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  • Dreaming an altered future at True/False 2019

    Columbia, Missouri’s brilliantly irregular gem of a festival was especially provocative this year, dissolving boundaries and asking challenging questions, not just about the documentary form but about art, activism and our collective agency, writes Sophie Brown.

    Sophie Brown
    Thursday 14 March 2019

    Festivals

  • Glasgow Film Festival 2019: a vital antidote to one-size cinema

    This year’s programme was about more than just big-ticket premieres, offering local filmgoers precious access to word-of-mouth independent movies – an opportunity all the more welcome amidst the current battles over distribution models and windows, reports Rebecca Harrison.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Wednesday 13 March 2019

    Festivals

  • Clermont-Ferrand 2019: seven of the best short films

    The programme at the world’s biggest short film festival reflect the event itself – eclectic, and somewhat anarchic. Laurence Boyce rounds up some of the best of this annual state-of-the-art snapshot.

    Laurence Boyce
    Wednesday 13 March 2019

    Festivals

  • From the Magazine

    Invisible women: how film history erases female filmmakers

    “With footnotes, parentheses, half-sentences, or no mention at all, many talented, hard-working women of the past have become virtually invisible in recorded film history,” Cecile Starr here noted in 1980.

    Cecile Starr
    Friday 8 March 2019

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  • The Wizard of Lies: three faces of Robert De Niro

    Barry Levinson’s Bernie Madoff biopic brings together key facets of the actor’s star persona, as he plays an opportunistic individual who is nevertheless rigorously self-controlled, writes Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Thursday 28 February 2019

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  • The films of Márta Mészáros: power, feminism and transindividuality

    A retrospective at the Berlinale revealed the radical energy running through the Hungarian director’s work, and connections both with her contemporaries and with modern cinema, writes Ela Bittencourt.

    Ela Bittencourt
    Thursday 28 February 2019

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  • Blackout: sliding out of obsolescence

    The last Kodak carousel slide projector was manufactured in 2004, but artists continue to be inspired by them, as this exhibition of lost memories and forgotten pasts revealed, reports Matt Turner.

    Matt Turner
    Wednesday 27 February 2019

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  • Lost at the last: the 2019 Oscars plucked bathos from the jaws of reputability

    Fluffing the final curtain of the film calendar does make for the “genuinely quite stressful” spectacle that Olivia Colman described, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Tuesday 26 February 2019

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  • Stanley Donen obituary: a master Hollywood expressionist

    A prolific director of superlative Hollywood entertainments from Singin’ in the Rain to Indiscreet and Bedazzled, Stanley Donen was one of the first of Hollywood’s second-wave genre-tuners, making films that were “brighter, breezier, faster and fleeter,” writes Peter Tonguette.

    Peter Tonguette
    Tuesday 26 February 2019

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  • Farewell, Stanley Donen, and thanks for the juice

    Director of the most exuberant Hollywood revels, from Singin’ in the Rain onwards, Stanley Donen burnished the moment for as long as he could. Mark Cousins bids farewell to a filmmaker whom he celebrated at the 1995 Edinburgh Film Festival.

    Mark Cousins
    Tuesday 26 February 2019

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