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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 236
December 2010
Features
Capra before he became 'Capraesque': Celebrated each Christmas for the 'Capracorn' of It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra deserves reappraisal as a director in the light of the restoration of his 1920s silents and his luminous talkies of the early 1930s. By Joseph McBride
PLUS Kate Stables revisits Capra's It Happened One Night, not just the urtext of the romcom, but also a document of the Depression
Lost and found: Penn & Teller Get Killed: Barely seen in this country, Penn & Teller Get Killed more than earns its place in the oeuvre of its director, the late Arthur Penn, says Brad Stevens
Cover feature: Extraordinary Joe: With the Palme d'Or awarded to Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives marking a new level of recognition for Apichatpong Weerasethakul aka Joe, Adrian Martin probes the syndromes and mysteries of the Thai director's universe
PLUS Kieron Corless talks to Apichatpong about Buddhism, Fellini and the joys of working with non-professionals
Fear in the mirror: Michael Powell's Peeping Tom was reviled on its 1960 release but subsequently canonised for its analysis of voyeurism. Fifty years on, Graham Fuller takes stock
Shadow of a gunman: Like Bourne and Ripley before him, George Clooney's antihero in The American is a well-travelled killer who finds Europe a fitting backdrop for existential dilemma. Nick James follows the tracks
A boom of one's own: A new collection of British documentary shorts from the 1950s to the 1970s offers glimpses of a vanished world, says John Wyver
Mod man out: Updating Graham Greene's classic Brighton Rock to the mod era is a shrewd move for writer-director Rowan Joffe, but not one he took lightly, he tells Quentin Falk on set
Film of the month: We Are What We Are: Following a family of flesh eaters as they struggle to make ends meet in modern Mexico, Jorge Michel Grau's debut We Are What We Are spices its horror with a bracing dash of social comment, says Paul Julian Smith
DVD: The Thin Red Line: Michael Atkinson hails Terrence Malick's elegiac, mainstream-defying war epic, now given the Criterion treatment with extras that clear up a little of the mystery - and add to the mythology
Film review: Let Me In: Kim Newman explores Matt Reeves' Anglophone version of Let the Right One In and finds that it makes for even grimmer viewing than the original
Film review: The American: Anton Corbijn's fastidious, retro-ish Euro-espionage thriller is written, acted and directed as if it were still 1974. Only George Clooney could have got it made, says Michael Atkinson
Reviews in this issue: Adrift, The American, Film review: The American, An Ordinary Execution, Another Year, brilliantlove, Chico & Rita, Collapse, Devil, Dream Home, The Edge of Dreaming, The First Movie, Freight, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Into Eternity, Jackass 3D, Leap year, Legend of the Guardians The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Let Me In, Life as We Know It, Machete, My Afternoons with Margueritte, Out of the Ashes, RED, Red & White, Robinson in Ruins, The Stoning of Soraya M., This Prison Where I Live, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, We Are What We Are, You Again
DVD: The Thin Red Line


Issue 235
November 2010
Features
Carlos: five hours of the Jackal: An epic biopic of legendary terrorist Carlos marks a change of pace for Olivier Assayas. By David Thompson
English pastoral: Robinson in Ruins: 'Robinson in Ruins' marks the return of director Patrick Keiller - and a new green sensibility in his work. By Mark Fisher
Cover feature: London Film Festival: British Invention: If this month's London Film Festival is anything to go by, UK cinema is currently at a peak of creativity and diversity:
Richard Ayoade's Submarine is just one of a string of striking feature debuts showcased at the festival, says Tom Charity
Nick James tries to fathom the secret of Mike Leigh's "so-called process" in conversation with the director and one of his most regular performers, Lesley Manville
Nick James talks to Clio Barnard about The Arbor, her complex excursion into the world of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar
Lucy Reynolds on Self Made, the feature debut of Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing
Jonathan Romney on Archipelago, Joanna Hogg's Scilly-set follow-up to Unrelated
Sight & Sound's pick of the must-see films at this year's festival.
