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

- First issue: 1991
- General cinema.
- Took its present form in May 1991 with the incorporation of Monthly Film Bulletin. Prior to that it was published quarterly.
- Half the magazine contains great articles on various topics and the other half has the film reviews for the contemporary releases. I especially like the full synopsis given for every movie: No surprises when you 're watching The Crying Game for the first time.
- Published by the British Film Institute.
- Monthly, 70 colour pages in A4 format.
- Published by British Film Institute (BFI)
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Issue 249
January 2012
Lost and found: Spring Night, Summer Night: J.L. Anderson's backwoods Appalachian love story is a forgotten classic of 1960s indie neorealism, says Ross Lipman
2011: The year in review: In a strong year for arthouse cinema, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life emerged as the clear winner of the S&S poll of international critics' best films of 2011, says Nick James
In a lonely place: North Korea's Pyongyang International Film Festival: 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
Review of the year: Nick James introduces the results of Sight & Sound's annual poll for best film of the year
PLUS 60 contributors from around the world on their top-five films and other highlights of 2011
Cover feature: The sound of silents: Michel Hazanavicius tells James Bell why his affectionate tribute to early Hollywood, The Artist, had to be a silent movie
PLUS Bryony Dixon on the myth of the silent-movie stars whose careers were scuppered by sound
The illusionist: Martin Scorsese's Hugo is not just a 3D adaptation of a hit children's novel, but a magical tribute to Georges Melies and the early days of cinema. By Ian Christie
Peach perfect: The most glorious of MGM musicals, Meet Me in St. Louis has hidden depths, says Richard Dyer
PLUS Kay Dickinson on Ken Russell's The Boy Friend, an MGM musical with a very British twist
Forget me not: The case of a Londoner who lay dead and undiscovered in her flat inspired Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life. The director talks to Nick Bradshaw
A nose for the grey areas: British documentarist Molly Dineen has turned her camera on everyone from prime ministers to zookeepers. She talks to Poppy Simpson
God's lonely man: After lampooning Berlusconi in his last satire, Nanni Moretti takes on the Vatican with We Have a Pope. He talks to Nick James
Zones of conflict: In documentary, drama and his distinctive blend of the two, director Peter Kosminsky has never shied away from controversy. He talks to Mark Duguid on the eve of a BFI retrospective of his work
Fellow travellers: The prizewinning road movie Las acacias announces the arrival of the latest new directing talent from Argentina. Pablo Giorgelli talks to Mar Diestro-D?pido
Film review: The Artist: Moving on from his OSS 117 James Bond spoofs, French entertainer Michel Hazanavicius has found novelty magic in the style and lore of silent Hollywood. Tony Rayns finds resonances in unexpected places
Film of the month: Mysteries of Lisbon: Ra?l Ruiz, who died in August, has left behind a magisterial four-hour saga set in 19th-century Portugal that serves as a fittingly elegant summation of his life's work. Jonathan Romney explores the Mysteries of Lisbon
Film review: We Have a Pope: Nanni Moretti's tragi-comic story of a newly elected pope on the run is no toothless satire of organised religion, says Catherine Wheatley, but a bittersweet portrait of age, fate and fallibility
DVD: Mikl?s Jancs? - cinema's lost language: Mikl?s Jancs?'s 'musicals' use songs, crowds and landscape to express social struggle, writes Jonathan Romney
Reviews in this issue: Las acacias, Another Earth, Arthur Christmas, The Artist, Film review: The Artist, Dreams of a Life, DVD: Mikl?s Jancs? - cinema's lost language, Ghett'a Life, How to Stop Being a Loser, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), Immortals, In Time, Justice, Machine Gun Preacher, My Week with Marilyn, Film of the month: Mysteries of Lisbon, Film of the month: Mysteries of Lisbon, Paranormal Activity 3, Puss in Boots, Revenge A Love Story, Romantics Anonymous, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Surviving Life, Texas Killing Fields, The Thing, Tower Heist, Trespass, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, We Have a Pope, Welcome to the Rileys, The Well Digger's Daughter, Wreckers
DVD features: Jonathan Romney on music and social struggle in the films of Hungary's Mikl?s Jancs? Kim Newman revisits 1970s student satire Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Tim Lucas celebrates Maria Montez, 'Queen of Technicolor', Cannibal Holocaust, Daytime Drinking, French Cancan, Hammett, Hawaii Five-O: Season 1, Films by Imamura Shohei, Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys, The Last Run, The Nickel Ride/99 and 44/100% Dead, No Blade of Grass, Poetry, Films by Ken Russell, Silent Running, 12 Angry Men, A Very Peculiar Practice, DVD: West Side Story
