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    The films of Straub and Huillet: images richer than words

    The films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet have seldom found distribution in the UK, on account of their perceived difficulty. Yet their half-century of working together shows an unparalleled commitment to intense human experience, as Tag Gallagher explains.

    Tag Gallagher
    Wednesday 20 March 2019

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    Alien encounter: on the set of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror

    Before the world knew what had hit it, our reporter Philip Strick visited the set of Ridley Scott’s answer to Star Wars, to discuss terror, smoke and the Alien Problem – but bathsoap not so much.

    Philip Strick
    Monday 4 March 2019

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  • The cinema of Ulrich Köhler: slow-burn dramas of dislocation

    As the ‘Berlin School’ writer-director’s work is celebrated in a short retrospective, Ross McDowell takes a look at his four features to date, which all rotate around ideas of alienation and ambiguity, culminating in his speculative apocalypse tale In My Room.

    Ross McDonnell
    Wednesday 27 February 2019

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    Film as life: tributes to Jonas Mekas at 90

    The great Jonas Mekas, who has died aged 96, was the godfather of avant-garde film, as maker of his own works and facilitator of other people’s. Here we reprint our tributes to Mekas on his 90th birthday by Amy Taubin and five great fellow filmmakers.

    Amy Taubin
    Wednesday 30 January 2019

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    Jonas Mekas: Towards a spontaneous cinema

    Jonas Mekas is editor of the American magazine Film Culture. This article is a report from the inside, as it were, on new trends in the non-Hollywood American cinema.

    Jonas Mekas
    Wednesday 30 January 2019

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    Jocelyne Saab: history’s witness

    For more than four decades, Jocelyne Saab documented conflict and deprivation – especially in her native Lebanon. Following the sad news that the journalist and filmmaker died on 7 January 2019, we are republishing this article by Nicole Brenez on her work.

    Nicole Brenez
    Thursday 24 January 2019

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  • Dau: a never-ending experiment in a Soviet laboratory

    Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s epic shoot inside a Stalinist time capsule has finally materialised into an interactive show, comprising several films that are both fascinating and nightmarish. It’s auteur filmmaking on a massive and mindbending scale, writes Geoffrey Macnab.

    Geoffrey Macnab
    Thursday 24 January 2019

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  • Free Solo: our love affair with the lone hero

    An astonishing new documentary records one man’s death-defying climb in Yosemite, California. Isolated on the rock, he embodies the solitary hero of a classic western, writes David Thomson.

    David Thomson
    Sunday 23 December 2018

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    Dreaming The Dreamers: Gilbert Adair on working with Bernardo Bertolucci

    Critic turned screenwriter Gilbert Adair recalls the experience of adapting his first novel The Holy Innocents as The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci’s portrait of three young cinema lovers caught up in the political turmoil of 1968 Paris.

    Gilbert Adair
    Wednesday 28 November 2018

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    Fantastique: the dream worlds of French cinema

    French cinema has always been lauded for its works of dramatic realism, but from the medium’s earliest days a rival tradition has flourished, incorporating elements of fantasy, horror and science fiction into bizarre, atmospheric tales in which the unexplained and the supernatural intrude into reality. By Virginie Sélavy.

    Virginie Sélavy
    Monday 29 October 2018

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