Bryony Dixon on the restoration of The Great White Silence
The Social Network: only connect: In his latest film David Fincher depicts the founding of Facebook as a tale of distrust, loneliness and betrayal that defines our age, says Kent Jones
Venice Film Festival: Over the rainbow: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere may not be the most deserving Golden Lion winner ever, but love triangles, revisionist histories, Far Eastern swordplay and meditations on cinema helped make this year's Venice Film Festival the most vibrant Nick James can remember
PLUS Guido Bonsaver gauges the health of the Italian film industry from the selection of local product on show at Venice this year
PLUS Jonathan Romney on a strand of films that raised questions about the nature of movie acting Make Way for Tomorrow: killing with kindness
Leo McCarey is best remembered for his comic work with Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers and Cary Grant. But his tragic 1937 family drama influenced Tokyo Story. By Nick Bradshaw
Film of the month: The Kids Are All Right: Lisa Cholodenko's 'The Kids Are All Right' puts the complications of the 'alternative family' under the microscope with a rare mixture of wit, intelligence, laidback naturalism and sexual frankness, says Sophie Mayer
DVD: Andrzej Zulawski's Possession: Michael Brooke on one of the most viscerally vivid portraits of a disintegrating relationship ever committed to film
Film review: Mary and Max: Oscar-winner Adam Elliot's latest mordant claymation comedy considers correspondence and its lack through a sad story of a 1970s pen-friendship. Mark Fisher harks back to an age before the internet
Film review: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow: Is this a film about art, or about film as art? That's the question asked by Sophie Fiennes' ravishing, hypnotic record of the work of Anselm Kiefer.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: Africa United, Alpha and Omega, The Arbor, Bella, Carlos, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Despicable Me, Easy A, F, Going the Distance, The Hunter, Involuntary, I'm Still Here, Jackboots on Whitehall, Just Wright, Film of the month: The Kids Are All Right, Life as We Know It, Little Big Soldier, Film review: Mary and Max, Mr Nice, New York, I Love You, Night of the Demons, Film review: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, Piranha, Ramona and Beezus, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Restrepo, The Secret of Kells, The Social Network, Takers, The Town, A Town Called Panic, True Legend, Vampires Suck, Wah Do Dem, DVD: Andrzej Zulawski's Possession.


Issue 234
October 2010
The life and death of the UK Film Council
From 'Cool Britannia' to coalition cold comfort, Geoffrey Macnab unravels the circumstances surrounding the recently announced demise of the UK Film Council
PLUS Palme d'Or-winning producer Keith Griffiths gives a personal response to the UKFC's demise
PLUS Dylan Cave on the UKFC's unsung commitment to preserving Britain's film culture
Joe Dante: serious mischief
Always one to go his own way, Joe Dante combines 3D technology with a return to a subtler, more family-oriented brand of horror in his new film The Hole. Tom Charity tracks Dante's anarchic streak through a 40-year career of filmmaking
PLUS James Mottram talks to the director
Cover feature: Remake remodel
Restored (almost) to its complete glory after over 80 years following the discovery of lost footage in Argentina, Fritz Lang's dystopian 1927 classic Metropolis is now more fascinating than ever, says Kim Newman
PLUS Directors Terry Gilliam and Oshii Mamoru reveal the impact Lang's vision had on the films they went on to direct themselves
Meth and the maiden
An award winner at Sundance this year, Winter's Bone stands out from the current crop of American indies thanks to its unflinching evocation of the drug-addled yet resilient culture of the Ozark Mountains of south Missouri. James Bell talks to director Debra Granik
Lexicon of the law
Police, Adjective redefines the policier in the distinctively bleak and absurdist style of new Romanian cinema. Kieron Corless talks to its director, Corneliu Porumboiu
One more for the road
Unjustly overlooked by British distributors, Hong Sangsoo's films offer wry and very personal insights into life and love in South Korea. As a retrospective brings Hong's work to the UK, Tony Rayns celebrates the director's unique way of working
Film of the month: Perestroika
A journey into both the snowy wastes of Siberia and the fractured mind of its grieving narrator, Sarah Turner's hypnotic 'Perestroika' is an immersive excursion into "extreme psychogeography", says Chris Darke
Film review: Police, Adjective
This dry-humoured follow-up to 12:08 East of Bucharest may be the most undramatic cop movie ever filmed, writes Philip Kemp. But beneath its games with language lies a vision of the gaping moral quagmire of police work
In the magic hour: 3 silent classics by Josef von Sternberg
Before talkies, before Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg was a master of silent film-making, writes Michael Atkinson
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
Alamar, Bonded by Blood, Budrus, Buried, Cats & Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Cyrus, Dinner for Schmucks, Eat Pray Love, Enter the Void, The Final, Frozen, The Hole, The Horde, The Human Centipede (First Sequence), In the magic hour: 3 silent classics by Josef von Sternberg, The Kid, The Last Exorcism, The Last Seven, Made in Dagenham, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, The Other Guys, Our Family Wedding, Peepli [Live], Film of the month: Perestroika, Pianomania, Film review: Police, Adjective, Release, Salt, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Step Up 3D, The Switch, Tamara Drewe, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, 22 Bullets, Why Did I Get Married Too?, The Wildest Dream, Winter's Bone


Issue 233
September 2010
Out of the past: Frantisek Vlacil: Less celebrated internationally than his near contemporaries Forman and Menzel, the late Czech director Frantisek Vlacil's visionary medieval epics have recently been rediscovered in the West. But there was more to him than that, finds Michael Brooke.
