March/April 2004

Michael Caine profiled, features on Sundance and Rotterdam 2004, Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joseph Losey, Marco Bellocchio, Nigerian videofilm culture, Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World, Barry Gifford on Lost Highway the opera, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Café Lumière

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ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
By Chris Norris
From the pen of Charlie Kaufman, our Movie of the Moment is a sweetly twisted boy-meets-girl story, as well as a literally mind-boggling parable of digital anxiety.

SHE’S ONE OF US
By Jonathan Romney
Alienation French-style: Siegrid Alnoy’s enigmatic, otherworldly, and cooly satirical vision of modern disconnection and the rules of the new game heralds the arrival of an exciting talent.

MICHAEL CAINE
Interview by Graham Fuller
The most enduring and down-to-earth of the Swinging Sixties British stars, Michael Caine makes it all look so easy—relaxed, suave, but with a hard edge when he needs it. His film career has taken him from barrow boy to Academy Award winner to Knight of the Realm. He shares some of the secrets of his success.

MARCO BELLOCCHIO
By Deborah Young
With My Mother’s Smile and Good Morning, Night, Bellocchio’s back to confront the ghosts of Italian politics, religion, and family.

JOSEPH LOSEY
By Richard Combs
A look at the contradictions, reversals, and doublings of a filmmaker equally at home with Harold Pinter and Elizabeth Taylor.

GROSSES GLOSS
BY Jeffrey Spaulding
It’s DVD to the rescue in our 2003 box-office postmortem.

2003 READERS’ POLL RESULTS 
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FESTIVALS
Sundance by Amy Taubin, Rachel Rose, and Gavin Smith & Rotterdam by Olaf Möller and Edward E. Crouse

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Celina Murga’s Ana and the Others by Kent Jones, Guy Maddin’s Jolly Corner: Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946), Letters

DISCOVERY
Carly Berwick on The Speculative Archive

OLAF’S WORLD
Olaf Möller on Nigerian videofilms

FIRST LOOK
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Café Lumière by Chris Fujiwara

SOUND & VISION
Barry Gifford on Lost Highway (the opera) & Chris Norris on Isaac Julien’s Baltimore

CRITICS CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FICTION
“Crisis in the Life of an Actor” by Gary Indiana

REVIEW
The Saddest Music in the World by Michael Atkinson, Greendale by Wesley Morris, Mayor of the Sunset Strip by Paul Arthur, and Saved!by Alissa Quart

BOOKS
Down and Dirty Pictures by Amy Taubin

VIDI VIDI VIDI
The Chase by Gavin Smith, Pickup on South Street by Grady Hendrix, Schindler’s List by Kent Jones

FSLC SEEN
Who’s who at recent Film Society events