Books: Nick Pinkerton assesses the critical legacy of Pauline Kael, the subject of a new biography and collection, Michael Atkinson is mystified why anyone would want to read an autobiography by Roger Ebert, Nick Roddick is stimulated and baffled by an unclassifiable study of director Vincent Ward

Issue 248
December 2011
Michael Shannon: trouble in mind: For years Michael Shannon has been building a reputation as an intense, risk-taking actor on stage and in supporting roles. But his compelling turn as the dream-haunted everyman in Take Shelter proves he can carry a movie. Nick Pinkerton talks to him
Lost and found: Odds Against Tomorrow: Less interested in its heist than its characters' psyches, Odds Against Tomorrow was a favourite of Jean-Pierre Melville - and Paul Tickell
Faust and furious: Alexandr Sokurov: A surprise winner of the top prize at the recent Venice Film Festival, Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust has divided critics, leaving some groping for superlatives. Here Ian Christie places the film in the context of European high culture's previous tellings of the tale - and of the Russian director's other, varied works, now showing in a BFI retrospective
Cover feature: Reckless moment: Adapted from Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea represents a triumphant return to filmmaking for writer-director Terence Davies. He talks to Geoff Andrew
PLUS set report by Nick James
PLUS Rising star Tom Hiddleston tells Nick James what attracted him to working with Terence Davies
PLUS DP Florian Hoffmeister on the film's distinctive look
Enter the void:Snowtown dramatises the real-life serial killings uncovered in the eponymous South Australian small town. But far from true-crime sensationalism, it's a gruelling psychological study from first-time director Justin Kurzel. He talks to James Bell
Love will tear us apart: Leaving the council-estate setting of her earlier films for the moors of Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold has put her own stamp on Emily Bront?'s classic, says Amy Raphael
PLUS David Jenkins surveys other screen versions
Trouble in mind: For years Michael Shannon has been building a reputation as an intense, risk-taking actor on stage and in supporting roles. But his compelling turn as the dream-haunted everyman in Take Shelter proves he can carry a movie. Nick Pinkerton talks to him
Faust and furious: A surprise winner of the top prize at the recent Venice Film Festival, Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust has divided critics, leaving some groping for superlatives. Ian Christie places the film in the context of European high culture's previous tellings of the tale - and of the Russian director's other, varied works, now showing in a BFI retrospective
Little voice: Restored scenes omitted from the original 1979 cut have added a new dimension to Volker Schl?ndorff's adaptation of Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum - as have revelations about the novelist's wartime past. Geoffrey Macnab reports
Passing fancies: It was a one-off collision between George Gershwin's music, Gene Kelly's dancing, French art history, Red Shoes-inspired film ballet - and America's enduring love affair with the French capital. David Thomson revisits An American in Paris
Selected reviews
Film review: The Deep Blue Sea: A love-triangle drama set in a tattered post-war England, Terence Davies' adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play may still not be Sophocles, but does play like a cinematic opera, says Jonathan Romney
Film of the month: This Our Still Life: Evoking his family's life in their Pyrenean hideaway, This Our Still Life is a mesmerising blend of lyrical intensity and freewheeling impressions from unclassifiable British filmmaker Andrew K?tting. By Iain Sinclair
Film review: Weekend: A one-night stand matures into a deeply romantic and revelatory weekend in Andrew Haigh's wonderful second feature. Samuel Wigley is utterly convinced
Film review: Wuthering Heights: Stripping away the literary, romantic and supernatural trappings of Emily Bront?'s famous novel, Andrea Arnold's elemental new reading is powerful if lop-sided, says Kate Stables
DVD: Touch of Evil: Touch of Evil has been described as the last film noir. More like the first last film noir, reckons Brad Stevens
Reviews in this issue: 50/50, Abduction, The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of the Unicorn, An African Election, The Awakening, Battle of Warsaw 1920, The British Guide to Showing Off, Film review: The Deep Blue Sea, Demons Never Die, Dream House, Everything Must Go, First Night, Footloose, Force, Four, The Future, Jack Goes Boating, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Junkhearts, Killer Elite, Moneyball, Oslo, August 31st, Real Steel, Resistance, Reuniting the Rubins, The Rum Diary, Shark Night 3D, The Silence/Das letzte Schweigen, Sket, Snowtown, Sound It Out, Straw Dogs, Tabloid, Take Shelter, This Our Still Life, Film of the month: This Our Still Life, The Three Musketeers, We Were Here, Film review: Weekend, What's Your Number?, Film review: Wuthering Heights
DVD: Touch of Evil
DVD feature: Tim Lucas eyes a pre-Velvet Undeground Nico in Strip-Tease
DVD: Ashes & Diamonds
DVD: Blue Bloods - Season 1
DVD: The Cheerleaders/Revenge of the Cheerleaders
