September 2006

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#Edinburgh 2006: Giant Steps

US cinema in the early 1970s is a story of film-makers who refused to sell out. David Thomson celebrates a programme of their work at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

#Edinburgh 2006: Ten Sight & Sound Edinburgh Selections

S&S selects the best of the rest.

Which Way Is Up?

Michael Mann's Miami Vice TV cop show was a high-stakes morality play with pulp beauty, stylistic delirium and an MTV vibe. How well has it translated into a feature film, asks Graham Fuller. Plus Timothy Shary explores the flawed masculinity at the core of the director's 1981 debut Thief.

China: 21st-century Tiger

China's economic boom has transformed the country's cities and the lives of its citizens, yet little of that reality makes its way to western screens. Michael Berry shows us what lies beyond the martial-arts costume dramas. Plus Shanghai Dreams director Wang Xiaoshuai tells Roger Clarke about the new liberalisation.

Gold Leaf And Shadow-play

Fin-de-siècle Vienna was remembered by classic Hollywood film-makers in exile as a city of culture and romance with a heart of darkness. Geoffrey Macnab asks if films from Max Ophuls' La Ronde to Raúl Ruiz's new portrait of the painter Klimt capture its essence.

Everyday White

With Atanarjuat The Fast Runner Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn gave visual form to an Inuit myth that had never been written down. Their new film The Journals of Knud Rasmussen recharts the first encounter with Danish explorers from an Inuit point of view. S.F. Said spent ten weeks in the Arctic searching for authenticity

Selected reviews

#DVD review: Electric Shadows

Tim Lucas enjoys an affectionate tribute to the past glories of Chinese cinema

#Film of the Month: Volver

Critics - including Sight & Sound's - and fans alike seem bewitched by the so-called Almodóvar effect, but, argues Peter Matthews, closer scrutiny of some of the Spaniard's recent films suggests a slick recycling of tired themes

Reviews in this issue:

  • 11:14
  • A Lion in the House
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Adrift
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Alpha Male
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Angel-A
  • The Ant Bully
  • Be with Me
  • C.S.A. The Confederate
  • DVD review: Electric Shadows
  • Garfield 2
  • Harsh Times
  • Krrish
  • Look Both Ways
  • Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
  • Monster House
  • Nacho Libre
  • Paper Clips
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest
  • The Sentinel
  • Severance
  • Shanghai Dreams
  • Sisters in Law
  • States of America
  • Stormbreaker
  • Superman Returns
  • Terkel in Trouble
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • Tideland
  • To Die in San Hilario
  • Film of the Month: Volver
  • Warrior King
  • Wilderness
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011