January 2001

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#His Nibs

Quills portrays the Marquis de Sade as "the Hannibal Lecter of literature". Richard Falcon talks sex and censorship with its controversial director Philip Kaufman

#In Bed With The Film Council

The Film Council's clean-slate approach promises all things to all film-makers. Nick James probes the rhetoric to find out what new British cinema might be

Thieves On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Sexy Beast is that rarest of creatures: a first-rate British gangster movie starring Ray Winstone. Nick James talks to the man who pulled it off - debut director Jonathan Glazer

Gone To Earth

With its unabashed romanticism, haunting visuals and epic sweep, John Boorman's Excalibur is one of the few British films to take myth seriously. By Philip Kemp

Gimme Shelter

Set around Iran's mountainous frontier with Iraq, Samira Makhmalbaf's new film Blackboards inhabits the ambiguous borderland between surrealism and neorealism. By Laura Mulvey


Veteran French new-waver Agnès Varda took to the road to film rural and urban misfits. Chris Darke explains why for Varda, DV is simply déjà vu

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Almost Famous

Almost Famous gets the music right, but show me the sex and drugs, says John Wrathall

Reviews in this issue:

  • 102 Dalmatians
  • Film of the Month: Almost Famous
  • Art of War, The
  • Blackboards
  • Cecil B. Demented
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Confessions of a Trickbaby
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Destinées sentimentales, Les
  • Drôle de Félix
  • Escort, The
  • Fidélité, La
  • Grinch, The
  • Hamlet
  • Home movies
  • Little Nicky
  • Man Who Cried, The
  • Meet the Parents
  • Merlin The Return
  • Original Kings of Comedy, The
  • Ready to Rumble
  • Saltwater
  • Second Generation
  • Small Time Crooks
  • Urban Legends Final Cut
  • Watcher, The
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