Restoration comedy: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy': Both a romantic comedy and a vehicle for Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy seems a departure for Abbas Kiarostami, but its playful ambiguity makes it very much his work. Geoff Andrew talks to the Iranian director and his star.
PLUS The wind will carry him: Adrian Martin compares the two halves of Kiarostami's career.
Cover feature: Latin American Cinema:Over the past decade high-profile Latin American successes such as The Motorcycle Diaries and City of God have broken out internationally beyond the arthouse circuit. But they are only the tip of the iceberg as an astonishing new wave of daring yet vividily real film-making has swept from Mexico to Chile. Sight & Sound highlights the key Latin American films since the start of the renaissance in 1998.
PLUS No turning back: Leading Argentine critic Sergio Wolf surveys the extraordinary recent Latin American cinema explosion.
PLUS The view from downstairs: Mar Diestro-Dopido asks director Sebastian Silva why he used his parents' own home as location for his hothouse drama The Maid.
PLUS Beyond law and order: Demetrios Matheou talks to Juan Jose Campanella about Oscar-winner The Secret in Their Eyes.
In the name of love:The fourth film from the remarkable South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, Mother is both a crime thriller and an exploration of the mysterious bond between mother and son. He talks to James Bell, and talks us through the original storyboards for five key scenes in the film.
One for the road: Forty years ago, Five Easy Pieces made Jack Nicholson a star and seemed to promise a new era of thoughtful US film-making. David Thomson looks back at a masterpiece, and talks to its director, Bob Rafelson.
Film of the Month: The Illusionist: An unproduced 1950s script by Jacques Tati proves the perfect match for Sylvain Chomet's exquisitely melancholic animation style in The Illusionist, his follow-up to Belleville Rendez-vous. By Anton Bitel.
DVD review: Walkabout + Picnic at Hanging Rock: Unfathomably old and vast, the Outback offers the perfect setting for film as fable or allegory, writes James Bell.
Film review: Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl: Manoel de Oliveira's latest eccentric gem mixes moral tale with courtly romance in a present-day setting. Jonathan Romney is strangely charmed.
Film review: The Secret in Their Eyes: Ricardo Darin is a model of minimalist acting in this investigative probe of a 1970s Argentina on the brink of dictatorship, says Maria Delgado.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: Black Dynamite, Baaria, Certified Copy, Cherry Tree Lane, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, CrimeFighters, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Pound, Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl, Exhibit A, The Expendables, Frownland, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Grown Ups, Film of the Month: The Illusionist, Inception, Jasper Penguin Explorer, Jonah Hex, Knight and Day, The Last Airbender, The Maid, Marmaduke, Mother, No Impact Man, Predators, Raavan, Rapt, Le Refuge, Rough Aunties, The Runaways, The Secret in Their Eyes, The Seventh Dimension, SoulBoy, South of the Border, Splintered, The Twilight Saga Eclipse, Undertow, World's Greatest Dad.


Issue 232
August 2010
Britain's secret Brazilian: More than any other director bar Hitchcock, the Brazilian Alberto Cavalcanti had a profound influence on British film-making in the 1930s and 40s. But he remains an unjustly overlooked figure, says Nick James.
Cover feature: The pattern under the plough: The rhythms and rituals of rural life have seldom been conspicious in British cinema. But in feature films of the 1960s and 70s and documentaries across the decades, tantalising traces of the 'old, weird Britain' can still be unearthed. By Rob Young.
PLUS:
Absent authors: Folk in artist film: William Fowler maps the enduring links between British folk culture and artists' film-making.
The last maverick: Dennis Hopper, who died on 29 May 2010, is best remembered as a no-holds-barred movie actor and offscreen personality. But in one of his last in-depth interviews, he reminisced to Nick Roddick about his extraordinary parallel careers as director, painter and photographer.
PLUS Michael Atkinson surveys Hopper's boundary-pushing life and work in movies.
Behind the door: With her new film Bluebeard, director Catherine Breillat returns to the realm of female adolescent sexuality she has made her own - but this time through the prism of fairytale. Catherine Wheatley talks to her, and charts cinema's long preoccupation with the Bluebeard myth.
