1913. Despite its monochrome austerity, Catherine Wheatley sees hints of a new softness in the director's work
PLUS: The Revenge of Children: Geoff Andrew asks the director about the evolution of this disturbing film Romantic setting
Jane Campion tells Nick James why she didn't want to make just another 19th-century costume drama with Bright Star, her portrait of Keats in love
PLUS: Too Late for Antique Vows: Bright Star may be based on Andrew Motion's Keats biography, but it is less the poet's biopic than a dreamy evocation of the spirit of his poetry, says Graham Fuller
The devil of detail: As Henri-Georges Clouzot's extraordinary unfinished L'Enfer (Inferno) is resurrected after 40 years, David Thompson surveys the career of the French master of suspense
PLUS Ginette Vincendeau profiles Clouzot's star Romy Schneider
PLUS James Bell talks to director Serge Bromberg about his new film Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno In a strange land
Last year, Sergey Dvortsevoy beat Steve McQueen to the best debut feature award at the London Film Festival with his steppe saga Tulpan. Kieron Corless meets him
The greatest film-makers you've never heard of: Their groundbreaking movies have struggled to find distribution in the UK, yet the films of husband-and-wife partnership Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet show an unparalleled commitment to intense human experience, says Tag Gallagher
#DVD review: Brigitte Bardot 5-Film Collection: Tim Lucas on an overlooked Brigitte Bardot box-set showcasing some of the French screen icon's less familiar films
#Film of the Month: A Serious Man: While true to the Coens' absurdist spirit, 'A Serious Man' - unusually for them - features a realistic, empathetic character in a realistic setting, the suburban Midwest in the 1960s. It's a fascinating mix, says Michael Atkinson
#Film review: Johnny Mad Dog: Trevor Johnston admires a vivid, terrifying portrait of African child soldiers that challenges its viewers' wits and bearings
#Film review: The Informant!: Matt Damon is at his elusive best in Steven Soderbergh's discombobulating corporate-crime thriller. Take Michael Atkinson's word for it
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* Bright Star, * Bunny & the Bull, * Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, * Cold Souls * Couples Retreat, * Cracks, * The Crimson Wing, * The Descent: Part 2, * Disgrace, * Examined Life, * Fame, * The Girlfriend Experience, * Glorious 39, * Halloween II, * The Horseman, * Film review: The Informant!, * The Invention of Lying, * Jennifer's Body, * Film review: Johnny Mad Dog, * Lala Pipo - A Lot of People, * Made in Jamaica, * The Merry Gentleman, * Morris: A Life with Bells On, * Pandorum, * Paper Heart, * Rage, * Reckoning Day, * The Sea Wall, * Seraphine, * Film of the Month: A Serious Man, * Surrogates, * Surviving Evil, * Taking Woodstock, * Tulpan, * Vanishing of the Bees, * We Live in Public, * The White Ribbon, * wmd., * Zombieland, * DVD review: Brigitte Bardot 5-Film Collection.


Issue 223
November 2009
Features
Within a closed world: Jacques Audiard talks to Ginette Vincendeau about his follow-up to 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped', prison drama 'A Prophet'
#Electric 'Underground': Director Anthony Asquith has long been dismissed as a lightweight. But his restored 1928 silent is a revelation, says Jay Weissberg
Cover feature: London Film Festival: As Wes Anderson's anarchic fairytale Fantastic Mr Fox opens the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, Sam Davies interviews the director about how he used stop-motion animation to bring Roald Dahl's much-loved children's classic to the screen.
PLUS Austria's Jessica Hausner talks to Geoffrey Macnab about the pitfalls of filming Lourdes
PLUS Veteran documentarist Frederick Wiseman turns his all-seeing camera on the Paris Opera Ballet. By Nicolas Rapold
Autumn almanac: Venice & Toronto: Overlapping as they do every September, the two festivals have often been seens as rivals. But with so many films appearing on both programmes - including bold new works from Herzog, Solondz and Denis - they are coming to seem like complementary partners, though each creates a different mood. Jonathan Romney reports from the Lido, and Nick James from Toronto.
