June 2011

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#Shadow of the father: A Screaming Man

Himself a victim of the long-running civil war in Chad, director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun examines the turmoil in his native land via A Screaming Man, an austere and compelling story of fatherhood. He talks to Suzy Gillett

#Lost and found: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Mike Hodges investigates a dark tale of murder, corruption, kinky sex and game-playing in Elio Petri’s 1970 box of tricks

#Cover feature: Forgotten pleasures of the multiplex

Rescuing the movies that culture forgot is the task of our latest survey. Unloved, unlauded but no longer alone: 75 mainstream movies from the past 30 years that were either commercially or critically buried on their release, are here nominated for reappraisal by our contributors. Online introduction by Nick James

Algeria rising

Rachid Bouchareb’s Algerian liberation drama Outside the Law sparked fury in some quarters on its release in France. The director talks to Ali Jaafar about the enduring sensitivity of the war and why his film owes as much of a debt to crime drama as to politics

Nature calls

Its hero is a goat – and that’s just the first thing that’s extraordinary about Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino’s utterly unclassifiable Le quattro volte. Here, he talks to Jonathan Romney about charcoal, Calabrian folklore and the transmigration of souls

Bearing witness

The late British director and cinematographer Richard Leacock may be less well known than other Direct Cinema pioneers, but his innovations at the start of the 1960s defined the standards of documentary filmmaking for years to come. By Brian Winston

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: 13 Assassins

The prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi is never afraid to shock audiences. But the shock with 13 Assassins is that he has delivered a classical samurai movie worthy of Kurosawa. By Christoph Huber

#Film review: Attack the Block

Joe Cornish’s uproarious aliens-versus-hoodies feature debut has street smarts to match its movie smarts, says Michael Brooke

#Film review: Le quattro volte

Goats and their herdsmen, fir trees, dust and the Pythagorean philosophy of reincarnation are considered in the round in Michelangelo Frammartino’s remarkable portrait of rural Calabria. Nick Bradshaw is beguiled

#Film review: Third Star

A Welsh bromance cum valedictory road movie, this burnished feature debut from director Hatti Dalton and writer Vaughan Sivell never truly sheds its disease-movie trappings, says Kate Stables

#DVD: Silent Naruse

The early films of Japanese master Naruse Mikio reveal a conflicted relationship with modernity, says Brad Stevens

Reviews in this issue:

  • Film of the month: 13 Assassins
  • Age of Heroes
  • Amreeka
  • Angels of Evil
  • Armadillo
  • Arthur
  • Film review: Attack the Block
  • Blitz
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Cooking with Stella
  • Everywhere & Nowhere
  • Forget Me Not
  • Hanna
  • Heartbeats
  • Hop
  • Insidious
  • Island
  • Jig
  • Julia’s Eyes
  • Life, above All
  • Love like Poison
  • The Messenger
  • My Dog Tulip
  • Outside the Law
  • Le quattro volte
  • Film review: Le quattro volte
  • Rio
  • Rio Breaks
  • The Roommate
  • A Screaming Man
  • Shadow
  • Source Code
  • Sucker Punch
  • Third Star
  • Film review: Third Star
  • The Veteran
  • Vidal Sassoon How One Man Changed the World with a Pair of Scissors
  • Water for Elephants
  • Win Win
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Zombie Undead
  • DVD: Silent Naruse
  • DVD: Brad Stevens celebrates the early films of Japanese master Naruse Mikio
  • DVD: James Bell on Der Tiger von Eschnapur/Das Indische Grabmal, the film that tempted Fritz Lang out of retirement
  • DVD: Tim Lucas on Vincente Minnelli’s tale of Hollywood has-beens in Italy, Two Weeks in Another Town
  • DVD: Bedevilled
  • DVD: Blow Out
  • DVD: Death Note/Death Note: The Last Name
  • DVD: The Molly Dineen Collection Volume 1
  • DVD: Early Kurosawa
  • DVD: Gamera vs Gyaos/Gamera vs Viras/Gamera vs Guiron/Gamera vs Jiger
  • DVD: Ingrid Bergman in Sweden
  • DVD: Land of the Giants – Series 1
  • DVD: The Lighthouse
  • DVD: Limelight
  • DVD: Lunch Hour
  • DVD: Mamma Roma
  • DVD: The Mikado
  • DVD: Minnie & Moskowitz
  • DVD: Once a Jolly Swagman
  • DVD: Alan Plater at ITV
  • DVD: Il posto
  • DVD: Traffik
  • Book: Stephen Thrower shivers with delight at the updated re-issue of Kim Newman’s Nightmare Movies
  • Book: Philip Kemp explores a comprehensive overview of the glory days of foreign film distribution in the US
  • Book: Bryony Dixon enjoys an illuminating biography of Charlie Chaplin’s older brother, Sydney
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011