May 2003

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#Death Becomes Visconti

Luchino Visconti's later films end with chillingly opulent images of death. Why is their meaning so hard to penetrate, asks Michael Wood.

#Don't Fence Me In

Jack Nicholson gave 1970s cinema a new kind of leading man, and he's gone on making unpredictable choices ever since. But are his best roles those where he's least comfortable, asks Danny Leigh.

Raising Mum

Gillies MacKinnon's Pure is a sensual film about a boy and his mum that belies the grimness of its drugs-and-poverty storyline. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the director about the thrills of making movies fast and cheap.

What She Wants

In Sex Is Comedy Catherine Breillat fictionalises her own experience of directing demanding and risky sex scenes. Ginette Vincendeau looks at the problems of female authorship and authority.

Satan's Lonely Man

The long-awaited prequel Exorcist The Beginning, directed by Paul Schrader, was shooting in Morocco when Kevin Jackson visited the set. It looks classy, but will it pack the original's raw-nerved punch?

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Le Souffle

Le Souffle is a portrait of an angry young man almost too painful to watch, says Ryan Gilbey.

Reviews in this issue:

  • The Actors
  • Ararat
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  • The Core
  • Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Dark Blue
  • Fogbound
  • A Guy Thing
  • The Heart of Me
  • Heartlands
  • Hope Springs
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • I Capture the Castle
  • Intacto
  • Johnny English
  • Just Married
  • Life and Debt
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • Puckoon
  • Pure
  • Shanghai Knights
  • Film of the Month: Le Souffle
  • Stealing Harvard
  • Trapped
  • Virgil Bliss
  • Welcome to Collinwood
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011