#Film of the month: Gainsbourg: French 'bande dessinee' artist Joann Sfar injects a bold poetic dimension into the musical biopic with his inspired account of the life of singer, songwriter and hellraiser Serge Gainsbourg. By Ginette Vincendeau.
#DVD review: Antonio das Mortes: Michael Chanan on the extraordinary films of Glauber Rocha, shooting star of the Latin American new wave.
#DVD review: Girly + Goodbye Gemini: Tim Lucas finds more than a touch of Tennessee Williams' southern gothic in two tales of familial decadence.
#Film review: Ivul: Andrew Gallivant K?tting takes to the trees in his first film from Swiss exile. Nick Bradshaw admires a tone poem of landscape, bodies and madness.
#Film review: Toy Story 3: Pixar's latest mixes valedictory and renewal. Jonathan Romney agrees that it's better to reuse than to throw away old material, old toys, old ideas.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* The A-Team, * The Ballroom, * Beautiful Kate, * Bluebeard, * City Island, * The Concert, * Down Terrace, * Frontier Blues, * Film of the month: Gainsbourg, * Gangster's Paradise Jerusalema, * Get Him to the Greek, * Goemon, * H2Oil, * Heartbreaker, * Hierro, * Ivul, * The Karate Kid, * Killers, * Kites, * Leaving, * London River, * MacGruber, * Mega Piranha, * The Rebound, * Separado!, * Sex and the City 2, * Shrek Forever After, * Skeletons, * Space Chimps 2, * Splice, * The Tournament, * Film review: Toy Story 3, * Villa Amalia, * Whatever Works, * Wild Target (2009), * Zartog Strikes Back.


Issue 231
July 2010
Features
Kurosawa on Kurosawa: The director whom Steven Spielberg once described as "the pictorial Shakespeare of our time" was famously reluctant to discuss his films, but he opened up to Donald Richie in an interview first published in Sight & Sound in 1964, extracts of which we reprint here.
Lost and forgotten: British cinema of the 70s: In British film as in pop music, the late 1960s and 1970s marked a watershed of shifting cultures and identities, as Mark Sinker discovers in a selection of the era's 'forgotten' films.
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor: Extracts from an interview with Kurosawa conducted by Tony Rayns in Tokyo in 1981, at the time of the release of Kagemusha.
Disputed territories: What do two striking late 1940s films - Drunken Angel and Stray Dog - tell us about Kurosawa's attitude to the post-war Allied Occupation of Japan? asks Alexander Jacoby.
Misadventures in Hollywood: Kurosawa's attempt to broaden his horizons in the 1960s led to a tale of drama and betrayal worthy of his own films. By Stuart Galbraith IV.
The misfit: For the West, he was the archetypal Japanese director. But at home Kurosawa was something of an anomaly, argues Tony Rayns.
Cannes 2010: With Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee setting an otherworldy tone, this year's festival saw some big names back on top from - while others lost the plot. By Nick James.
PLUS Lee Marshall on new talent in the Directors' Fortnight.
PLUS Geoff Andrew on the pick of the festival's documentaries.
PLUS Jonathan Romney on My Joy, Ukraine's answer to Deliverance.
Back to basics: At 71, Francis Ford Coppola has turned his back on big-budget epics to concentrate on intimate dramas like Tetro that he can fund himself. But one thing remains the same, says Nick Roddick: it's all about family.
The enigma of Alain Resnais: The veteran French auteur has just turned 88, but nearly half a century after Last Year at Marienbad, he's back with Wild Grass, his most playfully audacious film in years. He talks to Jonathan Romney.
#Film of the month: White Material: Claire Denis' new film blends her ensemble-driven style with an unashamed star vehicle for Isabelle Huppert, as a plantation owner adrift in a civil war in an unnamed African country. By Adrian Martin.
#DVD: The Fugitive K Brando lights the emotional touchpaper in Sidney Lumet's Tennessee Williams adaptation. By Tim Lucas.
#Film review: Greenberg: Ben Stiller's New York narcissist rides out a nervous breakdown in the California sun in Noah Baumbach's knotty character study. Nicolas Rapold admires its toxic spectacle.
#Film review: 4.3.2.1.: Noel Clarke's four-girl British heist caper may be mix-and-match derivative, but Catherine Wheatley admires its cheeky, cheerful charm.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* Ajami, * Film review: 4.3.2.1., * Brooklyn's Finest, * Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff, * The Collector, * Death at a Funeral, * Fish Story, * Good Hair, * Greenberg, * Iron Man 2, * Journey to Mecca, * Letters to Juliet, * Lymelife, * A Nightmare on Elm Street, * Paradise, * Pimp, * Please Give, * Prince of Persia The Sands of Time, * [Rec] 2, * Robin Hood, * Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, * She's out of My League, * Shrink, * Streetdance, * SUS, * Tetro, * The Losers, * Trash Humpers, * Triomf, * When in Rome, * When You're Strange, * Film of the month: White Material, * Wild Grass, * Women without Men, * DVD: The Fugitive Kind.


