January 2000

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#Fritz Lang: The Illusion Of Mastery

Fritz Lang's visionary German films have been wrongly vilified by some as proto-Nazi. Here Thomas Elsaesser celebrates the Dr Mabuse cycle in which Lang's themes find their clearest distillation.

#The Cage Of Reason

Tim Burton is not the only creative force behind Sleepy Hollow, which may be why it's pitched between horror and the spoofery that made his name, argues Kim Newman.

#The Innovators 1990-2000: Charisma Express

Tony Rayns examines the career so far of Wong Kar-Wai, director of Ashes of Time, Chungking Express and Happy Together, whose much imitated style reshaped 90s cinema.

The Nice Man Cometh

Director Sam Mendes thought he was making a whimsical Coen-style romp, but American Beauty turned out to be darker, sharper and more poetic than anyone expected. By Philip Kemp.

Chasing Down The R.E.A.L.

The making of classic cop thriller The French Connection involved traffic violations, visits to drugs dens and gangsters demanding a say in the casting. Mark Kermode reports.

Masque Of The Living Dead

Rauúl Ruiz's Time Regained, a masterly adaptation of the final volume of A la recherche du temps perdu, is closer than anyone could have hoped to the holy grail of Proustian cinema. Jonathan Romney doffs his hat.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes, Alan Parker's latest, looks great and is beautifully crafted, but it also shows up the differences of adapting a very literary work for the screen, argues Nick Roddick.

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