October 2011

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#On Ken Loach

As the BFI launches a major Ken Loach retrospective, Antonia Bird, Luc Dardenne, Tony Hibbert (online exclusive), Peter Kosminsky and Jimmy McGovern pay tribute to the director’s work over a career spanning almost half a century

PLUS (in the magazine): further tributes from Martin Compston, Nell Dunn, Tony Garnett and Jonathan Morris

PLUS (in the magazine): The social navigator: During a directing career spanning almost half a century, Ken Loach’s work has become a byword for brand of naturalistic, socially conscious British filmmaking. But there’s more to him than that, says John Hill

PLUS (in the magazine): Michael Brooke welcomes back a lost Loach film from 1969

#Persona non grata: Lars von Trier’s Nazi rebellion

Lars von Trier’s controversial outburst in Cannes this year was not entirely out of character, finds Nick James

PLUS (in the magazine): the Danish controversialist talks to Nick James about his dreamily apocalyptic new film Melancholia (and his Nazi gaffe)

#Lost and found: See You in the Morning

Alan J. Pakula is best known for 1970s paranoia, but See You in the Morning is a more personal later work, says Peter Tonguette

Cover feature: To catch a spy

Despite inevitable compression, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the movie captures the mood of John le Carré’s source novel, says John Sutherland

PLUS Gary Oldman talks to James Bell about how he made the role of George Smiley his own

The social navigator

During a directing career spanning almost half a century, Ken Loach’s work has become a byword for brand of naturalistic, socially conscious British filmmaking. But there’s more to him than that, says John Hill

PLUS Michael Brooke welcomes back a lost Loach film from 1969

PLUS Antonia Bird, Martin Compston, Luc Dardenne, Nell Dunn, Tony Garnett, Peter Kosminsky, Jimmy McGovern and Jonathan Morris pay tribute to Loach’s films and working methods

The confessions of Lars von Trier

Interviewing Lars von Trier about his dreamily apocalyptic new film Melancholia, Nick James was under strict instruction not to broach the subject of Nazism. But the Danish controversialist had other ideas

Out there in the dark

In recent years British TV has given little airtime to serious coverage of cinema. But all that is changing with the transmission of a 15-hour documentary by Mark Cousins that offers a truly global perspective. Ian Christie immerses himself in The Story of Film

Life on earth

In the extraordinary new Greek film Attenberg, a woman fascinated by David Attenborough’s nature programmes confronts the mysteries of human behaviour. Director Athina Rachel Tsangari talks to Jonathan Romney

Eyre conditioning

A director with an ‘outsider’s eye’ is unleashed on a British literary classic: it’s a familiar strategy, but it pays dividends with Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, says Claire Monk

Stealer’s wheels

Best known for his Copenhagen-set Pusher trilogy, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn brings a European style and sensibility to his first American film, the gripping crime-and-cars thriller Drive. He talks to Nick Roddick

Selected reviews

#Film review: The Debt

A sturdy psychological suspense thriller about a botched Mossad kidnap mission, The Debt focusses intriguingly on the dilemmas of a female lead agent until an implausible last act, says Kate Stables

#Film of the month: Post Mortem

A neurotic Chilean mortuary assistant in the year of Pinochet’s coup is the focus of Post Mortem, a character study that’s every bit as distinctive and chilling as Pablo Larraín’s last film Tony Manero. By Jonathan Romney

#DVD: Face to Face

An intense, stripped-bare psychodrama, Face to Face reminds us why Bergman’s films are essential viewing, says Michael Atkinson

#Film review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

In the hands of Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson, this feature adaptation preserves, even enhances, the atmosphere of mistrust and cynical insecurity in John le Carré’s spy-catcher novel, says Philip Kemp

#Film review: Drive

Ryan Gosling’s hot rod / getaway driver harks back to the old cool of Ryan O’Neal and Steve McQueen in Danish crime auteur Nicolas Winding Refn’s classically pulpy Los Angeles debut. Wally Hammond enjoys the ride

Reviews in this issue:

  • Aarakshan
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • 3D Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy
  • Attenberg
  • Broken Lines
  • Captain America The First Avenger
  • The Change-up
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • The Debt
  • Film review: The Debt
  • Drive
  • Film review: Drive
  • Elite Squad The Enemy Within
  • Fast Romance
  • Final Destination 5
  • Friends with Benefits
  • Guilty of Romance
  • Jane Eyre
  • A Lonely Place to Die
  • Mademoiselle Chambon
  • Melancholia
  • Page One Inside the New York Times
  • Film of the month: Post Mortem
  • Film of the month: Post Mortem
  • R Hit First, Hit Hardest
  • Red White & Blue
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Self Made
  • The Smurfs
  • Spy Kids All the Time in the World in 4D
  • The Green Wave
  • The Inbetweeners Movie
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Film review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Tomboy
  • Troll Hunter
  • Turnout
  • Way of the Morris
  • You Instead
  • DVD: Face to Face
  • DVD: James Bell on Jerry Schatzberg’s The Panic in Needle Park
  • DVD: Tim Lucas enjoys the post-punk melodrama Breaking Glass
  • DVD: Before the Revolution
  • DVD: The Colour of Pomegranates
  • DVD: Films by Maurice Elvey
  • DVD: The Endless Summer
  • DVD: Father
  • DVD: The Garden of the Finzi-Contini
  • DVD: The Killing (1956)
  • DVD: Films by Chris Marker
  • DVD: The Music Room
  • DVD: The Police Story series
  • DVD: La rabbia
  • DVD: Films by Alain Resnais
  • DVD: Schloss Vogelöd
  • DVD: Secret Sunshine
  • DVD: The Strange World of
  • DVD: Gurney Slade
  • DVD: Strigoi
  • DVD: The Twilight Zone – Season 1
  • DVD: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara
  • DVD: White Line Fever
  • DVD: The Woman on the Beach
  • Books: John Wrathall enjoys the memoirs of film editor Jim Clark
  • Books: Paul Ryan is impressed by a new book on Basil Dearden’s Victim
  • Books: Patrick Russell on a significant new study of British municipal cinema
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011