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May-June 2020

Special essays on isolation and movies by Nick Pinkerton and Devika Girish, Imogen Sara Smith on Roy Andersson’s existentialist tragicomedy About Endlessness, Aboubakar Sanogo on the revolutionary legacy of Med Hondo, and Ela Bittencourt in conversation with the late Colombian genre-twister Luis Ospina. Plus: Camilo Restrepo on his electric feature debut Los Conductos, Sheila O’Malley on the film writing of the poet H.D., and Christopher Harris on his landmark St. Louis portrait still/here, along with an interview with avant-garde legend Michael Snow, Jia Zhang-ke’s viewing habits, Ari Aster and Alex Ross Perry on their home-viewing favorites, and much more.

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CINEMA IN ISOLATION

I. Exile at Home 
by Nick Pinkerton
Where do we go from here? The solitude imposed by the pandemic inspires reflections on the place of movies in our lives

II. The Means of Projection
by Devika Girish
Zoom, Vimeo Live, Netflix Party—a tour of housebound viewing methods turns into an anatomy of cinema’s unique communal intimacy

FEATURES

About Endlessness
by Imogen Sara Smith
Life’s a joke and we’re all reckoning with the punch line in Roy Andersson’s latest—and perhaps greatest—tableau vivant tragicomedy

Antebellum
by Soraya Nadia McDonald
The horrors of slavery in America return in Antebellum, an audacious thriller that revives thorny questions of how to portray the past

Christopher Harris interview
by Nicolas Rapold
On the 20th anniversary of his landmark St. Louis portrait still/here, the filmmaker talks about rendering urban devastation and the complicated legacy of racism

Med Hondo
by Aboubakar Sanogo
Blasting away at colonialist hypocrisy and stale convention, the late Mauritanian maverick brought renewed revolution and raucous satire to diaspora cinema

Camilo Restrepo interview
by Devika Girish
All you need is an ex-cult member and a dream: an inveterate shorts filmmaker talks about his electric feature debut Los Conductos and his dark materials

H.D. Gets Her Close-Up
by Sheila O’Malley
One fine day in 1925, the poet formerly known as Hilda Doolittle watched Joyless Street and, to her eternal delight, completely lost it. A report on a cinephile and her circle

Luis Ospina in Memoriam
by Ela Bittencourt
The Colombian legend of class-conscious genre filmmaking discussed his work in an intimate career-spanning interview before his passing last September

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: Janicza Bravo on Zola, Release Me: Window Boy Would Also Like to Have a Submarine by Nicolas Rapold, Directions: Michael Snow by Amy Taubin, Restoration Row: Wanda Jacubowska’s The Last Stage by Nicolas Rapold, Last Ten Films: Jia Zhang-ke

SCARE TACTICS | The pleasures of cinematic horror
Amy Seimetz interview about She Dies Tomorrow by Nicolas Rapold

MAKE IT REAL | The wide, wide world of cinematic nonfiction
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Viewing Booth by Eric Hynes

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance
Sridevi in English Vinglish (2012) by Mayukh Sen

OFF THE PAGE | The art of getting from book to screen
Pierre Léon's The Idiot (2008) by Daniel Witkin

ART AND CRAFT | Filmmaking according to the makers
Parasite subtitler Darcy Paquet by Manu Yáñez Murillo

CURRENTS | New and important work plucked from festivals and elsewhere
C.W. Winter and Anders Edström’s The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) and Gustavo Vinagre’s Divinely Evil by Jordan Cronk, Pushpendra Singh’s The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs by Devika Girish, Sky Hopinka’s małni—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore by Dessane Lopez Cassell, Zheng Lu Xinyuan’s The Cloud in Her Room by Jonathan Romney, and John Skoog’s Ridge by Nicolas Rapold

HOME MOVIES | Cinema spun, streamed, and beamed
Come and See by Ari Aster, An Unmarried Woman by Molly Haskell, Alice Guy-Blaché & Julia Crawford Ivers by Amy Taubin, Dodsworth by Michael Koresky, Pool of London by Farran Smith Nehme, Hyenas by Devika Girish, Experimental Sound Studios: Quarantine Concerts by Clinton Krute, Cattle Annie and Little Britches by Michael Sragow, Duet for Cannibals by Corina Copp, Sweet Bird of Youth by Steven Mears, Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection by Maitland McDonagh, The Invisible Man by Nicolas Rapold, Wish List: Clando by Ray Privett, and Wish List: Hardly Working by Alex Ross Perry

READINGS | Books about all aspects of filmmaking and film culture
Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer by Steven C. Smith, reviewed by Bruce Bennett; Expanded Cinema: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Gene Youngblood, reviewed by Nick Pinkerton; Video/Art: The First Fifty Years by Barbara London, reviewed by Joe Bucciero

GRAPHIC DETAIL | The art of the movie poster
The poster art of Bronisław Zelek by Adrian Curry