Issue 230
June 2010
Features
The Film Book poll: Writing about the art of cinema can be an art in itself. Having polled a wide range of leading international critics, we reveal our survey of the best film books ever published. Nick James browses the results.
That was then, this is now: You might not have noticed, but the past ten years saw the advent of a new 'golden generation' of British television-drama writers. So says Mark Duguid, looking back at the decade's key works.
Cover feature: Hearts of darkness: Werner Herzog partners with actor Nicolas Cage for oddball cop film The Bad Lieutenant. It's the latest in a mini-genre of pictures, where the police are as, if not more, corrupt than the villains they pursue. Inspecting a line-up of suspects, Nick James identifies the prime offenders.
PLUS Peter Keough interviews Nicolas Cage and Mark Greenleaf interviews Werner Herzog.
Inside out: In Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Jim Thompson's Texas-set noir The Killer Inside Me, the violence is shocking and misogynistic. That's the point, the director tells Hannah McGill.
PLUS Joseph Bevan on Thompson's unhappy experiences in Hollywood.
Dangerous liaisons: Beneath the cool and steely surfaces of Austrian director G?tz Spielmann's gripping thriller Revanche is a film of affecting tenderness and muted soulfulness. Spielmann talks to Catherine Wheatley Selected reviews.
#DVD review: Ride with the Devil: Ang Lee's film about the American Civil War is an understated, undervalued classic, writes Graham Fuller.
#Film of the month: Four Lions: Bomb-making pratfalls and meathead jihadis abound as controversy-courting satirist Chris Morris tackles Islamic fundamentalism in his debut feature Four Lions, but tragedy lurks beneath the farce, says Ben Walters.
#Film review: The Happiest Girl in the World: A small-town teenager finds winning a fruit-juice competition the road to calamity in this acerbic portrait of consumer culture. Michael Brooke admires another dispatch from the Romanian new wave.
#Film review: Lebanon: Samuel Maoz's Venice Golden Lion-winner depicts the 1982 Israeli-Lebanon war entirely from the Stygian interior of an Israeli tank. Roger Clarke feels the brutalisation of the tank's four young occupants Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: * Agora, * American The Bill Hicks Story, * The Back-up Plan, * The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call: New Orleans, * Beeswax, * Black Death, * The Brothers Bloom, * The Calling, * City of War, * Clash of the Titans, * Cop Out, * Erasing David, * Eyes Wide Open, * Film of the month: Four Lions, * Furry Vengeance, * Gentlemen Broncos, * The Girl on the Train, * Give Me Your Hand * The Happiest Girl in the World, * Heartless, * Hot Tub Time Machine, * It's a Wonderful Afterlife, * The Joneses, * The Killer Inside Me, * The Last Song, * Film review: Lebanon, * Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang, * Petropolis Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, * Repo Men, * Room and a Half, * Salvage, * Shelter, * The Story of John Rabe, * The Time That Remains, * Tooth Fairy, * Videocracy, * Vincere.