The vampire next door: Park Chan-wook's Thirst is just the latest in a recent ?urry of vampire films and TV shows from around the world that shun the old gothic trappings. Kevin Jackson asks what else this new breed have in common.
PLUS Park Chan-wook tells James Bell how he laid the cliches to rest.
The sound of silence: Transcending the new genre of western-produced 'African atrocity film', Johnny Mad Dog takes an un?inching look at child soldiers in West Africa. By Linda Ruth Williams
PLUS Director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire talks to Jonathan Romney
#Film of the Month: An Education: Nick Hornby's adaptation of journalist Lynn Barber's memoir of teenage seduction shows his trademark understated wit. But it's the nuanced touch of director Lone Scherfig that really makes it special, says Kate Stables #DVD: L'important c'est d'aimer.
Tim Lucas on Romy Schneider, giving the performance of her life in Andrzej Zulawski's tale of broken hearts and lost dreams, 'L'important c'est d'aimer'
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: * 9, * Army of Crime, * Baabarr, * Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, * Colin, * The Cove, * Dead Man Running, * Died Young Stayed Pretty, * District 13 Ultimatum, * Driving Aphrodite / My Life in Ruins, * Film of the Month: An Education, * Fantastic Mr Fox, * The Final Destination, * The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, * G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra, * Gamer, * Greek Pete, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, * The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, * DVD: L'important c'est d'aimer, * Ip Man, * Jack Said / Paul Tanter's Jack Said, * Katalin Varga, * Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee, Love Exposure / Ai no mukidashi, * Ong Bak The Beginning / Ong Bak 2, * Passchendaele, * Pontypool, * Shooting Robert King, * Sorority Row, * Tales from the Golden Age, * The Goods Live Hard Sell Hard, * The Red Baron/Der Rote Baron , * Thirst / Bakjwi, * Triangle, * Welcome, * Whiteout/Whiteout Enfer blanc.


Issue 222
October 2009
Features
Going underground: Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall digs into the BFI National Archive's extraordinary collection of films about the mining industry, which offer a provocative and often moving celebration of everyday labour
Crossing the threshold: On the eve of a retrospective of his films in London, Colossal Youth director Pedro Costa discusses his career with Kieron Corless, while (in the magazine) critic Quintin explains why the Portuguese film-maker's process is key to understanding his work.
Also in the magazine, Argentinian critic Quintin charts the development of Costa's unique filming style.
Cover feature: Estate of mind
Red Road director Andrea Arnold tells Lisa Mullen why thinking is the enemy of creativity - and why it's only the middle classes who are likely to find her acclaimed new council-estate drama Fish Tank 'grim'.
PLUS Nick Roddick explains why the director fits a tradition of British film-makers who refuse to be constrained by the social-realist label
In the line of beauty
R.J. Cutler tells Nick James how he gained the trust of Anna Wintour, the famously icy editor of American Vogue, for his fascinating documentary The September Issue
Phoning it in: Sally Potter talks to Nick Bradshaw about her experimental fashion drama Rage, and explains why it's impossible to resist change
Reality check: Jonathan Romney reports from the Tuscan set of Abbas Kiarostami's enigmatic Juliette Binoche vehicle Certified Copy
Film of the Month: The Beaches of Agnes: Eighty-one this year, Agnes Varda looks back on a life that took her from the French New Wave to hippie-era Los Angeles and beyond, in a self-portrait that's as rich and full as any autobiography, says Jonathan Romney
DVD review: The Howl: Tim Lucas admires the revolutionary electricity and formal adandon of Tinto Brass' 1968 The Howl
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
31 North 62 East, The Agent, Aliens in the Attic, Away We Go, Film of the Month: The Beaches of Agnes, Film review: BirdWatchers, Blind Dating, Born in 68/Nes on 68 Nous nous aimerons jusqu'a la mort, Bustin' Down the Door, Chevolution, Coffin Rock, Creation, District 9, Dorian Gray, The Firm, Fish Tank, Funny People, G-Force, Goodbye Solo, Heart of Fire/Feuerherz, DVD: The Howl, DVD review: The Howl, Je veux voir, Jetsam, Julie & Julia, The Meerkats, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, Morning Light, Orphan/Orphan Das Waisenkind/ Esther/L'Orpheline, A Perfect Getaway, The September Issue, Shank, Shorts, The Soloist, The Spell, The Time Traveler's Wife/Die Frau des Zeitreisenden, Film review: Tricks, Up, Vinyan, White Lightnin'.


