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Features and interviews


Classical virtues: Shindo Kaneto and Yoshimura Kozaburo In memoriam

Japanese director Shindo Kaneto, famed for ghost classic Onibaba, died on 29 May at the age of 100 – three days before the start of a BFI season dedicated to his career and that of long-term collaborator Yoshimura Kozaburo. Alexander Jacoby pays tribute to the last active link to the filmmaking generation of Kurosawa. Read more…

The films of 2011Radu Muntean: Three’s a crowd
Q&A report

As Tuesday, After Christmas comes to DVD, Carmen Gray talked to its Romanian director about its subtle probing of marriage and morality

#Tangerine dreams: Yto Barrada Interview

Moroccan artist Yto Barrada tells Ian Francis about her double life running a renovated Tangier cinema

The battle of Chicago:
The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Adapted by Sam Greenlee from his autobiographical fantasia about a token black CIA operative turned liberation leader, The Spook Who Sat by the Door might long have been recognised as one of the great African-American calls to arms – had it not been suppressed by the FBI, says David Somerset

El Amor BrujoCarlos Saura’s flamenco flights
Q&A report

Carlos Saura’s 1980s ‘flamenco trilogy’, now released in a set of bare-bones DVDs, constitutes some of the boldest dance films ever made. As Mar Diestro-Dópido reports, on a recent visit to London the director provided all the background you need

» The mark of Kane The greatest films ever made?
» Garlands and cobwebs: Vincente Minnelli’s ecstatic vision


#The Turin Horse New release

Hungary’s master of entropy Béla Tarr closes his own filmmaking career with a slow, stark parable of a horse on strike and the world caving in. It’s heartfelt – but a bit gloomy, says Kieron Corless

#Under the Bridges Lost and found

Though shot in Germany in 1944, Helmut Käutner’s Under the Bridges defiantly avoids any reference to Nazism. By Philip Kemp

#We all scream for… experi-mental kids’ films? Special screenings

Gareth Moore invited five artists to contribute to his Children’s Films series – but as Ian Francis discovered at a screening in Birmingham, there is artistic jouissance and there is ice cream

#Free Men
New release

Viewing Occupied Paris through a Muslim prism, Ismaël Ferroukhi’s muted drama is a more contemplative sort of Resistance film, says Catherine Wheatley

» She Monkeys New release
» Faust Film of the month
» Forthcoming events

News and views

After LuciaA history of violence: After Lucia
Cannes Film Festival blog

Demetrios Matheou on this year’s Un Certain Regard winner, a powerful study of grief and abuse

» Complete Cannes blog | Index of individual posts

#Ebertfest: thumbs on hearts
Festival postcard

At Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, films, filmmakers and fans come together under the guiding hand of the World’s Most Famous Film Critic. Scott Jordan Harris joins the communion

#The lost continent: opening up British silent film history Festival report

Conventional wisdom says Britain’s few canonised directors of the late silent era learned more from the Soviet cinema than their native culture. The true history, reports Henry K Miller from the British Silent Film Festival, is not so black and white

» Artists (still) at play: Ann Arbor at 50 Festival postcard
» Doing time: ‘slow cinema’ at the AV Festival Postcard

The current issue

June 2012Wes Anderson goes scouting:
the June 2012 issue

Our cover star talks 1965 island hideaways and his Cannes opener Moonrise Kingdom. Plus Béla Tarr’s last testament, screenwriting with Paul Laverty and Jean-Claude Carrière, Arab Spring cinema and the art of Colonel Blimp

Polls and surveys

The web video of 2011The web video of 2011 Year in review

13 critics and curators on their favourite videos new online in 2011

The DVDs of 2011The DVDs of 2011
Year in review

23 critics and curators pick out their releases – and rediscoveries – of the year, including Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End, Zoltán Huszárik’s Szindbád, the several versions of Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil and ‘The Theo Angelopoulos Collection’

The films of 2011The films of 2011
Year in review

In a strong year for arthouse cinema, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life emerged as the clear winner of the S&S poll of international critics’ best films of 2011, says Nick James

PLUS: see the full poll

» Forgotten pleasures of the multiplex


June issue competitions

Win David Lynch movies and music, Rafi Pitts DVD box-sets, a reprinted Jack Nicholson biography and new Directories of World Cinema


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Last Updated: 01 Jun 2012