* DVD review: Ride with the Devil


Issue 229
May 2010
Features
Italian Cinema: Maestros and mobsters: Cinematic nostalgia, endemic corruption and the deadening hand of Silvio Berlusconi have prevented Italy's real story from being told on film for 30 years, says Nick Hasted. But now a new generation of film-makers is finding its voice
The man who wasn't there: Roman Polanski's thriller about an ex-prime minister haunted by past crimes has acquired an extra twist of intrigue in the light of the director's own arrest. Philip Horne unravels the tangled web of The Ghost
Cover feature: Italian Cinema: Fifty years after La dolce vita capped the golden age of Italian movies, things are stirring again in the land of Berlusconi, with new talents emerging fully formed, while old maestros rediscover lost form. Sight & Sound surveys the field
Italian Cinema: The food of love
It's 11 years since Luca Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton started talking about working together on the film that would become I Am Love. Jonathan Romney talks to Guadagnino, and savours the director's unique blend of opulence and passion
PLUS Nick James talks to Swinton about her new role as producer
Italian Cinema: Vicious appetites: Half a century after its controversial domestic release, Lee Marshall revisits the decadence and decay of Fellini's masterpiece La dolce vita
Italian Cinema: The great seducer: With Vincere, Marco Bellocchio ventures where other Italian film-makers fear to tread, showing us the life of Mussolini through the eyes of his rejected lover. The result is a disturbing portrait of power and madness. By Guido Bonsaver
Bad education: A subtle blend of black comedy and horror, Dogtooth depicts a Greek couple who keep their children imprisoned in the family home. Jonathan Romney traces the film lineage of dysfunctional families
PLUS Kieron Corless talks to Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos
#Film of the month: 24 City: An unclassifiable hybrid of documentary and fiction, Jia Zhangke's 24 City finds a telling microcosm of the transformation of China in the story of a factory relocated to make way for a shopping mall. By Tony Rayns
#DVD review: Valley of the Bees: Marketa Lazarova director Frantisek Vlacil was much more than a one-work wonder, says Michael Brooke
#Film review: La Danse The Paris Opera Ballet: Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects both an institution and an artform with extraordinary skill and beauty, says Kate Stables
#Film review: Cherrybomb: Three rebellious Northern Irish teens form an increasingly dark love triangle in this spirited first-time feature. The acting's the thing, says Lisa Mullen
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* Alice in Wonderland, * The Ape, * Bananas!, * Boogie Woogie, * The Bounty Hunter, * A Boy Called Dad, * Cemetery Junction, * Centurion, * Film review: Cherrybomb, * City of Life and Death, * Crying with Laughter, * Dance with Me, * Film review: La Danse The Paris Opera Ballet, * Date Night, * Dear John, * The Disappearance of Alice Creed, * Dogtooth, * Exit through the Gift Shop, * Freestyle, * The Ghost, * Hachi A Dog's Tale, * Happy Ever Afters, * How to Train Your Dragon, * I Am Love, * I Know You Know, * The Infidel, * Kick-Ass, * Kicks, * Life during Wartime, * The Market A Tale of Trade, * The Milk of Sorrow, * My Name Is Khan, * No Greater Love, * Old Dogs, * Remember Me, * Revanche, * The Sky Crawlers, * Sons of Cuba, * The House of the Devil, * Film of the month: 24 City, * Whip It, * The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, * DVD review: Valley of the Bees


Issue 228
April 2010
Features
Alice through the lens
Mark Sinker compares the various artistic visionaries - from John Tenniel to Dennis Potter to Jan Svankmajer - who have put their stamp on Alice since 1865
PLUS (in the magazine) Go ask Alice: Tim Burton is only the latest film-maker to reinvent Alice in Wonderland in his own image. Kim Newman unpicks the interface of Burton and Lewis Carroll's imaginary worlds.
Island of lost souls
Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' may be a faithful adaptation of a bestseller, but it's also his deeply felt homage to the cinema of the 1940s and 50s, says Graham Fuller, and a return to the paranoid interior world of 'Taxi Driver'
The Berlin crawl
With too many major film-makers saving their wares for Cannes, this year's Berlin Film Festival offered slim pickings. Nick James finds solace in genre thrillers and US indies.
PLUS Tony Rayns on the dire state of the Berlin Forum
PLUS Jonathan Romney on two very different minimalist masterpieces
The ties that bind
Samson & Delilah captures both the harsh realities of Aboriginal life and a vivid sense of desert light and silence. Sophie Mayer talks to debut director Warwick Thornton
'M': murder in the city