DVD: Max Davidson Comedies
DVD: Identification of a Woman
DVD: The Iron Horse
DVD: Ken Loach at the BBC
DVD: Films by Grigori Kozintsev
DVD: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
DVD: Mimic - The Director's Cut
DVD: The Modern City
DVD: Nightmare
DVD: Our Beloved Month of August
DVD: The Outsiders
DVD: The Phantom Carriage
DVD: Le quattro volte
DVD: Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher
DVD: The Suicide Room
DVD: This Boy's Life
DVD: Voice Over
DVD: Films from Zoetrope Studios
Book: Sophie Mayer on a new study of Maya Deren's avant-garde classic Meshes of the Afternoon
Book: John Wrathall welcomes The Whole Story of cinema in one volume
Book: David Jays applauds a light-footed new selection of 100 key musicals
Book: Chris Fujiwara finds a new collection of Clint Eastwood interviews from the late 1970s and early 80s to be a fascinatin

Issue 247
November 2011
Tarnished angel: Miss Bala: The story of a would-be beauty queen who falls foul of Mexico's drug gangs, Miss Bala is more than just another document of Latin America's social ills, says Paul Julian Smith
Cover feature: BFI London Film Festival 2011: Nick James introduces our in-depth coverage of this year's Festival
Director Lynne Ramsay talks to Hannah McGill about her adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin
Outgoing LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron talks to Nick James
Bryony Dixon on the BFI's restoration of The First Born, a 1928 silent rich in Hitchcock resonances
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne talk to Geoff Andrew about taking a step in a (slightly) sunnier direction with The Kid with a Bike
Paul Julian Smith on why Mexican drug-gang pic Miss Bala is more than just another document of Latin America's social ills
Nick Bradshaw rounds up the festival's documentary contingent
Isabel Stevens on the ambitious, three-part Dreileben project
Tony Rayns heralds the flowering of an ethnically Tibetan cinema
PLUS Our top 20 unmissable picks of this year's festival
Angry bastards: Tyrannosaur, about a reformed alcoholic's relationship with a victim of domestic violence, is the directing debut of actor Paddy Considine. Just don't call it social realism, Considine and his leading man Peter Mullan tell Nick Bradshaw
Clash of the wonderlands: Two years on from Avatar, audience fatigue and critical scepticism may be peaking just as genuinely adventurous 3D work is coming our way. Don't write off 3D yet, says Ian Christie
Do look now: The top award may have gone to a Russian, but British films made a remarkably strong showing at this year's Venice Film Festival. Kieron Corless reports
Beneath the tinsel: Some of the big-name premieres disappointed, but the sheer scale of this year's Toronto International Film Festival guaranteed some interesting discoveries, says Tom Charity
Selected reviews
Film of the month: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: Having discovered a goldmine of original footage of the Black Power movement in the archives of Swedish television, documentarist G?ran Olsson has crafted it into a remarkable document of the times, says Mark Sinker
Film review: Sleeping Beauty: A young woman sells her sleeping body for sex in Australian novelist Julia Leigh's first film. Sophie Mayer pines for the expressivity of the film's mentor Jane Campion
Film review: Tyrannosaur: Boasting vivid performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine's sober, composed treatment of masculine violence and self-destruction marks an auspicious debut feature, says Trevor Johnston
Film review: We Need to Talk About Kevin: Lynne Ramsay's long-awaited return to filmmaking expresses a mother's nightmare of raising a hell-child through a splatter of flashbacks and teasing use of the colour red. Tim Robey is impressed
DVD: Harakiri: A fierce and thrilling critique of notions of honour, Harakiri is, says Michael Brooke, one of the greatest of all Japanese films
Reviews in this issue: African Cats, Albatross, Anonymous, Apollo 18, Film of the month: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Film of the month: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Blood in the Mobile, Cane Toads: The Conquest, Children of the Revolution, Colombiana, Contagion, The Dead, Dolphin Tale, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Four Days Inside Guantanamo, Hell and Back Again, The Help, I Don't Know How She Does It, The Ides of March, Johnny English Reborn, Midnight in Paris, Miss Bala, Monte Carlo, Newsreel 1, Parked, Perfect Sense, POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Red State, Restless, Sleeping Beauty, Soul Surfer, The Story of Lover's Rock, Film review: Tyrannosaur, Ultrasuede In Search of Halston, Warrior, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Film review: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Weekender, When China Met Africa, Will, The Woman, The Yellow Sea/Hwanghae