Issue 221
September 2009
The wild bunch: They make films that are uncategorisable, in which cinematic language, taste and even reality itself are bent to their will. Mark Cousins hails the 50 revolutionary auteurs from around the world whom we have dubbed the 'Wild Bunch'.
PLUS (in the magazine) 50 directors - from Anger to Zulawski via Breillat, Lynch, Suzuki, Tsui and Verhoeven - profiled by our panel of contributors.
PLUS (in the magazine) Kim Newman on one-hit wonders, Amy Taubin on 'wild' women and Michael Brooke on the eastern European visionaries who managed to fool the censors.
Days of Gloury: After S&S covered the Cannes premiere of Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino took exception to our accusation of pastiche. He tells Ryan Gilbey why his new film is really all about language.
In the realm of Oshima: Best known in the west for the period co-productions In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Oshima's finest works are the fiercely modern Japanese films he made in the '60s, says Alexander Jacoby.
Sensory perception: Pedro Almod?var's Broken Embraces sees the director taking a sidestep away from melodrama towards noir. Via the story of a blind screenwriter, he explores his - and his native country's - relationship to the past. By Maria Delgado.
The big switch: Over the past two years, digital projection has begun to transform cinemagoing in the UK. But reports of the death of celluloid may be premature, says Geoffrey Macnab.
Film of the month: Afterschool: Focused on a loner who can only relate to 'real life' through DIY video footage, Antonio Campos' cool, brave directing debut Afterschool is a high-school movie for the alienated YouTube generation, says Lisa Mullen.
DVD review: Woodstock: On the 40th anniversary of the festival, 'Woodstock' returns in fine remastered form, writes Tim Lucas.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: Adventureland, Film of the month: Afterschool, Beautiful Losers, Big River Man, Broken Embraces / Los abrazos rotos, Br?no, Crossing Over, Dance Flick, (500) Days of Summer, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Home, Film review: The Hurt Locker, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Imagine That / Imagine That Die Kraft der Fantasie, The Informers, Inglourious Basterds, Lake Tahoe, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 / L'ennemi public no1, Film review: Mid-August Lunch, My Sister's Keeper, 1 Day, Red Mist, Sin nombre, The Ugly Truth.


Issue 220
August 2009
Features
Gangsters special, part 3: Thunder roads Since the 1960s, independent-minded US film-makers have been revisiting the Great Depression. Michael Atkinson explores the era's enduring appeal
Seeing red: restoring The Red Shoes With a little help from its greatest fan Martin Scorsese, Powell and Pressburger's 1948 masterpiece The Red Shoes returns to the screen in full Technicolor glory. But what does a restoration project on this scale really involve, asks Ian Christie
Making the waves After the maelstrom of Cannes, where his extraordinary new horror film Antichrist earned a Best Actress award for Charlotte Gainsbourg - and a chorus of critical outrage - Lars von Trier talks to Stig Bj?rkman in the calm of his writer's cabin outside Copenhagen
Give 'em enough rope Like Sacha Baron Cohen's previous comic creations Ali G and Borat, Br?no forces us to confront our prejudices. But is the formula wearing thin, asks Kim Newman
Gangsters special, part 1: Johnny too bad With Public Enemies, Michael Mann reinvents the gangster legends of his home city Chicago as his own distinctive brand of alpha-male head-to-head. But it's the look as much as the psychology that seems to fascinate him, says Nick James
Gangsters special, part 2: Bad company For a few thrilling years in 1930s America, the real-life crime wave transformed both the kind of films made in Hollywood and the kind of writers and actors making them - and the gangster movie was born. By Lee Server
Steady as she goes A tender portrait of the relationship between a father and his daughter, 35 Shots of Rum reveals a gentler side to risk-taking director Claire Denis. By Catherine Wheatley. PLUS James Bell talks to Claire Denis about trains, Ozu and the perfect father
Selected reviews
