July 2011

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#Spanish spring: cinema after Franco

The end of Franco’s dictatorship spawned a remarkable flowering of Spanish cinema at the end of the 1970s. With the revival of Carlos Saura’s Cría cuervos, Paul Julian Smith looks back at key films of the era

#A love-hate relationship: French cinema and boulevard theatre

Director François Ozon’s Potiche turns a 30-year-old farce into a riot of 1970s kitsch. Ginette Vincendeau looks back over the love-hate relationship between French cinema and boulevard theatre

#Lost and found: Allonsanfàn

Once arthouse darlings, the Taviani brothers are now shunned by UK distributors. Michael Brooke resurrects their 1974 film Allonsanfàn, a picaresque yarn about ineffectual insurrectionists in post-Napoleonic Italy

#Red skies: Soviet science fiction

From heroic propagandist tales of space exploration to post-apocalyptic dystopias of the Chernobyl era, the history of Soviet sci-fi from the 1920s to the 1980s mirrors the rise and fall of the USSR. James Blackford probes the lost world unveiled in a new BFI season

#The revolution of inaction: This Is Not a Film

Made under house arrest, Jafar Panahi’s In Film Nist (This Is Not a Film) breaks all the rules, says Amy Taubin

Cover feature: Daze of heaven

Terrence Malick’s first film in six years, The Tree of Life lived up to expectations at Cannes, winning the Palme d’Or – a first for the legendarily reclusive director. Nick James unravels the film’s mysteries

PLUS Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on his unique three-film collaboration with Malick

Shelter from the storm

Recurring themes of apocalypse and sexual abuse made Cannes 2011 a sobering but ultimately inspiring experience for Nick James

PLUS Jonathan Romney is mesmerised by Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

PLUS Amy Taubin applauds a ‘non-film’ from imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi

PLUS Geoff Andrew on the pick of the non-competition films

Scenes from a marriage

Viewing Iran’s social problems through the prism of a troubled marriage, director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. He talks to James Bell

Breaking the vase

With trademark iconoclasm, director François Ozon has turned a 30-year-old farce into a riot of 1970s kitsch – with very contemporary political resonance. Ginette Vincendeau savours Potiche, and looks back over the love-hate relationship between French cinema and boulevard theatre

Red skies

From propagandist tales of space exploration to post-apocalyptic dystopias of the Chernobyl era, the history of Soviet science fiction mirrors that of the USSR itself, says James Blackford

Close to the bone

Buried on its original release in 1981, Cutter’s Way now looks like the last blast of the American New Wave of the 1970s. Michael Atkinson welcomes its rerelease

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: Incendies

French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve views the internecine conflicts of the Middle East through the prism of a family tragedy of Greek proportions. By Roger Clarke

#DVD: Jacques Tourneur's westerns

Jacques Tourneur is known for noir and horror. But, argues Tim Lucas, his westerns were every bit as extraordinary

#Film review: Kaboom

Gorgeous bed-hopping teens head off the apocalypse in between lessons on giving head. Just another day at the office for Gregg Araki, says Ryan Gilbey

#Film review: The Beaver

Mel Gibson’s fallen alpha male channels himself via a beaver glove-puppet in this poker-faced family discord drama from director Jodie Foster. Nicolas Rapold wonders if it’s a deadpan parody

Reviews in this issue:

  • After the Apocalypse
  • Film review: The Beaver
  • The Big Picture
  • Bridesmaids
  • Checkpoint
  • The Conspirator
  • Countdown to Zero
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules
  • Donor Unknown
  • Dum Maaro Dum
  • Fast Five
  • The First Grader
  • The Hangover Part II
  • Hatchet II
  • Honey 2
  • Film of the month: Incendies
  • Film review: Kaboom
  • Life in a Day
  • Mammuth
  • Mother’s Day
  • Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
  • Planeat
  • Point Blank
  • Potiche
  • Priest
  • Prom
  • Putty Hill
  • Scre4m
  • Senna
  • A Separation
  • Something Borrowed
  • Stake Land
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Thor
  • TT3D Closer to the Edge
  • Upside Down The Creation Records Story
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds beyond Time
  • DVD: Jacques Tourneur's westerns
  • DVD: Kim Newman wonders at Alice in Svankmajer land
  • DVD: Adua and Her Friends
  • DVD: Apocalypse Now
  • DVD: Araya
  • DVD: Bicycle Thieves
  • DVD: The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • DVD: The Clowns
  • DVD: Civilisation
  • DVD: Les Diaboliques
  • DVD: Gaumont Treasures Volume 2 1908-1916
  • DVD: Go Go Tales
  • DVD: Kiss Me Deadly
  • DVD: Ogro
  • DVD: Films by Ozu Yasujiro
  • DVD: Pale Flower
  • DVD: Prostitute
  • DVD: Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas
  • DVD: Requiem for a Vampire
  • DVD: Spyder’s Web
  • DVD: Taxi Driver
  • DVD: Taxi zum Klo
  • DVD: The Theo van Gogh Collection
  • DVD: Treme: The Complete First Season
  • Book: Michael Atkinson appreciates a bold but doomed attempt to decode the work of the Quay Brothers
  • Book: James MacDowell is intrigued by a study of moments in film
  • Book: Michael Brooke admires an examination of Czechoslovakian cinema’s surrealist links
  • Book: Adrian Martin enjoys the online loosening up of David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011