Freshly released on DVD in a restored version, Fritz Lang's seminal serial-killer thriller M endures both as a compelling document of its time - Berlin, 1931 - and as a harbinger of mass murders and psychosis to come. By Iain Sinclair Selected reviews
#DVD review: Mad Dog Morgan
The tale of Mad Dog Morgan pushes all the right buttons (except the anamorphic one), writes Tim Lucas
#Film of the month: Double Take
More than just a homage, Johan Grimonprez's extraordinary montage uses Hitch's mischievous TV appearances as the launch pad for a brilliant riff on Cold War politics and the idea of the double. By Jonathan Romney #Film review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This adaptation of the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy is an ultraviolent and devastating whodunit with an unsettling political undertow, says Lisa Mullen
#Film review: Lourdes
Sylvie Testud plays a wheelchair-bound miracle hunter in Jessica Hausner's wry comedy of manners. Michael Brooke finds the results beguilingly odd
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* 1234, * The Blind Side, * A Closed Book, * Dirty Oil, * Film of the month: Double Take, * Extract, * Extraordinary Measures, * From Paris with Love, * Film review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, * Green Zone, * I Love You Phillip Morris, * In the Land of the Free..., * Kakera A Piece of Our Life, * Lion's Den, * Film review: Lourdes, * My Last Five Girlfriends, * Nightwatching, * No One Knows about Persian Cats, * Ondine, * Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, * Perrier's Bounty, * Samson & Delilah, * The Scouting Book for Boys, * Shank, * Shutter Island, * Solomon Kane, * The Spy Next Door, * Storm/Sturm/Hannahs valg/The Tribunal, * The Crazies, * The Kreutzer Sonata, * Valentine's Day, * Valhalla Rising, * The Wolfman, * DVD review: Mad Dog Morgan


Issue 227
March 2010
Features
Obituaries
Sight & Sound's comprehensive survey of the actors, directors, writers, producers and technicians who died during the course of 2009, compiled by Bob Mastrangelo. PLUS:
Betsy Blair by Kieron Corless (online exclusive)
Nika Bohinc and Alexis A. Tioseco by Kieron Corless and Nick Bradshaw
Kathleen Byron by Philip Kemp
Jack Cardiff by Ian Christie
David Carradine by Jane Giles
John Hughes by Isabel Stevens
Maurice Jarre by Johnny Trunk (online exclusive)
Troy Kennedy-Martin by Lez Cooke (online exclusive)
Patrick McGoohan by Nick James (online exclusive)
Keith Waterhouse by Nick James (online exclusive)
Robin Wood by Brad Stevens
Muraki Yoshiro by Stuart Galbraith IV
Ivan Zulueta by Belen Vidal (online exclusive)
Out of the shadows (online from March 1)
Sergei Parajanov was imprisoned by the Soviets and his films were suppressed, but his magical vision and his bold championing of folk tradition endure long after the fall of the USSR. Ian Christie celebrates a unique film-maker, and looks at the banned Russian film-makers who survived to resume their careers
His dark material: Tom Ford has defied the sceptics with his feature-directing debut, a sombre and haunting adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel A Single Man, with a standout performance by Colin Firth (and very good clothes). Roger Clarke talks to the fashion guru turned auteur
Vanishing point: The Headless Woman is the latest of three films in which Lucrecia Martel, the key talent of the new Argentine cinema, turns her ominous gaze on the haute bourgeoisie among whom she grew up. Demetrios Matheou asks the director about nightmares, medical instruments and memories of dictatorship
Under pressure: Not yet 30, actress-turned-director Mia Hansen-L?ve has established herself as a distinctive new voice with her second film Father of My Children, inspired by the life of the film producer who was her early mentor. She talks to Jonathan Romney
Selected reviews: #Film of the month: Breathless: An astonishing debut for writer-director Yang Ik-june, who also stars, 'Breathless' confronts the violence in Korean society via the story of a brutal debt collector who strikes up a friendship with a schoolgirl. By Tony Rayns
#Film review: Father of My Children: Life goes on in Mia Hansen-L?ve?s snappy yet slow-burning portrait of a film family?s schism, says Ryan Gilbey
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* Armored, * Avatar, * Battle for Terra, * Beyond the Pole, * The Book of Eli, * Breathless, * Burlesque Undressed, * Capitalism: A Love Story, * Case 39, * Chloe, * Crazy Heart, * Daybreakers, * Did You Hear about the Morgans?, * Edge of Darkness, * Everybody's Fine, * Film review: Father of My Children, * Food Inc., * The Headless Woman, * Holy Water, * Horses, * It Might Get Loud, * It's Complicated, * The Last Station, * Leap Year, * Motherhood, * Mugabe and the White African, * Nine, * No Distance Left to Run, * Oil City Confidential, * Ponyo, * Psych:9, * She, a Chinese, * A Single Man, * St Trinian's The Legend of Fritton's Gold, * Takeshis', * The Unloved, * Winter in Wartime, * Youth in Revolt.


