August 2010

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#Britain’s secret Brazilian

More than any other director bar Hitchcock, the Brazilian Alberto Cavalcanti had a profound influence on British film-making in the 1930s and 40s. But he remains an unjustly overlooked figure, says Nick James

#Lost and found: The Ballad of Tam Lin

Sam Dunn remembers how his mind was expanded by the daring of Roddy McDowall’s little-seen directorial work The Ballad of Tam Lin

Cover feature: The pattern under the plough

The rhythms and rituals of rural life have seldom been conspicious in British cinema. But in feature films of the 1960s and 70s and documentaries across the decades, tantalising traces of the ‘old, weird Britain’ can still be unearthed. By Rob Young


Absent authors: Folk in artist film

William Fowler maps the enduring links between British folk culture and artists' film-making

The last maverick

Dennis Hopper, who died on 29 May 2010, is best remembered as a no-holds-barred movie actor and offscreen personality. But in one of his last in-depth interviews, he reminisced to Nick Roddick about his extraordinary parallel careers as director, painter and photographer

PLUS Michael Atkinson surveys Hopper’s boundary-pushing life and work in movies

Behind the door

With her new film Bluebeard, director Catherine Breillat returns to the realm of female adolescent sexuality she has made her own – but this time through the prism of fairytale. Catherine Wheatley talks to her, and charts cinema’s long preoccupation with the Bluebeard myth

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: Gainsbourg

French ‘bande dessinée’ artist Joann Sfar injects a bold poetic dimension into the musical biopic with his inspired account of the life of singer, songwriter and hellraiser Serge Gainsbourg. By Ginette Vincendeau

#DVD review: Antônio das Mortes

Michael Chanan on the extraordinary films of Glauber Rocha, shooting star of the Latin American new wave

#DVD review: Girly + Goodbye Gemini

Tim Lucas finds more than a touch of Tennessee Williams’ southern gothic in two tales of familial decadence

#Film review: Ivul

Andrew Gallivant Kötting takes to the trees in his first film from Swiss exile. Nick Bradshaw admires a tone poem of landscape, bodies and madness

#Film review: Toy Story 3

Pixar’s latest mixes valedictory and renewal. Jonathan Romney agrees that it’s better to reuse than to throw away old material, old toys, old ideas

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