Film of the month: Frozen River A bleak tale of people-smuggling in the icy terrain of the US/Canadian border, Courtney Hunt's Oscar-nominated Frozen River exemplifies US indies' new concern with the lives of the poor, argues Ryan Gilbey
DVD review: In Treatment In Treatment makes gripping drama out of the conversations of a therapist and his patients. Tim Lucas analyses its success
Film review: Moon In Duncan Jones' sci-fi chamber drama, Sam Rockwell meets a multiplicity of himself on the dark side of the moon. Reviewed by Philip Kemp
Film review: Rumba Francophone mime duo Abel and Gordon revive the art of silent physical screen comedy in their elegantly absurdist second feature. Reviewed by Kate Stables
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
35 Shots of Rum Adam Alice Neel Antichrist/Antychryst Bandslam Blood The Last Vampire Burma VJ Reporting from a Closed Country/Burma VJ Reporter i et lukket land Charles Dickens's England Coco before Chanel/Coco avant Chanel Dogging A Love Story Doghouse Echoes of Home/Heimatkl?nge Embodiment of Evil/Encarna?ao do dem?nio Fired Up! Film of the month: Frozen River Ichi DVD review: In Treatment Land of the Lost Louise Bourgeois The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine Mad, Sad & Bad Mesrine: Killer Instinct/L'instinct de mort/Nemico pubblico N?1 L'istincto di morte Film review: Moon Objectified Public Enemies Revenge of the Fallen Film review: Rumba Skin The Hangover/Hangover The Heavy The Proposal The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 The Yes Men Fix the World Three Miles North of Molkom... Transformers Year One


Issue 219
July 2009
Features
Stars in his eyes: David Lynch's new music collaboration sees him use singing and photography in his continued exposing of the dark psyche of suburbia. He talks to James Bell
Inflammable desires: As Kenneth Anger's legendary 'Magick Lantern Cycle' rises again on DVD, Tony Rayns unpicks the hidden themes and influences that made his work so groundbreaking.
Cannes 2009: Carve his name with pride: Tarantino has thrown everything into the mix for Inglourious Basterds, from complex wordplay to extreme violence, but it leaves Nick James wondering where the drama went.
Cannes Report: Backing the future: It was billed as the best auteur list in years, with fewer American films than usual, so how come money shots rather than great films were the talk of the Croisette, asks Nick James? PLUS J. Hoberman on the two most loathed films at the festival. Lizzie Francke admires the Camera d'Or-winning Samson and Delilah.Amy Taubin is impressed by the range of performances from actresses.Geoff Andrew extols the virtues of Marco Bellocchio's moving Vincere, and Corneliu Porumboiu's superb Police, Adjective. Jonathan Romney enjoys Alain Resnais' flamboyant Les Herbes folles. And Wendy Ide samples films directed by women shown in the less trumpeted strands of Cannes.
Latin Massive: Challengingly radical and completely vital, Buenos Aires' BAFICI film festival continues to conjure its magic, despite funding cuts, says Kieron Corless.
The arthouse diaspora: Why are sharp British talents like Thomas Clay jumping ship to work outside the UK? Jonathan Romney admires Clay's new film Soi Cowboy, while John Wrathall looks at the history of Brits abroad and S&S talks to some key expat talents.
DVD: I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar/Emergency Kisses: Tim Lucas on Philippe Garrel's surprisingly tender films about his heroin-fuelled relationship with legendary chanteuse Nico.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Am I Black Enough for You, Angels & Demons, Beyond the Fire, Blind Loves/Slep? l?sky, The Blue Tower, City Rats, Cloud 9/Wolke 9, Crank High Voltage, The Disappeared, Drag Me to Hell, Dummy, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Gigantic, The Girl Cut in Two/La Fille coup?e en deux/Die zweigeteilte Frau, The Hide, I Love You Man, I'm Gonna Explode/Voy a explotar, The Last House on the Left, The Last Thakur, Looking for Eric, Max Manus Man of War/Max Manus, Night at the Museum 2/Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian, Obsessed, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Red Cliff/Chi Bi, Rudo y Cursi, Shadows in the Sun, Shirin, Soi Cowboy, Soul Power, Star Trek, Summer Scars, Sunshine Cleaning, Telstar, Tenderness, Terminator Salvation, The Uninvited/Der Fluch der zwei Schwestern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.


