November 2006

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#Jewels In The Crown

The Venice festival combined Hollywood blockbusters with more innovative indie film-making from Europe and the US. But it was a series of films from Asia and Africa commissioned in Vienna that was its strongest suit. By James Bell

#The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Mean Streets

Andrea Arnold's Red Road is a sexual revenge thriller with a twist in the tale. By Hannah McGill

#The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: The World Bank Put On Trial

Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako reinvents the political fiction film, says Nick James

#The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Mysteries Of Puberty

Times and Winds by Turkish director Reha Erdem is one of the discoveries of the year, an exquisite affirmation of film as art. By Hannah McGill

Martin Scorsese: Faith Under Pressure

To mark the release of The Departed, which translates the police and mobster moles of Infernal Affairs to Irish-American Boston, the director talks to Ian Christie about his twin obsessions with the underworld and the Catholic church, and his hope of continuing his exploration of faith and temptation in an adaptation of Japanese novel Silence

Alan Bennett: A Little Learning

Alan Bennett's The History Boys, filmed by its stage director Nicholas Hytner, seems a return to his familiar territory of deferred desires and class-bound aspirations in a northern provincial town. David Jays uncovers the undertones of hidden violence and anger that also haunt the writer's work

The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Bushwacked By Hollywood

Do the dark worlds of The Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland signal a neo-noir revival, asks Graham Fuller

Sofia Coppola: Portrait Of A Lady

Marie Antoinette depicts the doomed queen as a young woman lost in an adult world who redeems her identity through culture and fashion. It's a position director Sofia Coppola knows well, says Pam Cook

Selected reviews

#DVD review: 49 Up

Tim Lucas assesses the enduring fascination of a classic piece of documentary television

#Film of the Month: Brothers of the Head

Nodding to Cronenberg and Tod Browning, this adaptation of a Brian Aldiss novel about a pair of conjoined-twin punk rockers promises much but just doesn't deliver enough filth or fury. By Mark Sinker

Reviews in this issue:

  • DVD review: 49 Up
  • Accepted
  • Antibodies
  • Beerfest
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Film of the Month: Brothers of the Head
  • Container
  • DOA Dead or Alive
  • Earthlings Ugly Bags of Mostly Water
  • Frozen Land
  • The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  • Gypo
  • The History Boys
  • Hoodwinked
  • The Host
  • I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed
  • Kaabi Alvida Naa Kehna
  • The Last Kiss
  • Life and Lyrics
  • Little Man
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Mischief Night
  • Neil Young Heart of Gold
  • The Plague
  • Pulse
  • The Queen
  • Rabbit Fever
  • Rabbit on the Moon
  • Red Road
  • Ritual des Bösen
  • Romanzo criminale
  • Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Starter for Ten
  • The Wicker Man
  • World Trade Center
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011