March 2012

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#Remain in light: Mulholland Dr. and the cosmogony of David Lynch

As our ten-yearly poll to find the Greatest Film of All Time gets ever closer, B. Kite considers David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. in the light of the Vedanta-inspired spiritual philosophy that underpins all the director’s work

#Only a dream: Gene Tierney

More than just one of the most beautiful actresses in movies, Gene Tierney didn’t so much act as embody the mysterious heroines of three unforgettable 40s films. By Dan Callahan

#Lost and found: Manuel Mur Oti

Spain’s Manuel Mur Oti had huge success under Franco. Since the fall of the regime he’s been written out of history. By Mar Diestro-Dópido


Sight & Sound’s comprehensive annual survey of the notable film actors, directors and more who died during the course of 2011. Compiled by Bob Mastrangelo

PLUS Peter Tonguette on Bert Schneider, Naman Ramachandran on Dev Anand, Michael Brooke on Zdenek Miler, Peter Biskind on Sue Mengers, David Thompson on Yekaterina Golubeva, Philip Kemp on Michael Gough, Kate Stables on Jane Russell and John Wrathall on John Barry

Cover feature: Anaylse this

Better known for visceral horror, David Cronenberg turns to psychoanalytical costume drama with A Dangerous Method. He talks Freud and Jung with Nick James

PLUS Brad Stevens on Cronenberg’s 1983 classic Videodrome

Magnificent Obsession

Rereleased to coincide with a major new David Hockney exhibition, the 1974 film A Bigger Splash is a fascinating document of the artist and his circle. By Ian Massey

PLUS Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey on the collision of painting and film


Sight & Sound’s annual survey of the notable film figures who died last year. Compiled by Bob Mastrangelo

PLUS Peter Biskind on Sue Mengers, Peter Tonguette on Bert Schneider, Philip Kemp on Michael Gough, Kate Stables on Jane Russell, and Michael Brooke on Zdenek Miler

California dreaming

Bombay Beach seems like a typical observational documentary about dead-end American lives – until its subjects start to dance. Director Alma Har’el talks to Nick Bradshaw

Inking the deal

Before Repo Man became Alex Cox’s cult 1984 debut, it was a comic strip. S&S reproduces Cox’s original artwork for the first time

Selected reviews

#Film review: Blood Car

Anton Bitel hails a belatedly released satire of American car culture surely destined for cult status

#Film review: Hadewijch

Militantly uncompromising, Bruno Dumont’s portrait of a nun turning to Islam sees the master of enigmatic mysticism himself swap condescension for compassion, says Jonathan Romney

#Film review: The Muppets

As the Muppets Studio is under threat from an evil oil billionaire, Kermit rallies his troupers to produce a timely protest against corporate culture, discovers Sophie Mayer

#Film of the month: Young Adult

After their earlier collaboration on the crowd-pleasing Juno, Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have reteamed for an altogether more bracing follow-up, Young Adult, which overturns every romcom cliché. By Lisa Mullen

#DVD: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Nick Pinkerton on French director Jean-Pierre Gorin, whose essay films offer us the chance to see the ordinary and the day-to-day with a fresh eye

Reviews in this issue:

  • The Adopted/Les Adoptés
  • Bel Ami
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Best Laid Plans
  • Big Miracle
  • Film review: Blood Car
  • Carancho (The Vulture)
  • A Dangerous Method
  • The Darkest Hour
  • The Devil Inside
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Girl Model
  • Goon
  • The Grey
  • Film review: Hadewijch
  • Hunky Dory
  • If I Were You
  • Khodorkovsky
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Michael
  • A Monster in Paris/Un Monstre à Paris
  • Film review: The Muppets
  • Position Among the Stars
  • Rampart
  • Red Dog
  • The Topp Twins
  • Underworld Awakening
  • Untouchable Girls
  • The Woman in Black
  • The Woman in the Fifth/La femme du Vème
  • X Night of Vengeance
  • Film of the month: Young Adult
  • DVD: Ozu’s early comedies
  • DVD: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Book: Nick James is captivated by Geoff Dyer’s exploration of Stalker
  • Book: Henry K. Miller is unimpressed by a study of 1970s British film culture
  • Book: Brian Dillon enjoys a suitably eccentric book on Harpo Marx
  • Book: Sukhdev Sandhu appreciates an exploration of the essay film
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011