Issue 218
June 2009
Features
Joseph Losey & Harold Pinter: In search of poshlust times: From Venetian decadence and British class war to Proustian time games, the collaborations of Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter in the 1960s and 1970s introduced a new, high-culture kind of art film, says Nick James
Losey/Pinter special: The go-between: In-between dissecting the British class system in his films with Pinter, Losey was busy shooting ads for Ford and Horlicks. By Dylan Cave
Cannes preview: With brand new features from Michael Haneke, Quentin Tarantino, Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, Gaspar Noe, Ang Lee and Lars von Trier, this year's Cannes film festival looks set to be a cinephile's treat
Airless love: As Pedro Almod?var nears 60, does his latest Cannes contender Broken Embraces reveal a director cannibalising his own past triumphs, asks Paul Julian Smith, or a master at the peak of his powers?
Fantasy football: A fantasy sequence, little social or political comment and a starring role for football legend Eric Cantona. Can Looking for Eric really be a film by Ken Loach, asks Nick Roddick?
Gone in 60 years: Charlie Kaufman's first film as a director, Synecdoche, New York is about - you guessed - a director; one who turns his life into theatre. But is there more to Kaufman than the Kaufmanesque blurring of art and life, asks Edward Lawrenson
Losey/Pinter special: The caretaker: As a playwright, Pinter had a unique and unmistakable voice. But as a screenwriter, argues Ian Christie, he was a meticulous and sensitive adaptor of other writers, including Fitzgerald, Kafka - and himself
Losey/Pinter special: Losey and 'Accident': In 1966, James Leahy visited the set of what many consider Losey's greatest film. We reprint his report
Losey/Pinter special: The infiltrator: Exiled from his native America by McCarthy's witch-hunt, Losey used his outsider's eye to keep probing beneath the surface. Brad Stevens finds hidden depths in one of the director's most neglected films, 1972's The Assassination of Trotsky
Selected reviews
sleep furiously: As an honest and moving portrait of a year in the life of a small rural community in mid Wales, Gideon Koppel's charming and naturalistic film beats its inspiration Dylan Thomas hands down, says John Banville
DVD: The She Beast: Tim Lucas rediscovers the flawed but fascinating debut of 'Witchfinder General' director Michael Reeves
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
12 Rounds 17 Again Anything for Her Awaydays Before I Forget Chiko Dragonball Evolution The End of the Line/El ?nal de la l?nea Fast & Furious Fighting Fire?ies in the Garden French Film Fugitive Pieces Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!/ Funukedomo, kanashimi no ai misero Hannah Montana The Movie The Haunting in Connecticut In Search of Beethoven Jonas Brothers The 3D Concert Experience Just Another Love Story Kisses Last Chance Harvey Madagascar Escape 2 Africa Management The Mark of an Angel Miss March Monsters vs Aliens New Town Killers Outlander DVD: The She Beast sleep furiously State of Play Sugar Synecdoche, New York Tormented Viva


Issue 217
May 2009
Features
The New Wave at 50: The star reborn Half a century after a group of young French directors changed forever the way films are made, we assess the legacy of the nouvelle vague. The movement also transformed film acting, introducing a new kind of star, says Ginette Vincendeau
The New Wave at 50: Riding the wave Directors Jacques Audiard, Catherine Breillat, Charles Burnett, Claude Chabrol, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Christophe Honore on what the New Wave means to them now
The New Wave at 50: A priest and his flock
The critic Andre Bazin was a father figure for the New Wave directors, writes Nick James, but they didn't always practise what he preached
