Our October issue runs the rule over Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s slippery fish of a time-twisting blockbuster and the movie Hollywood is hoping will save cinema as we know it. James Mottram goes inside Nolan’s dazzlingly ambitious high-concept film to ask if it can bear the weight of expectation.
Also in this issue, we talk to Charlie Kaufman about his new book Antkind and film I’m Thinking of Ending Things, to Antonio Campos about his adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time, to Channing Godfrey Peoples about his tenderly authentic debut Miss Juneteenth and to Lilting director Hong Khaou about his expat gay love story Monsoon.
We also look at the impact of coronavirus on both international archives and the box office for drive-in cinemas; road-test the BFI diversity standards; investigate the rich strain of anarchist cinema; bid goodbye to the late Alan Parker and Linda Manz; and reprint a classic 1969 interview with Gloria Swanson to mark the 70th anniversary of Some Like It Hot.
Plus regular features:
Editorial Back to the future
The lovely bones Francis Lee discusses excavating an unconventional palaeontologist’s life and queering the British period genre in his new film Ammonite. By Isabel Stevens.
“It’s been challenging programming into a void” BFI London Film Festival director Tricia Tuttle on this year’s event.
Costume design: ensemble performance As Clueless turns 25, Mona May explains how she created show-stopping outfits for the classic fashion-forward comedy. By Abbey Bender.
Diversity: Raising the bar
The new Diversity Standards for measuring representation on and off screen must go further in pursuit of equality. By Clive Nwonka.
Dream palaces: Showcase Cinema, Nantgarw, Cardiff
Actor and writer-director of Eternal Beauty Craig Roberts recalls Heath Ledger, pick ’n’ mix and the all-American cinema experience in Wales.
Rising star White Riot’s Rubika Shah
Covid fallout: “Weeks of closure did their damage” The coronavirus pandemic has had serious consequences for international archives and our global film heritage. By Isabel Stevens.
The numbers: Drive-in cinemas This summer, exhibitors turned to vintage inspiration amid the privations of lockdown – but can they keep the motor running? By Charles Gant.
Political film: Against the rules For Hollywood – as for Trump – ‘anarchist’ is often shorthand for violent agitator. But there is also a rich strain of anarchist cinema.
Primal screen: The neoreal deal As both director and star of the 1915 Neapolitan melodrama Assunta Spina, Francesca Bertini was decades ahead of her time. By Tamsin Cleary.
Profile: Stephen Broomer Chemically and digitally transforming found footage, the Canadian filmmaker creates looping, hypnotic new works. By Ben Nicholson.
Film of the month She Dies Tomorrow
plus reviews of Away Eternal Beauty Get Duked! I’m Thinking of Ending Things Matthias & Maxime Les Misérables Miss Juneteenth Monsoon Nocturnal Papicha Pinocchio Real Rocks Sócrates Summerland White Riot Young Ahmed
Television of the month Lovecraft Country
plus reviews of Disclosure I Hate Suzie Mrs America The Plot Against America A Suitable Boy The Umbrella Academy: Season 2
Home cinema features
Ghostsof Christmas past: The Woman in Black This made-for-TV adaptation of Susan Hill’s terrifying novel has lost none of its power to paralyse its audience in fear. Reviewed by Trevor Johnston.
Revival: Britannia Hospital Critics loathed Lindsay Anderson’s vicious, incoherent satire. How right they were and also, how very wrong. Reviewed by Robert Hanks.
Audie Murphy Collection: The Duel at Silver Creek / Ride a Crooked Trail / No Name on the Bullet Puppyish Audie Murphy made for an unlikely movie cowboy, but his soft face belied the instincts of a fierce combatant. Reviewed by Nick Pinkerton.
Lost and found: Blessed Event Lee Tracy, forgotten star of the 1930s, lets rip as a scandalous gossip columnist in this fast and furious Pre-Code comedy. By Rick Burin.
Plus reviews of Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Volume 3) – Our Hospitality/Go West/ College The City Without Jews Equus Five Graves to Cairo The Juniper Tree The Mad Fox Tenderness Watermelon Man
Made Men: The Story of GoodFellas by Glenn Kenny (Hanover Square Press) reviewed by Christina Newland
Chasing the Light: How I Fought My Way into Hollywood: From the 1960s to Platoon by Oliver Stone (Monoray) reviewed by Nick James
Unquiet by Linn Ullmann, translated from the Norwegian by Thilo Reinhard (Penguin Books/Hamish Hamilton) reviewed by Hannah McGill
Endings Rashomon The close of Kurosawa Akira’s 1950 classic shows that truth is as elusive and unknowable as the mysteries of the human heart. By Kambole Campbell.