May/June 2008

Includes Amy Taubin on Catherine Breillat’s The Last Mistress, Thomas Elsaesser on The Edge of Heaven, Distributor Wanted: Estômago by Laura Kern, Miriam Bale on Jennifer Jones, a review of Yella by Chris Darke

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FEATURES

CARNAL EXTREMES
By Amy Taubin
Catherine Breillat and Asia Argento play a dangerous game in The Last Mistress

THE HEROIC IDEAL
By Nathan Lee
Chiewetel Ejiofor redefines the masculine code in Redbelt

ETHICAL CALCULUS
By Thomas Elsaesser
The cross-cultural dilemmas and moral burdens of Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven

BASIC INSTINCT
By Miriam Bale
The force of Jennifer Jones’s desire overpowered those who sought to possess her

THE ART OF SEEING WITH ONE’S OWN EYES
By Kent Jones
Darezhan Omirbaev, a world-class cinematic poet from, that’s right, Kazakhstan

FROM THE BARREL OF A GUN
By Howard Hampton
To mark the 40th anniversary of May ’68, a cinematic look back at the radical dreams and revolutionary fantasies of the children of Marx and Coca-Cola

MARATHON MAN
By Thomas Elsaesser
The stubborn persistence of Alexander Kluge, German cinema’s polymathic master strategist

DEPARTMENTS

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Estomago by Marcos Jorges, Alex Cox’s Flashback: Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain, Site Specifics: Paul Schrader by Paul Fileri

FADE OUT
Remembering Paul Arthur

OLAF’S WORLD
Olaf Möller on Svetlana Proskurina

SOUND & VISION
The cosmic dance-floor of Arthur Russell

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics review 25 new releases

PLAYBILL
Part 4 of the movie-poster travelogue by Lorenzo Buj

ENCORE
Robert Aldrich’s The Last Sunset by Brynn White

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Richard Jenkins by Harlan Jacobson

FESTIVALS
Berlin by Olaf Möller

SCREENINGS
Yella by Chris Drake, My Winnipeg by Kristin M. Jones, Encounters at the End of the World by Michael Chaiken, Operation Filmmaker by Rob Nelson

SHORT TAKES
Bigger, Stronger, Faster by Nicolas Rapold, Mister Lonely by Nicolas Rapold, Son of Rambow by Laura Kern, Tell No One by Laura Kern, Trumbo by Chris Chang

HOME MOVIES
New DVD releases include The Delirious Fictions of William Klein, Some Came Running, and Taviani Brothers X 3

READINGS
By Melissa Anderson
A Fifties icon (Doris Day) loses her virginal reputation

IN BRIEF
Samuel Fuller by Lisa Dombrowski, The New Face of Political Cinema by Martin O-Shaughnessy, The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard by Richard Brody

CLOSING SHOTS
Special Events photos featuring Crispin Glover, Meryl Streep and Alan Alda

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2008 by Laura Kern

RZA’s Edge: The RZA’s Guide to Kung-Fu Films by Jason Gross