September 2000

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#Blues In The Night

Pennies from Heaven was more than a typical song-miming product of Dennis Potter's warped genius, it also fits in the tradition of European responses to the Hollywood musical, argues David Jays.

#How Do You Solve A Problem Like Von Trier?

With Björk plausible in the lead role and her true pop self singing her own songs, what else is it about Lars von Trier's anti-musical Dancer in the Dark that has so divided the critics, asks José Arroyo

#Down With Liberty

To celebrate the centenary of Luis Buñuel, the Spanish master of anti-narrative, Michael Wood recalls one of the director's most evocative mazes, The Phantom of Liberty

Life Lessons

With its soap opera-as-catalyst plot and its romantic happy ending, some see Nurse Betty as a redemptive move for sour director Neil LaBute. Peter Matthews begs to differ.

L'humanité: Rapture Or Ridicule

A masterpiece without pity or a longwinded, po-faced bore? Mark Cousins and Jonathan Romney take sides on Bruno Dumont's controversial arthouse epic of guilt and humane empathy

Homo Superior

With Bryan Singer's X-Men, the distinctive, troubled universe of Marvel Comics superheroes has at long last hit the screen in all its complex, multi-character glory. Kim Newman approves

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Timecode

Mike Figgis' Timecode unfolds on four screens in real time. Xan Brooks thinks it works both as a drama and as a bold experiment in video technology.

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