A Straub-Huillet Companion: “Communists”

A Straub-Huillet Companion is a series of short essays on the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, subject of a Mubi retrospective. Jean-Marie Straub's Communists (2014) is showing on Mubi ...

‘The White Crow’ Gives Urgency to the Life of Late, Great Nureyev

‘The White Crow’ Gives Urgency to the Life of Late, Great Nureyev As a director, Ralph Fiennes shows the same alertness for telling details and rich characterization that he does as an actor. And that’s saying something. His talent shines in The White Crow, a look ...

Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’

Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’ Why did world-famous Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defect? That’s the question I found myself Googling immediately after seeing Ralph Fiennes’ lovely, elegant, and curiously opaque “The White ...

Rebellion, protests and A-list directors: 50 years of Cannes Directors' Fortnight (needs a pic)

Rebellion, protests and A-list directors: 50 years of Cannes Directors' Fortnight (needs a pic) Conceived amid the French social unrest of 1968, and born in 1969, Directors’ Fortnight celebrates its 50th edition this year. Martin Scorsese is a filmmaker more associated with Cannes Official ...

The Prudent Innocence: Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella"

The Spiritual Prudence Sitting on a bench in the garden of my house I stared at the infinite blue sky over my head. Hawks flew over me so high that sometimes I barely could see them—discounting the ...

The Dream of a Thing: Straub’s "Kommunisten"

[...] and also, indeed more, perhaps in those who were in no way exceptional and have left no trace, there was something that went beyond the struggle against Nazism, something – be it only for a ...

A Destitute Waif

Visage... Voice... Vitaphone... In Dimitri Kirsanoff's Menilmontant a destitute waif, betrayed and abandoned by the man who seduced her, sits on a park bench with her newborn infant. Beside her is ...

Godard, Meier join Sarajevo omnibus

Godard, Meier join Sarajevo omnibus Exclusive: Jean-Luc Godard and Ursula Meier are among 14 directors set to participate in an omnibus film that will mark next year’s centenary of the First World War. Speaking exclusively to ...

Chris Marker obituary

Experimental French director acclaimed for his post-apocalyptic film La Jetée The essay film, a form pitched between documentary and personal reflection, exploring the subjectivity of the cinematic ...

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: love in a time of war

Capa and Taro lived, loved and died on the frontline, becoming the most famous war photographers of their time. As a new novel about them is published, we explore their real relationship It begins ...

Slade film school: the department that was nearly a movement

Fifty years ago, Thorold Dickinson kickstarted the first British film studies course at Ucl. It didn't last long – but its influence did It's 50 years since film first became a university subject in ...

Tuesday Foreign Region DVD Report: "La religieuse" (Jacques Rivette,1966)

  Watching Jean-Luc Godard's new picture, Film Socialisme, at the press screening at the New York Film Festival, I made a rather exciting discovery. As you may already know from reading various ...

Underground Film Links: September 19, 2010

Mike Rollo has just started a new series on old theaters in Saskatchewan. I’m very excited about this, especially based on his first profile of the Majestic Theatre in Biggar, Saskatchewan. Also ...

Certified Copy | Film review

Abbas Kiarostami's new movie is a stylish and mysterious study of relationships, with powerful central performances A certain obliquity is necessary for anyone working within a repressive regime like ...

Michael Almereyda Finds "Paradise"

The "Paradise" of Michael Almereyda's new film is an earthly one, a collection of fragments from the filmmaker's own experiences, shot over years and in different countries and with no more explicit ...