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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 261
January 2013


Issue 260
December 2012


Issue 259
November 2012
"Our November festival special issue brings you the best of Venice, Toronto and the upcoming London film festivals: Ben Walters explores the strain of “British bathetic bucolic” in Ben (Kill List) Wheatley’s cover black comedy Sightseers, Jacques Audiard talks about the mix of Marion Cotillard, sex, disability and orcas in his new drama Rust and Bone, Sally Potter revisits adolescent passions under the shadow of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in Ginger and Rosa and Demetrios Matheou reports from the location shoot of Walter Salles’ Kerouac adaptation On the Road.
Plus a ‘Deep Focus’ on the dark side of Ealing Studios, David Thomson imagines an interview with Jack Nicholson’s mad Randy post-The Shining, Tony Rayns’ guide to Korean master Im Kwontaek, an interview with pure-cinema pioneer Peter Kubelka, New York’s radical renaissance man Aldo Tambellini, reviews of 34 new film releases and 23 DVDs, books on Nicholas Ray and Olivier Assayas, J. Hoberman’s take on 21st Century Cinema, and that last shot of The Searchers.


Issue 258
October 2012
Our October issue kicks off with an illuminating look at Holy Motors, the daring and unclassifiable new film from provocative French maverick Leos Carax. David Thompson decodes the complex web of cinematic homages and references at play in Carax's dazzling and film-literate one-off.
We also remember a French innovator from an earlier age: the great Chris Marker, who died in July this year, and who was always so much more than just a ‘documentary filmmaker'. Catherine Lupton introduces our coverage, which features tributes from directors inspired by Marker's towering example, among them Agnes Varda, Patricio Guzmán, Chris Petit, Jose Luis Guerin, Patrick Keiller and more.
Kim Newman enjoys Dredd, a new take on the helmeted futuristic lawman Judge Dredd, and writer Alex Garland tells David Jenkins how he was committed to staying true to the raw, borderline-psychotic spirit of the 2000AD comic-strip original; Michael Atkinson explores the history of the moonshiner film - a rural and largely disreputable subgenre of the Hollywood gangster movie that's back with a vengeance in its bloodiest incarnation yet courtesy of the Nick Cave-scripted Lawless; and Nick Hasted talks to Christian Petzold, the leading light of the Berlin School of filmmakers, famed for the uneasy gaze they've cast over modern Germany, whose tense and probing new film Barbara turns his attention to communist East Germany in the last decade of its existence.
We also launch our new ‘Sight & Sound Interview' feature this month, as the great American critic and cultural historian Greil Marcus talks to David Thomson about Thomson's latest book The Big Screen, and about a life spent watching movies.
Our comprehensive reviews pages include in-depth looks at Oliver Stone's Savages and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, and we also review the most interesting books, DVDs and Blu-ray releases. All that, and much more besides…


Issue 257
September 2012
Cover feature: The 2012 Critics' Poll
Once a decade we ask critics to select the Greatest Films of All Time. This year 846 of them responded. We unveil the Top 100, plus 100 personal top tens from David Thomson, Camille Paglia, J. Hoberman, Mark Kermode and others…
FEATURES
The 2012 Dire?ctors' Poll
?The Greatest Films of All Time, as chosen by 358 directors including Woody Allen, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Quentin Tarantino, the Dardenne brothers, Terence Davies, Guillermo del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann…
White mischief
Tabu moves from modern-day Lisbon to a rapturous evocation of romance in colonial Africa. But no plot description can do justice to the idiosyncratic poetry of director Miguel Gomes. He talks to Mar Diestro-Dópido.
Hey presto
The 1970s have been seen as a period of frustration for Orson Welles. But, says Welles biographer Simon Callow, the same period saw his invention of the essay film with the brilliant F for Fake.
The art of noise
Director Peter Strickland follows his breakthrough Katalin Varga with a bold step into the world of analogue sound and Italian horror, Berberian Sound Studio. He talks to Jason Wood.
PLUS Geoffrey Macnab talks to Toby Jones about his role as a sound engineer.
Rushes
Hannah McGill on the allure of smoking in the movies.
David Jenkins talks to director David Robert Mitchell about his debut The Myth of the American Sleepover.
