December 2004

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#Sadean Woman

In Anatomy of Hell Catherine Breillat takes the sexual explorations of Romance to new and disturbing extremes. She talks to Geoffrey Macnab about breaking the taboos that clothe the female body.

#Back At The Raunch

John Water's A Dirty Shame is his most radical project for 25 years and a welcome slap in the face for conservative America. J. Hoberman looks back in anger.

#Written On The Body

Geoffrey Macnab interviews Catherine Breillat.

Mind Control

Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate attacks American war-mongering, the arms trade and the lily-livered media. He talks to David Thompson. Plus Ryan Gilbey challenges the cool machismo of Denzel Washington.

The Rome Cell

Good Morning, Night portrays the 1978 kidnapping and execution of Aldo Moro through the eyes of one of the Red Brigade's female terrorists. Guido Bonsaver reports.

Make-believe and the Method

Sean Penn is lauded as the best actor of his generation, prized for his intense physical transformations and real-life research. Richard T. Kelly describes the madness that lies behind his method.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: I Heart Huckabees

David O. Russell's all-star I Heart Huckabees mines corporate culture and existential neuroses for screwball laughs. Ben Walters is amused

Reviews in this issue:

  • Being Julia
  • The Big Kahuna
  • Billabong Odyssey
  • Birth
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Bright Leaves
  • Cellular
  • Chinese Odyssey 2002
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Exorcist The Beginning
  • Good Morning, Night
  • The Grudge
  • Harold and Kumar Get The Munchies
  • The Hillside Strangler
  • Film of the Month: I Heart Huckabees
  • Into the Mirror
  • Ister, The
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Millions
  • Milwaukee, Minnesota
  • Princess Diaries 2 Royal Engagement
  • Resident Evil Apocalyspe
  • Saw
  • Shaolin Soccer
  • Spivs
  • Take My Eyes
  • Taxi
  • The Triumph of Love
  • Uncovered: The War on Iraq
  • White Chicks
  • The White Stripes Under Blackpool Lights
  • Without a Paddle
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