DVD: Harakiri, Philip Kemp takes a fresh look at the early work of Humphrey Jennings, Tim Lucas explores the erotic universe of Radley Metzger's The Lickerish Quartet, Films by Claude Chabrol, The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom, Colossal Youth, The Molly Dineen Collection: Volume 2 - The Ark, Films by Xavier Dolan, Golden Sixties, The Good Soldier, Heavenly Creatures, The Last American Hero, Macbeth, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Nostalgia for the Light, Philo Vance, Quatermass and the Pit, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, The Soviet Inuence from Turksib to Night Mail, Tagore Stories on Film, Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938, Visions of Eight
Book: Alexander Jacoby immerses himself in an account of radical Japanese cinema
Book: Michael Brooke applauds an in-depth new study of Ken Loach
Book: Edward Buscombe welcomes an exhaustive examination of Italian westerns

Issue 246
October 2011

Issue 245
September 2011

Issue 244
August 2011
Lost and found: Across the Bridge: A model of adaptation, Across the Bridge cleverly expands Graham Greene's original short story, says the screenwriter Paul Mayersberg
The old soldier: Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme: More than half a century after Breathless first catapulted him on to the world stage, Jean-Luc Godard is still challenging cinematic norms with his politically charged, poetic essay Film Socialisme. Gabe Klinger jump-cuts through key moments in the director's life
Listen to Britain: British folk cinema: A new DVD collection of films documenting British folk culture evokes a vanishing world for Philip Hoare
Cover feature: All she desires: With Todd Haynes's five-part miniseries of James M. Cain's novel Mildred Pierce - already the inspiration for a 1945 film - HBO has produced a work of truly cinematic ambition, says Paul Julian Smith
PLUS Haynes tells Isabel Stevens how HBO gave him space to explore female experience in a way today's Hollywood would never allow
Sculpting in time: Perhaps more than any other film, Alain Resnais's Last Year in Marienbad lays itself open to esoteric interpretation. To celebrate its rerelease, Brian Dillon maps the film's relationship to sculpture
PLUS Keith Reader uncovers the SM subtext beneath the elegance
Flesh, blood, passion: Director Bertrand Tavernier has a flair for turning historical research into vivid drama, as he shows once again with The Princess of Montpensier. He talks to Demetrios Matheou
Listen to Britain: A new DVD collection of films documenting British folk culture evokes a lost world for Philip Hoare
PLUS Folk singer Shirley Collins remembers the pioneering field work of Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy
Between thought and expression: Poetry is the first of Lee Chang-Dong's films to secure big-screen release in the UK. But since his debut 15 years ago, the writer-director has played a crucial role in South Korea's cultural and political life, says Tony Rayns
Great wide open: Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura is now more influential than ever, argues Robert Koehler in the latest of our series on 'top ten' contenders for next year's Sight & Sound poll
Art for art's sake: When the Japanese distributor Art Theatre Guild turned to production in the late 1960s, it unleashed a wave of extraordinary work from Japan's boldest filmmakers - Oshima, Imamura, Terayama and many more. Alexander Jacoby surveys its legacy
Film review: Poetry: Poetry is the first of Lee Chang-Dong's films to secure big-screen release in the UK. But since his debut 15 years ago, the writer-director has played a crucial role in South Korea's cultural and political life, says Tony Rayns
Film of the month: Treacle, Jr.: Only the third film Jamie Thraves has managed to get made in over a decade, Treacle, Jr. confirms him as a British filmmaker with a distinctive comic touch and a sympathy for oddball outsiders, says Trevor Johnston
Film review: The Tree of Life: Intimate childhood memoir? Absurd sacred bluster? Michael Atkinson parses Terrence Malick's ambitious Rorschach blot
DVD: Szindbad: Michael Atkinson marvels at the swoonsome beauty of a revived gem of 1970s Hungarian cinema
Film review: Beginners: Sweet but terminally meandering, Mike Mills' coming-to-terms-with-life story leans heavily on an ebullient sideshow from Christopher Plummer, says Kate Stables
Reviews in this issue: Bad Teacher, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Film review: Beginners, Bobby Fischer against the World, Born to Be Wild 3D, Break My Fall, Breath Made Visible, Cell 211, Dancing Dreams, Film Socialisme, The Flaw, Green Lantern, Hobo with a Shotgun, Holy Rollers, Honey/Bal, Huge, Kung Fu Panda 2, Larry Crowne, Last Night, The Light Thief, Poetry, The Princess of Montpensier, The Round Up, Sawako Decides, Screwed, Super, Swinging with the Finkels, Trust, Viva Riva!, X-Men First Class, Zookeeper
DVD: Szindb?d , Nick Pinkerton on Fassbinder's flawed but fascinating Despair , Tim Lucas revists Joseph Losey's The Romantic Englishwoman , L'Age d'or , Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 , Beyond a Reasonable Doubt , Cross of Iron , Faccia a faccia , The Halfway House , A High Wind in Jamaica , Java Head / Tiger Bay , Jemima Shore Investigates , The Kingdom I & II , The Kremlin Letter , Laila , The Miners' Hymns , Night Flight , People on Sunday , Rififi , Skidoo , Stressed Eric , Taking Off , Who Can Kill a Child?