The New Wave at 50: Journey to the end of the beach
As Godard's Pierrot le fou is rereleased, David Thomson looks at how the breakdown of a love affair was played out both on and off the camera
The New Wave at 50: All the world's a stage
Jonathan Romney unearths the Alain Resnais 1963 classic Muriel, a film whose formal experimentation still seems daring today
The New Wave at 50: The ones that got away
The critical focus on a handful of big-name New Wave auteurs has obscured the wider explosion of French film-making at the time, says Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
That was the war that was
Armando Iannucci's television work has exposed the uselessness of British politicians, not least in The Thick of It. So where did he go to broaden the scope of its sister film In the Loop, asks Lisa Mullen? America, of course
The new horror
Breaking the mould of the vampire film and the coming-of-age story - and what's expected of Swedish cinema - Let the Right One In is one of those uncategorisable masterpieces best described in terms of what it isn't, says Mark Kermode PLUS Kim Newman surveys the contemporary horror scene, and concludes that what's missing is a sense of meaning
Body language
When John Wrathall's screenplay Good was filmed, it gave him the chance to watch Viggo Mortensen at work, and to see how a film actor makes a role his own
Selected reviews
Tony Manero A disturbing portrait of a Travolta-obsessed sociopath in Pinochet's Chile, Pablo Larra?n's 'Tony Manero' is less about the dreams of the disco era than about the realities of life under dictatorship, says Jonathan Romney
DVD review: Exposed The 1970s Swedish sex movie 'Exposed' is, says Tim Lucas, unexpectedly subversive and full of almost Bu?uelian ruses
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
Afghan Star Alone Blue Eyelids The Boat That Rocked Bottle Shock The Burning Plain Cheri Coraline The Damned United Delta Diminished Capacity Duplicity Encounters at the End of the World The End Everlasting Moments DVD review: Exposed Good The Grocer's Son Helen In the Loop Is Anybody There? King of the Hill Knowing Lesbian Vampire Killers Let the Right One In The Life before Her Eyes Little Ashes Martyrs Momma's Man My Name Is Bruce Not Easily Broken Observe and Report O'Horten Race to Witch Mountain Shifty Sounds like Teen Spirit Tony Manero Watchmen The World Unseen


Issue 216
April 2009
Features
A brief history of cinematography Barry Salt charts the technical and artistic developments in lighting that have transformed the look of cinema over the past century
Prince of darkness Il Divo's portrait of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti sees Paolo Sorrentino going against expectations to magnificent effect, finds Guido Bonsaver.
Talking Shop Poland's Camerimage festival gave Sight & Sound the chance to canvass international cinematographers about the state of their craft. Interviews by Roger Clarke and Edward Lawrenson
Dante's Paradiso Cinematographer Dante Spinotti turned to digital cameras to penetrate the darkness of his fifth collaboration with director Michael Mann, the gangster epic Public Enemies. He talks to Roger Clarke
City of lost souls Women go off the rails in the Berlinale's taboo-busting films this year, as Nick James discovers. PLUS Jonathan Romney picks his best and worst of the festival and Tony Rayns highlights a few peaks.
Still got no strings As Disney looks to the future, Andrew Osmond looks back at the soon-to-be-reissued Pinocchio with its lead voiceover artist Dickie Jones to see what made it such a memorable and groundbreaking animation.
Anatomy of a director Otto Preminger was frequently seen as an auteur striving for objectivity. A more detailed look at his early output suggests a more subtle truth, argues Richard Combs.
