September 2005

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#The Storyteller

Ian Christie explains how Michael Powell's unfinished fantasia of 1973 moves between the imagined and reality, scrolling through his life and loves with wit and sensuality.

#Edinburgh 2005: The Sun

Aleksandr Sokurov's new film is an upbeat character study of Japanese emperor Hirohito. By Geoffrey Macnab

#Edinburgh 2005: The 3 Rooms Of Melacholia

A new documentary sees the Chechen conflict through children's eyes. By Leslie Felperin

Edinburgh 2005 No Manifesto

This summer's Edinburgh Film Festival lays out a challenging spread that includes Aleksandr Sokurov's portrait of Hirohito, a Finnish documentary about Chechnya and a film opera from Hungary. Geoffrey Macnab, Leslie Felperin and Nick Roddick report, plus S&S gives our top ten recommendations

Blurred exit

If you want to know how Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain died, Gus Van Sant's Last Days won't tell you. But it does deliver an inspired meditation on untimely death and the power of mourning. By Amy Taubin. Cover image Michael Pitt as Blake in Last Days

Gun crazy

After he'd finished writing Dear Wendy Lars von Trier asked his Dogme co-founder Thomas Vinterberg to direct. The result is a satire on US gun culture and a poignant story of lost youth that draws Brecht and Beau Brummel into its mix. By Virginie Guichard. Plus James Bell talks to the director about guns, gangs and whether Dogme is dead.

Michael Powell My Jealous Mistress

Do you know what goes on in the cutting room at night? Michael Powell did, and this fictionalised editing-suite fantasia - written in 1973 and published here for the first time - scrolls with dreamlike sensuality through his life in the studio, his love of women and his passion for cinema. S&S pays exclusive tribute to one of Britain's greatest film-makers on the centenary of his birth.

Alien heart

Claire Denis' The Intruder is a reflection on fatherhood, mortality and the life of French new wave actor Michel Subor. Jonathan Romney tracks her unpredictable career and talks to her about heart transplants, South Seas idylls and Swiss strongrooms

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: The Night of Truth

A powerful tale of the aftermath of a fictionalised civil war - inspired by the genocide in Rwanda - has Shakespearean resonances. By Philip Kemp

Reviews in this issue:

  • Ab-normal Beauty
  • Appleseed
  • Arakimentari
  • Arsène Lupin
  • Asylum
  • Bad News Bears
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cinderella Man
  • On DVD: Preston Sturges Box Set
  • Fantastic Four
  • H65
  • Herbie Fully Loaded
  • Last Days
  • The Longest Yard
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • The Mighty Celt
  • No Rest for the Brave
  • One Night in Mongkok
  • Pleasant Days
  • Primer
  • Pusher II With Blood on My Hands
  • The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Spirit Trap
  • Summer Storm
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D
  • The Business
  • The Descent
  • Film of the Month: The Night of Truth
  • The Sun
  • War of the Worlds
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011