Books: Kim Newman hails a definitive biography of Boris Karloff , Sophie Mayer welcomes the reappearance of Born in Flames as a hybrid graphic novel , Paolo Cherchi Usai samples a revealing selection of 100 Silent Films , Brad Stevens is surprised by a re-evaluation of the films of unsung 1970s/80s director James Bridges

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July 2011

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June 2011

Issue 241
May 2011
Bernardo Bertolucci: Just like starting over
To mark a comprehensive Bertolucci retrospective, Tony Rayns looks back at the early 1960s, when the great Italian director hit his stride and emerged from the shadow of his mentors, Pasolini and Godard
Cover feature: Motion pictures
Wim Wenders's new film Pina marks not just the culmination of a 20-year quest to film the work of choreographer Pina Bausch, but also a bold leap into the world of 3D. He talks to Nick James
PLUS Nick Roddick on Wenders's career in documentary
The Oregon trail
After honing a minimalist style on the Oregon-set Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt turns her gaze on the state's pioneer past in Meek's Cutoff, a novel female angle on the old West. Graham Fuller talks to her and writer Jon Raymond
PLUS Ed Buscombe charts women's role in the western
North by northeast
How I Ended This Summer, a gripping Arctic-set two-hander, is the latest festival hit to emerge from Russia. Nick Hasted talks to its director Alexei Popogrebsky
PLUS Leslie Felperin surveys the recent Russian wave
What time is it where?
A 24-hour montage of film clips showing the measurement of time, Christian Marclay's The Clock has hooked viewers in London and New York. He talks to Jonathan Romney
PLUS Leslie Felperin surveys the recent Russian wave
Forever falling
In the second of our series on possible contenders for the 'greatest film of all time' in next year's Sight & Sound poll, the renowned Spanish critic Miguel Mar?as finds himself falling for the fathomless mysteries of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo
PLUS Leslie Felperin surveys the recent Russian wave
Selected reviews
Film review: The Silent House: Newcomer Gustavo Hernandez's ingenious low-budget, single-shot horror film is a remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense, says Mar Diestro-Dopido
Reviews in this issue: A Small Act, The Adjustment Bureau, Battle Los Angeles, Beastly, Cold Fish, Cold Weather, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Farewell, Hall Pass, How I Ended This Summer, I Saw the Devil, Limitless, The Lincoln Lawyer, Little White Lies, Louise - Michel, Mars Needs Moms, Meek's Cutoff, Passenger Side, Pina, Rango, Red Riding Hood, Redemption, The Resident, The Silent House, Sparrow, Film of the month: Sweetgrass, Tomorrow, When the War Began, Tracker, The Way, Young Hearts Run Free, Your Highness
DVD: Michael Brooke admires two early 'women's pictures' by Antonioni
DVD: Kieron Corless on the masterpiece of left-leaning radical Robert Kramer
DVD: Tim Lucas examines the drama offered by PBS talk show Firing Line
DVD: The Beyond
DVD: Blood Simple
DVD: Dark Star
DVD: A Day in the Life
DVD: Empire State
DVD: The Goodies... At Last the 40th Anniversary
DVD: Hazell - The Complete Series
DVD: The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2
DVD: Larks on a String
DVD: The Long, Hot Summer
DVD: Man of Aran
DVD: Films by Otto Preminger
DVD: Promised Lands
DVD: Slingshot
DVD: The Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley
DVD: The Virginian - Season 1
DVD: Warner Archive Collection
Book: Michael Atkinson salutes J. Hoberman's masterly look at cold-war cinema in its historical context
Book: James Bell immerses himself in an exhaustive tribute to Kubrick's unmade Napoleon
Book: Kim Newman appreciates a study of 1950's Night and the City
Book: Nick James enjoys an anthology of Philip French's essays on film

Issue 240
April 2011
The pride and the passion: 25 years of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
After a groundbreaking quarter of a century, the LLGFF is still relevant, says programmer Brian Robinson
Lost and found: The Red House
Filmmaker Charles Burnett remembers the thrills, disturbances and subdued rage of The Red House
Out of the darkness: Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams
As his first 3D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams reaches our screens, Werner Herzog talks to Samuel Wigley about primitive man, albino crocodiles and the ethics of 3D
Cover feature: Woody Allen in the 21st century
The received opinion may be that Woody Allen is past his best as a director, but Brad Stevens finds intriguing patterns in his European-set films of the last decade
PLUS Woody Allen talks to James Bell about his latest London-set film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Berlin report: horse latitudes
All the sound and fury of this year's Berlin festival - from Shakespeare to terrorism to 3D - was left in the shade by Bela Tarr's minimalist The Turin Horse, says Nick James
PLUS Carmen Gray scours the Forum for hidden gems
Sensual sensibility
