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Jim Jarmusch talks vampires, culture and Only Lovers Left Alive, plus Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alain Guiraudie on The Stranger by the Lake, Claire Denis on Bastards, Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac and the many faces of Derek Jarman. Jim Jarmusch talks vampires, culture and Only Lovers Left Alive, plus Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alain Guiraudie on The Stranger by the Lake, Claire Denis on Bastards, Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac and the many faces of Derek Jarman.
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COVER FEATURE: The S&S Interview – Jim Jarmusch

As a director who has often embraced elements of genre cinema, from westerns and prison-break films to samurai and hitmen, it was perhaps only a matter of time before he turned his attention to vampires. Here, he explains 
his unconventional take on the subject in Only Lovers Left Alive, a darkly comic tale of enduring love among the undead, and why he was determined to drive a stake through viewers’ expectations. Interview by Nick Pinkerton.

The story of ( )

Lars von Trier’s hugely inventive two-part Nymph()maniac sees him channelling the Marquis de Sade in a complex, absurd and often very funny odyssey of sexual desire. But is its central character any more than an empty vessel for the director to offload his often provocative ideas about women? By Nick James.

Dead calm

The winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Director award at Cannes, French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie has revamped the sullied reputation of erotic thrillers with Stranger by the Lake, a tense tale of obsession that boasts one of the most memorable screen murders in years. By Catherine Bray.

The Anderson touch

The spirit of Ernst Lubitsch lives on in Wes Anderson’s fast-quipping screwball caper The Grand Budapest Hotel, a chase extravaganza set over several decades in a fictional Eastern European country. Here, the director talks about the writing process, how he maintained the plot’s frantic pace and why sadness and tragedy haunt the film’s atmosphere. By Isabel Stevens.

Intruder in the dust


Ted Kotcheff’s cult classic ‘Wake in Fright’ is a brutal exploration of masculinity and violence in the Australian outback. Here, the director explains why it took a seven-year search for the missing negative to bring it back for a new generation. By Clare Stewart.

English magus: 
the many faces of Derek Jarman

Part punk prophet, part English traditionalist, Jarman was a man whose occult interests sat side by side with an earthy political engagement. Twenty years after his death, it’s time to reappraise the legacy of an enigmatic artist, filmmaker, designer, activist and dreamer. By William Fowler.

Dark matters

At once elliptical and confrontational, Claire Denis’s films have often proved challenging viewing. With her latest, Bastards, a harrowing drama about a man returning to comfort his sister after the suicide of her husband, she travels even deeper into the heart of darkness. By Nick Roddick.

 

Reviews

Films of the month

Stranger by the Lake/L’Inconnu du lac Bastards/Les Salauds/An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

plus reviews of

Bounty Killer; Cuban Fury; Devil’s Due; Fonzy; 47 Ronin; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Grudge Match; The Harry Hill Movie; I, Frankenstein; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Love Is in the Air/Amour & turbulences; Nymph()maniac Volume 1; Nymph()maniac Volume 2; 1/1: Life on the Limit; Only Lovers Left Alive; 
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones; Ride Along; The Square/Al Midan; Stalingrad; That Awkward Moment; Tim’s Vermeer; Walking with Dinosaurs

COVER FEATURE: The S&S Interview – Jim Jarmusch

As a director who has often embraced elements of genre cinema, from westerns and prison-break films to samurai and hitmen, it was perhaps only a matter of time before he turned his attention to vampires. Here, he explains 
his unconventional take on the subject in Only Lovers Left Alive, a darkly comic tale of enduring love among the undead, and why he was determined to drive a stake through viewers’ expectations. Interview by Nick Pinkerton.

The story of ( )

Lars von Trier’s hugely inventive two-part Nymph()maniac sees him channelling the Marquis de Sade in a complex, absurd and often very funny odyssey of sexual desire. But is its central character any more than an empty vessel for the director to offload his often provocative ideas about women? By Nick James.

Dead calm

The winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Director award at Cannes, French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie has revamped the sullied reputation of erotic thrillers with Stranger by the Lake, a tense tale of obsession that boasts one of the most memorable screen murders in years. By Catherine Bray.

The Anderson touch

The spirit of Ernst Lubitsch lives on in Wes Anderson’s fast-quipping screwball caper The Grand Budapest Hotel, a chase extravaganza set over several decades in a fictional Eastern European country. Here, the director talks about the writing process, how he maintained the plot’s frantic pace and why sadness and tragedy haunt the film’s atmosphere. By Isabel Stevens.

Intruder in the dust


Ted Kotcheff’s cult classic ‘Wake in Fright’ is a brutal exploration of masculinity and violence in the Australian outback. Here, the director explains why it took a seven-year search for the missing negative to bring it back for a new generation. By Clare Stewart.

English magus: 
the many faces of Derek Jarman

Part punk prophet, part English traditionalist, Jarman was a man whose occult interests sat side by side with an earthy political engagement. Twenty years after his death, it’s time to reappraise the legacy of an enigmatic artist, filmmaker, designer, activist and dreamer. By William Fowler.

Dark matters

At once elliptical and confrontational, Claire Denis’s films have often proved challenging viewing. With her latest, Bastards, a harrowing drama about a man returning to comfort his sister after the suicide of her husband, she travels even deeper into the heart of darkness. By Nick Roddick.

 

Reviews

Films of the month

Stranger by the Lake/L’Inconnu du lac Bastards/Les Salauds/An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

plus reviews of

Bounty Killer; Cuban Fury; Devil’s Due; Fonzy; 47 Ronin; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Grudge Match; The Harry Hill Movie; I, Frankenstein; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Love Is in the Air/Amour & turbulences; Nymph()maniac Volume 1; Nymph()maniac Volume 2; 1/1: Life on the Limit; Only Lovers Left Alive; 
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones; Ride Along; The Square/Al Midan; Stalingrad; That Awkward Moment; Tim’s Vermeer; Walking with Dinosaurs

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