Issue 226
February 2010
Features
Syndromes of a new century
How have the first ten years of the 21st century changed cinema? From Argentina to Romania, from AlmodOvar to Weerasethakul, Nick James introduces Sight & Sound's selection of the 30 key films of the past decade
PLUS Shane Danielsen on the hot national cinemas of the past ten years
PLUS Mark Cousins on the new culture of instant availability
PLUS Michael Atkinson on reports of the death of American cinema
PLUS Hannah McGill on the decline and fall of star power
PLUS Jonathan Romney on the subtle spread of 'Slow Cinema'
PLUS Nick Roddick on how digital technology has transformed film
PLUS six of the decade's directing talents - Pedro Costa, the Dardennes, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke, Jia Zhang-ke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul - describe their own distinctive approaches to film-making
#Sight & Sound's films of the decade
Not a 'top 30', but the films that in our opinion best represent the decade's most distinctive oeuvres and movements - with annotations from the Sight & Sound archives
#Ozu Yasujiro, tofu maker
Ozu is often perceived to be a uniquely Japanese director with a fascination for the domestic, but in fact he was a wide-ranging movie fan who started out aping US films and rarely had real experiences to parallel the lives of his protagonists. By Tony Rayns
Between the walls
A Prophet is an uncompromising and brutal French prison movie with an unknown lead. But Jacques Audiard's fifth film as director is rooted in his earlier, seductive reinventions of the male hero and the French crime genre, argues Ginette Vincendeau
The waste land
Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road has been considered unfilmable. But John Hillcoat tells Jonathan Romney that his film version is all about fidelity to the original
No place like home
The new George Clooney vehicle Up in the Air combines smart comedy with an unexpectedly tart and timely critique of US corporate thinking. Nick James talks to its writer-director Jason Reitman, of Juno fame
Selected reviews
#DVD review: Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller
Two actors ruled the jungle after Johnny Weissmuller handed in his loincloth. Tim Lucas on the ape men #Film of the Month: Still Walking
Trevor Johnston is wowed by a supremely subtle portrayal of the tensions within a Japanese family that puts director Kore-eda Hirokazu in the same league as his country's masters of domestic drama, Ozu and Naruse
#Film review: Our Beloved Month of August
#Film review: Invictus
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* 44 Inch Chest, * Adoration, * All about Steve, * Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel, * Anonyma A Woman in Berlin, * Astro Boy, * The Boys Are Back, * Brothers, * Carriers (credits only), * Christmas in Wonderland, * Crude, * Humpday, * Film review: Invictus, * The Island/Ostrov, * Law Abiding Citizen (credits only), * The Lovely Bones, * Masquerades, * The Men Who Stare at Goats (credits only), * New Moon, * Ninja Assassin, * Only When I Dance, * OSS 117 Lost in Rio, * Film review: Our Beloved Month of August, * Precious, * The Princess and the Frog, * A Prophet, * The Road, * Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, * Sherlock Holmes, * Southern Softies, * Spread, * Film of the Month: Still Walking, * DVD review: Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller, * Tony, * Treeless Mountain, * Up in the Air.


Issue 225
January 2010
Features
Von Sternberg - six chapters in search of an auteur: The six films Josef von Sternberg made with the star he 'created', Marlene Dietrich, are a triumph of pure style and sensual excess over novelettish plots. To welcome a new season, David Thompson celebrates the master of light
Review of the year: A French resurgence and an unprecedentedly strong showing by women directors helped make 2009 an exceptional year, says Jonathan Romney as he surveys the results of Sight & Sound's annual Top Ten poll
PLUS 60 critics from around the world pick the five best films they saw in the last 12 months
Mystery training: Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control pushes his customary droll cool to a new fractured abstraction - and has lost him fans in the process. But Nick James goes with the flow
PLUS The director tells James Mottram why the music comes first - and why he loves bad reviews
Ambition's debt: Richard Linklater's long-awaited new film Me and Orson Welles celebrates the great director's early glory days. But, as Linklater tells Rob Stone, seismic shifts in film distribution are now threatening the independent spirit that Welles embodied
PLUS Geoffrey Macnab talks to Norman Lloyd, survivor of Welles' 1937 production of Julius Caesar
Across the great divide: Sally Potter's films cross the boundaries between artforms, nationalities and genders. As the director turns 60, her biographer Sophie Mayer surveys her career
DVD review: Messiah of Evil: Tim Lucas welcomes the impeccably restored return of 1970s horror masterpiece 'Messiah of Evil'
Film of the month: Nowhere Boy: Sam Taylor-Wood's debut 'Nowhere Boy' ultimately says less about the young John Lennon's evolution as a musician, and more about the two women who loomed large in his teenage years. By Trevor Johnston
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue:
* 2012, * Amelia, * The Box, * Carriers, * Cirque du Freak The Vampire's Assistant, * Departures/Okuribito, * Disney's A Christmas Carol, * Exam, * Film review: Harry Brown, * Law Abiding Citizen, * The Limits of Control, * Love Happens, * Love the Beast, * Machan, * The Magic Hour, * Film review: Me and Orson Welles, * The Men Who Stare at Goats, * Michael Jackson's This Is It, * Micmacs, * Mr. Right, * My Father My Lord, * Nativity!, * Film of the month: Nowhere Boy, * Paranormal Activity, * Planet 51, * Post Grad, * Saw VI, * Starsuckers, * The Stepfather, * Unmade Beds/London Nights, * Where the Wild Things Are, * DVD review: Messiah of Evil.

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