September/October 2008

Includes Amy Taubin on Steven Soderbergh’s Che, Tony Rayns on Nagisa Oshima, Distributor Wanted: The Mugger by Chris Chang, Sam Di Iorio on Les Idoles, Site Specifics: Europa Film Treasures, Ariel Rotter’s The Other, a review of Let the Right One In by Laura Kern

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FEATURES

CHE
By Amy Taubin
Steven Soderbergh sees double with his chronicle of the rise and fall of the iconic revolutionary

ELECTION MOVIES
By Howard Hampton
Hollywood hits the campaign trail

HERITAGE CINEMA
By Graham Fuller
Britain’s tradition of quality from A Room With a View to The Duchess

BALLAST
By Rob Nelson
A Sundance standout about overcoming desolate realities, past and present

GENERATION KILL
By Kent Jones
The military work ethic is front and center in HBO’s Iraq War series

THE OTHER
By Pablo Suarez
A brooding, ambiguous meditation on one man’s disappearing act

ROB NILSSON
By Dennis Harvey
The vast canvas of San Francisco’s under-the-radar grassroots maverick

NAGISA OSHIMA
By Tony Rayns
The great dissident of Sixties Japanese cinema

PIERRE CLEMENTI
By Michael Chaiken
The electrifying countercultural star who personified the union of the sacred and the profane.
Plus: Clémenti rocks out in Marc’O’s 1968 pop spectacle Les Idoles, revisited by Sam Di Iorio

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: The Mugger by Chris Chang, Flashback: Alex Cox on The Sorrow and the Pity, Site Specifics: Europa Film Treasures, David Koepp’s Guilty Pleasures

OLAF’S WORLD
Olaf Möller on Allan Sekula

ENCORE
Nagisa Oshima’s Boy by Megan Ratner

SOUND & VISION
Karlheinz Stockhausen by Joe Milutis & Tacita Dean by Chris Chang

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Julianne Moore by Harlan Jacobson

SCREENINGS
Happy-Go-Lucky by Amy Taubin, What Just Happened by Bob Strauss, Momma’s Man by Nathan Lee, Let the Right One In by Laura Kern

SHORT TAKES
Choke by Chris Chang, Mister Foe by Nicolas Rapold, Moving Midway by Nicolas Rapold, Ping Pong Playa by Laura Kern, The Pool by Nicolas Rapold, RocknRolla by Laura Kern, Towelhead by Nicolas Rapold

HOME MOVIES
Ken Russell at the BBC by David Thompson; The Bill Douglas Trilogy: My Childhood, My Ain Folk, My Way by Chris Darke; 3 by Max Ophuls by Evan Davis; Stuck by Laura Kern; Rat-Trap aka Elippathayam by Paul Brunick; Bashing by Andrew Chan; Six in Paris by Paul Fileri; Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer by Kent Jones; Lips of Blood by Maitland McDonagh; Marco Ferreri by David Zuckerman; Beaufort by Chris Chang

READINGS
David Thomson’s “Have you seen…?” reviewed by Richard Combs

IN BRIEF
Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia reviewed by Chris Darke, The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of El Topo reviewed by Margaret Barton-Fumo, Off Key: When Film and Music Won’t Work Together reviewed by Joshua Cody

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events