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In our Studio Ghibli special issue, Miyazaki Hayao takes flight with The Wind Rises; plus David Thomson on the cinema of World War I, Jia Zhangke on A Touch of Sin’s portmanteau of contemporary violence in China, Amat Escalante on Heli’s unflinching take on Mexico’s drug war and the S&S Interview with the ‘Italian Hitchcock’ – art-horror’s own Dario Argento.
In our Studio Ghibli special issue, Miyazaki Hayao takes flight with The Wind Rises; plus David Thomson on the cinema of World War I, Jia Zhangke on A Touch of Sin’s portmanteau of contemporary violence in China, Amat Escalante on Heli’s unflinching take on Mexico’s drug war and the S&S Interview with the ‘Italian Hitchcock’ – art-horror’s own Dario Argento.
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COVER FEATURE: Free falling

The Wind Rises, a fictional biography of the designer of Japan’s famous Zero fighter plane, and the swansong of Japanese director Miyazaki Hayao, is a movie unlike any he has made and yet absolutely true to his preoccupations. Here we look back at the turbulent dreams of flight, freedom and progress in the great Japanese animator’s films. By Nick Bradshaw.

+ Drawing on the past

Kurosawa, Swallows and Amazons, Russian landscape painting, Moebius, manga and his wartime childhood: Miyazaki’s world is composed of an astonishing variety of elements. 
By Helen McCarthy.

+ Lessons from the master

Two of Miyazaki’s long-term collaborators – supervising animation director Kosaka Kitarōand producer 
Suzuki Toshio – offer their insights into working with the great director. Interviews by Nick Bradshaw
.

+ The king is dead

Now that Miyazaki has announced his retirement, where are the Japanese animators who can carry on in the same tradition – and where are the ones who can start something new?
 By Jasper Sharp.

The old and the new

Jia Zhangke’s Cannes prizewinner 
A Touch of Sin brings a touch of genre filmmaking to a daring anatomy of violence in present-day China. By Tony Rayns.

Grand illusions: cinema of the Great War

Simplistic politics; racial clichés; an over-reliance on chivalry, heroism and romance; and an apparent reluctance to capture the true terror in the stricken gaze of its soldiers – have the films addressing the slaughter of World War I done justice to the enormity of the tale being told? By David Thomson.

Trouble every day

Amat Escalante’s unflinchingly brutal drama Heli reflects the director’s desire to bear witness to the reality of the violence of Mexico’s drug wars. But amid the depiction of everyday horrors and casual torture, a deeper note of humanity and hope emerges from the gloom. By Jonathan Romney.

The S&S Interview: Dario Argento

Beginning his directorial career with a trio of stylised murder mysteries that led him to be dubbed the ‘Italian Hitchcock’, Argento graduated in the mid-70s to full-blown horror, proving a lasting influence on younger filmmakers. Here, he recalls his youthful success as a film critic, his early collaboration with Bertolucci and Leone, his debt to Antonioni and Lang, and his ongoing desire to experiment with form. Interview by Pasquale Iannone.

Regulars

Editorial

Yakety yak

Rushes

In the frame: Stiff competition

Beyond the anticipation generated by the usual auteur heavyweights in Cannes’ Competition, it’s a significant year for UK talent. By Jonathan Romney.

Object lesson: If the shoe fits

From Oedipus to Black Swan, nothing says more about a mother than the shoes she puts on her child’s feet. By Hannah McGill.

The five key…: Films by musicians

Film and music are intimately connected, but the leap from sound studio to film studio is not easy to make. By Sam Davies.

First sight: Memories are made of this

Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit portrays a digital generation who can’t recall this life, let alone past ones. By Trevor Johnston.

Dispatches: The hi-lo country

Once upon a time, cinema was happy to ride the whole range of class experience. But lately, fences have been put up. By Mark Cousins.

The industry

Development tale: The two faces of January

Drive writer Hossein Amini faced almost 20 years of setbacks bringing Patricia Highsmith’s novel – his directorial debut – to the screen. By Charles Gant.

The numbers

Event cinema

Brewster: Earthquake weather

Tessa Ross’s departure from Film4 has left a big gap in the film industry – and some big questions about what comes next. By Ben Roberts.

Profile: Silver reel

Gnomes, watches, bankers – and now high-profile movies: Silver Reel is bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Zürich. By Geoffrey Macnab.

Wide angle

Exhibition: Project the legend

An innovative exhibition at the Cinémathèque française, France’s temple of cinephilia, pays tribute to its founding priest, Henri Langlois. By Michael Temple.

Soundings: Better than the real thing

Ronee Blakley’s albums provided the soundtrack to Robert Altman’s Nashville but their shifts in tone hold more than curiosity value. By Frances Morgan.

Primal scream: the world of silent cinema

Over the course of a single year a century ago, Cecil B. DeMille refined his craft and helped define Hollywood. By David Cairns.

Artists’ moving image: Stuck in pause

Marked by both hyper-acceleration and inertia, Ryan Trecartin’s movies offer windows on to an absurdly amplified ‘future now’. By John Beagles.

