July 2007

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#Ken Russell: Sweet Swell Of Excess

The wild exuberance, surreal imagination and sheer vulgarity of Ken Russell's films of the 1970s and 1980s have earned him a place as patron saint of British extreme, argues Linda Ruth Williams. She talks to the director about the melody of image-making and his ongoing digital record of a cycle of seasons PLUS David Thompson remembers Russell's invention of the BBC television arts documentary

#Beyond the Horizon

To celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday, Viennese arts festival New Crowned Hope commissioned six films from Asia, Africa and South America that reflect the spirit of his music. Mark Cousins applauds their ambition PLUS James Bell talks to Dry Season director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Geoffrey Macnab explains why funding cinema from developing nations has become a badge of honour for European festivals

Cannes 2007: Tout va Bien

Cannes celebrated its 60th edition with a programme of films from such big-name directors as Wong Kar-Wai, Harmony Korine, Gus Van Sant, Aleksandr Sokurov, Catherine Breillat and Michael Winterbottom that promised entertainment to rival the partying. It was a year to admire actresses and to cheer the death of national cinema, says Nick James PLUS Jonathan Romney surrenders to the seductions of Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light; Geoff Andrew talks to Béla Tarr about The Man from London; and jury president Stephen Frears offers an insider's insights

Cannes 2007: Blood Money: The Coen Brothers

The maverick Americans have proved the perfect choice to translate the harsh landscapes and laconic characters of Cormac McCarthy's elegiac borderland thriller No Country for Old Men into stunning cinema. By Nick James

An American in Paris

Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was demonised by his European counterparts as the embodiment of US cultural imperialism. But was it justified, asks Bertrand Moullier

Selected reviews

#DVD Review: Dont Look Back

A new edition of Pennebaker's candid and unflinching Bob Dylan portrait hits all the right notes, writes Tim Lucas

#Film of the Month: Lunacy

Michael Brooke finds Jan Svankmajer on surreal good form in a horror tale of blasphemous orgies, premature burials, madhouse revolution and raw meat that draws inspiration from de Sade and Edgar Allan Poe

Reviews in this issue:

  • The Chumscrubber
  • DVD Review: Dont Look Back
  • Écoute le temps
  • Edmond
  • Exiled
  • Flanders
  • The Flying Scotsman
  • Fracture
  • Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure
  • Ghosts of Cité Soleil
  • Golden Door
  • Grow Your Own
  • Klimt
  • Kya Love Story Hai
  • Life in a Metro
  • Like Minds
  • Lovewrecked
  • Film of the Month: Lunacy
  • Magicians
  • Molière
  • Next
  • Paris je t'aime
  • Les Petites Vacances
  • Reno 911!: Miami
  • Shrek the Third
  • Shutter
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Taxidermia
  • The Tiger's Tail
  • Vacancy
  • La Vie en rose
  • The War on Democracy
  • Wedding Daze
  • The Wild Blue Yonder
  • Wild Tigers I Have Known
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011