LARS VON TRIER
By Gavin Smith
Guaranteed to polarize audiences and absolutely unmissable, Dancer in the Dark reinvents the musical and gives it a dark, tragic spin. Fresh from his triumph at Cannes, the biggest risk-taker in the movies discusses his new film.
By Richard Combs and Raymond Durgnat
A closer look at the credo of von Trier & Co.
7 MEN FROM NOW
By Paul Schrader
Rediscovering Budd Boetticher’s 1957 Western, now restored to its former glory.
By Graham Fuller
Skip the impending Stallone remake and see the hard-as-nails 1971 revenge thriller that made Michael Caine the ultimate icon of British gangster cool.
THE LIFE AND FILMS OF JEAN EUSTACHE
By Luc Moullet
Best known for The Mother and the Whore, an intimate epic depicting the cul-de-sac of post-Sixties sexual politics, Jean Eustache was the most influential filmmaker of the post-New Wave generation. His paradoxic, near-ethnographic depictions of French society were too unpredictable for their day.
ITALIAN SILENT FILM DIVAS
By Angela Della Vacche
Part goddesses and part emancipated New Women, the female movie stars of Italy’s silent era were fascinating, enigmatic icons.
FILM SITES ON THE INTERNET
By Mark Olsen
Trouble in cyberland: a few thoughts on the new frontier of film journalism.
By John Anderson
A central figure in modern Taiwanese cinema, Edward Yang’s time has come. In Yi Yi, he continues his unsentimental yet compassionate exploration of a society wrestling with the contradictions and impasses of modern life.
By Mark Olsen
Tenderly authentic, Almost Famous is the definitive movie about sex & drugs & rock and roll in the Seventies.
BODY AND SOUL
By Charles Musser
This 1925 film reveals the formal and political radicalism of America’s most prolific black filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux.
LISTENING TO GODARD
By Kent Jones
The soundtrack to Histoire(s) du Cinema.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
News, Chatterbox, Coming Soon To a Decoder Box Near You, Guilty Pleasures: Harmony Korine, Off the Shelf
8 critics rate 25 new releases
Vienna by Alexander Horwath
Takeshi Kitano’s Brother by Kent Jones
Both Barrels by Chuck Stephens
Jim McKay’s Our Song by Paul Arthur
Nurse Betty by Nicole Armour, Pola X by Chuck Stephens, George Washington by Jonathan Rosenbaum, It All Starts Today by Robert Horton
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This is Spinal Tap by Gavin Smith, The Young Girls of Rochefort by Nicole Armour
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