October 2005

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#Castles In The Sky

Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki's new film Howl's Moving Castle draws on motifs from his past work and anime's longstanding fascination with children's literature, writes Andrew Osmond.

#School For Scandal

Dealing with an all-girls' boarding school located in the middle of a dense forest, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's Innocence is like Enid Blyton re-written by Kafka. Jonathan Romney is impressed with its uncanny atmosphere.

Good Guy, Bad Guy

Financed by a major Hollywood studio, A History of Violence is David Cronenberg's most accessible film since The Fly. But, argues Graham Fuller, this ostensible thriller is also a transgressive fantasy about masculinity, middle-age repression and the dark side of the American psyche.

The Insider

Roman Polanski's films pull you into atmospheric interior worlds that are saturated by desire, fear and fantasy. On the release of the director's adaptation of Oliver Twist, Mark Cousins celebrates Polanski's extraordinary career. Plus, Patrick Fahy reports from the set of Oliver Twist.

Skies In Her Eyes

Loretta Young's beauty was an integral component of her memorable screen performances. Gilberto Perez celebrates the allure of an actress who was one of Cagney's few equals Cover.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Saraband

Jonathan Romney assesses, Saraband, the great Ingmar Bergman's commandingly restrained and militantly wintry farewell film.

Reviews in this issue:

  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • A History of Violence
  • Bewitched
  • Born into Brothels
  • Bread and Tulips/Pane e tulipani/ Pain, tulipes et comédie
  • The Cave
  • Chunky Monkey
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Daybreak
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Eugenio
  • Football Days
  • Green Street
  • Guy X
  • Heidi
  • The Honeymooners
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • In the Realms of the Unreal
  • Innocence
  • The Island
  • The Jealous God
  • King's Game
  • Kinky Boots
  • Land of the Dead
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • Night Watch
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Perfect Man
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • R-point
  • Rag Tale
  • Red Eye
  • The Rising Ballad of Mangal Pandey
  • Film of the Month: Saraband
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire
  • Stealth
  • Tell Me Something
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