Famously protective of his novels, Haruki Murakami has entrusted his 1987 bestseller Norwegian Wood to the Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, who tells James Bell about capturing the author's distinctive narrative voice
Under the sign of saturn
The new film Patience (After Sebald) and a recent symposium in Suffolk celebrate the cult of W.G. Sebald, inspiring Mark Fisher to revisit the German-born writer's East Anglian odyssey The Rings of Saturn
The fugitive
After 30 years of making films in exile in the West, Jerzy Skolimowski is back working in his native Poland - appropriately enough, on the story of a man on the run in a foreign land. The director talks to David Thompson about his new film Essential Killing
Selected reviews
Film review: Essential Killing: Jerzy Skolimowski's visceral study of an escaped jihadi's struggle for survival in the Polish wilds makes a deft mix of involvement and estrangement, says Tony Rayns
Film of the month: Submarine: Unlike so many other British TV comedians who have made the transition to film directing, Richard Ayoade reveals a distinctive cinematic talent with his debut, the skewed teen romance Submarine. By Isabel Stevens
DVD: A Blonde in Love: Geoffrey Macnab relishes the humour and humanity of Milos Forman's film about love in a Cold War climate
Film review: His & Hers: Ken Wardrup's elegantly composed portrait of 70 Irish women of all ages - in age order - puts Samuel Wigley in mind of Alan Bennett and Ozu Yasujiro
Film review: Country Strong: Gwyneth Paltrow battles drink and demons as a foundering honky-tonk singer in Shana Feste's mostly glib country-music square dance. Nick Pinkerton picks out the positives
Reviews in this issue: Age of the Dragons, All American Orgy, Anuvahood, Arthur and the Great Adventure, Ballast, Barney's Version, Benda Bilili!, Big Mommas Like Father like Son, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Chalet Girl, Client-9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, The Company Men, Country Strong, The Dilemma, Drive Angry, The Eagle, Eleanor's Secret, Essential Killing, Faster, Gnomeo & Juliet, Film review: His & Hers, I Am Number Four, Ironclad, Just Go with It, Justin Bieber Never Say Never, Killing Bono, A Little Bit of Heaven, No Strings Attached, Norwegian Wood, Oranges and Sunshine, Patagonia, Paul, Route Irish, Sanctum, Submarine, The Rite, A Turtle's Tale Sammy's Adventures, Unknown, The Ward, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
DVD: A Blonde in Love
DVD: William Ivory hails a quintet of BBC dramas by Jack Rosenthal
DVD: Tim Lucas gets Stuart Rosenberg's WUSA under his skin
DVD: The Boy with Green Hair
DVD: Brighton Rock (1947)
DVD: Broadcast News
DVD: The Crowded Day/Song of Paris
DVD: Films by Peter Greenaway
DVD: Justified - Season 1
DVD: The Locket
DVD: The Magician
DVD: The Man Who Fell to Earth
DVD: One Continuous Take: The Kay Mander Film Book
DVD: Riot
DVD: Senso
DVD: The Social Network
DVD: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - The Complete Series
DVD: Szamanka
DVD: Trouble in Mind
DVD: The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)
DVD: The War You Don't See
Book: David Jays finds Busby Berkeley's onscreen precision matched by offscreen personal turmoil
Book: Nick Bradshaw enjoys a Chaplin quest by Kevin Brownlow
Book: Brad Stevens wishes for more from a new biography of Arthur Penn
Book: Kieron Corless is stimulated by a study of "post cinematic affect"

Issue 239
March 2011
Lost and found: The Watcher in the Woods: What's the missing link between Tron, The Legend of Hell House and a big blue alien? For Joseph Stannard, it's Disney's cult 1980 fantasy The Watcher in the Woods
Jafar Panahi: the green badge of courage: Following the Iranian government's imprisonment of leading filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, their colleague and compatriot Rafi Pitts has responded with an open letter to President Ahmadinejad. Gabe Klinger talks to Pitts about the case
Obituaries: Sight & Sound's comprehensive annual survey of the notable film actors, directors and more who died during the course of 2010. Compiled by Bob Mastrangelo
PLUS James Bell on Takamine Hideko, John Gianvito on Werner Schroeter, Philip Kemp on Jean Simmons, Kieron Corless on William Lubtchansky, and Isabel Stevens on Robert F. Boyle
Cover feature: Truffaut: The British connection
Fran?ois Truffaut famously commented on the incompatibility between the words 'British' and 'cinema'. But how did that apply to his own brand of cinema in particular? Catherine Wheatley charts the director's changing critical fortunes on these shores
PLUS David Thomson reassesses the most English of Truffaut's films, 1971's neglected Anne and Muriel
Blow by blow
Based on the true story of American welterweight 'Irish' Micky Ward, David O. Russell's The Fighter drags the boxing movie out of the shadow of Raging Bull and into the age of HBO, says Kim Newman
PLUS Russell talks to James Bell about capturing the rawness of the ring
PLUS David Thomson reassesses the most English of Truffaut's films, 1971's neglected Anne and Muriel
Remaining days
