January 2002

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#Crisis In Happyland

Hollywood's best shot at coming to terms with capitalism was to invent the figure of the benign banker. David Mamet dissects the myth behind It's a Wonderful Life.

#Henna And Cellphones

Mira Nair wanted to make a Bollywood-style movie about the people around her dinner table. But on her return to Delhi she discovered a sexual revolution in progress. Geoffrey McNab talks to her about Monsoon Wedding.

To Be Or Not To Be

British actors are universally respected but tragically underused. Nick James asks why the current batch of lottery-funded Britfilms ignore one of our greatest assets.

The Hard Stuff

Ingmar Bergman's films are so rigorous and self-hating it's a wonder he caught on. Peter Matthews charts the rise, fall and resurrection of the high priest of the arthouse.

Three Colours Italian

Nanni Moretti's new films eschews politics for a meditation on love, life and death. He tells Guido Bonsaver what his analyst and friends make of his portrait of a bereaved provincial psychiatrist.

Urban Legends: Tehran

Tehran in the 90s had undergone a decade of fundamentalist religious repression and war. Yet behind the closed doors an unexpected cinematic renaissance was flowering. By Hamid Dabashi.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Va savoir

Does Rivette's latest film herald a New Wave revival, asks Ginette Vincendeau.

Reviews in this issue:

  • 51st State, The
  • Baby Boy
  • Day I Became a Woman, The
  • Disco Pigs
  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Don't Say a Word
  • Freddy Got Fingered
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • In the Bedroom
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Kandahar
  • Last Castle, The
  • Last Orders
  • Mean Machine
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Mulholland Dr.
  • Navigators, The
  • Osmosis Jones
  • Riding in Cars with Boys
  • Serendipity
  • Shooters
  • Sidewalks of New York
  • Film of the Month: Va savoir
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