Selected reviews
Film of the Month: Wonderful Town An engrossing and poetic debut from Thai director Aditya Assarat, Wonderful Town coolly sets the progress of a doomed love affair against the backdrop of a community devastated by the 2004 tsunami. By Tony Rayns
DVD Review: The Exterminating Angel and Simon of the Desert Two new Bu?uel releases shed light on the maestro's Mexican sojourn. Tim Lucas on surrealism's sly old devil.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
20th Century Boys/20-seiki sh?nen/Twentieth Century Boys The Age of Stupid Bronson Chandni Chowk to China/RameshSippy's Chandni Chowk to China Cherry Blossoms/Kirschbl?ten Hanami Confessions of a Shopaholic Crossed Tracks/Roman de gare Il Divo/Il Divo La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti DVD Review: The Exterminating Angel and Simon of the Desert Fifty Dead Men Walking Flash of Genius Friday the 13th Genova He's Just Not That into You/Er steht einfach nicht auf Dich! Hotel for Dogs/Das Hundehotel Hush I Can't Think Straight In the City of Sylvia/En la ciudad de Sylvia/Dans la ville de Sylvia Katyn LOL (Laughing Out Loud) Modern Life/La Vie moderne New in Town Not Quite Hollywood Obscene Paul Blart Mall Cop Peter Beard 'Scrapbooks from Africa and Beyond...'/Peter Beard Carnets d'Afrique et d'ailleurs Push Timecrimes/Los cronocr?menes Traitor Two Lovers Tyson Under the Sea 3D Underworld Rise of the Lycans The Universe of Keith Haring/L'universo di Keith Haring/Keith Haring Le Petit Prince de la rue Waveriders Who's Camus Anyway?/Kamyu nante shiranai Film of the Month: Wonderful Town


Issue 215
March 2009
Features
From romance to ritual Barry Lyndon takes its inspiration from Thackeray's source novel. But in Kubrick's hands the tone - and the hero - are transformed. By Kim Newman
Hall of mirrors Kubrick's unmade 1990s project Aryan Papers has now inspired an intriguing installation by the Wilson Twins that finally gives its star her moment. By Brian Dillon
Bloody Yorkshire David Peace's Red Riding novels have been adapted into three films, 1974, 1980 and 1983. Nick James enters their terrorised, haunted landscape, and talks to screenwriter Tony Grisoni
Mister Strangelove Stanley Kubrick's films, from Lolita to Eyes Wide Shut, often revolve around sexual relationships. So why, asks Linda Ruth Williams, are they so unsexy?
Up the hill backwards David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a bizarre memoir of a reverse-ageing drifter who falls for a growing child. By Graham Fuller PLUS Nick James talks to the director about the technical challenge of ageing Brad Pitt
The rules of the game Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class has crystallised debate in France about the current crisis in education. But it also belongs to a venerable tradition of French school films. By Ginette Vincendeau
The great leap forward After a craze in the 1950s, 3D was dismissed as a gimmick. But with so many new possibilities in digital production and exhibition, its time may have come. By Ben Walters PLUS Nick Roddick talks to 3D proselytiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and Tom Charity talks to Joe Dante on the set of his 3D film The Hole
Selected reviews
Film of the Month: The International With blistering action set pieces and a downbeat hero in the shape of Clive Owen, Tom Tykwer's new espionage thriller ,'The International' plays like a deglamorised, back-to-basics Bond. By Samuel Wigley
DVD Review: Magnificent Obsession Directors John M. Stahl and Douglas Sirk both filmed the same bestselling tearjerker. Tim Lucas spots the difference
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
American Teen Anvil! The Story of Anvil Bedtime Stories Bride Wars A Bunch of Amateurs Cadillac Records Che Part Two The Class The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Fermat's Room Flame & Citron Franklyn Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel Fuck The Good, the Bad, the Weird Gran Torino Hamlet 2 Film of the Month: The International JCVD The Lost City DVD Review: Magnificent Obsession Marley & Me Milk (credits only) My Bloody Valentine Notorious The Pink Panther 2 Punisher War Zone Reverb Revolutionary Road (credits only) The Secret of Moonacre Sex Drive (credits only) The Spirit Stuck The Tale of Despereaux (credits only) Three Monkeys Twilight (credits only) The Unborn Valkyrie The Wrestler (credits only) Yes Man


Issue 214
February 2009
Features
Sam Peckinpah Taking a walk through the director's bloody flick Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, David Thomson explores Peckinpah's love/hate relationship with Mexico. PLUS David Weddle on his influential television work
Mumbai rising Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle talks to Alkarim Jivani about fleeing from the Indian authorities, working with children, and why he'll be avoiding big budgets
Web Exclusive: Amazonas Film Festival report In the footsteps of Fitzcarraldo, James Bell heads deep into the Brazilian jungle for the Amazonas Festival
Web Exclusive: East meets Western Sight & Sound talks to South Korean director Kim Jee-woon about his latest film, the sci-fi western The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Web Exclusive: Obituaries January to December 2008 In our annual obituaries round-up, Bob Mastrangelo mourns the passing of the men and women of cinema who died in 2008.