Mark Cousins praises Asian cinema.
Catherine Bray pays tribute to screenwriter Nora Ephron.
Jonathan Romney decodes an image from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
The Industry
Geoffrey Macnab talks to the new head of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts.
Charles Gant explores the troubled production history of On the Road.
Charles Gant assesses Steven Soderbergh's box-office performance.
David Locke explores how live alternative content is affecting cinemas.
Wide Angle
Sophie Mayer on Tate Modern's new space for live performance and film.
Laura Mulvey pays tribute to experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin.
Gabe Klinger celebrates the depth and breadth of the FIDMarseille film festival.
Frances Morgan reconsiders three Ennio Morricone scores for Dario Argento.
Bryony Dixon assesses the contemporary state of silent cinema.
Kim Newman revisits some classic Mexican sci-fi.
Brad Stevens asks if there's a difference between ‘best' and ‘favourite' films.
Forum
Henry K. Miller and Hannah McGill go head to head over the relevance of cinematic canons.
Reviews
Berberian Sound Studio, The Dark Knight Rises, The Imposter, Tabu and 32 other releases. Plus 16 DVDs, and books on Night and Fog, the Hollywood sign and post-digital boundaries.


Issue 256
August 2012
Features
Cover feature: The genius of Hitchcock: Since his twenties, when he wrote a book about Hitchcock, Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro has returned to his films again and again. He offers a director's POV on what we can learn from the master.
PLUS Bryony Dixon on the restoration of the 'Hitchcock nine'
Escape artist: In the space of just over a decade, Christopher Nolan has shot from promising British indie director to undisputed master of a new brand of intelligent escapism. Joseph Bevan surveys his body of work.
Get Suschitzky: Wolfgang Suschitzky's unforgettable cinematography on Get Carter is just the tip of the iceberg in a career embracing documentary, industrial film and still photography. As the great man turns 100, Patrick Russell looks back over his career.
Showtime: Filmmaker and performance artist Bruce Lacey has been ‘playing silly buggers' for over half a century. To coincide with a BFI retrospective, William Fowler assesses his legacy.
PLUS artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nick Abrahams on how Lacey's anarchic spirit inspired their film portrait of the artist.
Revolutionary road: In the last of our countdowns to next month's ‘Greatest Films of All Time' poll, Mark Le Fanu sings the praises of Boris Barnet's silent contender The House on Trubnaya Street.
Desert of the disappeared: Now 70, the radical Chilean director Patricio Guzmán is back with the wonderful Nostalgia for the Light, which links the hidden history of his homeland to the secrets of the stars. He talks to Chris Darke.
Rushes
David Thomson pays tribute to the late great US critic Andrew Sarris.
Nick Bradshaw on music doc Searching for Sugar Man and how apartheid fostered the legend of a lost 1970s rock prophet.
Charles Gant on how The Angels' Share paid off north of the border.
Nick James joins Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair for a journey into London's Olympic heartlands.
Melanie Williams welcomes the reissue of 1957 kitchen-sink sensation Woman in a Dressing Gown.
Kieron Corless talks to Lola Doillon about kidnap drama In Your Hands.
Nick Roddick ponders the changing nature of film festivals.
Films reviewed in this issue:
Film of the month: A Simple Life
Plus: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, The Chernobyl Diaries, Comes a Bright Day, Detachment, Dr Seuss' The Lorax, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Electrick Children, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, The Giants, God Bless America, Harold's Going Stiff, The Hunter, I Am Bruce Lee, In Your Hands, Lay the Favourite, LOL, Magic Mike, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Nostalgia for the Light, Personal Best, Ping Pong, The Players, Prometheus, Requiem for a Killer, Revenge of the Electric Car, Rock of Ages, Searching for Sugar Man, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 7 Days in Havana, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, The Soul of Flies, Storage 24, Strawberry Fields, Swandown, Ted, Tortoise in Love, Undefeated, Wagner's Dream, Where Do We Go Now?, You've Been Trumped, DVDs
DVD features: Michael Brooke welcomes a full-length release for Kenneth Lonergan's thrillingly ambitious Margaret
Tim Lucas revisits Jack Arnold's 1958 classic The Space Children
Plus
The All-American Boy, Bell, Book and Candle, A Bullet for the General, Confidence, Correspondence(s), Films starring Doris Day, The Devil's Needle & Other Tales of Vice and Redemption, Earth 2, The Execution of Private Slovik, Force of Evil, The House by the Cemetery, Justice - Series 1, King of New York, Lidice, Nightbirds, The Rafi Pitts Collection, The Red House, Three Melodramas by Yasujiro Ozu.
