February 2012

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#Theo Angelopoulos: the sweep of history

As his oeuvre is released on DVD, Theo Angelopoulos revisits his career with David Jenkins

#Jean Vigo: Artist of the floating world

Vigo’s sole full-length feature bridged the surrealism of 1920s French cinema and the poetic realism of the 1930s. Graham Fuller proposes it for S&S’s forthcoming ‘Greatest Films of All Time’ poll

#Lost and found: The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short

Tony Rayns welcomes the revival of a forgotten Belgian classic from the 1960s

Cover feature: Sex and the city

Steve McQueen’s Shame reinvents the cinematic New York loner as sex addict. He discusses sexism and racism with Nick James

PLUS Shame star Michael Fassbender talks about working off the rails and the cruelty of siblings

The icegirl cometh

Kim Newman questions whether David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does justice to the Swedish story’s icy heroine

PLUS John Wrathall on Hollywood’s love affair with all things Nordic

’Tis pity she’s a whore

There’s more to Bertrand Bonello’s brothel-set House of Tolerance than sex, he tells Catherine Wheatley

One from the heart

John Akomfrah, director of Handsworth Songs, is back with The Nine Muses. He tells Kieron Corless about fusing Greek myth and black British experience


Following his death last November, Linda Ruth Williams and Mark Kermode celebrate the maverick exuberance of Ken Russell

Lost highway

As Two-Lane Blacktop celebrates its fortieth anniversary, Ian Penman hails Monte Hellman’s cult road movie

Artist of the floating world

Graham Fuller proposes Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante for consideration in S&S’s ‘Greatest Films of All Time’ poll

The sweep of history

As his oeuvre is released on DVD, Theo Angelopoulos revisits his career with David Jenkins

Charlie’s ghost

As Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday arrives, Matthew Sweet asks why his work isn’t seen more often on today’s screens

Selected reviews

#Film review: Carnage

Just as Yasmina Reza did in her hit play ‘The God of Carnage’, Roman Polanski traps four bourgeois Brooklynites in one room and relishes their descent into conflict and misery. But Polanski’s elegant and unsettling adaptation takes full advantage of cinema’s apparatus, finds Kate Stables

#Film review: Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes’s bold modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s caustic late combat drama makes a strong fist of merciless material, says David Jays

#Film of the month: The Descendants

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to About Schmidt and Sideways is a characteristic mix of funny and painful, with Hawaii lawyer George Clooney struggling with family baggage as his wife lies in a coma. By Philip Kemp

#Film review: A Useful Life

A genial homage to a failing cinematheque and its waning artform, Federico Veiroj’s comedy also proves an ode to reinvention, says Mar Diestro-Dópido

#Film review: The Iron Lady

Thatcher – The Biopic runs shy of politics. Philip Kemp scratches his head

#DVD: The Conversation

A tale of surveillance and hacking, The Conversation is uncannily relevant to our times, writes Michael Brooke

Reviews in this issue:

  • A Useful Life
  • Acts of Godfrey
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked
  • Bombay Beach
  • Film review: Carnage
  • Coriolanus
  • Film review: Coriolanus
  • Film of the month: The Descendants
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Haywire
  • House of Tolernace
  • Hugo
  • Film review: The Iron Lady
  • J.Edgar
  • Jack and Jill
  • Like Crazy
  • Man on Ledge
  • Margaret
  • Margin Call
  • Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Mother and Child
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Patience (After Sebald)
  • Red Light Revolution
  • Shame
  • Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows
  • Tatsumi
  • The Big Year
  • The Descendants
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Lady
  • The Nine Muses
  • The Sitter
  • The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1
  • Film review: A Useful Life
  • W.E.
  • War Horse
  • DVD: The Conversation
  • DVD feature: Kate Stables reassesses the charms of popular child star Sabu
  • DVD feature: Tim Lucas revisits Depardieu’s sexually charged breakthrough
  • DVD: Children of the Stones
  • DVD: Community – Season 1
  • DVD: The Cranes are Flying
  • DVD: Delitto d’amore
  • DVD: A Farewell to Arms
  • DVD: The Four Feathers
  • DVD: Happy People A Year in the Taiga
  • DVD: Kurosawa Classic Collection
  • DVD: Little Big Man
  • DVD: Meda
  • DVD: Films by Oshima Nagisa
  • DVD: The Overcoat
  • DVD: The Red and the White
  • DVD: Shoestring – Series 1
  • DVD: The Tree of Life
  • Book: Philip Horne delves into a new book of conversations with Scorsese
  • Book: Michael Brooke commends a whistle-stop tour of the GPO Film Unit
  • Book: Kim Newman asks whether on-screen boxers lose even when they win
  • Book: Maria M. Delgado on the wide-reaching influence of Elías Querejeta
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