César (BFI Classics)

César (BFI Classics)

Though best known for the Manon des Sources films (which he made in the 1980s), Marcel Pagnol’s film career stretches right back to the beginning of the medium. Ben McCann reviews a new book about one of his earliest films, César

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The 4th Commonwealth Film Festival

The 4th Commonwealth Film Festival

Though the Commonwealth has to all intents ceased to exist as a political entity, its spirit lives on in many ways in the constituent countries. Ben McCann reports on a film festival which brings together cinema from across the Commomwealth, now in its 4th year

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Anatomy Of Hell

Anatomy Of Hell

Catherine Breillat has never been a director afraid of courting controversy, and her latest film is certainly true to form, tracing the psycho-sexual relationship that develops between an unnamed man and woman. Ben McCann was less than impressed

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Bad Guy

Korean cinema is drawing some heavyweight attention from Hollywood these days. To herald the DVD release of Old Boy (review next week), Ben McCann looks at another violent Korean thriller in the Tartan Asia Extreme series

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Dietrich’s Ghosts

Dietrich’s Ghosts

The legacy of the Third Reich has always proved problematic for film historians – is it possible to view Nazi films on purely artistic terms, regardless of their political context? This new book from the BFI aims to find out. Review by Ben McCann

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Garden State

Garden State

Soul-searching independent films are ten-a-penny in America, but this low-budget romantic comedy from Zach Braff has been getting an unusually good reception from the Stateside critics. Ben McCann finds out if the hype is justified

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The French Occupation on film

The French Occupation on film

Sixty years on, the occupation of France still weighs heavily on French consciousness, and the subject remains fertile ground for the country’s filmmakers. Ben McCann examines some of the most notable films d’occupation

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The Thin Red Line (BFI Modern Classics)

The Thin Red Line (BFI Modern Classics)

The mysterious Terence Malick is one of the most intriguing and elusive directors in modern cinema, and his films are equally complex. Ben McCann delves into a recent critical analysis of The Thin Red Line in the BFI’s Modern Classics series

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Collateral (DVD)

Collateral (DVD)

Michael Mann is known for his stylish, intelligent thrillers, and his latest film is no exception. Ben McCann follows the unlikely partnership between an LA cab driver and a contract hitman

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Japanese Story (DVD)

Japanese Story (DVD)

This offbeat tale between an Australian geologist and a Japanese businessman was largely overshadowed by another Japanese story on its original release (Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation). Ben McCann thinks it’s worth seeking out on DVD

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Alfie

Alfie

Michael Caine’s Alfie was one of the seminal creations of sixties British cinema, but this recent remake starring Jude Law translates the character across the pond to noughties New York. Ben McCann wonders why they bothered

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Butley

It might have been directed by one of Britain’s leading playwrights, Harold Pinter, but be honest – have you ever heard of Butley? Ben McCann reviews The American Film Theatre’s DVD re-release of the film

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I, Robot

I, Robot

Robots have been a cinematic staple since the days of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927). This new blockbuster from Alex Proyas brings the robots of Isaac Asimov’s futuristic novels to the big screen – but is it any good? Ben McCann finds out

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The Pocket Essential: Martin Scorsese

The Pocket Essential: Martin Scorsese

There are almost as many books on Scorsese as there are Scorsese films, but this new Pocket Essential aims to provide an overview of the director’s films in a concise, straightforward way. Ben McCann thinks it’s an enjoyable read

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M. Night Shyamalan Q & A

M. Night Shyamalan Q & A

With the release of The Village just around the corner, M. Night Shyamalan was interviewed in a live satellite link-up between four English cities last week. Ben McCann was there to record the director’s thoughts

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The Village

After the mixed reception to Signs and Unbreakable, M.Night Shyamalan is back with another supernatural suspense story, this time set in 19th century Pennsylvania. Ben McCann thinks the sultan of suspense is back on track

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Japanese Story

Japanese Story

Odd couple stories are as old as Hollywood, but this unlikely love story between a Japanese businessman and an Australian geologist is far from a run-of-the-mill romance. Ben McCann heads Down Under to find out more

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