Books
Nick Pinkerton savours the last word on Frank Tashlin
Chris Darke is intrigued by the ‘behavioural codes' of filmgoing
Sophie Mayer is absorbed by an in-depth study of the WhedonVerse


Issue 255
July 2012


Issue 254
June 2012
Features
Cover feature: An island of his own:Set on an island off the coast of the US in the mid-60s, on the eve of that decade's upheavals, Moonrise Kingdom is the latest of the self-contained worlds created by Wes Anderson. Nick Pinkerton talks to the director
Gone with the wind: The Turin Horse is the last testament of the legendarily uncompromising Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr. He talks to Jonathan Romney
PLUS Geoffrey Macnab on the battle for the soul of Hungarian film
PLUS Turin Horse DP Fred Kelemen analyses his remarkable collaboration with the director
On the side of the angels: In a unique long-term collaboration, Paul Laverty has now written ten features for director Ken Loach. Thomas Dawson talks to the writer on the set of The Angels' Share
Travelling light: Jean-Claude Carriere is famed above all for his six-film collaboration with Luis Bu?uel. The veteran French screenwriter discusses the secrets of his craft with Nick James
Life expectancy: Bertrand Tavernier's 1980 sci-fi one-off Death Watch anticipated reality TV, and showed Glasgow as never before. He talks to Pasquale Iannone
Spring awakening: A year on from the Arab Spring, Ali Jaafar examines the implications of political change for the new generation of filmmakers emerging in the Middle East
Listomania: In our countdown to September's 'Greatest Films of All Time' poll, Michael Atkinson anatomises critical obsession with the 'top ten'
The early life of Colonel Blimp: As a new digital print restores Powell and Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp to its Technicolor glory, we reproduce two key artefacts from its production: a tapestry and Pressburger's original treatment
Island of Lost Souls: The 1935 film of H.G. Wells's Dr Moreau story is disturbing and subtextually explosive, writes Michael Atkinson Reviews in this issue: 2 Days in New York, American Pie: Reunion, The Angels' Share, Arirang, Avengers Assemble, Battleship, Beloved, Cafe de Flore, Casa de mi padre, The Cold Light of Day, Elfie Hopkins, Even the Rain, Faust, Free Mene Harsh Light of Day, Himizu, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Ill Manors, The Innkeepers, Lockout, The Lucky One, Mirror Mirror, Mitsuko Delivers, Monsieur Lazhar, The Pact, The Raid: Redemption, Red Tails, Safe, She Monkeys, Tales of the Night, Transit, The Turin Horse, Victim, Woody Allen: A Documentary, Wrath of the Titans.
DVD: Island of Lost Souls, Michael Brooke salutes Radu Muntean's forensic analysis of an illicit affair, Tim Lucas savours highlights from a golden age for US animation, La Bataille du rail, Black Pond, Braquo - Series 1, The John Cassavetes Collection, Un condamne ? mort s'est echappe/A Man Escaped, Conversation Piece, Demons/Demons 2, Dickens on Film, The Golden Bowl, Hit!, I.D., The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume Two: Fires Were Started, The Living Wake, Murder Rooms, Films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, The Portuguese Nun, Ruggles of Red Gap, Tales from the Golden Age.
Books: Henry K. Miller admires a well-researched history of the British Film Institute, Andrew Robinson dips into a brilliant compilation of Satyajit Ray's writing on cinema, Maria M. Delgado surveys an ambitious study of New Argentine Cinema.


