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Minority Report confirms Steven Spielberg as the greatest cinematic orchestrator of our time. Kubrick, Hitchcock, sci-fi, Orwell, neo-noir, slapstick comedy and Tom Cruise combine in a dark tale of state control with a feelgood centre, says Nick James.
Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing earns its place as a top-ten contender for putting race and racism at the centre of the Hollywood agenda. But its gritty realism and political heat mask a stunning theatricality, argues Amy Taubin
Auteur of Darkness
Harry Kümel regards his vampire classic Daughters of Darkness as commercial trash. David Thompson celebrates the even weirder Malpertuis and discovers the secret of Orson Welles' green dressing gown. Plus Novelist Nicholas Royle describes how he made Kümel a murder suspect
Palace in Wonderland
Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark is a dazzling journey through Russian history filmed in a single take using DV technology that outclassed George Lucas. But this is the least of its achievements, the director tells Geoffrey Macnab
On 22 January, 12,383 boxes of stills, posters and journals, most from the Cinémathèque française, went up in smoke. David Robinson mourns a lost heritage and asks the questions the authorities are trying to avoid
Tom Tykwer's lovers-on-the-run tale Heaven resists the fatalistic impulse of its Kieslowski script. By Nick Roddick
Reviews in this issue:
- Afrance, L'
- Bad Company
- Before You Go
- Film of the Month: Heaven
- Jason X
- Lost in La Mancha
- Minority Report
- Nine Queens
- Not Another Teen Movie
- Spagnola, La
- Spirit Stallion of the Cimarrons
- Sunshine State
- The Sum of All Fears
- Walk to Remember, A
- Wash, The
- What's the Worst That Could Happen?