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Critics' polls since 1952 have ignored documentary. Peter Matthews argues for Homework, Abbas Kiarostami's tendentious 1990 portrait of Iranian schoolboys, as a Top Ten contender.
Monster's Ball languished for five years while Hollywood tried to lighten it up. Nick Roddick talks to director Mark Forster about this dark vision of US society that made Halle Berry an unexpected hit.
Claude Miller's Betty Fisher and Other Stories transplants Ruth Rendell's Hampstead to Paris. Screenwriter Michael Eaton use recent European Rendell movies to formulate some principles for screen adaption.
A Bigger Splash
Drunken womaniser Jackson Pollock fashioned himself as an all-American male. For Ed Harris, director and star of Pollock, it was crucial to show him action painting. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab.
Butchered after its 1955 release outraged audiences, Max Ophulus' Lola Montès is the stuff of legend. Stefan Drössler describes the complex detective work behind its recent restoration and Shane Danielsen reintroduces the film.
Read My Lips combines a workplace romance with a neo-noir thriller centred on a deaf femme fatale. By Richard Falcon.
Reviews in this issue:
- 40 Days and 40 Nights
- Beginner's Luck
- Betty Fisher and Other Stories
- Biggie and Tupac
- Blade II
- Chop Suey
- Divided We Fall
- John Q
- Living in Hope
- Monster's Ball
- Offending Angels
- Queen of the Damned
- Film of the Month: Read My Lips
- Resident Evil
- Roberto Succo
- Scorpion King, The
- Snow Dogs
- The Way I Killed My Father