Issue 253
May 2012
Features
The great escape: La Grande Illusion: In past S&S polls of the greatest films of all time, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion has lost out to his later, allegedly more personal film La Regle du jeu. It's time to reconsider, says Ginette Vincendeau
Blood and sand: Beau Travail: In the latest of our essays making the case for contenders in S&S's poll to find the Greatest Film of All Time, Hannah McGill revisits Beau Travail, Claire Denis's rapturous 1998 exploration of male identity in crisis
Lost and found: Group Portrait with Lady: Like so many films by the great Yugoslavian director Aleksandar Petrovic, Group Portrait with Lady is off the radar. By Vlastimir Sudar
Cover feature: Minor quay: Since leaving his native Finland, director Aki Kaurismaki has broadened his canvas with Le Havre, but his deadpan vision remains the same. Michael Brooke talks to him, and surveys his career to date
A man apart: Artist-filmmaker Ben Rivers's feature debut Two Years at Sea is a mesmerising portrait of life on the margins. He talks to Andrea Picard
Whit and whimsy: Fans of Whit Stillman have had a long wait for another taste of his acerbic dialogue and wry social portraiture. He talks to Nick Pinkerton about his first film in 14 years, Damsels in Distress
Revolt into style: From Futurism to Dogme, filmmakers have felt the urge to pronounce new laws of their art. Nick James charts a brief history of the manifesto
Blood and sand: In the first of two pieces on contenders for S&S's upcoming Greatest Film of All Time poll, Hannah McGill revisits Beau Travail, Claire Denis's rapturous 1998 exploration of male identity
Moon kampf: Timo Vuorensola's satirical sci-fi comedy Iron Sky takes Nazi scientific theory to its illogical conclusion. By Kim Newman
A canadian in paris: What is Winnipeg's most famous director Guy Maddin up to in the basement of the Pompidou Centre? Jonathan Romney pays his respects to 'The Seances Project'
Film review: Breathing: Karl Markovics' debut study of an institutionalised teenager finding release in mortuary work takes several leaves from the Dardennes' neorealist playbook. Catherine Wheatley sees muted naturalism turn to the sublime
Film review: The Cabin in the Woods: Drew Goddard and producer Joss Whedon's marvellous meta-monster horror may be smarter (and funnier) than it is scary, says Kim Newman
Film review: Damsels in Distress: The erstwhile laureate of satires of the American preppie heart, Whit Stillman breaks his 13-year silence with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek college comedy. Kate Stables wonders if its frivolity is for real
Film of the month: Goodbye First Love: Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl meets older man... The new film by Mia Hansen-L?ve confirms the promise of Father of My Children with a frank - and very French - look at the pangs of young love, says Philip Kemp Film review: Le Havre: In Aki Kaurismaki's deadpan fairytale of working-class solidarity, quirky flirts with cutesy and bathos with true poignancy. Hannah McGill sees the raw humanity shining through
DVD: The Mizoguchi Collection: The films of Mizoguchi Kenji combine detachment with intense emotional involvement, argues Brad Stevens
Reviews in this issue: Albert Nobbs, Angel & Tony, Beauty, Being Elmo, Blackthorn, Breathing, Buck, The Cabin in the Woods, A Cat in Paris, Cleanskin, Damsels in Distress, Delicacy, The Divide, Elles, Gone, Goodbye First Love, Grave Encounters, Hara-kiri Death of a Samurai, Hard Boiled Sweets, Le Havre, The Hunger Games, Iron Sky, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, John Carter, London Paris New York, Marley, The Monk, Mozart's Sister, Oliver Sherman, The Other Side of Sleep, Payback Season, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Project X, The Raven, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Silent House, Town of Runners, Two Years at Sea, Wanderlust, We Are Poets
DVD: The Mizoguchi Collection, Geoffrey Macnab revisits a quartet of post-war classics from Poland, Tim Lucas is captivated by a new film that brings Bruegel to life, American Dreams (lost and found)/Landscape Suicide, Il boom, The Doom Generation, Encounters: Four Ground-Breaking Classics of Gay Cinema, Friendly Fire Game of Thrones, Her Private Hell, Italian Crime Collection: Fernando Di Leo, Films by Fritz Lang, Lifeboat, Male of the Species, Miracle in Milan, Films by Edgar Reitz, Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy, Films by Imamura Shohei, Treasure Train, Urbanized.
Book: Nick Pinkerton savours a film-by-film appreciation of Barbara Stanwyck, John Wrathall evaluates tips from yet another guide to the art of screenwriting, Michael Atkinson hails a pioneering survey of the career of Russian director Alexander Sokurov, Jane Giles relishes a good-natured account of Hollywood sexual excess from the 1940s to the 1980s.


