April 2003

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#Going Down

Spike Lee's 25th Hour translates the fear and anxiety of its jail-bound anti-hero into a hymn to post-9/11 New York. By Amy Taubin


He was Garbo's favourite director and he established Joan Crawford's popular image. So why has Clarence Brown slipped through the critical net, asks Gwenda Young.

Eastern Bloc: Berun 2003

Berlin 2003 played host to Hollywood's Oscar contenders, but it was Asian and German films that most impressed. S&S reviews the best of the festival.

Trading Places

Lukas Moodysson's impressive Lilya 4-ever exposes the nasty illegal trade in young women that underlies the Russian dream. By Julian Graffy.

Murder In Mind

In The Son the Dardennes have produced a film more pared-down than anything from Dogme. Nick James describes an experience where body language says it all. Plus Melanie Goodfellow explores Liege's rich tradition of socially aware film-making.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Werckmeister Harmonies

Béla Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies charts the nightmare disintegration of a small-town community. Was a whale to blame, asks Jonathan Romney.

Reviews in this issue:

  • Bollywood/Hollywood
  • Daredevil
  • Equilibrium
  • Evelyn
  • Final Destination
  • Hejar
  • L'Homme du train
  • In This World
  • Jiyan
  • The Life of David Gale
  • Moonlight Mile
  • National Security
  • Nowhere in Africa
  • Open Hearts
  • Personal Velocity Three Portraits
  • Phone Booth
  • The Recruit
  • The Ring
  • The Rules of Attraction
  • Russian Ark
  • Stark Raving Mad
  • Thorns
  • Two Weeks Notice
  • Film of the Month: Werckmeister Harmonies
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011