July/August 2012

Interviews with Adam Curtis and Oliver Stone, an excerpt from Larry Cohen memoirs about working with Bette Davis on her last film, plus Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, and Steve McQueen

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ADAM CURTIS
By Chris Darke
The BBC’s in-house subversive and secret-history specialist discusses his collage aesthetic and why journalists hate him

OLIVER STONE’S SAVAGES
By Scott Foundas
Oliver Stone interviewed about his post-Iraq War drug thriller

PROMETHEUS
By Vivian Sobchack
The summer’s most anticipated film and its obligations to franchise filmmaking and mythology

I KILLED BETTE DAVIS
By Larry Cohen
How an unlikely collaboration between an indie maverick and a Hollywood legend came undone

OBAMA CINEMA
By J. Hoberman
Hollywood’s response to a black man in the White House, before and after the fact

STEVE MCQUEEN
By Richard Combs
Rethinking the image of an iconic tough guy through his Method muscle-flexing

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: Our Children by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Holt Hamilton’s More Than Frybread, Site Specifics: cinemetrics.lv by Jesse P. Finnegan, Trivial Top 20®: Most Prolific Self-Directors

FADE OUT
Amos Vogel by Michael Chaiken

ENCORE
Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret by Violet Lucca

SOUND & VISION
Searching for Sugar Man by Chris Norris & Brent Green by Chris Chang

A FACE IN THE CROWD
Beverly Michaels by Chuck Stephens

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FURTHER RESEARCH
Dave Kehr on William K. Howard

FESTIVALS
Cannes reports from Amy Taubin, Joumane Chahine, Richard Peña, Marco Grosoli, and Gavin Smith

SCREENINGS
A Burning Hot Summer by Kent Jones, Killer Joe by Brynn White, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon by Dan Sullivan, Farewell, My Queen by Kristin M. Jones

SHORT TAKES
Almayer’s Folly by Nicolas Rapold, Beloved by Chris Chang, Chicken with Plums by Violet Lucca, Little White Lies by Laura Kern, Unforgivable by Chris Chang, The Well-Digger’s Daughter by Nicolas Rapold

HOME MOVIES
Show People by Kent Jones, Numéro deux Ici et ailleurs by Patrick Friel, Revolution: The Director’s Cut by Richard Combs, The Devil’s Needle & Other Tales of Vice and Redemption by Graham Corrigan, Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. by Michael Chaiken, A New Leaf by Brynn White, Yellow Submarine by Dave Filipi, Silver City Denver and Rio Grande by Chuck Stephens, Ganja & Hess by Travis Crawford, Claudio Caldini: Experimental Films 1975-1982 by Aaron Cutler

READINGS
The Anatomy of Harpo Marx by Wayne Koestenbaum, reviewed by Joe Milutis, Millennial Cinema: Memory in Global Film edited by Amresh Sinha & Terence McSweeney, reviewed by Meredith Slifkin; Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings: Essays on Film and Popular Culture edited by Johannes von Moltke & Kristy Rawson, reviewed by Noah Isenberg; Film After Film (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema) by J. Hoberman, reviewed by José Teodoro

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events