All that Hollywood allows Richard Yates has been rediscovered as one of the great American writers, and Revolutionary Road is his masterpiece. Nick James asks why, in that case, Sam Mendes focuses on acting at the expense of period in his new adaptation
No city for old men Woody Allen is once again under fire with Vicky Cristina Barcelona for his interest in attractive young actresses including Scarlett Johansson. This time, however, argues Graham Fuller, the critics are failing to take the film in its own female-driven context
Come with us Gus Van Sant makes an apparent return to the mainstream with Milk, his scrupulously accurate biopic of gay activist Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn - but at its heart, says Nicolas Rapold, the film is surprisingly political
Selected reviews
Film of the Month: Better Things Duane Hopkins' first feature is an inventive, uncliched example of British realism which shines a light into rarely explored social territory and the unexamined lives of its characters. By Jonathan Romney
DVD: White Dog Tim Lucas on a controversial 1982 film now held by many to be director Samuel Fuller's last great American movie
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:
Australia Film of the Month: Better Things Beverly Hills Chihuahua La boh?me Bolt Boogie The Broken The Children A Christmas Tale Clubbed The Day the Earth Stood Still Doubt Four Christmases Frost/Nixon Hannah Takes the Stairs Hansel and Gretel Inkheart Milk Moscow, Belgium My Best Friend's Girl Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Paris 36 Rachel Getting Married The Reader Revolutionary Road Role Models Seven Pounds Sex Drive Shoot on Sight The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants 2 Slumdog Millionaire The Tale of Despereaux Tokyo Sonata Transporter 3 Twilight Vicky Cristina Barcelona Wendy and Lucy DVD: White Dog Who Killed Nancy? The True Story... The Wrestler


Issue 213
January 2009
Films of 2008: Sight & Sound asked 50 critics to choose their films of the year. The lists that they came up with reveal a surprising panoply of titles. And the top ten films are...PLUS Nick James on how 2008 has been better than expected and Ali Jaafar on the year ahead.
In a lonely place: What films are you allowed to see in North Korea, the world's most secretive country? James Bell hands in his mobile phone and reports from the Pyongyang International Film Festival.
The impossible dream: Benicio del Toro talks to Kieron Corless about playing Che Guevara and how Steven Soderbergh's biopic came together in a unique two-part fashion PLUS Michael Chanan on the realities of the Cuban revolution.
The dualist: Robert Louis Stevenson's writing anticipated cinematic techniques but most film adaptations of his work have been disappointing. By Graham Fuller. PLUS Philip Kemp on the career of Rouben Mamoulian, director of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Round and round the garden: The anarchic Georgian/French director Otar Iosseliani makes absurdist films for our times. Here Jonathan Romney takes us on a tour of the director's extensive but little-known filmography with its dedication to drink and talk.
DVD Review: The Quare Fellow: Tim Lucas on an unlikely screen adaptation of Brendan Behan's behind-bars drama 'The Quare Fellow'.
The Man from London: Bela Tarr's latest film may initially appear to be his most conventional work to date, but the Hungarian director hasn't softened his uncompromising worldview in 'The Man from London'. By Michael Brooke.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Blessed Changeling Che Part One The Class Dean Spanley Defiance The Express Far North Fine, Totally Fine Gardens in Autumn The Girl in the Park Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson How Ohio Pulled It Off I.O.U.S.A. In Prison My Whole Life Julia Kidnap Lemon Tree Love and Honour The Man from London Max Payne The Midnight Meat Train Mum & Dad The North Face/Nordwand Pride and Glory/Das Gesetz der Ehre Quarantine DVD Review: The Quare Fellow Religulous Saw V The Secret Life of Bees Summer Surveillance Trouble the Water W. The Warlords/Tau ming chong Trade Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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