Issue 252
April 2012
Features
Light my fire: The Hour of the Furnaces: As S&S counts down to the September issue's once-a-decade poll to find the Greatest Film of All Time, French critic Nicole Brenez makes the case for one of the key revolutionary activist films of the 1960s, The Hour of the Furnaces.
Lost and found: Gervaise: Mark Le Fanu pays tribute to 1956's Gervaise, a great example of Zola on film - and of the work of its neglected director, Rene Clement.
The hand that rocked the Kremlin: Jir? Trnka: Born 100 years ago, the Czech artist Jir? Trnka spent his career bringing fairytales magically to life, in book illustrations and puppet animation - until his last film turned his talents to a devastating allegory of Stalinism. Peter Hames surveys his career.
La comedie humaine: The Kid with a Bike is the latest of a series of extraordinary features with which the Dardenne brothers have turned a bleak industrial town in Belgium into a microcosm of all human life. By Jonathan Romney.
Journey to the end of the night: With Once upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan turns his contemplative eye on a murder investigation. The Turkish director talks to Geoff Andrew.
PLUS extracts from Ceylan's diary of the editing process.
The 400 hits: Lena Dunham is one of a new breed of directors who find their first audience on YouTube, but her debut feature Tiny Furniture shows there's more to her than navel-gazing, says Melissa Anderson.
Platz entertainment: A very public battle for the Golden Bear divided this year's Berlin film Festival, says Nick James.
Act of faith: In 1954, a student hung out with Carl Theodor Dreyer on the set of Ordet, and transcribed his conversations with the great Danish director. An extract from the new memoir by Jan Wahl.
The hand that rocked the kremlin: Jir? Trnka brought fairytales to life in spellbinding puppet animation - until his last film took on Stalinism. Peter Hames celebrates the centenary of the great Czech animator.
Cover feature: On the road again: A bold blend of rock-star hip and Holocaust hauntology, Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place is an oddball vehicle for Sean Penn. By Jonathan Romney.
PLUS John Wrathall on what US stars learn from Italian auteurs.
PLUS Paul Mayersberg on the enigma at the heart of Paolo Sorrentino's four Italian films.
Selected reviews:
In Darkness: Agnieszka Holland's third engagement with the terrors of WWII is a hard-hitting portrait of national and class divisions amongst fugitive Jews in the sewers of the Lw?w ghetto. By Michael Brooke.
Into the Abyss: Into the Abyss is not just a compelling documentary about a convicted murderer on Death Row, but a further chapter in Werner Herzog's obsessive exploration of the American way of life - and death. By Tony Rayns.
DVD feature: On the Bowery: Nick Bradshaw revisits Lionel Rogosin's On the Bowery, a pioneering drama-doc shot on the mean streets of New York.
Reviews in this issue: 21 Jump Street, Act of Valour, Babycall, Bill Cunningham New York, Black Gold, Blank City, Bonsai: A Story of Love, Books and Plants, Chronicle, Contraband, Corman's World Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Corpo celeste, Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, Headhunters, How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire, ID:A, If Not Us, Who, Film review: In Darkness, Film of the month: Into the Abyss, Intruders, The Island President, Journey 2 The Mysterious Island, The Kid with a Bike, A Man's Story, North Sea Texas, Once upon a Time in Anatolia, One for the Money, Return, Safe House, StreetDance 2, This Is Not a Film, This Means War, This Must Be the Place, Tiny Furniture, Trishna, The Vow, We Bought a Zoo, Wild Bill.
DVD features:
Kim Newman on the closest we can get to the director's cut of The Devils, On the Bowery, Tim Lucas on the one-off collaboration of Nicolas Roeg and Dennis Potter.
DVDs: Chung Kuo - China, The Conformist, Dellamorte Dellamore, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Films by Wojciech Jerzy Has, In a Glass Cage, Leon the Pig Farmer - The Kosher Edition, Letter Never Sent, Liverpool, La Morte Rouge, Moses and Aaron, NCIS - Season, North Square, Outcast of the Islands, Rare Films by Ra?l Ruiz, Three Outlaw Samurai, Who Pays the Ferryman?, Zift.
