June 2003

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#Bollywood Ending

As Bollywood conquers the west, Hindi films are losing money at home. J. Geetha asks if it's time to look for a new direction. Plus Anupama Chopra on the pulling power of song and dance.

#Puppet Love

Dolls meshes stories of Kitano Takeshi's past loves with traditional Japanese theatre. He talks to Tony Rayns about fame, fashion and why he wants to be second best.

Sympathy For The Devil

Max, a fictional account of Hitler's early days as a struggling artist, seeks to reveal the man behind the monster. Demetrios Matheou and Richard Black ask why other Hitler portraits resort to ridicule.

Hot Rod Rumble

The Fast and the Furious was an unexpected hit that made a star of Vin Diesel. As audiences await the sequel this summer, Charles Whitehouse unravels the tangled history of the hot-rod genre.

You And The Night And The Music

The 1937 film Swing High, Swing Low only survives because its director Mitchell Leisen kept a copy. David Thomson applauds a love story that dares to tell it how it is.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: To Kill a King

To Kill a King is a rare historical movie that focuses on politics rather than spectacle. By Philip Kemp.

Reviews in this issue:

  • Antwone Fisher
  • El Bola
  • Bringing Down the House
  • Bulletproof Monk
  • Girl from Rio
  • Chihwaseon Drunk on Women and Poetry
  • Darkness Falls
  • Dolls
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Girl from Rio
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • The Hot Chick
  • The Last Great Wilderness
  • Life or Something Like It
  • The Little Polar Bear
  • A Man Apart
  • Mostly Martha
  • Secretary
  • Seeing Double
  • Shiri
  • Son of the Bride
  • Tableau de famille
  • Thomas pynchon A Journey into the Mind of <p.>
  • Film of the Month: To Kill a King
  • Trembling before G-d
  • X-Men 2
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