August 2004

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#Debrief Encounter

The two wide-eyed lovers from Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise meet again nine years later, older and wiser, in Before Sunset. But why do we want the realists to revert to romance, asks Nick James.

#Why Fellini?

A 'maestro' of neorealism in the 60s, Federico Fellini is notorious now for his love of bizarre and sentimental theatrics. But his need to shake off realism was always there, says Philip Kemp.

#Late Fellini: A clown with wrinkles

Guido Bonsaver admires the less-loved later works.

Hanging Out

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe is a Thai movie of urban ennui that bucks all the clich├ęs. Roger Clarke talks to the director.

Hard Stuff

Suffused with doomed romanticism and Protestant rationalism, 16 Years of Alcohol tracks its gang-member protagonists flight from drink and violence through a poetic voiceover. And it works, says Brian Dunnigan. Plus Geoffrey Macnab talks to director Richard Jobson.

Emotional Quicksand

If you want to look sexy, you have to think sexy, said Gloria Grahame, Hollywood's most enigmatic femme fatale. Graham Fuller celebrates the woman who left Humphrey Bogart and Glenn Ford with no chance.

Books Special

Peter Biskind gives film history the energy of consumer journalism, but does Down and Dirty Pictures deliver the goods, asks Leslie Felperin. Plus Latin American cinema, the book Alexander Mackendrick should have written, the 1960s revolution, Atom Egoyan, and the loves and lusts of Ireland's most prolific post-war director.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: A Thousand Months

A multi-stranded portrait of a Moroccan village, A Thousand Months plays like a vivid North African Short Cuts. Philip Kemp approves.

Reviews in this issue:

  • Almost Peaceful
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Before Sunset
  • The Best of Youth
  • The Cat's Meow
  • Edward Said The Last Interview
  • EuroTrip
  • Falcons
  • The Flower of Evil
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Home on the Range
  • Lakshya
  • Last Life in the Universe
  • The Last Victory
  • Love Me If You Dare
  • The Manson Family
  • Memories of Murder
  • The Notebook
  • Paradise is Somewhere Else
  • The Reckoning
  • Shrek 2
  • 16 Years of Alcohol
  • Film of the Month: A Thousand Months
  • Thunderbirds
  • Tupac Resurrection
  • Twisted
  • The Whole Ten Yards
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011