Book: Edward Buscombe finds new revelations in a biography of pioneer producer Thomas Ince, Sonia Mullett weighs up a new critical take on Ozu's Late Spring, Dan Callahan hopes for more from a biography of Loretta Young, Peter Tonguette relishes the memoirs of Orson Welles's love-child.


Issue 251
March 2012
Features
Remain in light: Mulholland Dr. and the cosmogony of David Lynch: As our ten-yearly poll to find the Greatest Film of All Time gets ever closer, B. Kite considers David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. in the light of the Vedanta-inspired spiritual philosophy that underpins all the director's work.
Only a dream: Gene Tierney: More than just one of the most beautiful actresses in movies, Gene Tierney didn't so much act as embody the mysterious heroines of three unforgettable 40s films. By Dan Callahan.
Lost and found: Manuel Mur Oti: Spain's Manuel Mur Oti had huge success under Franco. Since the fall of the regime he's been written out of history. By Mar Diestro-D?pido.
Obituaries: Sight & Sound's comprehensive annual survey of the notable film actors, directors and more who died during the course of 2011. Compiled by Bob Mastrangelo.
PLUS Peter Tonguette on Bert Schneider, Naman Ramachandran on Dev Anand, Michael Brooke on Zdenek Miler, Peter Biskind on Sue Mengers, David Thompson on Yekaterina Golubeva, Philip Kemp on Michael Gough, Kate Stables on Jane Russell and John Wrathall on John Barry.
Cover feature: Anaylse this: Better known for visceral horror, David Cronenberg turns to psychoanalytical costume drama with A Dangerous Method. He talks Freud and Jung with Nick James.
PLUS Brad Stevens on Cronenberg's 1983 classic Videodrome.
Magnificent Obsession: Rereleased to coincide with a major new David Hockney exhibition, the 1974 film A Bigger Splash is a fascinating document of the artist and his circle. By Ian Massey.
PLUS Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey on the collision of painting and film.
Obituaries: Sight & Sound's annual survey of the notable film figures who died last year. Compiled by Bob Mastrangelo.
PLUS Peter Biskind on Sue Mengers, Peter Tonguette on Bert Schneider, Philip Kemp on Michael Gough, Kate Stables on Jane Russell, and Michael Brooke on Zdenek Miler.
California dreaming: Bombay Beach seems like a typical observational documentary about dead-end American lives - until its subjects start to dance. Director Alma Har'el talks to Nick Bradshaw.
Inking the deal: Before Repo Man became Alex Cox's cult 1984 debut, it was a comic strip. S&S reproduces Cox's original artwork for the first time.
Selected reviews:
Blood Car: Anton Bitel hails a belatedly released satire of American car culture surely destined for cult status.
Hadewijch: Militantly uncompromising, Bruno Dumont's portrait of a nun turning to Islam sees the master of enigmatic mysticism himself swap condescension for compassion, says Jonathan Romney.
The Muppets: As the Muppets Studio is under threat from an evil oil billionaire, Kermit rallies his troupers to produce a timely protest against corporate culture, discovers Sophie Mayer.
Film of the month: Young Adult: After their earlier collaboration on the crowd-pleasing Juno, Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have reteamed for an altogether more bracing follow-up, Young Adult, which overturns every romcom cliche. By Lisa Mullen.
DVD: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin: Nick Pinkerton on French director Jean-Pierre Gorin, whose essay films offer us the chance to see the ordinary and the day-to-day with a fresh eye.
Reviews in this issue: The Adopted/Les Adoptes, Bel Ami, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Best Laid Plans, Big Miracle, Film review: Blood Car, Carancho (The Vulture), A Dangerous Method, The Darkest Hour, The Devil Inside, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Girl Model, Goon, The Grey, Film review: Hadewijch, Hunky Dory, If I Were You, Khodorkovsky, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Michael, A Monster in Paris/Un Monstre ? Paris, Position Among the Stars, Rampart, Red Dog, The Topp Twins, Underworld Awakening, Untouchable Girls, The Woman in Black, The Woman in the Fifth/La femme du Veme, X Night of Vengeance.
DVD: Ozu's early comedies, Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin.
