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January-February 2019

Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book plus interview with DP Fabrice Aragno; four takes on Mariano Llinás’s La Flor; Sydney Pollack’s Amazing Grace; special Year-End section, featuring Top-20 poll results, 10-Best Lists, and two essays on the state we’re in; Republic Pictures; Triumph of the Will; and a previously unpublished talk by Manny Farber

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The Image Book
Interview and essay by Amy Taubin
Essay by Daniel Morgan
All you need to know about Jean-Luc Godard’s latest late-career masterpiece, including secrets from the reclusive auteur’s cinematographer-collaborator Fabrice Aragno

La Flor 
By Dennis Lim, Ela Bittencourt, Andréa Picard, and Matías Piñeiro
There are so many entry points to Argentine filmmaker Mariano Llinás’s festival-rocking, serially adventurous epic, but here are four to start

Amazing Grace
By Andrew Chan
Aretha Franklin’s holy grail gospel concert film, directed by Sydney Pollack in the early 1970s, finally sees the shining light of day

The End: The Films of 2018
• The best films of the year, with arguments for each by the magazine’s contributors
• Top 20 Unreleased Films, Personal Bests, and Editors’ Picks
• Two takes on the state we are in, by Nicolas Rapold and Michael Koresky

Republic Pictures
By Imogen Sara Smith
The A-house of the B-movies, the legendary Hollywood studio became its own realm of Americana and cut-to-the-chase satisfaction

Triumph of the Will
By J. Hoberman
Who is truly responsible for elevating Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous paean to Hitler into the realm of essential cinema?

Manny Farber Returns
Introduction by Max Nelson
A never-before-transcribed talk from the legendary critic-painter addresses the important business of not treating movies like a business


THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: Christian Petzold on Transit, Release Me: Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes by Nicolas Rapold, Peevish, Directions: Bruno Delbonnel by Yonca Talu, Restoration Row: Doris Wishman’s Nude on the Moon by Max Nelson

Critics rate and comment on new releases

MAKE IT REALThe wide, wide world of cinematic nonfiction
The best documentary scenes of 2018 by Eric Hynes

ART AND CRAFT | Filmmaking according to the makers
Archival researcher Sierra Pettengill

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance
Maren Eggert in Marseille by Azadeh Jafari

PLAYING ALONG | Music and the movies
Leonard Rosenman and Edge of the City by Carlos Valladares

CURRENTS | New and important work plucked from festivals and elsewhere
Eva Trobisch’s All Good by Devika Girish, Victor Moreno’s The Hidden City by Nicolas Rapold, Abbas Fahdel’s Yara by Jordan Cronk, and Denis Shabaev’s Mira and Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda’s A Wild Stream by Abby Sun

IN MEMORIAM | Remembering the cinéastes who have passed on
Nicolas Roeg by Sheila O’Malley
Bernardo Bertolucci by Nick Pinkerton

THE BIG SCREEN | Reviews of notable new films opening in theaters (hopefully near you)
Lead Reviews: The Wild Pear Tree by Yonca Talu, High Flying Bird by Mark Asch, Birds of Passage by Manu Yáñez Murillo, Hotel by the River by Andrew Chan

Short Takes: Sorry Angel by Matt Connolly, Girl by Nick Davis, Everybody Knows by Steven Mears, Lords of Chaos by Christina Newland, State Like Sleep by Madeline Whittle

HOME MOVIES | Cinema spun, streamed, and beamed
Clouzot: The Early Works and La vérité by Michael Sragow, Library streaming services by Mark Asch, The Atomic Cafe by Maitland McDonagh, Death in Venice by Yonca Talu, Edwin Brienen Collection by Olaf Möller, Fanchon the Cricket & Little Annie Rooney by Farran Smith Nehme, Mikey and Nicky by Gina Telaroli, So Dark the Night by Steven Mears, Wish List: The Secret Fury by Laura Kern
Plus: 20 discs to watch and 20 titles to stream

READINGS | Books about all aspects of filmmaking and film culture
Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors & the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema by Maya Montañez Smukler, reviewed by Nellie Killian; Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years 1940-1946 by Gary Giddins, reviewed by Steven Mears; The Kindness of Strangers by Salka Viertel, reviewed by Farran Smith Nehme

GRAPHIC DETAIL | The art of the movie poster
The best posters of 1918 by Adrian Curry