May 2011

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#Bernardo Bertolucci: Just like starting over

To mark a comprehensive Bertolucci retrospective, Tony Rayns looks back at the early 1960s, when the great Italian director hit his stride and emerged from the shadow of his mentors, Pasolini and Godard

#Lost and found: Cohen and Tate

A few years before Tarantino, writer-director Eric Red was playing bloodstained genre games in his 1988 debut Cohen and Tate. But where is he now, asks John Wrathall

#The Clock: What time is it where?

A 24-hour montage of film clips showing the measurement of time, Christian Marclay’s The Clock has hooked viewers in London and New York. He talks to Jonathan Romney

Cover feature: Motion pictures

Wim Wenders’s new film Pina marks not just the culmination of a 20-year quest to film the work of choreographer Pina Bausch, but also a bold leap into the world of 3D. He talks to Nick James

PLUS Nick Roddick on Wenders’s career in documentary

The Oregon trail

After honing a minimalist style on the Oregon-set Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt turns her gaze on the state’s pioneer past in Meek’s Cutoff, a novel female angle on the old West. Graham Fuller talks to her and writer Jon Raymond

PLUS Edward Buscombe charts women’s role in the western

North by northeast

How I Ended This Summer, a gripping Arctic-set two-hander, is the latest festival hit to emerge from Russia. Nick Hasted talks to its director Alexei Popogrebsky

PLUS Leslie Felperin surveys the recent Russian wave

What time is it where?

A 24-hour montage of film clips showing the measurement of time, Christian Marclay’s The Clock has hooked viewers in London and New York. He talks to Jonathan Romney

Forever falling

In the second of our series on possible contenders for the ‘greatest film of all time’ in next year’s Sight & Sound poll, the renowned Spanish critic Miguel Marías finds himself falling for the fathomless mysteries of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Selected reviews

#Film review: The Silent House

Newcomer Gustavo Hernández’s ingenious low-budget, single-shot horror film is a remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense, says Mar Diestro-Dópido

#Film of the month: Sweetgrass

The sheep-herders’ life romanticised in Brokeback Mountain is the focus of the immersive new documentary Sweetgrass, which captures both the harshness and the grandeur of a vanishing world. By Kieron Corless

#DVD: Dressing for Pleasure - The Films of John Samson

John Samsom's documentaries cast the same gentle eye on trainspotters and fetishists, says Joseph Bevan

#Film review: Meek's Cutoff

Tracking three frayed families forging the Oregon Trail in 1845, Kelly Reichardt's starkly beautiful fable casts a female view on a West "dominated by space and silence". By Kate Stables

Reviews in this issue:

  • A Small Act
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Battle Los Angeles
  • Beastly
  • Cold Fish
  • Cold Weather
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • Farewell
  • Hall Pass
  • How I Ended This Summer
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Limitless
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Little White Lies
  • Louise - Michel
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Film review: Meek's Cutoff
  • Passenger Side
  • Pina
  • Rango
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Redemption
  • The Resident
  • Film review: The Silent House
  • Sparrow
  • Film of the month: Sweetgrass
  • Film of the month: Sweetgrass
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began
  • Tracker
  • The Way
  • Young Hearts Run Free
  • Your Highness
  • DVD: Michael Brooke admires two early ‘women’s pictures’ by Antonioni
  • DVD: Kieron Corless on the masterpiece of left-leaning radical Robert Kramer
  • DVD: Tim Lucas examines the drama offered by PBS talk show Firing Line
  • DVD: The Beyond
  • DVD: Blood Simple
  • DVD: Dark Star
  • DVD: A Day in the Life
  • DVD: Empire State
  • DVD: The Goodies… At Last the 40th Anniversary
  • DVD: Hazell – The Complete Series
  • DVD: The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volumes 1 & 2
  • DVD: Larks on a String
  • DVD: The Long, Hot Summer
  • DVD: Man of Aran
  • DVD: Films by Otto Preminger
  • DVD: Promised Lands
  • DVD: Slingshot
  • DVD: The Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley
  • DVD: The Virginian – Season 1
  • DVD: Warner Archive Collection
  • Book: Michael Atkinson salutes J. Hoberman’s masterly look at cold-war cinema in its historical context
  • Book: James Bell immerses himself in an exhaustive tribute to Kubrick’s unmade Napoleon
  • Book: Kim Newman appreciates a study of 1950’s Night and the City
  • Book: Nick James enjoys an anthology of Philip French’s essays on film
  • DVD: Dressing for Pleasure - The Films of John Samson
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011