Book: Nick James is captivated by Geoff Dyer's exploration of Stalker, Henry K. Miller is unimpressed by a study of 1970s British film culture, Brian Dillon enjoys a suitably eccentric book on Harpo Marx, Sukhdev Sandhu appreciates an exploration of the essay film


Issue 250
February 2012
Features:
Theo Angelopoulos: the sweep of history: As his oeuvre is released on DVD, Theo Angelopoulos revisits his career with David Jenkins
Jean Vigo: Artist of the floating world: Vigo's sole full-length feature bridged the surrealism of 1920s French cinema and the poetic realism of the 1930s. Graham Fuller proposes it for S&S's forthcoming 'Greatest Films of All Time' poll
Lost and found: The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short: Tony Rayns welcomes the revival of a forgotten Belgian classic from the 1960s
Cover feature: Sex and the city: Steve McQueen's Shame reinvents the cinematic New York loner as sex addict. He discusses sexism and racism with Nick James
PLUS Shame star Michael Fassbender talks about working off the rails and the cruelty of siblings
The icegirl cometh: Kim Newman questions whether David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does justice to the Swedish story's icy heroine
PLUS John Wrathall on Hollywood's love affair with all things Nordic
'Tis pity she's a whore: There's more to Bertrand Bonello's brothel-set House of Tolerance than sex, he tells Catherine Wheatley
One from the heart: John Akomfrah, director of Handsworth Songs, is back with The Nine Muses. He tells Kieron Corless about fusing Greek myth and black British experience
Mythomania: Following his death last November, Linda Ruth Williams and Mark Kermode celebrate the maverick exuberance of Ken Russell Lost highway: As Two-Lane Blacktop celebrates its fortieth anniversary, Ian Penman hails Monte Hellman's cult road movie
Artist of the floating world: Graham Fuller proposes Jean Vigo's L'Atalante for consideration in S&S's 'Greatest Films of All Time' poll
The sweep of history: As his oeuvre is released on DVD, Theo Angelopoulos revisits his career with David Jenkins
Charlie's ghost: As Charles Dickens's 200th birthday arrives, Matthew Sweet asks why his work isn't seen more often on today's screens
Film review: Coriolanus: Ralph Fiennes's bold modern adaptation of Shakespeare's caustic late combat drama makes a strong fist of merciless material, says David Jays
Film of the month: The Descendants: Alexander Payne's follow-up to About Schmidt and Sideways is a characteristic mix of funny and painful, with Hawaii lawyer George Clooney struggling with family baggage as his wife lies in a coma. By Philip Kemp
Film review: A Useful Life: A genial homage to a failing cinematheque and its waning artform, Federico Veiroj's comedy also proves an ode to reinvention, says Mar Diestro-D?pido
Film review: The Iron Lady: Thatcher - The Biopic runs shy of politics. Philip Kemp scratches his head
DVD: The Conversation: A tale of surveillance and hacking, The Conversation is uncannily relevant to our times, writes Michael Brooke
Reviews in this issue: A Useful Life, Acts of Godfrey, Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked, Bombay Beach, Carnage, Coriolanus, Film review: Coriolanus, Film of the month: The Descendants, Happy Feet Two, Haywire, House of Tolernace, Hugo, The Iron Lady, J.Edgar, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Man on Ledge, Margaret, Margin Call, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Mother and Child, New Year's Eve, Patience (After Sebald), Red Light Revolution, Shame, Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, Tatsumi, The Big Year, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Lady, The Nine Muses, The Sitter, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1, Film review: A Useful Life, W.E., War Horse.
DVD: The Conversation, Kate Stables reassesses the charms of popular child star Sabu, Tim Lucas revisits Depardieu's sexually charged breakthrough, Children of the Stones, Community - Season 1, The Cranes are Flying, Delitto d'amore, A Farewell to Arms, The Four Feathers, Happy People A Year in the Taiga, Kurosawa Classic Collection, Little Big Man, Meda, Films by Oshima Nagisa, The Overcoat, The Red and the White, Shoestring - Series 1, The Tree of Life.
Books: Philip Horne delves into a new book of conversations with Scorsese, ichael Brooke commends a whistle-stop tour of the GPO Film Unit, Kim Newman asks whether on-screen boxers lose even when they win, Maria M. Delgado on the wide-reaching influence of El?as Querejeta.

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