March 2009

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#From romance to ritual

Barry Lyndon takes its inspiration from Thackeray's source novel. But in Kubrick's hands the tone - and the hero - are transformed. By Kim Newman

#Hall of mirrors

Kubrick's unmade 1990s project Aryan Papers has now inspired an intriguing installation by the Wilson Twins that finally gives its star her moment. By Brian Dillon

#Bloody Yorkshire

David Peace's Red Riding novels have been adapted into three films, 1974, 1980 and 1983. Nick James enters their terrorised, haunted landscape, and talks to screenwriter Tony Grisoni

Mister Strangelove

Stanley Kubrick's films, from Lolita to Eyes Wide Shut, often revolve around sexual relationships. So why, asks Linda Ruth Williams, are they so unsexy?

Up the hill backwards

David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a bizarre memoir of a reverse-ageing drifter who falls for a growing child. By Graham Fuller PLUS Nick James talks to the director about the technical challenge of ageing Brad Pitt

The rules of the game

Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class has crystallised debate in France about the current crisis in education. But it also belongs to a venerable tradition of French school films. By Ginette Vincendeau

The great leap forward

After a craze in the 1950s, 3D was dismissed as a gimmick. But with so many new possibilities in digital production and exhibition, its time may have come. By Ben Walters PLUS Nick Roddick talks to 3D proselytiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and Tom Charity talks to Joe Dante on the set of his 3D film The Hole

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: The International

With blistering action set pieces and a downbeat hero in the shape of Clive Owen, Tom Tykwer's new espionage thriller ,'The International' plays like a deglamorised, back-to-basics Bond. By Samuel Wigley

#DVD Review: Magnificent Obsession

Directors John M. Stahl and Douglas Sirk both filmed the same bestselling tearjerker. Tim Lucas spots the difference

Reviews in this issue:

  • American Teen
  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Bride Wars
  • A Bunch of Amateurs
  • Cadillac Records
  • Che Part Two
  • The Class
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Fermat's Room
  • Flame & Citron
  • Franklyn
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel
  • Fuck
  • The Good, the Bad, the Weird
  • Gran Torino
  • Hamlet 2
  • Film of the Month: The International
  • JCVD
  • The Lost City
  • DVD Review: Magnificent Obsession
  • Marley & Me
  • Milk (credits only)
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Notorious
  • The Pink Panther 2
  • Punisher War Zone
  • Reverb
  • Revolutionary Road (credits only)
  • The Secret of Moonacre
  • Sex Drive (credits only)
  • The Spirit
  • Stuck
  • The Tale of Despereaux (credits only)
  • Three Monkeys
  • Twilight (credits only)
  • The Unborn
  • Valkyrie
  • The Wrestler (credits only)
  • Yes Man
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011