In envisioning the alternate England of Never Let Me Go, American music-video veteran Mark Romanek finds his aesthetic match in Anglo-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. By Henry K. Miller
PLUS Ishiguro talks to Nick James
The green badge of courage: Following the Iranian government's imprisonment of leading filmmaker Jafar Panahi, his colleague and compatriot Rafi Pitts has responded with an open letter to President Ahmadinejad. Gabe Klinger talks to Pitts about the case, and about the struggle to make films in Iran
PLUS Ishiguro talks to Nick James
Roeg: the last British romantic: Emerging from an era of hedonistic experiment, no director better epitomised the risk-taking mood of 1970s British cinema than Nicolas Roeg. Nick James looks back at the impact of Roeg's extraordinary run of early films
PLUS Ishiguro talks to Nick James
Film review: Animal Kingdom: An exploration of Australia's criminal underbelly, David Michod's debut is on the whole an ambitious and effective thriller, argues Wally Hammond
Film of the month: Archipelago: Following Unrelated with another tale of a tightly wound English family on holiday - this time in the Scilly Isles - Archipelago confirms Joanna Hogg as one of our subtlest and most probing filmmakers. By Jonathan Romney
DVD: Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment: Paul Tickell on a decade of counterculture and class change - and the Karel Reisz movie that defined it
Film review: Inside Job: Charles Ferguson's slick, smug explication of the root causes of the current global recession offers a useful primer for the incredibly ill-informed, says Vadim Rizov
Reviews in this issue: Animal Kingdom, Animals United, Archipelago, Civic Life, Confessions, Fair Game, The Fighter, The Green Hornet, Gulliver's Travels, Henry's Crime, Honeymooner, How Do You Know, Howl, Film review: Inside Job, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Legend of the fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Lemmy, Little Fockers, Living on Love Alone, The Mechanic, Never Let Me Go, Ride, Rise, Roar, Season of the Witch, Son of Babylon, The Tempest, The Insatiable Moon, Two in the Wave, Waste Land, West Is West, Yogi Bear
DVD: Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment
DVD: Michael Atkinson celebrates a box-set tribute to new-wave pioneers BBS
DVD: Tim Lucas revels in the final feature by horror's surrealist, Jean Rollin
DVD: Black Orpheus
DVD: Films by Luis Bunuel
DVD: Decision Before Dawn
DVD: Films by Alexander Dovzhenko
DVD: Duffer / Moon over the Alley
DVD: Edan's 'Echo Party' Movie
DVD: The Fish Child
DVD: Flying Scotsman
DVD: Freud
DVD: films by Samuel Fuller
DVD: Johnny Staccato
DVD: Films by Grzegorz Krolikiewicz
DVD: Once upon a Time in America
DVD: Private Road
DVD: Walter
Book: Lee Server enjoys a smart but slim addition to the growing pile of Humphrey Bogart biographies
Book: Ian Christie applauds a comprehensive survey of the field of post-war British documentary
Book: Bryony Dixon welcomes the rehabilitation of cinema pioneer Alice Guy Blache.

Issue 238
February 2011
Howard Hawks: Slim and the silver fox: The years Howard Hawks spent with his second wife Nancy - aka 'Slim' - were the richest of his film-directing career, as her style and influence inspired him to live out a recurring dream of their relationship on film. By David Thomson
Lost and found: Little Murders: Jim O'Rourke lauds Alan Arkin's 1971 directorial debut, a quintessentially New York story of existential angst.
Peter Mullan: Glasgow belongs to me: Peter Mullan is already well known as one of Britain's most intense screen actors. But with Neds he cements his reputation as a director whose commitment to emotional truth transcends social realism. By Demetrios Matheou.
Cover feature: In the dark: Darren Aronofsky has followed The Wrestler with Black Swan, this time finding his trademark obsession, restlessness and bone-crunching self-harm in the formal world of ballet. Nick James talks to the director.
PLUS six classic female doppelgangers on film.
No country for young girls: It's the western's turn to get the Coens treatment, but their makeover of the John Wayne Oscar-winner True Grit is free of their usual self-consciousness, says Graham Fuller.
Grace in the hole: Never one to repeat himself, Danny Boyle follows his exuberant Slumdog Millionaire with the bare-bones one-man show of 127 Hours. He talks to James Mottram.
Slim and the silver fox: The years Howard Hawks spent with his second wife Nancy - aka Slim - were the richest of his career, as her style inspired him to live out a recurring dream of their relationship on film. By David Thomson.
PLUS Michael Mann on why he loves Howard Hawks, and in particular the 1932 gangster classic Scarface.
Disney after disney: As Disney's 50th animated feature Tangled is released, Andrew Osmond examines how the studio whose name was once synonymous with animation lost its edge.
Film of the month: The Portuguese Nun: The Bressonian style and metaphysical concerns of Eugene Green may be an acquired taste, but they achieve their most perfect expression in his new film The Portuguese Nun. Peter Matthews finds himself ripe for conversion.