Reviews

Films of the month

The Canyons
Frank
Transcendence

plus reviews of

Advanced Style
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
American Interior
Bad Neighbours
Before the Winter Chill
Believe
Benny & Jolene
Beyond the Edge
Cheap Thrills
Concussion
The Dirties
Fading Gigolo
Heli
In Bloom
Legends of Oz Dorothy’s Return
Next Goal Wins
Noah
Pantani  The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
Patema Inverted
Pluto
Pompeii
Pulp  A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
The Punk Singer
Reaching for the Moon
Rio 2
Run & Jump
Sabotage
Silent Sonata
Stick Out Your Tongue
Tarzan
36
A Thousand Times Good Night
A Touch of Sin
The Two Faces of January
Willow Creek
The Wind Rises

Features

COVER FEATURE: Free falling

The Wind Rises, a fictional biography of the designer of Japan’s famous Zero fighter plane, and the swansong of Japanese director Miyazaki Hayao, is a movie unlike any he has made and yet absolutely true to his preoccupations. Here we look back at the turbulent dreams of flight, freedom and progress in the great Japanese animator’s films. By Nick Bradshaw.

+ Drawing on the past

Kurosawa, Swallows and Amazons, Russian landscape painting, Moebius, manga and his wartime childhood: Miyazaki’s world is composed of an astonishing variety of elements. 
By Helen McCarthy.

+ Lessons from the master

Two of Miyazaki’s long-term collaborators – supervising animation director Kosaka Kitarōand producer 
Suzuki Toshio – offer their insights into working with the great director. Interviews by Nick Bradshaw
.

+ The king is dead

Now that Miyazaki has announced his retirement, where are the Japanese animators who can carry on in the same tradition – and where are the ones who can start something new?
 By Jasper Sharp.

The old and the new

Jia Zhangke’s Cannes prizewinner 
A Touch of Sin brings a touch of genre filmmaking to a daring anatomy of violence in present-day China. By Tony Rayns.

Grand illusions: cinema of the Great War

Simplistic politics; racial clichés; an over-reliance on chivalry, heroism and romance; and an apparent reluctance to capture the true terror in the stricken gaze of its soldiers – have the films addressing the slaughter of World War I done justice to the enormity of the tale being told? By David Thomson.

Trouble every day

Amat Escalante’s unflinchingly brutal drama Heli reflects the director’s desire to bear witness to the reality of the violence of Mexico’s drug wars. But amid the depiction of everyday horrors and casual torture, a deeper note of humanity and hope emerges from the gloom. By Jonathan Romney.

The S&S Interview: Dario Argento

Beginning his directorial career with a trio of stylised murder mysteries that led him to be dubbed the ‘Italian Hitchcock’, Argento graduated in the mid-70s to full-blown horror, proving a lasting influence on younger filmmakers. Here, he recalls his youthful success as a film critic, his early collaboration with Bertolucci and Leone, his debt to Antonioni and Lang, and his ongoing desire to experiment with form. Interview by Pasquale Iannone.

Regulars

Editorial

Yakety yak

Rushes

In the frame: Stiff competition

Beyond the anticipation generated by the usual auteur heavyweights in Cannes’ Competition, it’s a significant year for UK talent. By Jonathan Romney.

Object lesson: If the shoe fits

From Oedipus to Black Swan, nothing says more about a mother than the shoes she puts on her child’s feet. By Hannah McGill.

The five key…: Films by musicians

Film and music are intimately connected, but the leap from sound studio to film studio is not easy to make. By Sam Davies.

First sight: Memories are made of this

Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit portrays a digital generation who can’t recall this life, let alone past ones. By Trevor Johnston.

Dispatches: The hi-lo country

Once upon a time, cinema was happy to ride the whole range of class experience. But lately, fences have been put up. By Mark Cousins.

The industry

Development tale: The two faces of January

Drive writer Hossein Amini faced almost 20 years of setbacks bringing Patricia Highsmith’s novel – his directorial debut – to the screen. By Charles Gant.

The numbers

Event cinema

Brewster: Earthquake weather

Tessa Ross’s departure from Film4 has left a big gap in the film industry – and some big questions about what comes next. By Ben Roberts.

Profile: Silver reel

Gnomes, watches, bankers – and now high-profile movies: Silver Reel is bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Zürich. By Geoffrey Macnab.

Wide angle

Exhibition: Project the legend

An innovative exhibition at the Cinémathèque française, France’s temple of cinephilia, pays tribute to its founding priest, Henri Langlois. By Michael Temple.

Soundings: Better than the real thing

Ronee Blakley’s albums provided the soundtrack to Robert Altman’s Nashville but their shifts in tone hold more than curiosity value. By Frances Morgan.

Primal scream: the world of silent cinema

Over the course of a single year a century ago, Cecil B. DeMille refined his craft and helped define Hollywood. By David Cairns.

Artists’ moving image: Stuck in pause

Marked by both hyper-acceleration and inertia, Ryan Trecartin’s movies offer windows on to an absurdly amplified ‘future now’. By John Beagles.

Reviews

Films of the month

The Canyons
Frank
Transcendence

plus reviews of

Advanced Style
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
American Interior
Bad Neighbours
Before the Winter Chill
Believe
Benny & Jolene
Beyond the Edge
Cheap Thrills
Concussion
The Dirties
Fading Gigolo
Heli
In Bloom
Legends of Oz Dorothy’s Return
Next Goal Wins
Noah
Pantani  The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
Patema Inverted
Pluto
Pompeii
Pulp  A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
The Punk Singer
Reaching for the Moon
Rio 2
Run & Jump
Sabotage
Silent Sonata
Stick Out Your Tongue
Tarzan
36
A Thousand Times Good Night
A Touch of Sin
The Two Faces of January
Willow Creek
The Wind Rises

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