September/October 2015

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room, Arnaud Desplechin’s  My Golden Days, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, Douglas Fairbanks, Paul Schrader on widescreen, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, the Nitrate Picture Show

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HOU HSIAO-HSIEN
By Aliza Ma
The Taiwanese master discusses his transcendent wuxia film The Assassin and his affinity with its deadly heroine. Plus: Hou and his cast share production secrets with Rubing Liang

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
By Jonathan Romney
Cinema’s most delirious fabulist Guy Maddin outdoes himself with his latest passionate creation—the mother of all film pastiches

MY GOLDEN DAYS
By Howard Hampton
Revisiting and revising a recurring protagonist, Arnaud Desplechin’s delicately wrought film reflects upon the workings of love, memory, and self

EXPERIMENTER
By David Thomson
Who makes the Nazis? Michael Almereyda’s shrewd film plumbs Stanley Milgram’s groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) research on just following orders

SICARIO
By José Teodoro
Delving into the bloody chaos of the narco cartels, Denis Villeneuve continues his nightmarish cinematic journeys deep into real-world horrors

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
By Scott Eyman
The prototypical swashbuckler could skate on air and leave ladies swooning, but his filmmaking was as sharp as his blade

GAME CHANGERS
By Paul Schrader
Widescreen: part six of a technological history of cinema

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s letter

Opening Shots

News, Hot Property: Philippe Faucon’s Fatima by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Frank Perry’s ‘Doc’, Site Specifics: teenscreenfeminism.wordpress.com by Violet Lucca, Trivial Top 20: Worst Fictional Art, Matías Piñeiro’s In the Moment: Gloria Grahame in The Cobweb, Restoration Row: Lyda Borelli by Max Nelson

FADE OUT
Christopher Lee by John Landis

SOUND & VISION
Samuel Fuller’s Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street by James Hughes and Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog by Violet Lucca

ENCORE
Steve De Jarnatt’s Cherry 2000 and Miracle Mile by Robert Horton

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Robert Zemeckis by Harlan Jacobson

OLAF’S WORLD
Wojciech Smarzowski by Olaf Möller

FESTIVALS
Nitrate Picture Show by Nick Pinkerton

SCREENINGS
Time Out of Mind by Kristin M. Jones, Freeheld by Andrew Chan, Taxi by Richard Combs, Queen of Earth by Eric Hynes

SHORT TAKES
Beasts of No Nation by Nicolas Rapold, Breathe by Yonca Talu, The Final Girls by Laura Kern, The New Girlfriend by Graham Fuller, 99 Homes by Nicolas Rapold, Pawn Sacrifice by Steven Mears

HOME MOVIES
Paulo Rocha (Collector’s Edition) by Aaron Cutler, British Noir by Michael Sragow, Spasmo by Marc Walkow, Run of the Arrow by Steven Mears, Seventeen by Chris Boeckmann, Some Call It Loving by Yonca Talu, The Harvest by Tanner Tafelski, Ken Jacobs 3 x 3D by R. Emmet Sweeney, Society by Violet Lucca, People Places Things by Erin Delaney

READINGS
The New Scottish Cinema by Jonathan Murray, reviewed by Graham Fuller; Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977 by Scott M. MacDonald, reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney; Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind by Josh Karp, reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin; Marc Karlin: Look Again edited by Holly Aylett, reviewed by Giovanni Vimercati

GRAPHIC DETAIL
Karel Vaca by Adrian Curry