DVD: The Elia Kazan Collection: Elia Kazan's explorations of post-war society reveal him to be one of America's greats, argues Graham Fuller.
Film review: The King's Speech: Mystique and mischief: Tom Hooper's film about the stammering future King George neatly has its royalty both ways, says Philip Kemp.
Film review: Gasland: Improbably riveting, Josh Fox's investigative doc about unregulated US hydraulic fracture mining is all the more powerful for its quiet meticulousness, says Sam Davies.
Reviews in this issue: Bathory, Abel, Amer, 127 Hours, Biutiful, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, Brighton Rock, Burlesque, The Chronicles of Narnia, Conviction, Freakonomics, Film review: Gasland, Genius Within, Get Low, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster, I Spit on Your Grave, The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Film review: The King's Speech, Life Goes On, London Boulevard, Men on the Bridge, Midgets vs Mascots, Morning Glory, Neds, Nenette, The Next Three Days, The Portuguese Nun, Rabbit Hole, Road to Las Vegas, The Scar Crow, A Serbian Film, Tangled, The Tourist, Travellers, Tron Legacy, True Grit, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Warrior's Way, The Way Back.
DVD: The Elia Kazan Collection
DVD: Tom Charity sees The Night of the Hunter get the DVD release it deserves
DVD: Tim Lucas revisits del Toro's Cronos in the light of a fascinating new director's commentary
DVD: A Bay of Blood
DVD: La cienaga
DVD: A Dance to the Music of Time
DVD: Deep Red
DVD: Ellery Queen
DVD: Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor & Other Fantastic Films by Koji Yamamura
DVD: Hammer & Tongs
DVD: I Am a Camera
DVD: The Quintessential Guy Maddin
DVD: Man Hunt
DVD: Middletown
DVD: Pinter's Progress & The Homecoming
DVD: Shed Your Tears and Walk Away
DVD: La signora di tutti
DVD: Films by Jacques Tati
Book: Philip Kemp welcomes two contrasting studies of Satyajit Ray
Book: Nick Bradshaw enjoys a populist survey of animated features
Book: Jonathan Romney is stimulated by a new collection of criticism by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Book: Ginette Vincendeau wants more from The Faber Book of French Cinema.

Issue 237
January 2011
2010: The year in review: Nick James introduces the results of this year's annual S&S poll, in which 85 contributors from around the world pick the top five films they saw in 2010, and their other movie highlights of the past 12 months
Memento mori: Of Gods and Men: Based on the true story of a group of monks in Algeria, Of Gods and Men is one of several recent films to examine links between French and Islamic culture. But it's the film's evocation of the monks' inner state that really resonates, says Jonathan Romney.
Review of the year - online from 7 December: Nick James introduces the results of this year's annual S&S poll, in which 85 contributors from around the world pick the top five films they saw in 2010, and their other movie highlights of the past 12 months.
The mark of Kane: With Sight & Sound's once-in-a decade Greatest Film of All Time poll looming in 2012, David Thomson launches an occasional series of debates about the canon, wondering whether Citizen Kane will - or should - retain its top spot.
Cover feature: Hotel California: Like much of her past work, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is set in the rarefied world of the rich and unhappy. What do her films - and reactions to them - tell us about the perils of fame, asks Hannah McGill.
PLUS Isabel Stevens talks to the director about capturing the mood and light of Los Angeles.
Free radical: Famous for his experiments scratching directly on to celluloid, New Zealander Len Lye was a trailblazer who moved between the cinema and the art gallery. As a major new exhibition opens, Ian Francis surveys Lye's legacy.
Counter culture: Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 classic The Shop Around the Corner fills out its romantic-comedy confection with a moving portrayal of economic desperation. As the film is rereleased in UK cinemas, Nick James dissects the 'Lubitsch touch'.
Film of the month: Monsters: Blending road-movie and sci-fi, the fantastic and the everyday, Monsters is an astonishingly assured feature debut for its young British writer, director and special-effects designer Gareth Edwards, says Nick Roddick.
Cinema releases reviewed in this issue: * Aftershock, * The Be All and End All, * Broken Sun, * Burke & Hare, * Catfish, * Chatroom, * Cuckoo, * Due Date, * Easier with Practice, * Enemies of the People, * Fathers of Girls, * Fezeka's Voice, * For Colored Girls, * Fred The Movie, * In Our Name, * Loose Cannons, * Love & Other Drugs, * Love Life, * Mammoth, * Megamind, * Miral, * Film of the month: Monsters, * Of Gods and Men, * On Tour, * Outcast, * Paranormal Activity 2, * Rare Exports A Christmas Tale, * Saw 3D, * Secretariat, * Skyline, * Slackistan, * Somewhere, * Spiderhole, * The Thorn in the Heart, * Unstoppable, * Waiting for "Superman", * DVD: Marcel Ophuls's indelible Hotel Terminus.

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